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Jack Crompton 1946-1956 272 games 0 goals

November 15, 2009

Written by: Robi Prosser

Jack Crompton was as local as they come when it come to being a Manchester United player, he was born in the Newton Heath area of manchester. In the late ’40s the solid figure of Jack Crompton was a regular sight between the goal posts for Manchester United. He came to united as an amateur from Oldham Athletic in 1944 and , although never a spectacular athlete, he was a courageous and reliable player. Matt Busby made him a staple of his post-war team. Crompton’s most memorable flash of brilliance the 1948 FA Cup final even though he had a secret back operation two days before the final, Ten minutes from time, with the score 2-2 he deflected a goal-bound header from Blackpool’s Mortensen, and United went on to win the game 4-2.
In 1950 Crompton lost his place to Reg Allen, bought from Quuens Park Rangers. He regained it briefly in 1952-53 when Allen dropped out of the team, but by this time Old Trafford was buzzing with anticipation of the “Busby Babes” , and Crompton’s generation was being replaced. Once Ray Wood staked his claim for the jersey Jack Crompton’s playing days were over, during the 1955-56 season he only played 1 game in October 1955, which proved to be his last game for the club.
He moved to Luton Town in a coaching role for the club but in the wake of the Munich Air Disaster in 1958, Crompton returned to Old Trafford as Jimmy Murpy’s assistant and trainer to the decimated squad.
Crompton was a tirelessly positive figure who did much to bolster the team, and he performed his duties with exemplary commitment untill well after Matt Busby’s return.

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