the definitive illustrated guide to all the Newton Heath and Manchester United kits since 1878

This site was originally conceived by Paul Nagel and Tim Ashmore and launched in October 2009. Since then Tommy Nielsen and Daniel Gellatley have joined the team.

Our research is on-going and we appreciate any contributions that help in our aim to provide the definitive online guide to United's kits. The site is constantly updated with information from a host of regular contributors.Please clear your browser cache and refresh the page if you are a regular visitor to This will ensure you are viewing the latest version.

The evidence for the kits on this site

All of the kits we feature have been extensively researched and we are confident of their authenticity.

Although we do not reproduce photographs on this site for copyright reasons, many of the kits have been verified from contemporary photographs.

In some cases we have made educated guesses to the kits worn by United but always make a note of our assumptions in the accompanying text.


We can be contacted by email here. Please remember this site is run as a hobby and if you contact us please be patient, we will reply.

We also have a comments page in which you can leave any questions or post your comments on United's kits down the years.

Latest news and site updates

January 2nd 2015

A happy New Year to United fans everywhere. Tim has created a Facebook page for United Kits and we will be adding Like buttons to this site shortly.

Over the holidays we have received a couple of interesting contributions. Roy Jeffries sent a photo of a new variant home shirt from 1975/76, probably worn at Park Head in the testimonial for Bobby Lennox and Jimmy Johnstone in May 1976.

Krisi Blazeski has pointed out that whenever United have worn black shorts with their home kit this season, the shorts are from the change kit (i.e. with a red Nike swoosh and not a white swoosh as we were showing). He's also provided a little known fact that in 1997/98 Wes Brown made his United début in a replica shirt rather than a player's issue shirt.

Thanks to Roy and Krisi.

December 7th 2014

Daniel discovered a small error on the Premier League player's shirt numbers from 2007-2014. He has corrected this error and the 2007/08 to 2014/15 season pages have been updated.

November 23rd 2014

Daniel has discovered the kits worn in the four 1986/87 pre-season games. The web page for this season has been updated with these kits. The final pre-seson game was Steve Coppell's testimonial.

November 1st 2014

Sean Moran has discovered photographs of United wearing the Admiral kit for the first time in a pre-season friendly in Jakarta in June 1975. We have updated the 1975/76 pages to include the new kit.

Since our last update Daniel has discovered United's 'keeper's shirt included a number on the back for the first time during 1973/74. Daniel has also revised the goalkeeper shirt numbers 1992-94, which were embriodered rather than printed on the shirt as we had originally thought.

Finally we have corrected the kit worn against Fejenoord in the 1983/84 pre-season friendly.

August 6th 2014

We have added a new variant of this season's home shirt (with a red button) spotted on the US Tour by contributor Yuanjie Wu, as well as the new goalkeeper third kit. The style of shirt numbers have also been added for this season, for both the outfield and goalkeeper shirts.

July 30th 2014 -

All three of the new United kits have been added to the 2014/15 page, and we have also added the two goalkeeper kits for 2014/15.

July 15th 204

United have announced a new ten year agreement with adidas from 2015/16.

July 9th 2014

Nike have announced they will not renew their contract to supply United's kit from the start of the 2015/16 season. We have added Tim's designs of the new 2014-15 home kit, Nike's last, to the site. Tim has also designed a new wallpaper featuring George Stacey's 1909 Cup Final shirt. The wallpaper can be downloaded for free here.

July 7th 2014

United have announced the new home kit for 2014/15. It will be available from July 16th and worn for the first time in the tour game against LA Galaxy on July 23rd.

May 27th 2014

We have completely revised the goalkeeper shirts from 1980 -1990 with new variants added and some minor corrections made. The shirts are now featured across three pages. We have also added a new variant of the Admiral third kit discovered by Tim, and a correction to the white shorts worn with the change kit in 2000/01 spotted by Daniel.

Our next major update will be the inclusion of United's 2014/15 kits.

May 26th 2014

Daniel has discovered two new goalkeeper variant kits worn on the pre-season tour of South East Asia in 2001/02. We have corrected the shirt numbers worn against Athinaikos in 1991/92 and in Korea in the 2009/10 pre-season friendly, as well as some minor errors.

Previous updates ...

Read the previous weekly updates in our archive.

Worn by United ... featured kit

... in the Premier League against Arsenal

United's History -
The Match2Match Series match2match series

Paul is the author of a series of books on United's history. The books can be ordered from the publishers at

Malta to Wembley

An excellent new book with over 260 pages detailing the historic 1967/68 season has recently been released. The book is now available from Keith's Programmes Cabin (adjacent to the Bishop's Blaize), 686 Chester Road, Old Trafford, Manchester M32 0SF priced at just £50 with all proceeds going to charity. The cabin is open four hours before kick-off on matchdays.

Malta to Wembley book

The Outfield Kits outfield kits

The kits worn by United's outfield players are listed by season - the home, change and third kits are included along with variants.

The kits worn in cup finals and other big games, or to commemorate trophies are included in their appropriate seasons.

The Goalkeeper Kits goalkeeper kits

United's goalkeeper's kits are listed separately from the outfield players.

The kits are grouped into periods rather than season by season.As with the outfield players the home, change, third and special kits are included.

The Testimonial Kits testimonial kits

The kits worn in post war testimonials for United players have their own pages which can be found in the Testimonials section.

We focus chiefly on testimonial games played at Old Trafford.The kits are grouped together in periods rather than by season.