1878 saw the emergence of a new Football Club called the Newton Health LYR Football Club with the Carriage and Wagon department of the Lancashire and Yorkshire playing the role of founders. By 1902, the club was rechristened as Manchester United.
Journey of the Early Days
For the initial couple of years, the club played inter departmental matches and in 1880 they played their recorded match and were defeated by Bolton Wanderer’s team.
Newton Health LYR Football Club emerged as a founding member of a regional football league called ‘The Combination’.
On its dissolution, it switched over to Football Alliance which after 3 seasons merged with Football League.
Club’s Low Times
By 1892-93, the club had entered the First Division but after two seasons it started nose diving and reached the 2nd division. By 1902, its debts ran up to £ 2,670 and were even served a winding-up order.
Coming out from the lows
It was the then Captain Harry Stanford’s initiative to bring together a few (four to be precise) interested local businessmen and organized them to take over and run the club.
Famously called the Busby Years, the period between 1945-1969 was the most glorious period for the club with Matt Busby as the manager who striven hard and strictly controlled the team selection, training and player transfer powers. Under him the club:-
- Won the second place in 3 consecutive leagues from 1947-49.
- Won the FA Cup in 1948
- Won the First Division in 1952, the first of it in its 41 years history.
- Became the first English Team to compete in the European Cup and made a record 10-0 victory against Belgian Champions Anderlecht, which still holds to be the biggest victory of the club.
- Despite being injured in the air crash, Busby rebuilt his team and the club won the FA Cup in 1963
- In 1968, the club won the European Cup and became the first English Club to win the European Cup.
The Stadiums and the return path
- The field on North Road acted as the initial ground for the club and by 1893 the club has moved on to Bank Street Ground in Clayton.
- 1902 saw the closure of this ground by bailiffs.
- Harpurhey in Bristol City became the temporary ground for the next reserves and then after some investments and constructions the team moved back to Bank Street Ground.
- In February 1909, Old Trafford became the home ground for the club which serves to be so even today.
The unforgettable disaster
In the year 1958, the club lost eight of its players in the Munich Air Disaster.
Entering the equity world
The club saw its entry into the London Stock Exchange in 1991 and became the first English Football Club to be floated on this exchange.
- Won its first trophy – the Manchester Cup in 1886.
- First League title in 1908.
- First FA Cup in 1909
1990 – the most successful decade when it won:
- 5 League Titles
- 5 Charity Shields
- 4 FA Cups
- 1 League Cup
- 1 UEFA Champions League
- 1 UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup
- 1 UEFA Super Cup
- 1 Intercontinental Cup
- E Thomas – 1st known captain
- Jack Powel -1st known non-English Captain
- Harry Stafford – 1st Captain of Manchester United
- Bryan Robson – Longest serving captain of the club from 1982-94
- David Gaskell – Youngest first-team player (16 years 19 days)
- Billy Meredith – Oldest First-Team Player (46 years 281 days)
Interesting and encouraging fact
Rising from a position where the club was slapped a winding up notice today it stands tall and successful and is one of the wealthiest (worth £1.13 billion) and most highly supported teams in the whole world.