Season 1930/31
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season

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

United's season began with a League record twelve straight defeats, in which only Grimsby and Arsenal scored less than three goals against them. They ended the season by equalling Middlesbrough's lowest points total, twenty two, in a 42 match season.

A 1-1 draw at Anfield on Good Friday confirmed United's relegation. A day later Bamlett, whose contract had not been renewed, managed the side for the last time, a 2-1 win at Roker Park. Bamlett, who had set the lowest point record as the manager at Middlesbrough in 1924/25, never managed in the Football League again.

The newly formed supporters club attempted to organise a boycott, unfortunately choosing the visit of Herbert Chapman's Arsenal (Cup holders and Champions elect). It was not a success, the 23,406 crowd easily United's best of the season.

The last home game of the season, a thrilling 4-4 draw as it turned out, attracted just 3,969 - the lowest crowd for a First Division game at Old Trafford.

With the average attendance down to 11,685, United again posted a loss for the season (over £2,500). Although this paled against the losses of Newcastle (almost £10,000), the club had to borrow £5,000 from J H Davies' widow to meet the close season wages.

United's continuing financial plight meant they again donned the increasingly decrepit kits from previous years, the neck as often as not worn open. They did manage to purchase new socks - two thin red stripes were added to the top band.

After reading a fascinating post on Dave Moor's excellent Historical Kits website, we have revised our thoughts on the colour of the shirts in United's change kit.

The problem of identifying the colours from black and white photographs is made more difficult by the fact that orthographic film stock was widely used before modern panchromatic emulsions became available. Orthographic film was sensitive to reds and yellows, which appeared very dark. Blues, on the other hand, appear pale because the film was less sensitive to these frequencies.

It seems logical, therefore, that United's change shirt was blue, rather than white as we originally believed.

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.