original illustrations of the kits worn during the season
The Season in brief
After months of searching for the right man, United announced the appointment of Adam Scott Duncan as team manager on July 13th. Gibson's cash was used to refurbish Old Trafford, work began on a covered stand for the popular side, ball boys were employed and a new kit unveiled. Crowds were slowly returning to Old Trafford, and the club were able to post a small profit of £658.
United made a poor start to the season, and by the end of September lay nineteenth in the table. An unbeaten run of eleven games lifted them into the promotion race, but six games without a win in spring 1933 all but ended any hopes of returning to the top flight.
Of course the team needed to be rebuilt and with promotion the priority, Gibson's hopes of an all Mancunian XI remained a long term objective. Duncan looked north of the border for his early foray into the transfer market, bringing in Tommy Frame and Stewart Chalmers.
The new Board's commitment to the task was amply demonstrated by two £5,000 purchases (Neil Dewar and Ernie Hine) to rejuvenate the promotion challenge that February.
United's finished sixth, which was a huge improvement on the previous season in terms of postion, but the side had won just one more point than in the previous term.
United had a new home shirt - solid red with white winged collar. The new shirt would remain the style of home shirts for almost a quarter of a century. United's change kit was a maroon red and white hooped shirt. A George Butterworth cartoon in the United programme for the game against Bradford on October 15th draws attention to the side's "rugby" kit.
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.