original illustrations of the kits worn during the season
The Season in brief
In October 1927, just months after guaranteeing a mortgage to buy the freehold for Old Trafford, J H Davies died. He was succeeded as Chairman by G H Lawton, who would not be as generous with his money as his predecessor.
The season opened with a visit to Old Trafford by Bamlett's former club, Middlesbrough. Unbeaten in their opening four games United enjoyed a brief spell at the top of the table before a Hughie Gallacher inspired Newcastle won 7-1 at Old Trafford. Barson, who had jarred his back and missed the Newcastle debacle, managed just eleven games all season. In his last game, at Turf Moor on November 26th, United lost 4-0. One of the last great creative centre halves, the position was quickly becoming redundant in English football.
With just two games left, United were one of fourteen teams fighting relegation. Remarkably Bamlett's use of the pre 1925 offside trap paid dividends at Highbury, where a Bill Rawlings goal was enough to secure both points. Although still bottom of the table, a win in their final fixture at home to Liverpool, would secure their First Division status. United won 6-1, Joe Spence netting a hat trick!
With Chapman departed the club returned to their traditional solid red shirts as their home kit for 1927/28. Unfortunately we have been unable to find any conclusive proof of their change kit.