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.

This site is free and will always remain so. We do not accept advertising but we are willing to exchange links from sites with similar interests.

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.

Where we have been unable to find contemporary evidence we have made assumptions and these are noted in the text.

Keeping on line

We had originally used photographs as evidence for the kits on the site but removed them after we were forced to pay a substantial fee to Associated Sports Photography, who run the website.

We had asked copyright holders to contact us if we had inadvertently infringed their copyright and would remove the images immediately. Unfortunately this was not sufficient for ASP who aggressively pursued their claim.

We are still some way short of the total we have had to pay so if you are able to make a donation, however small, we'd be very appreciative. We are grateful to all those who have donated - they are helping to keep on line.

As soon as the total has been reached we will remove the donate buttons.

Latest news and site updates

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.

May 23rd 2014

We have added Tim's new banner design to the site. If you are a regular visitor please refresh the page to make sure you are viewing the most up-to-date pages.

May 22nd 2014

We have added a link to a new website LoStadio Illustrations. Artist Neil Howard has several prints of classic United shirts for sale. Neil has also produced four stunning images of Old Trafford in 1962 for the latest volume of Paul's Match2Match series which covers the 1962/63 season and is to be published in June.

May 12th 2014

With the season finally over, we have updated both the outfield and goalkeeper kits for 2013/14 and added Daniel's excellent summary of the goalkeeper kits match by match.

Charbel Boujaoude has uncovered a newspaper account of the public practice match in August 1897 that confirms Newton Heath's change kit.

We will keep the site updated with news over the coming months but it's time for a break. Enjoy the summer.

Previous updates ...

Read the previous weekly updates in our archive.


Worn by United ... featured kit

... in the Premier League against QPR.

United's History -
The Match2Match Series match2match series

Paul is the author of a series of books on United's history. So far the series covers the 1962/63, 1967/68, 1968/69, 1969/70 and 1970/71 seasons and the books can be ordered from the publishers at You can also subscribe to future editions of the series at the website.


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.

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.