Season 1982/83
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season

The Season in brief

United, with the addition of Arnie Muhren, were involved in the title race throughout the season, as well as reaching the Finals of both League and F.A. Cups.

The highlight of the League Cup run was undoubtedly the 4-2 win at Highbury in the semi final first leg. In extra time in the Final, against Liverpool, Gordon McQueen, injured and playing on the wing, was outrageously fouled by Bruce Grobbelaar. Liverpool won 2-1. United also met Arsenal in the F.A. Cup semi finals, winning 2-1 at Villa Park. In the Final they were held 2-2 by Brighton before a comfortable 4-0 victory in the replay.

In the League, United lost just one of their opening eleven games and led the table. Three defeats in four games saw the side drop to fifth and they were never quite able to pressure leaders Liverpool and Ipswich Town. Despite just two victories in their final six games United finished third again.

All three kits for the 1982/83 season featured a sponsors logo for the first time although plain shirts were worn for televised games. Customers buying replica kits had to pay an extra £1 if they wanted the logos printed on their shirts.

For the second leg of the League Cup semi-final against Arsenal at Old Trafford in 1983, Gary Bailey wore a white shirt to avoid clashing with Arsenal's green change kit. Many thanks to Sean Moran for identifying this kit. From a YouTube video of the game we know there was no adidas logo on the shirt but it did have a black patch on the left. This may have been the club badge on a black background but unfortunately the definition makes it impossible for us to be certain.

We do know, thanks to contributor 'Spinacre' that Gary Bailey wore the blue change shirt in the League game against Arsenal at Old Trafford earlier that season.