1906/07 – Manchester United

Manchester United squad picture 1906/07

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Manchester United squad picture 1906/07. 

Manchester City needed to beat Aston Villa on the final day of the 1904/05 season to win the championship. Villa won the game 3-1 and City finished third, two points behind Newcastle United.

After the game Alec Leake, the captain of Aston Villa, claimed that Billy Meredith had offered him £10 to throw the game. Meredith was found guilty of this offence by the Football Association and was fined and suspended from playing football for a year. Manchester City refused to provide financial help for Meredith and so he decided to go public about what really was going on at the club: “What was the secret of the success of the Manchester City team? In my opinion, the fact that the club put aside the rule that no player should receive more than four pounds a week… The team delivered the goods, the club paid for the goods delivered and both sides were satisfied.” This statement created a sensation as the FA had imposed a £4 a week maximum wage on all clubs in 1901.

The Football Association now carried out an investigation into the financial activities of Manchester City. They discovered that City had been making additional payments to all their players. Tom Maley was suspended from football for life and City was fined £250. Seventeen players were fined and suspended until January 1907. City was also forced to sell their players and at an auction at the Queen’s Hotel in Manchester. The Manchester United manager, Ernest Mangnal signed the outstandingly gifted Billy Meredith for only £500. Mangnal also purchased three other talented members of the City side, Herbert Burgess, Sandy Turnbull and Jimmy Bannister.

These new players did not make their debuts until the 1st January 1907. Manchester United beat Aston Villa 1-0. The only goal of the game was scored by Sandy Turnbull from a Billy Meredith cross. United only lost four games during the remainder of the season and climbed to an eighth-place finish.

Liverpool v Man Utd programme 1st April 1907

Liverpool’s match programme for the 1st April visit of United.

 

First Division

Date Opponents H / A ResultF – A Scorers Attendance
1 September 1906 Bristol City A 2 – 1 Picken, Roberts 5,000
3 September 1906 Derby County A 2 – 2 Schofield (2) 5,000
8 September 1906 Notts County H 0 – 0 30,000
15 September 1906 Sheffield United A 2 – 0 Bell, Downie 12,000
22 September 1906 Bolton Wanderers H 1 – 2 Peddie 45,000
29 September 1906 Derby County H 1 – 1 Bell 25,000
6 October 1906 Stoke City A 2 – 1 Duckworth (2) 7,000
13 October 1906 Blackburn Rovers H 1 – 1 Wall 20,000
20 October 1906 Sunderland A 1 – 4 Peddie 18,000
27 October 1906 Small Heath H 2 – 1 Peddie (2) 14,000
3 November 1906 Everton A 0 – 3 20,000
10 November 1906 Woolwich Arsenal H 1 – 0 Downie 20,000
17 November 1906 The Wednesday A 2 – 5 Menzies, Peddie 7,000
24 November 1906 Bury H 2 – 4 Peddie, Wall 30,000
1 December 1906 Manchester City A 0 – 3 40,000
8 December 1906 Middlesbrough H 3 – 1 Wall (2), Sagar 12,000
15 December 1906 Preston North End A 0 – 2 9,000
22 December 1906 Newcastle United H 1 – 3 Menzies 18,000
25 December 1906 Liverpool H 0 – 0 20,000
26 December 1906 Aston Villa A 0 – 2 20,000
29 December 1906 Bristol City H 0 – 0 10,000
1 January 1907 Aston Villa H 1 – 0 Turnbull 40,000
5 January 1907 Notts County A 0 – 3 10,000
19 January 1907 Sheffield United H 2 – 0 Turnbull, Wall 15,000
26 January 1907 Bolton Wanderers A 1 – 0 Turnbull 25,000
2 February 1907 Newcastle United A 0 – 5 30,000
9 February 1907 Stoke City H 4 – 1 Picken (2), Meredith,own goal 15,000
16 February 1907 Blackburn Rovers A 4 – 2 Meredith (2), Sagar,Wall 5,000
23 February 1907 Preston North End H 3 – 0 Wall (2), Sagar 16,000
2 March 1907 Small Heath A 1 – 1 Menzies 20,000
16 March 1907 Woolwich Arsenal A 0 – 4 6,000
25 March 1907 Sunderland H 2 – 0 Turnbull, Williams 12,000
30 March 1907 Bury A 2 – 1 Menzies, Meredith 25,000
1 April 1907 Liverpool A 1 – 0 Turnbull 20,000
6 April 1907 Manchester City H 1 – 1 Roberts 40,000
10 April 1907 The Wednesday H 5 – 0 Wall (3), Picken, Sagar 10,000
13 April 1907 Middlesbrough A 0 – 2 15,000
22 April 1907 Everton H 3 – 0 Bannister, Meredith,Turnbull 10,000
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Pts
7 Woolwich Arsenal 38 20 4 14 66 59 44
8 Manchester United 38 17 9 13 53 56 42
9 Small Heath 38 15 8 15 52 52 38

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
12 January 1906 First Round Portsmouth A 2 – 2 Picken, Wall 24,329
16 January 1906 First RoundReplay Portsmouth H 1 – 2 Wall 8,000

Squad statistics

Pos. Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Harry Moger 38 0 2 0 40 0
FB Tommy Blackstock 3 0 1 0 4 0
FB Bob Bonthron 28 0 1 0 29 0
FB Herbert Burgess 17 0 0 0 17 0
FB Dick Holden 27 0 2 0 29 0
HB Alex Bell 35 2 2 0 37 2
HB Frank Buckley 3 0 0 0 3 0
HB Alex Downie 19 2 1 0 20 2
HB Dick Duckworth 28 2 2 0 30 2
HB Charlie Roberts (c) 31 2 1 0 32 2
HB Arthur Young 2 0 0 0 2 0
FW Jack Allan 3 0 0 0 3 0
FW Jimmy Bannister 4 1 0 0 4 1
FW Clem Beddow 3 0 0 0 3 0
FW Bill Berry 9 0 0 0 9 0
FW Alex Menzies 17 4 2 0 19 4
FW Billy Meredith 16 5 2 0 18 5
FW Jack Peddie 16 6 0 0 16 6
FW Jack Picken 26 4 2 1 28 5
FW Charlie Sagar 10 4 0 0 10 4
FW Alf Schofield 10 2 0 0 10 2
FW Sandy Turnbull 15 6 0 0 15 6
FW George Wall 38 11 2 2 40 13
FW Harry Williams 3 1 0 0 3 1
FW Dick Wombwell 14 0 2 0 0 0
FW William Yates 3 0 0 0 3 0
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