original illustrations of the kits worn during the season
The Season in brief
Despite a profit of almost £10,000 from their promotion year, Bill Inglis was the only major summer acquisition, signed from The Wednesday for a 'a very small cheque' according to the Athletic News.
The offside rule was redrafted during the summer so that two defenders, rather than three, had to be between the most advanced forward and the goal line. The change was designed to encourage more goals and, in the short term, it succeeded. Teams struggled to adapt to the change and results in the early weeks of the season were bizarre.
By the end of November, and unbeaten in eight games, United were third. John Chapman approached the Board for funds to buy Hughie Gallacher from his old club, Airdrieonians. The money was refused. Gallacher was bought by Newcastle for £6,500 and went onto score 133 goals in 160 appearances, as well as picking up a Championship medal in 1926/27.
United were soon found out and slipped to 9th by the end of the season, still a creditable performance had it not been for the results of two games against City in 1926. Humiliated 6-1 at Old Trafford, they were beaten 3-0 in the F.A. Cup semi final by their neighbours, a game in which Barson left City's Cowan unconscious.
There were no changes to United's home kit for 1925/26 but the change kit was replaced. Retaining a solid red shirt, the new design had a red trimmed collar and two buttons. Our evidence comes from press photographs of both kits from the spring of 1926.
We have also discovered photographs of several United players wearing the home kit with black shorts. It is possible that these photographs were taken during training sessions and that black shorts were not worn in a competitive game.