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1964/65 – Manchester United

Man Utd squad picture 1964/65

Manchester United squad picture 1964

The 1964–65 season was Manchester United‘s 63rd season in the Football League, and their 20th consecutive season in the top division of English football.

They finished the season as league champions for the sixth time in their history, with teenage winger George Best making headlines by establishing himself in the first team and finding the net 10 times in the league and 14 times in all competitions, though Denis Law was once again the club’s top goalscorer with 28 goals in the league and 39 in all competitions.

With the 1966 FIFA World Cup fast approaching, this prompted the United directors to completely redesign the United Road (north) stand of Old Trafford. The old roof pillars were replaced in 1965 with modern-style cantilevering on top of the roof, allowing every spectator a completely unobstructed view, while it was also expanded to hold 20,000 spectators (10,000 seated and 10,000 standing in front) at a cost of £350,000. The architects of the new stand, Mather and Nutter (now Atherden Fuller), rearranged the organisation of the stand to have terracing at the front, a larger seated area towards the back, and the first private boxes at a British football ground. The east stand – the only remaining uncovered stand – was developed in the same style in 1973.

First Division

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Manchester United title celebrations 1965

Date Opponents H / A ResultF – A Scorers Attendance
22 August 1964 West Bromwich Albion H 2 – 2 Charlton, Law 52,007
24 August 1964 West Ham United A 1 – 3 Law 37,070
29 August 1964 Leicester City A 2 – 2 Law, Sadler 32,373
2 September 1964 West Ham United H 3 – 1 Best, Connelly,Law 45,123
5 September 1964 Fulham A 1 – 2 Connelly 36,291
8 September 1964 Everton A 3 – 3 Connelly, Herd,Law 63,024
12 September 1964 Nottingham Forest H 3 – 0 Herd (2),Connelly 45,012
16 September 1964 Everton H 2 – 1 Best, Law 49,968
19 September 1964 Stoke City A 2 – 1 Connelly, Herd 40,031
26 September 1964 Tottenham Hotspur H 4 – 1 Crerand (2), Law(2) 53,058
30 September 1964 Chelsea A 2 – 0 Best, Law 60,769
3 October 1964 Burnley A 0 – 0 30,761
10 October 1964 Sunderland H 1 – 0 Herd 48,577
17 October 1964 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 4 – 2 Law (2), Herd,own goal 26,763
24 October 1964 Aston Villa H 7 – 0 Law (4), Herd(2), Connelly 35,807
31 October 1964 Liverpool A 2 – 0 Crerand, Herd 52,402
7 November 1964 Sheffield Wednesday H 1 – 0 Herd 50,178
14 November 1964 Blackpool A 2 – 1 Connelly, Herd 31,129
21 November 1964 Blackburn Rovers H 3 – 0 Best, Connelly,Herd 49,633
28 November 1964 Arsenal A 3 – 2 Law (2),Connelly 59,627
5 December 1964 Leeds United H 0 – 1 53,374
12 December 1964 West Bromwich Albion A 1 – 1 Law 28,126
16 December 1964 Birmingham City H 1 – 1 Charlton 25,721
26 December 1964 Sheffield United A 1 – 0 Best 37,295
28 December 1964 Sheffield United H 1 – 1 Herd 42,219
16 January 1965 Nottingham Forest A 2 – 2 Law (2) 43,009
23 January 1965 Stoke City H 1 – 1 Law 50,392
6 February 1965 Tottenham Hotspur A 0 – 1 58,639
13 February 1965 Burnley H 3 – 2 Best, Charlton,Herd 38,865
24 February 1965 Sunderland A 0 – 1 51,336
27 February 1965 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 3 – 0 Charlton (2),Connelly 37,018
13 March 1965 Chelsea H 4 – 0 Herd (2), Best,Law 56,261
15 March 1965 Fulham H 4 – 1 Connelly (2),Herd (2) 45,402
20 March 1965 Sheffield Wednesday A 0 – 1 33,549
22 March 1965 Blackpool H 2 – 0 Law (2) 42,318
3 April 1965 Blackburn Rovers A 5 – 0 Charlton (3),Connelly, Herd 29,363
12 April 1965 Leicester City H 1 – 0 Herd 34,114
17 April 1965 Leeds United A 1 – 0 Connelly 52,368
19 April 1965 Birmingham City A 4 – 2 Best (2),Cantwell,Charlton 28,907
24 April 1965 Liverpool H 3 – 0 Law (2),Connelly 55,772
26 April 1965 Arsenal H 3 – 1 Law (2), Best 51,625
28 April 1965 Aston Villa A 1 – 2 Charlton 36,081
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1 Manchester United 42 26 9 7 89 39 61
2 Leeds United 42 26 9 7 83 52 61
3 Chelsea 42 24 8 10 89 54 56

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

FA Cup

Date Round Opponents H / A ResultF – A Scorers Attendance
9 January 1965 Round 3 Chester City H 2 – 1 Best, Kinsey 40,000
30 January 1965 Round 4 Stoke City A 0 – 0 53,009
3 February 1965 Round 4Replay Stoke City H 1 – 0 Herd 50,814
20 February 1965 Round 5 Burnley H 2 – 1 Crerand, Law 54,000
10 March 1965 Round 6 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 5 – 3 Law (2), Best, Crerand, Herd 53,581
27 March 1965 Semi-final Leeds United N 0 – 0 65,000
31 March 1965 Semi-finalReplay Leeds United N 0 – 1 46,300

Inter-Cities Fairs Cup

Date Round Opponents H / A ResultF – A Scorers Attendance
23 September 1964 First roundFirst leg Djurgården A 1 – 1 Herd 6,537
27 October 1964 First roundSecond leg Djurgården H 6 – 1 Law (3), Charlton (2), Best 38,437
11 November 1964 Second roundFirst leg Borussia Dortmund A 6 – 1 Charlton (3), Best, Herd, Law 25,000
2 December 1964 Second roundSecond leg Borussia Dortmund H 4 – 0 Charlton (2), Connelly, Law 31,896
20 January 1965 Third roundFirst leg Everton H 1 – 1 Connelly 50,000
9 February 1965 Third roundSecond leg Everton A 2 – 1 Connelly, Herd 54,397
12 May 1965 Quarter-finalFirst leg Strasbourg A 5 – 0 Law (2), Charlton, Connelly, Herd 30,000
19 May 1965 Quarter-finalSecond leg Strasbourg H 0 – 0 34,188
31 May 1965 Semi-finalFirst leg Ferencváros H 3 – 2 Herd (2), Law 39,902
6 June 1965 Semi-finalSecond leg Ferencváros A 0 – 1 50,000
16 June 1965 Semi-finalPlay-off Ferencváros A 1 – 2 Connelly 60,000

Squad statistics

Pos. Name League FA Cup Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Pat Dunne 37 0 7 0 11 0 55 0
GK David Gaskell 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
FB Shay Brennan 42 0 7 0 11 0 60 0
FB Noel Cantwell 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
FB Tony Dunne 42 0 7 0 11 0 60 0
HB Pat Crerand 39 3 7 2 11 0 57 5
HB John Fitzpatrick 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
HB Bill Foulkes 42 0 7 0 11 0 60 0
HB Maurice Setters 5 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
HB Nobby Stiles 41 0 7 0 11 0 59 0
FW John Aston, Jr. 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
FW George Best 41 10 7 2 11 2 59 14
FW Bobby Charlton 41 10 7 0 11 8 59 18
FW John Connelly 42 15 7 0 11 5 60 20
FW David Herd 37 20 7 2 11 6 55 28
FW Albert Kinsey 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1
FW Denis Law 36 28 6 3 10 8 52 39
FW Ian Moir 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
FW David Sadler 6 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
Own goals 1 0 0 1
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