the definitive illustrated guide to all Newton Heath and Manchester United kits since 1878
Each season since United's formation in 1878 has its own page with illustrations of all the kits worn that year both by the outfield players and the goalkeepers.
We have listed the kits worn in individual games and in pre-season from 1971/72 onwards.
There are, unfortunately, several games in which we have yet to be able to identify United's kit. The list of missing kitscan be viewed or downloaded.
The kits worn in post-war testimonial games at Old Trafford. The kits are grouped together in periods rather than by season.
The kits that cannot be easily classified can be found here.
A series of articles detailing aspects of the history of United's kits.
As well as a history of United's kits, there are articles on the kit manufacturer's and club sponsors.
We have also included a comprehensive history of the club badge with images taken from player issued shirts.
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Latest News and site updates
November 21st 2017
We have updated the change kit from 1975/76 and 1976/77 with a black Admiral logo, rather than the red logo we had originally featured. Pavel Shalaev sent us photos from United's game at Anfield in November 1975 which shows the black logo. Further investigations suggest the red logo did not appear on the shirts until the 1977 Charity Shield game.
November 19th 2017
All pages have now been restored. If you find a broken link, please contact us so that it can be repaired.
November 15th 2017
As we are rebuilding the site after a mailicious attack, many of the pages will be temporarily unavailable. It may take a couple of days until all the pages are uploaded, so please be patient.
August 20th 2017
The 'new' change kit discovered by James Thomas has been added to the season pages for 1896-1902. We have also corrected the third kit socks worn against Barcelona in pre-season, and the goalkeeper shorts worn in the Super Cup. Many thanks to Felix Bagus for contacting us about our errors.
August 16th 2017
All of the new kits worn in pre-season have now been uploaded, and we hope to have the shirt numbers completed soon.
Sean Moran has discovered that Alex Stepney wore a training top in the friendly against AZ Alkmaar in August 1976. We have added this kit to the 1976/77 page.
James Thomas sent us a newspaper cutting of the match report from Newton Heath's visit to Walsall in January 1899 that states the 'Heathens' wore a chnage shirt described as a "red and black combination". See the article on United's kit history. This is the first mention we have found of this kit, but we have begun researching other match reports from the period.
July 17th 2017
We have begun to add the new kits to the 2017/18 pages. As the pre-season tour continues, the kits will be updated. The player shirt backs will be added when rhe season is a few weeks old and we have noninated the named player.
June 28th 2017
June 6th 2017
We have added the kits from Michael Carrick's Testimonial game on Sunday. Daniel has also revised the goalkeeping kits for 2016/17 to reflect the longer shorts worn by Sergio Romero. Over the next few weeks, we will be updating the outfield players' shirt backs from 1910 to 1932. Enjoy the summer!
April 27th 2017
After Iain McCartney contacted us with news that United had worn a black and white hooped shirt in the away game at Sheffield United on February 17th 1938, we have been researching the change kits worn around this time, and made some new discoveries.
From 1936/37, United's change kit, which we had assumed was red and white hoops, was in fact black and white hoops. United continued to wear this kit until after the Second World War. We have also found evidence that United wore white shirts with black shorts at Anfield in March 1937, and a blue shirt with white shorts at Barnsley in January 1938. We had previously believed this kit was first worn at Highbury in April 1939. It became the default change kit after the War.
All the new kits have been uploaded to the respective season pages, and we have also modified the outfield player's shirt backs from 1922 through to 1946.
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Manchester United Match2Match
Paul Nagel is the author of a series of books on United's history.
Each book covers a single season with first team results, match reports, player profiles. There are also weekly league tables as well as the results from other games and details of the Reserve and Junior team matches.
Further details on these books, including how to buy them, can be found at match2match.co.uk
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