original illustrations of the kits worn during the season
Change Kit 1?
Change Kit 2
The Season in brief
After months of searching for the right man, United announced the appointment of Adam Scott Duncan as team manager on July 13th. Gibson's cash was used to refurbish Old Trafford, work began on a covered stand for the popular side, ball boys were employed and a new kit unveiled. Crowds were slowly returning to Old Trafford, and the club were able to post a small profit of £658.
United made a poor start to the season, and by the end of September lay nineteenth in the table. An unbeaten run of eleven games lifted them into the promotion race, but six games without a win in spring 1933 all but ended any hopes of returning to the top flight. The Board had approved two £5,000 purchases (Neil Dewar and Ernie Hine) in an effort to rejuvenate the promotion challenge that February. The club finished sixth, which was a huge improvement on the previous season in terms of postion, but the side had won just one more point than in the previous term.
United had a new home shirt - solid red with white winged collar. The new shirt would remain the style of home shirts for almost a quarter of a century.
United also had a new change kit, and perhaps two. A match report in the Liverpool Echo of the reserve's game at Anfield in September includes a reference of United playing in their new colours of chocolate and cream hoops. This is the only reference we have found to this kit. The home programme on October 15th includes a George Butterworth cartoon showing United wearing their "rugby" kits. Contemporary evidence suggests the club changed to a maroon red and white hoped shirt.
We have been able to determine that United's goalkeepers wore a heavy woolen green jersey. Although we have been unable to discover any evidence from this season of United's goalkeeper change shirt, we believe, from earlier and later photographic evidence and given the limited colour options available under League regulations, it was probably royal blue.