original illustrations of the kits worn during the season
Home Kit 2
The Season in brief
Mangnall achieved his first objective as United returned to the First Division after an absence of twelve seasons by consolidating their position in the top flight.
Undoubtedly his greatest success came in the transfer market rather than on the pitch. The football world was stunned by United's purchase of Billy Meredith for £500 from City in May 1906. Probably the most gifted and celebrated footballer of the time, Meredith was one of several City players serving an FA suspension until the end of the year.
Mangnall signed a further three of the banned City 'stars' in December (Bannister, Sandy Turnbull and Burgess), although clandestine deals with the players had probably been arranged weeks before.
All four made their United débuts on New Years Day in front of 40,000 at Bank Street. The only goal of the day came from a Meredith cross which Sandy Turnbull headed home.
The impetus provided by the new signings came at a vital time for United. Although they had started brightly, by Christmas they had slumped to 14th in the table. They ended the season in eighth place.
The Board had again spent during the summer on ground improvements. The banking on the popular side was raised considerably and a new stand erected. The Board claimed the improvements added a further 10,000 to the capacity, which would have stood at around 60,000 if true. The largest crowd in fact was 45,000 for the visit of Bolton in September.
United's home kit was unchanged, although we know from match photographs and a team group taken before the final practice game that the players were also issued with a new two-buttoned shirt with inner white planket.
In the two practice matches, the Reserves played in a blue shirt, similiar in design and colour to the change kit worn in 1903/04. Our evidence comes from the squad photograph before the second game and from press reports that list the teams as Reds v Blues. It was common at the time for Reserve sides to wear different kits from the first team.
For the opening League fixture at Ashton Gate on September 1st, however, we know from a match photograph that United wore a new all white change kit, with red trim to the rounded collar and sleeves. This same kit was worn at Portsmouth in January.
As in previous seasons the players continued to wear both plain black socks and black socks with a blue band at the top.
From contemporary photographs it seems that United's first choice goalkeeper Harry Moger preferred to wear the same shirt as his outfield team mates rather than the heavier woolen jerseys of previous seasons. Moger, however, frequently wore a collared undershirt.