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1957/58 – Manchester United

Man Utd squad picture 1957/58
The 1957–58 season was Manchester United’s 56th season in the Football League, and their 13th consecutive season in the top division of English football.

The season marked the biggest tragedy in the club’s history as eight players, three club officials and ten other passengers died as a result of their injuries in the Munich air disaster on 6 February 1958 on their way back from a European Cup quarter-final away to Red Star Belgrade. Centre-half Mark Jones, captain Roger Byrne, full-back Geoff Bent, winger David Pegg, right-half Eddie Colman, inside-right Bill Whelan and centre-forward Tommy Taylor were all killed instantly. Left-half Duncan Edwards was in hospital for two weeks before he too died on 21 February.

Winger Johnny Berry and centre-half Jackie Blanchflower were both injured to such an extent that they never played again, while several of the surviving players were unavailable for a considerable amount of time as they recovered from their injuries.

Manager Matt Busby was badly injured, and his assistant Jimmy Murphy (who was not on that fateful flight) took charge of the first team until the end of the season as Busby recovered from his injuries. Club secretary and former manager Walter Crickmer and coaches Tom Curry and Bert Whalley were all killed in the crash, which claimed a total of 23 lives.

Despite the decimation of their squad, a makeshift United side still managed to reach the FA Cup final that season, where they lost to Bolton Wanderers. They also reached the semi-finals of the European Cup. However, their league form suffered after the crash and their title challenge faded as they finished ninth in the final table.

With the United squad decimated by death and injuries in the aftermath of the Munich tragedy, a number of younger players broke through into the first team. These included winger Shay Brennan and forward Mark Pearson. Another notable new member of the side was goalkeeper Harry Gregg, signed in December 1957 a few weeks before the Munich crash, and who was hailed a hero for his rescue efforts in the crash.

United’s top scorer for the season was Dennis Viollet, who found the net 23 times in all competitions and 16 times in the league despite being out of action for some two months as he recovered from injuries sustained in the Munich crash.

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Man Utd last line up before Munich air crash

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Pathé News Footage of Munich Disaster

FA Charity Shield

Date Opponents H / A ResultF – A Scorers Attendance
22 October 1957 Aston Villa H 4 – 0 T. Taylor (3), Berry 27,293

First Division

Date Opponents H / A ResultF – A Scorers Attendance
24 August 1957 Leicester City A 3 – 0 Whelan (3) 40,214
28 August 1957 Everton H 3 – 0 T. Taylor, Viollet, own goal 59,103
31 August 1957 Manchester City H 4 – 1 Berry, Edwards, T. Taylor, Viollet 63,347
4 September 1957 Everton A 3 – 3 Berry, Viollet, Whelan 72,077
7 September 1957 Leeds United H 5 – 0 Berry (2), T. Taylor (2), Viollet 50,842
9 September 1957 Blackpool A 4 – 1 Viollet (2), Whelan (2) 34,181
14 September 1957 Bolton Wanderers A 0 – 4 48,003
18 September 1957 Blackpool H 1 – 2 Edwards 40,763
21 September 1957 Arsenal H 4 – 2 Whelan (2), Pegg, T. Taylor 47,142
28 September 1957 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1 – 3 Doherty 48,825
5 October 1957 Aston Villa H 4 – 1 T. Taylor, Pegg, own goal 43,102
12 October 1957 Nottingham Forest A 2 – 1 Viollet, Whelan 47,654
19 October 1957 Portsmouth H 0 – 3 38,253
26 October 1957 West Bromwich Albion A 3 – 4 T. Taylor, Whelan 52,160
2 November 1957 Burnley H 1 – 0 T. Taylor 49,449
9 November 1957 Preston North End A 1 – 1 Whelan 39,063
16 November 1957 Sheffield Wednesday H 2 – 1 Webster (2) 40,366
23 November 1957 Newcastle United A 2 – 1 Edwards, T. Taylor 53,890
30 November 1957 Tottenham Hotspur H 3 – 4 Pegg (2), Whelan 43,077
7 December 1957 Birmingham City H 3 – 3 Viollet (2), T. Taylor 35,791
14 December 1957 Chelsea H 0 – 1 36,853
21 December 1957 Leicester City H 4 – 0 Viollet (2), Charlton, Scanlon 41,631
25 December 1957 Luton Town H 3 – 0 Charlton, Edwards, T. Taylor 39,444
26 December 1957 Luton Town A 2 – 2 Scanlon, T. Taylor 26,458
28 December 1957 Manchester City A 2 – 2 Charlton, Viollet 70,483
11 January 1958 Leeds United A 1 – 1 Viollet 39,401
18 January 1958 Bolton Wanderers H 7 – 2 Charlton (3), Viollet (2), Edwards, Scanlon 41,141
1 February 1958 Arsenal A 5 – 4 T. Taylor (2), Charlton, Edwards, Viollet 63,578
22 February 1958 Nottingham Forest H 1 – 1 Dawson 66,124
8 March 1958 West Bromwich Albion H 0 – 4 63,278
15 March 1958 Burnley A 0 – 3 37,247
29 March 1958 Sheffield Wednesday A 0 – 1 35,608
31 March 1958 Aston Villa A 2 – 3 Dawson, Webster 16,631
4 April 1958 Sunderland H 2 – 2 Charlton, Dawson 47,421
5 April 1958 Preston North End H 0 – 0 47,816
7 April 1958 Sunderland A 2 – 1 Webster (2) 51,302
12 April 1958 Tottenham Hotspur A 0 – 1 59,836
16 April 1958 Portsmouth A 3 – 3 Dawson, E. Taylor, Webster 39,975
19 April 1958 Birmingham City H 0 – 2 38,991
21 April 1958 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0 – 4 33,267
23 April 1958 Newcastle United H 1 – 1 Dawson 28,393
26 April 1958 Chelsea A 1 – 2 E. Taylor 45,011
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Pts
8 Luton Town 42 19 6 17 69 63 44
9 Manchester United 42 16 11 15 85 75 43
10 Nottingham Forest 42 16 10 16 69 63 42

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points

FA Cup

Man Utd v Sheff Wed blank team sheet

Man Utd v Sheff Wed blank team sheet, 1958

Date Round Opponents H / A ResultF – A Scorers Attendance
4 January 1958 Round 3 Workington A 3 – 1 Viollet 21,000
25 January 1958 Round 4 Ipswich Town H 2 – 0 Charlton 53,550
19 February 1958 Round 5 Sheffield Wednesday H 3 – 0 Brennan (2), Dawson 59,848
1 March 1958 Round 6 West Bromwich Albion A 2 – 2 Dawson, E. Taylor 58,250
5 March 1958 Round 6Replay West Bromwich Albion H 1 – 0 Webster 60,000
22 March 1958 Semi-final Fulham N 2 – 2 Charlton 69,745
26 March 1958 Semi-finalReplay Fulham N 5 – 3 Dawson (3), Brennan, Charlton 38,000
3 May 1958 Final Bolton Wanderers N 0 – 2 100,000

European Cup

Date Round Opponents H / A ResultF – A Scorers Attendance
25 September 1957 Preliminary roundFirst leg Shamrock Rovers A 6 – 0 T. Taylor (2), Whelan (2), Berry, Pegg 45,000
2 October 1957 Preliminary roundSecond leg Shamrock Rovers H 3 – 2 Viollet (2), Pegg 33,754
20 November 1957 First roundFirst leg Dukla Prague H 3 – 0 Pegg, T. Taylor, Webster 60,000
4 December 1957 First roundSecond leg Dukla Prague A 0 – 1 35,000
14 January 1958 Quarter-finalFirst leg Red Star Belgrade H 2 – 1 Charlton, Colman 60,000
5 February 1958 Quarter-finalSecond leg Red Star Belgrade A 3 – 3 Charlton (2), Viollet 55,000
8 May 1958 Semi-finalFirst leg Milan H 2 – 1 E. Taylor, Viollet 44,880
14 May 1958 Semi-finalSecond leg Milan A 0 – 4 80,000

Squad statistics

Pos. Name League FA Cup European Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK David Gaskell 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
GK Harry Gregg 19 0 8 0 4 0 1 0 31 0
GK Ray Wood 20 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 25 0
FB Shay Brennan 5 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 7 3
FB Roger Byrne 26 0 2 0 6 0 1 0 35 0
FB Bill Foulkes 42 0 8 0 8 0 1 0 59 0
FB Ian Greaves 12 0 6 0 2 0 0 0 20 0
FB Bobby Harrop 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
FB Tommy Heron 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
FB Peter Jones 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
HB Jackie Blanchflower 18 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 21 0
HB Eddie Colman 24 0 2 0 5 1 0 0 31 1
HB Ronnie Cope 13 0 6 0 2 0 0 0 21 0
HB Stan Crowther 11 0 5 0 2 0 0 0 18 0
HB Duncan Edwards 26 6 2 0 5 0 1 0 34 6
HB Freddie Goodwin 16 0 6 0 3 0 1 0 26 0
HB Mark Jones 10 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 16 0
HB Wilf McGuinness 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
FW Johnny Berry 20 4 0 0 3 1 1 1 24 6
FW Bobby Charlton 21 8 7 5 2 3 0 0 30 16
FW Alex Dawson 12 5 6 5 0 0 0 0 18 10
FW John Doherty 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
FW Kenny Morgans 13 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 19 0
FW Mark Pearson 8 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 14 0
FW David Pegg 21 4 0 0 4 3 1 0 26 7
FW Albert Scanlon 9 3 2 0 3 0 0 0 14 3
FW Ernie Taylor 11 2 6 1 2 1 0 0 19 4
FW Tommy Taylor 25 16 2 0 6 3 1 3 34 22
FW Dennis Viollet 22 16 3 3 6 4 1 0 32 23
FW Colin Webster 20 6 6 1 5 1 0 0 31 8
FW Billy Whelan 20 12 0 0 3 2 1 0 24 14
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