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 also added a zoom feature for many of the kits.
Since 1971/72 we have listed the kits worn in individual games and from 1982/833 the kits worn in pre-season.
We have been unable to identify every 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
December 26th 2016
Many thanks to Charbel Boujaoude for sending us a copy of an advert from 1887 that identifies a Nottingham sports outfitter as the supplier of Newton Heath's kits for that season. We have also been able to identify Umbro as the kit manufacturer of United's shirts from 1937/38 thanks to help from Tony Sealey. We have updated the Kit Manufacturers page with the latest information.
Incidentally, Charbel has recently published a new book (Red Tales) with twelve unknown stories from United's past. Details of the book can be found on Charbel's website..
December 24th 2016
Happy Christmas to United fans everywhere, and our best wishes for a happy and healthy 2017.
November 4th 2016
We have revised the kits for the current season, with Ander Herrera deservedly now the featured player.
Contributor Sean Moran has identified the kit worn by United in the pre-season friendly against Blackpool in August 1981. Visit the 1981/82 page.
October 31st 2016
Contributor Sean Moran has identified the kit worn by United in the pre-season friendly against Southampton at Aberdeen in August 1981. Visit the 1981/82 page.
August 3rd 2016
During the summer Daniel has been busy researching the kits worn by United in friendly games since 1971. All of the kits identified so far have been uploaded and the missing kits document updated. Thanks to Sean Moran who helped with this project.
We have also started to upload the new 2016/17 kits, starting with those worn in pre-season.. This task will be completed in the next couple of weeks.
April 28th 2016
Many of the unidentified friendly kits have now been identified! Many thanks to contributor Karl Ladley who diligently went through the list of missing kits and provided evidence for most of them. We have updated the list of kits that we are still missing. Please contact us if you can help.
April 22nd 2016
We have added a host of kits worn in friendly games between 1983 and 2002, thanks to some hard work from Daniel.
However we have been uable to identify all the kits worn in the friendly games played by United in this period and would like your help. The games that we are missing can be downloaded here. If you have know which kit was worn by United in any of these games we would be grateful if you get in touch.
We have included the testimonial games for David Sadler, Jimmy Rimmer and Wilf McGuiness, although we have been unable to confirm United's kits in the games at Preston and Swansea. Again please contact us if you can help.
April 4th 2016
Following an email from Jimmy Barrie, an Admiral shirt collector, we feel it is important to emphasise that unitedkits NEVER endorse the authenticity of United shirts being sold on eBay or similiar websites. If a seller is referencing this site in an advert, it is being done without or knowledge or approval.
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March 13th 2016
We have found evidence that Newton Heath's first kit was a white shirt with blue cord, which was probably to distinguish team mates from the opposition and worn either as a sash or as a belt. The club colours were listed in the 'Sportsman's Year-book' of 1880 and 1881.
This follows our earlier discovery that the first kit worn by United's Reserves in 1902 was green and white striped shirts.
We are currently researching the period between 1881-1887 for evidence of the colours worn by Newton Heath.
Read the previous news updates in our archive.
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Manchester United Match2Match
Paul is the author of a series of books on United's history which can be bought at match2match.co.uk
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.
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