Season 1913/14
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season

Change Kit
Change Kit 2
Home Kit
Change Kit

The Season in brief

United were no longer a happy club; Bentley's autocratic management style upset the senior players and the club's worsening financial plight forced the Directors to make unpopular decisions.

The club were in dispute with Billy Meredith over the payment of his benefit money, and the Board refused to grant the second benefit games that were due to Duckworth, Roberts or Bell. Alex Bell refused the terms offered by the club in May 1913 and was promptly sold to Blackburn for £1,000.

This was followed by the sale of Charlie Roberts to Oldham for a new club record fee of £1,750 Roberts, who had resigned the club captaincy, played his last game for United in the first of the pre-season public practice games on August 23rd at Old Trafford. He was sold to Oldham two days later!

Dick Duckworth finally accepted a new two year contract and was appointed as joint club captain along with George Stacey, who had been the player's choice to replace Roberts.

Surprisingly United remained in the top three until early February although signs that the side were over achieving had come in the 5-0 defeat at Goodison on Boxing Day, and a 6-1 thrashing at Bolton on January 3rd. The defeat at Burnden Park was the first in a sequence of fourteen League and Cup games without a win.

With the very real prospect of relegation the club splashed out £1,300 in March to bring centre half George Hunter from Chelsea, a new club record. He made his début against Aston Villa at Old Trafford, Villa winning 6-0!

After managing just two points from a possible twenty-six United finally managed a 2-1 win, their first since New Year's Day, at Anfield. That victory and four points in their final three games, helped preserve their First Division status.

United's home kits remained unchanged with three distinct styles of collar evident from a team photograph from the autumn of 1913. Laces were used to make running repairs to older shirts, which were replaced only as a last resort and on an ad hoc basis.

Although this policy would have applied equally to the change kit, a photograph, from November 1913, shows United wearing a change kit with broader stripes than on previous shirts. All ten outfield players sported these new shirts suggesting that the old change shirts were beyond repair.

From a match report in the 'Manchester Evening News' in August 1914 we believe the shirts were blue and white stripes.

We also think that it is very likely that the club resorted to just plain black socks.