original illustrations of the kits worn during the season
Home Kit with Players' Union armband
Variant with Players' Union armband
Change Kit 2
Home kit with undershirt
Home kit with Union armband
Home kit with Union armband & undershirt
Change kit with Union armband
Change kit with undershirt
The Season in brief
United's preparations for the new season were disrupted by the suspension of most the first team players and the reserves for refusing to resign from the Players' Union. The self styled 'Outcasts FC' rented the Manchester Athletics Club for their pre season training, supervised by F Bacon, the club's trainer. The dispute between the League and Players' union was finally resolved at the eleventh hour allowing the League season to start as planned on September 1st.
All told it was a disappointing season for United. They finished fifth in the League, and fell at the first hurdle in the F.A. Cup, Burnley gaining revenge for their quarter final defeat in 1909. The highlight was undoubtedly the move to Old Trafford, originally scheduled for November but delayed until February 1910. Liverpool provided the opposition for the first game, winning 4-3 after United surrendered a two goal lead. We initially thought that United may have worn their change kit with black rather than white shorts that day. Mark Wylie, curator of United's museum, however has confirmed United wore their normal home kit in this match.
The player suspensions meant that United had to forego the usual pre-season practice matches at Clayton. The lack of a squad photograph from these games make it difficult for us to be certain of the club's kits. However we believe both the home and change kits probably remained unchanged for 1909/10.
For the game at Bramall Lane on October 23rd 1909 United again wore their white shirts with the red V. They had previously worn this kit in the League at Bristol City in April. Evidence of this can be found on Leslie Millman's flicker photostream.
For the first game of the season, at Bank Street against Bradford City, the United players wore a Players' Union armband. Within a month the FA and League had banned this practice.
Players continued to wear two different styles of socks with both the home and change kits.
A new League regulation that goalkeepers had to wear a different coloured shirt to outfield players came into effect at the start of the season. Initially the colour options were limited to either royal blue, scarlet or white. Without the benefit of a squad photo from the practice games, the colour of United's goalkeeper shirts is difficult to be certain of. However, based upon the limited colours available to the club and later photographs, we believe it is highly probable that United's goalkeepers wore an all white shirt of similar style to that of the outfield players. Photographs suggest that Harry Moger, United's first choice 'keeper, pfrequently wore a collared under-shirt.
The colour of United's goalkeeper change shirt was likely to have been royal blue, as scarlet would have clashed with the rest of the team and with the opposition when a change was necessary.