original illustrations of the kits worn during the season
Home Kit 2
Home Kit 3
Home Kit with large roll top
Home Kit with white undershirt
The Season in brief
The financial restructure demanded by the F.A. was finally completed in November 1911 when fifteen thousands shares in the club were issued at £1. The company also entered into a new rental agreement for Old Trafford.
The immediate impact was the transfer listing of several players (including Livingston, Picken, Sheldon and Whalley). United's financial position was not helped by a slump in attendances; the average for League games fell to below 21,000, from over 28,000 the previous season.
United mounted a strong defence of the title until the turn of the year, but eventually finished 12th. On January 6th,at Everton, George Wall, who had been subjected to continuous verbal abuse from one fan, retaliated. Striding into the crowd Wall thumped the fan before returning to the pitch!
In contrast to their League form United reached the F.A. Cup quarter finals. The tie at Old Trafford attracted the largest crowd of the season, 59,300, and club record receipts of £3,114 5s. Despite a local miner's strike, the United board had raised the admission prices in the popular side to 1s.(5p). The game ended as a draw and United lost the replay 4-2 after extra time, despite leading 2-1 with just six minutes to go.
There was an increasing number of differing shirt styles worn as the home kit. Photographs from the pre season trial match and of the first team with the Championship trophy reveal that the rounded collar (often repaired with laces) and the high necked shirts remained in use, whilst a new design with a white collar, was introduced. The use of two style of socks also continued through 1911/12.
We believe it is highly probable that United's goalkeepers continued to wear an all white shirt. Photographs suggest that High Edmonds, United's first choice 'keeper, wore a thick jersey with high roll-up neck, whilst Harry Moger frequently preferred a shirt of similar style to that of the outfield players, worn with a white collared under-shirt.
Although we cannot tell from contemporary photographs, we believe the change shirts were royal blue. The squad photograph from the practice game in August shows reserve 'keeper Hugh Edmonds wearing a design with a darker collar yoke.