Manchester United Gain 69,000 Glory Hunters
In a blink of an eye Manchester United have gained 69,000 fans, well when I say a blink of eye I mean 84 years ago.
While Old Trafford regularly attracts 76,000 supporters these days, only 7,000 bothered to turn up for a special match on 13th September 1930.
The scoreline ended up being Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 7, those were the days…
The return fixture at St.James’ Park attracted 20,000 supporters who saw only seven goals this time, though thankfully four of them were for those in black & white stripes meaning the league double was completed.
The story doesn’t end there as despite Newcastle doing the double over Manchester United, we also nearly got relegated, finishing the season in seventeenth position.
It gets better, as in those days despite only two teams being relegated from the top division we saw Leeds go down in 21st, second from bottom, while right at the bottom of the pile were Manchester United with only 22 points, some 10 points off safety.
Interesting to look back at that season as an example of how things were, as I know they played four matches more (forty two) than the current thirty eight, the goals statistics are a bit mad.
Second placed Aston Villa finished top scorers with 128 goals, while even though Newcastle finished 17th they notched 78.
In fact only three clubs (including Man U with a paltry 53…) scored less than the relegated Leeds total of 68!
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