original illustrations of the kits worn during the season
Change kit from March 3rd 1934
Home kit from March 3rd 1934
The Season in brief
Duncan's transfer policy was to develop 'stars' rather than signing them. Ten players, were brought in during the close season, a balance of young, raw talent and experience, unfortunately the latter were generally no better than the players they replaced.
United struggled at the start of the season, but largely thanks to their form at Old Trafford, were able to maintain a mid table position through the autumn. Their form collapsed however and by the end of January they were in the bottom two, and out of the Cup, beaten 4-1 in a third round replay at First Division Portsmouth.
On the final day of the season United met Millwall at The Den. The losers would join Lincoln in the Third Division. Millwall began the game the stronger, an early injury to United's Ernie Hine reducing him to a passenger on the left wing.
Against the run of play Tommy Manley met a Cape cross to open the scoring. United held the advantage at half time, but only after a glaring miss from Laurie Fishlock. Two minutes in to the second half Jackie Cape doubled United's lead. Millwall's resolve was broken and United were safe. Relegation avoided Gibson abandoned evolution for revolution.
After wins at both Charlton and Burnley in 1932/33 the hooped change kit had begun to be regarded by the players as 'lucky'. After eleven games without a win, United beat Burnley 4-1 at Turf Moor on February 3rd 1934, again wearing the hooped shirts.
Minutes from a Board Meeting confirm the Director's decided to adopt this kit (described as |"maroon and hoop") as the home kit and it was registered as such with the Football League. The 'lucky kit' was first worn as the official home kit for the match against Bury on March 3rd 1934 at Old Trafford. United won 2-1. The previous home kit was worn as the change kit.