original illustrations of the kits worn during the season
The Season in brief
United were stunned by the death of left back Charlie Radford in a motorcycle accident in July. An English schoolboy International before the First War, Radford had been a regular in the first team since September 1921.
With a fully fit Barson restore dto the side, United were able to mount a creditable promotion challenge. By the end of March they were one of three teams, with Derby County and Leicester, chasing the two promotional places. On Easter Saturday their two challengers shared the points at Filbert Street while United managed a slender 1-0 win over South Shields at Old Trafford. Unbeaten in the final five games, United finished runners up to Leicester.
Despite winning promotion, the Board's decision to profit from the young talented players at the club again brought criticism from both the fans and in the press. Willie Henderson, who had scored fourteen goals in twenty two appearances, and Fred Kennedy were both sold before the March transfer deadline, with promotion still not assured. The 'Football News' responded to the sales by attacking the Board's decision; "Have the directors of United no regard or responsibility for the spectators who travel to Old Trafford to support the team, or as they working as a business concern only."
United's home and change kits remained essentially the same as in the previous two seasons, although the for the first time the players wore a black sock with red top and white band. This iconic design would be revived in the 1950s. Our evidence comes from a photograph taken before the public trials match in August 1924 in which United's squad can be seen wearing both home and change kits
We have found evidence thatr United's goalkeeper change shirt was probably royal blue, although the limitations of black and white photography make it impossible to accurately confirm the shirt's colour.