1905/06 – Manchester United

Man Utd 1905/06 squad picture

The 1905–06 season was Manchester United’s 14th season in the Football League.

United finished second in the Second Division and gained promotion to the Football League First Division for the 1906–07 season. In the FA Cup, United reached the fourth round, where they were defeated by Woolwich Arsenal.

Charlie Roberts upset the Football Association by starting the fashion of wearing very short knickers. In 1904 the FA took action by passing a regulation that stipulated that football knickers covered the knees. Roberts and some other players ignored this regulation. However, it was one of the reasons that long baggy shorts remained fashionable until after the Second World War.

In the 1905-06 season Manchester United won promotion to the First Division when they finished second to Bristol City. The club scored 90 goals in 38 games and top scorers were John Picken (20), John Peddie (18) and Charlie Sagar (16). Manchester United’s defence was also impressive and only let in 28 goals that season. Charlie Roberts played at centre-half and he was flanked by two outstanding wing-halves, Dick Duckworth and Alec Bell.

The club’s home colours remained red but the away colours returned to white from the blue/white stripes.

Second Division

Date Opponents H / A ResultF–A Scorers Attendance
2 September 1905 Bristol City H 5–1 Sagar (3), Beddow, Picken 25,000
4 September 1905 Blackpool H 2–1 Peddie (2) 7,000
9 September 1905 Grimsby Town A 1–0 Sagar 6,000
16 September 1905 Glossop A 2–1 Bell, Beddow 7,000
23 September 1905 Stockport County H 3–1 Peddie (2), Sagar 15,000
30 September 1905 Blackpool A 1–0 Roberts 7,000
7 October 1905 Bradford City H 0–0 17,000
14 October 1905 West Bromwich Albion A 0–1 15,000
21 October 1905 Leicester Fosse H 3–2 Peddie (2), Sagar 12,000
25 October 1905 Gainsborough Trinity A 2–2 Bonthron (2) 4,000
28 October 1905 Hull City A 1–0 Picken 14,000
4 November 1905 Lincoln City H 2–1 Picken, Roberts 15,000
11 November 1905 Chesterfield A 0–1 15,000
18 November 1905 Burslem Port Vale H 3–0 Beddow, Peddie, own goal 8,000
25 November 1905 Barnsley A 3–0 Beddow, Picken, own goal 3,000
2 December 1905 Clapton Orient H 4–0 Peddie (2), Picken (2) 12,000
9 December 1905 Burnley A 3–1 Beddow, Peddie, Picken 8,000
23 December 1905 Burton United A 2–0 Schofield (2) 5,000
25 December 1905 Chelsea H 0–0 35,000
30 December 1905 Bristol City A 1–1 Roberts 18,000
6 January 1906 Grimsby Town H 5–0 Beddow (3), Picken (2) 10,000
15 January 1906 Leeds City H 0–3 6,000
20 January 1906 Glossop H 5–2 Picken (2), Beddow,Peddie, Williams 7,000
27 January 1906 Stockport County A 1–0 Peddie 15,000
10 February 1906 Bradford City A 5–1 Beddow (2), Roberts,Schofield, Wombwell 8,000
17 February 1906 West Bromwich Albion H 0–0 30,000
3 March 1906 Hull City H 5–0 Picken (2), Peddie, Sagar,Schofield 30,000
17 March 1906 Chesterfield H 4–1 Picken (3), Sagar 16,000
24 March 1906 Burslem Port Vale A 0–1 3,000
29 March 1906 Leicester Fosse A 5–2 Peddie (3), Picken, Sagar 5,000
31 March 1906 Barnsley H 5–1 Sagar (3), Bell, Picken 15,000
7 April 1906 Clapton Orient A 1–0 Wall 8,000
13 April 1906 Chelsea A 1–1 Sagar 60,000
14 April 1906 Burnley H 1–0 Sagar 12,000
16 April 1906 Gainsborough Trinity H 2–0 Allan (2) 20,000
21 April 1906 Leeds City A 3–1 Allan, Peddie, Wombwell 15,000
25 April 1906 Lincoln City A 3–2 Allan (2), Wall 1,500
28 April 1906 Burton United H 6–0 Sagar (2), Picken (2),Peddie, Wall 16,000
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1 Bristol City 38 30 6 2 83 28 66
2 Manchester United 38 28 6 4 81 30 62
3 Chelsea 38 22 9 7 90 37 53

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

FA Cup

Manchester United entered the 1905–06 FA Cup at the First Round Proper stage and were drawn at home to Staple Hill on 13 January 1906. United dominated the match, winning 7–2 with a hat-trick from Clem Beddow and two goals from Jack Picken; Jack Allan and Harry Williams scored the other two goals. In the Second Round, United were drawn at home to Norwich City on 3 February 1906. Harry Moger kept the Canaries off the score sheet, while United saw goals from Alex Downie, Jack Peddie andCharlie Sagar. The Reds then faced Aston Villa at home in the Third Round stage on 24 February. 35,500 fans watched United defeat Villa 5–1 to reach the Fourth Round for the first time in their history; Picken scored a hat-trick for United, while Sagar scored two goals. United were drawn at home to Woolwich Arsenal in the Fourth Round. The match was played on 10 March, but goals by Peddie and Sagar would not be enough, as Arsenal advanced the next round with three goals of their own.

Date Round Opponents H / A ResultF–A Scorers Attendance
13 January 1906 First Round Staple Hill H 7–2 Beddow (3), Picken (2), Allan, Williams 7,560
3 February 1906 Second Round Norwich City H 3–0 Downie, Peddie, Sagar 10,000
24 February 1906 Third Round Aston Villa H 5–1 Picken (3), Sagar (2) 35,500
10 March 1906 Fourth Round Woolwich Arsenal H 2–3 Peddie, Sagar 26,500

Squad statistics

Pos. Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Harry Moger 27 0 4 0 31 0
GK Bob Valentine 8 0 0 0 8 0
GK Archie Montgomery 3 0 0 0 3 0
FB Tommy Blackstock 21 0 0 0 21 0
FB Horace Blew 1 0 0 0 1 0
FB Bob Bonthron 26 2 4 0 30 2
FB Dick Holden 27 0 4 0 31 0
HB Alex Bell 36 2 4 0 40 2
HB Alex Downie 34 0 4 1 38 1
HB Dick Duckworth 10 0 0 0 10 0
HB Charlie Roberts (c) 34 4 4 0 38 4
FW Jack Allan 5 5 1 1 6 6
FW Tommy Arkesden 7 0 0 0 7 0
FW Clem Beddow 21 11 1 0 22 11
FW Bernard Donaghy 3 0 0 0 3 0
FW Jimmy Dyer 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW George Lyons 2 0 0 0 2 0
FW Jack Peddie 34 18 3 2 37 20
FW Jack Picken 33 20 4 5 37 25
FW Alex Robertson 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW Charlie Sagar 20 16 3 4 23 20
FW Alf Schofield 23 4 4 0 27 4
FW George Wall 6 3 0 0 6 3
FW Harry Williams 10 1 2 1 12 2
FW Dick Wombwell 25 2 2 0 27 2
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