Season 1910/11
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season



 
The Season in brief

United were little changes from the previous season although Mangnall had brought in Enoch 'Knocker' West to replace Jimmy Turnbull, who had refused the club's terms.

West scored on his début and finished the season as the club's top scorer with nineteen League goals, one ahead of Sandy Turnbull.

United were rarely out of the top three, and led the table for much of the season. On the final day the title race was between leaders Aston Villa, United and Sunderland, who met at Old Trafford. Billy Meredith was in exceptional form that afternoon, creating three of United's goals as the side came back from losing an early goal to win 5-1. Villa lost 3-1 at Anfield, and United were champions again!

The move to Old Trafford was already having financial consequences. A loss for 1909/10 of £18,000 was posted, prompting the sales of several of the fringe players in the autumn of 1910.

Investigating the club's purchase of Old Trafford, a special F.A. Commission ordered the club to renegotiate on less favourable terms, and reduce JH Davies' influence at the club by broadening the share ownership through a new shares issue.

Colours for the home kit remained unchanged although it appears a new style high collared shirt was also worn alongside the familiar rounded collar shirt.

The club adopted a striped shirt as the new change kit, worn for the first time in the public practice games at Old Trafford in August. We believe it was blue and white stripes after discovering a match report in the 'Manchester Evening News' from August 1914.

The new change kit was also worn in the opening game of the season at Woolwich Arsenal. In the first half the majority of United players sported the Players' Union arm band on their left arm, defying a decision by the League Management Committee that prohibited it. It was reported that the Players' Union Secretary, Syd Owen, had sent a telegraph to the ground asking the players to remove them for the second half. Without photograph evidence from that game we have included the Union armband on both the home and change goalkeeper kits as we are not sure which kit was worn at Highbury. We knew the outfield players wore their change kit.

United continued to wear two styles of socks (with and without the two white hoops at the top) with both the home and change kits.

The goalkeeper home and change kits appear to have been unchanged too, with Harry Moger again frequently wearing a collared undershirt beneath his jersey