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Saturday, 9 August 2008

Manchester United Kit History - Newton Heath (1892) - 1948 (Cup Final)

1892 - Newton Heath Home Shirt

The Newton Heath shirt from the 1890s was also recreated
and worn by the 1993 team to celebrate United's humble
beginnings. Like the current United side, Newton Heath
played in several strips including white shirts, black shorts
and the famous red and white kit adopted below.

1902 - Manchester United Home Shirt

This button-up shirt was worn from the Newton Heath days
until the 1920s and was graced by such greats as Billy
Meredith, Sandy Turnbull and Charlie Roberts.

1903 - Manchester United Away

United ocassionally wore this blue and white striped shirt
between 1903 and 1916. Umbro based their 1995 third kit
on this unusual choice. During a 1903 FA Cup game at Ever-
ton, United changed from their familiar red shirts into this
blue and white away kit at half time because of adverse
weather conditions. They lost the game 3-1. Ironically, 93
years later, United ditched their ill-fated grey kit at half
time (for other well documented reasons). The result that
day ? ..... they too lost 3-1.

1909 - Manchester United FA Cup Final Shirt

United reached their first ever FA Cup Final in 1909 against
Bristol City. Both sides agreed to change from their usual red
shirts and United opted to play in this white lace-up kit with
a red 'V', complimented by the red rose of Lancashire. The
company that made the kit was interestingly owned by winger
Billy Meredith. United won 1-0.

1920 - Manchester United Home Shirt - Edwardian Times

The Sunderland look-a-like kit of Edwardian times would
confuse many fans today.

1920 - Manchester United Home Shirt

The 'V' shaped lace-up design as worn in the 1909 Cup Final
reappeared during the 1920s.

1928 - Manchester United Home Shirt

1928 was the year Manchester United switched permanently
to the famous colours of red shirts and white shorts. The red
collar showed off glimpses of white on the inside lining to add
a nice modern touch.

1940s - Manchester United Home Shirt

The white collared, button up red shirt complete with the
Manchester Coat of Arms was worn by Red Devils such as
Johnny Carey and The Busby Babes during the 1940s and

1948 - Manchester United FA Cup Final Shirt

If ever a team deserved to win the FA Cup Final it was the
United team that wore this blue strip in 1948. They scored
18 goals against First Division opposition on the way to set
up a classic against Stanley Matthews' Blackpool. After com-
ing from behind, two goals from Rowley and one each from
Pearson and Anderson secured a wonderful 4-2 win in one
of the best finals ever seen.

The badge used for this final was the Manchester coat of arms.

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