original illustrations of the kits worn during the season
Home Kit 2
Home Kit 3
Change Kit 2
The Season in brief
The return of League football was greeted with record attendances at almost every League ground. At Old Trafford the average of over 26,000 was more than double that of the 1914/15 campaign, and the club were able to announce profits of around £12,000 for the season.
The first post war 'derby' at Hyde Road in October was a classic, United winning 4-3 after City had come from behind three times.
Another highlight of the season was the 5-3 win at Burnden Park in April. United, two down, scored four goals in thirteen minutes either side of the interval. Such high scoring games were the exception however as United relied on a strong defence rather than prolific attack.
The first team were a mixture of pre war players and new signings. Missing, until Christmas, was Billy Meredith. Still owed money from his 1912 benefit, Meredith had refused to sign a new contract and wanted to be released on a free. The United board, determined to keep their star, offered him the maximum wage and sat on his registration.
In spite of their record profits, United felt unable to provide benefits for either club captain Arthur Whalley or Wilf Woodcock, and both left the club at the end of the season.
It is likely that the club continued to use pre war kits when League football resumed in autumn 1919. A photograph of United's first team taken in December 1919 shows the team in a rather battered set of jerseys that had been worn first almost a decade earlier!
Photographs taken immediately before and after the War, suggest the club continued to wear blue and white striped shirts as change colours. By 1921/22 United's change kit had broader stripes than their pre War shirts. We have been unable to determine the exact point at which this change occurred.
We have been able to determine that United's goalkeepers wore a heavy woolen green jersey.
Although we have been unable to discover any evidence from this season of United's goalkeeper change shirt, we believe, from later photographic evidence and given the limited colour options available under League regulayions, it was probably royal blue.