Born: 23rd March 1909 in West Gorton, Manchester
Died: May 1988 in Macclesfield
Signed: May 1927
Debut: Tottenham Hotspur (a) 4th February 1928
Career: St Francis’ School(Gotron)/Manchester Schoolboys/Lancashire County Schoolboys/England Schoolboys/Ambrose FC(South Manchester League)/Longsight ‘A’ \team(Lancs&Cheshire Amateur League/Ashton Brothers(Manchester League)Stalybridge Celtic/Blackpool(trial)/Stockport County am.Feb 1927/Manchester United May 1927/Notts County Dec 1936-1939
When Hugh McLenahan played his first match for United, at the age of 18, in February 1928, he had already played for England at schoolboy level, against both Scotland and Wales. He was a part-time professional, usually playing as a half-back, and he combined his playing with working for the electrician’s department of the Manchester Evening Chronicle newsapaper. A year early he had signed for Stockport County but three months after signing, he was transferred to Manchester United. Having heard that Stockport were holding a bazaar to ease their financial difficulties, Louis Rocca, whose family ran a successful ice cream business in the Newton Heath district of the city, donated a freezer full of ice cream to the event in exchange for Stockport releasing McLenahan from his contract. In a 1934 press article McLenahan confirmed that the donation and transfer had happened almost simultaneously but that he felt sure that his transfer had not been arranged on those lines!
After his debut he went on to make a further nine appearances in 1927/28, and helped United to narrowly avoid relegation from Division One, by beating both Arsenal and Liverpool, 1-0 and 6-1 respectively, in the last two matches of the season!
A broken leg meant that he missed the majority of the 1928/29 season, playing just once, against Aston Villa, on 27 August 1928, in which he acquired the nasty injury. Amazingly, for the times, he returned to first team action on 12 October 1929, playing at left half in a 5–2 defeat at home to Grimsby Town. Later in the season, he went on a scoring spree, scoring six goals in seven appearances as an emergency inside right. The 1929/30 season would prove to be the highest-scoring season of McLenahan's Manchester United career.
By the mid-1930s, and after 9 years at Old Trafford, his appearances in the United first team had become few and far between and the decision was taken to allow McLenahan to move to Notts County in December 1937.
1966 was a great year for English football. Eric was born!