1907/08 – Manchester United

Man Utd 1907/08 squad picture

Manchester United squad picture 1907/08

The 1908 FA Charity Shield was the first Charity Shield, a football match contested by the winners of the previous season’s Football League and Southern League competitions. It was intended as a replacement for the Sheriff of London Charity Shield, after The Football Association declined to provide a professional club to the organisers of that event for the annual amateurs vs. professionals match. The new match was subsequently arranged to take place at Chelsea F.C.’s home ground, Stamford Bridge. Following the conclusion of the respective leagues, 1907–08 Football League winners Manchester United were scheduled to play against 1907–08 Southern League champions Queens Park Rangers.

The first match was played on a very damp pitch in poor weather and ended in a 1–1 draw between the two sides, with the QPR goalkeeper Charlie Shaw also saving a penalty struck by George Stacey. Following the match it was thought that the two sides would share the honours, but instead at the suggestion of Arthur Kinnaird, 11th Lord Kinnaird, the match was replayed in late August. It was once again played at Stamford Bridge and the two teams fielded most of the same players with only a few exceptions. On this occasion the weather was far improved and the attendance by spectators was far higher with 50,000 fans attending. Manchester United won the game by four goals, and between the two matches more than £1000 was raised for charity.

The 1907–08 season was Manchester United’s 16th season in the Football League and their second in the First Division. Remarkably, they won the Championship.

Manchester United Championship Celebration Dinner

Manchester United celebration dinner

Manchester United Treble Winners 1908

 

First Division

Date Opponents H / A ResultF – A Scorers Attendance
2 September 1907 Aston Villa A 4 – 1 Meredith (2), Bannister, Wall 20,000
7 September 1907 Liverpool H 4 – 0 S. Turnbull (3), Wall 24,000
9 September 1907 Middlesbrough H 2 – 1 S. Turnbull (2) 20,000
14 September 1907 Middlesbrough A 1 – 2 Bannister 18,000
21 September 1907 Sheffield United H 2 – 1 S. Turnbull (2) 25,000
28 September 1907 Chelsea A 4 – 1 Meredith (2), S. Turnbull,Bannister 40,000
5 October 1907 Nottingham Forest H 4 – 0 Bannister, J. Turnbull, Wall,Own goal 20,000
12 October 1907 Newcastle United A 6 – 1 Wall (2), Meredith, Roberts,S. Turnbull, J. Turnbull 25,000
19 October 1907 Blackburn Rovers A 5 – 1 S. Turnbull (3), J. Turnbull (2) 30,000
26 October 1907 Bolton Wanderers H 2 – 1 S. Turnbull, J. Turnbull 35,000
2 November 1907 Birmingham City A 4 – 3 Meredith (2), J. Turnbull, Wall 20,000
9 November 1907 Everton H 4 – 3 Wall (2), Meredith, Roberts 6,000
16 November 1907 Sunderland A 2 – 1 S. Turnbull (2) 30,000
23 November 1907 Arsenal H 4 – 2 S. Turnbull (4) 10,000
30 November 1907 Sheffield Wednesday A 0 – 2 40,000
7 December 1907 Bristol City H 2 – 1 Wall (2) 20,000
14 December 1907 Notts County A 1 – 1 Meredith 11,000
21 December 1907 Manchester City H 3 – 1 S. Turnbull (2), Wall 35,000
25 December 1907 Bury H 2 – 1 Meredith, J. Turnbull 45,000
28 December 1907 Preston North End A 0 – 0 12,000
1 January 1908 Bury A 1 – 0 Wall 29,500
18 January 1908 Sheffield United A 0 – 2 17,000
25 January 1908 Chelsea H 1 – 0 J. Turnbull 20,000
8 February 1908 Newcastle United H 1 – 1 J. Turnbull 50,000
15 February 1908 Blackburn Rovers H 1 – 2 S. Turnbull 15,000
29 February 1908 Birmingham City H 1 – 0 S. Turnbull 12,000
14 March 1908 Sunderland H 3 – 0 Bell, Berry, Wall 15,000
21 March 1908 Arsenal A 0 – 1 20,000
25 March 1908 Liverpool A 4 – 7 Wall (2), Bannister, J. Turnbull 10,000
28 March 1908 Sheffield Wednesday H 4 – 1 Wall (2), Halse, S. Turnbull 30,000
4 April 1908 Bristol City A 1 – 1 Wall 12,000
8 April 1908 Everton A 3 – 1 Halse, S. Turnbull, Wall 17,000
11 April 1908 Notts County H 0 – 1 20,000
17 April 1908 Nottingham Forest A 0 – 2 22,000
18 April 1908 Manchester City A 0 – 0 40,000
20 April 1908 Aston Villa H 1 – 2 Picken 10,000
22 April 1908 Bolton Wanderers A 2 – 2 Halse, Stacey 18,000
25 April 1908 Preston North End H 2 – 1 Halse, Own goal 8,000
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1 Manchester United 38 23 6 9 81 48 52
2 Aston Villa 38 17 9 12 77 59 43
3 Manchester City 38 16 11 11 62 54 43

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

FA Cup

Aston Villa v Man Utd lineups 1908

Date Round Opponents H / A ResultF – A Scorers Attendance
11 January 1908 First Round Blackpool H 3 – 1 Wall (2), Bannister 11,747
1 February 1908 Second Round Chelsea H 1 – 0 S. Turnbull 25,184
22 February 1908 Third Round Aston Villa A 2 – 0 S. Turnbull, Wall 12,777
7 March 1908 Fourth Round Fulham A 1 – 2 J. Turnbull 41,000

FA Charity Shield

Date Opponents H / A ResultF – A Scorers Attendance
27 April 1908 Queens Park Rangers N 1 – 1 Meredith 6,000
Replay
29 August 1908 Queens Park Rangers N 4 – 0 J. Turnbull (3), Wall 6,000
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