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Enlarged View. The team first entered the English First Division, then the highest league in English football, for the start of the season.
Our club name changed to Manchester United Football Club in , and we won the first of our 20 English League titles in In , we moved to Old Trafford, our current stadium. In the late s, we returned to on-field success, winning the FA Cup in and finishing within the top four league positions during each of the first five seasons immediately following the Second World War. During the s, we continued our on-field success under the leadership of manager Sir Matt Busby, who built a popular and famous team based on youth players known as the "Busby Babes. In February , an airplane crash resulted in the death of eight of our first team players.
Global support and tributes followed this disaster as Busby galvanized the team around such popular players as George Best, Bobby Charlton and Denis Law. Rebuilding of the club culminated with a victory in the European Cup final, becoming the first English club to win this title. Nicknamed the Welsh Wizard, Meredith had been implicated in a bribery scandal at City, and was due to be auctioned along with 17 other players.
Mangnall shrewdly made his move early, and acquired Meredith's signature before the bidding began. As champions, United played in the first-ever Charity Shield in The third trophy to be added to the club's honours board was the FA Cup, at the end of a tremendous run in The land on which the stadium was built was bought by the Manchester Brewery Company through John Henry Davies and leased to the club.
Davies himself paid for the building work, which commenced in under the supervision of architect Archibald Leitch.
By , the club had moved lock, stock and barrel from their old home of Bank Street. United's opening fixture at Old Trafford was played on 19 February The new hosts lost to their first visitors Liverpool, but the stadium was successful in accommodating an 80, capacity crowd. Not surprisingly, the club struggled, only escaping relegation by a single point. Before United could form a plan for recovery, the outbreak of the First World War put football firmly to the back of people's minds. The Football League was suspended, and clubs resorted to playing in regional competitions.
Enoch West was banned for life, as was Sandy Turnbull, who joined the Footballers' Battalion to help Britain's war effort. Manchester United returned to League football on 30 August , following a four-year gap caused by the First World War. Billy Meredith was still at Old Trafford, but reaching the end of his illustrious Old Trafford career.
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The new hero of the terraces, Joe Spence , finished the season as the team's top scorer with 14 League goals. Meanwhile, former manager Ernest Mangnall continued to make the local headlines with City, as they moved into a new stadium at Maine Road. United finished second to Leicester City, after losing only eight games. Chapman's team also went on a great run in the FA Cup, but this came to a halt in the semi-finals when Manchester City beat them at Bramall Lane in Sheffield. City's luck then ran out, as they lost both the final to Bolton and their place in the First Division.
Not that United supporters could afford to chuckle at City's misfortune. Chapman's permanent successor, Herbert Bamlett , arrived later that season. Spence continued to score goals by the bucketload but not even he could stop United's steady decline Their fears were realised in the next season, when United made the worst start in their history by losing their first 12 league matches in a row.
The dozen defeats included back-to-back thrashings at Old Trafford, by Huddersfield Town and then by Newcastle United.
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The patience of the supporters was being severely tested, and many of them did not hang around - only 3, turned up for the opening match of the following season. As the season went on, the situation deteriorated. By December, there was no money to pay the players' wages. Bankruptcy was a real threat.
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However, he did not make the most of it. Unbeaten during the last 19 games of the campaign, the Reds secured the Second Division championship with a win over Bury at Gigg Lane. The end-of-season form in the Second Division suggested United would do well on returning to the top flight but, by Christmas, the side had only won four matches, including one on 25 December itself! Only 10 wins in the whole season led to relegation, with City's fortunes again proving in stark contrast as they were crowned League champions.
Manager Duncan could only claim some of the credit, as he left the club in November to take charge of Ipswich Town. Walter Crickmer again stepped into the breach as United's caretaker manager.
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Playing 32 games and scoring six goals in a more advanced role, the Irishman helped United to stay up this time, finishing 14th, while City took their turn to be relegated. There was no time to gloat, however - the outbreak of war put the Football League on hold again, for several years. The outbreak of the Second World War forced football to the very back of people's minds between and But even in the absence of League football, Old Trafford was still the focus of attention.
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On 11 March , the stadium was bombed during a German air raid. The attack destroyed the main stand, dressing rooms and offices. It was a devastating blow but, within a few years, there would be optimism again around the famous old ground. It came with a man named Matt Busby, who would prove to be a hugely important figure in the history of Manchester United.
These qualities did not go unnoticed by United. Busby joined the Reds in , initially on a five-year contract. Little did he know he would still be managing the club 25 years later! The young boss did not waste any time making his mark, altering the positions of several key players. Perhaps the most important signing Busby made, however, was on the coaching staff. The pair formed a partnership that would see United become a power in world football. Busby and Murphy's first step on the road to glory was to build a team that was capable of challenging for domestic honours.
It was the club's highest placing for 36 years, and there was extra cause for optimism when the Reserves won their Central League Championship in the same season. Busby's mix of young local lads and established players lifted their first trophy the following year, when beating the Blackpool side of Stanley Matthews, Stan Mortensen and Harry Johnston in the FA Cup final.
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It was 39 years to the day that United had previously won the Cup, in The FA Cup was also the club's first major honour since winning the League Championship in , and recapturing the title would now become the number one target for Busby's men. Surely these fans wouldn't have to wait long to be rewarded with the prize they all craved…. Fans worried by the duo's departure were soon placated. Not all the young talent was home-grown, however. One match that epitomised the new Busby Babes era was against Arsenal at Highbury on 1 February Sadly, what was perhaps their greatest game on English soil was destined to be the last for that particular Manchester United team.
Again they won , this time on aggregate but, on the way home, the celebrations were cut short by tragedy. Duncan Edwards died of his injuries 15 days later in a German hospital. The club, the city of Manchester and the English game entered a long period of mourning. Mirren, which he would lead to a league championship in — In he became the manager of Aberdeen FC. He was widely reported to have been in danger of losing his job before Manchester salvaged the —90 season by winning the FA Cup.
That victory marked the beginning of the most successful managerial run in English football history, as Man U won eight Premier League the successor to the first division championships in the 11 seasons from —93 to —03, capturing three FA Cup titles as well. After going three years without a league championship, United won five Premier League titles in a seven-season span from —07 to —13, with a second Champions League win in Ferguson retired at the end of the —13 Premier League season but stayed on with Man U in a front-office role and as a club ambassador.
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