Season 1929/30
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season

Home Kit
Home Kit variant
Possible Change Kit
Possible Change Kit
Home Kit
Change Kit
The Season in brief

A simple tap in from Tommy Reid on fifteen minutes was enough to secure United's first ever win at Maine Road - and deal City's title aspirations a serious blow.

Sadly there were few other highlights in a season in which the global economy imploded. The First Division was the closest for many, many years. By the turn of the year just ten points separated 2nd and 20th places.

United, whose season had started with two 4-1 defeats, found themselves in the bottom six for most of the campaign. An eight game unbeaten run in November/December proving crucial for their survival.

The club eventually finished 17th, the season ending on a humiliating note when Sheffield United, needing a win to avoid relegation, triumphed 5-1 at Old Trafford.

United's form, and the surge in unemployment in the city, produced a further fall in average gates. For the first time since the move to Old Trafford, with the exception of the immediate pre war season of 1914/15, the average attendances fell to 18,500.

It was the fifth decrease in a row, and United reported a loss for the season, and increased debt as a result. Despite a decade of cautious economic management by the Board, the club were now in serious financial trouble.

We believe United's home kit remained unchanged, largely as a consequence of the deepening financial crisis at the club. Indeed on occasion United reverted to kits worn many years earlier, the collars often held together with laces or worn open.

Unfortunately we have been unable to find any conclusive proof of their change kit. However, from photographs and match programmes from later seasons, it is probable that the shirt was blue. We have assumed it would also have been of a similiar design to the home kit. We are currently researching this period, and hope to find more concrete evidence.

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 earlier and later photographic evidence and given the limited colour options available under League regulayions, it was probably royal blue.