United's club badge
an illustrated history

1972-1975 Umbro

United first featured a club crest on their shirts for the 1972/73 season and they remained unchanged until Admiral's contract to supply the club's kit began.

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Home shirt
1972-1975

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Change Shirt
1972-1975

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Third Shirt
1972-1975

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Goalkeeper Change Shirt
1973-1975

1975-1980 Admiral

Admiral made subtle changes to the club crest during the five years they provided kits to United. Perhaps the cleverest was the introduction of football boots rather than scrolls above the team name, which first appeared in the 1979/80 season.

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Home Shirt
1975-1977

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Home Shirt
1977-78

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Change Shirt
1975-1978

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Home Shirt
1978-79

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Change Shirt
1978-79

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Home Shirt
1979-1980

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Home Shirt Variant
1979-1980

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Change Shirt
1979-1980

1980-1992 adidas

The club badge on the adidas produced shirts continued to feature boots rather than scrolls abovethe team name, although the German manufacturer added their trademark three stripes to the boots. The club crest was enlarged from the 1984/85 season to empasise the adidad branded boots.

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Home shirt
1980-1984

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Change Shirt
1980-1982

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Change Shirt
1982-1984

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Home Shirt
1984-1992

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Change shirt
1984-1990

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Third Shirt
1984-1986

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Third Shirt
1986-1990

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Change Shirt
1990-1992

1992-2002 Umbro

The club badge remained largely unchanged although Umbro used various mounts in the decade as kit supplier. Perhaps the most controversial decision was dropping the words 'Football Club' from the crest in 1998/99.

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Home shirt
1992-1994

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Change shirt
1992/93

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Change shirt
1993-1995

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Home Shirt
1994-1996


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Change Shirt
1995/96

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Home shirt
1996-1998

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Change shirt
1996-1997

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Change shirt
1997-1999

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Home Shirt
1998-2000

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European Home Shirt
1997-2000

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Home Shirt
2000-2002

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Third Shirt
2000/01

2002-2015 Nike

Nike produced nearly as many varieties of the club badge as they did shirts in the thirteen years as kit supplier. We have included only a small selection.

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Home shirt
2002-2006

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Goalkeeper Home shirt
2005/06

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Change Shirt
2003/04

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Third Shirt
2003-2005/p>

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Change shirt
2005/06

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Home shirt
2006/07

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Change shirt
2006/07

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Home Shirt
2007-09

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Change Shirt
2007/08

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Change shirt
2008/09

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Home Shirt
2009/10

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Home Shirt
2010/11

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Change shirt
2010/11

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Third shirt
2010/11

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Home Shirt
2011-2013

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Goalkeeper Home Shirt
2011/12

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Change shirt
2011/12

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Change shirt
2012/13

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Home Shirt
2013/14

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Home Shirt
2014/15


Beneath the badge

Nike included an inspirational message on the inside of the shirts immediately beneath the club badge for the first time for the 2010/11 season. The detail was also included on the replica shirts.

Believe

For the 2010/11 season the word "Believe" was printed into the inside of the shirt. Contributor Daryl Sivakumaran sent this photo of Chicharito's shirt worn in the Champions League game against Marseilles.

Relentless

United's shirts featured the word "Relentless" printed into the inside of the shirt for the 2011/12 season.


Most of the photographs of match worn shirts have been taken by Tim, although we are also grateful to mufc shirts, Mike Fowler and Mike Dixon for allowing us to use photographs from their collections.