Season 1975/76
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season

The Season in brief

United, who maintained their cavalier attacking style, were title contenders for most of the season, and also reached the F.A. Cup Final. Unfortunately they lost three of their last six League games and finished third and were beaten by Second Division Southampton in the Cup Final.

Admiral's original home shirt had a cross over V neck collar with three narrow and a broad red band on the sleeve trim. This was replaced by a simpler style V neck in April 1976. There appears to have been no consistent supply policy and consequently United wore several different style kits through the season. There were also a number of variants of the goalkeeper shirts, notably three different coloured Admiral logos wrere used on the home shirts (red, black and gold). Outfield shirts were available with both long and short sleeves, with the choice left to individual players, which meant both styles were frequently worn in the same game.

The Cup Final shirt had an embroidered trophy and Wembley 1976 under the club badge. The 6 was a modified 5 which suggests the same embroidery block had been used the previous year. To comply with FA rules the Admiral logo was missing.

Replica shirts went on sale priced at £15 (or three times more than a generic red shirt). The club crest and Admiral logos were heat-applied transfers which were prone to peeling after a few washes, and Tommy Nielsen has confirmed they were blue & yellow rather than red and white. Photos sent by Athanasios Papathanasiou and John Bailey confirm the replica change shirt had three rather than four black stripes and the socks were white with red and black tops.

Tony Russell and Marvin Nash have provided invaluable information on the kits worn by United this season.

Can you help identify the kit worn by United in the game at Norwich on 17/3/1976