Season 1935/36
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season

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

The first team were little changed from the previous term, James Brown, a right half signed for £1,000 from Burnley during the summer and Reg Chester on the left wing, the only changes. Duncan installed Brown as club captain, replacing Hugh McLenahan.

The campaign developed much as 1934/35 had done, United in contention for one of the two promotion places but unable to find the consistency to set themselves apart.

Doubts the side were good enough were again raised after a 1-0 defeat to lowly Bradford City at Valley Parade on 4th January, which left United seventh in the table. In fact United were undefeated in their remaining nineteen League games, hitting top spot on Easter Monday with a 4-0 victory over Burnley at Old Trafford, watched by 39,855 - the highest crowd of the season.

A 1-1 draw at Hull on the final day of the season was enough for the Second Division Championship, a point clear of Charlton Athletic. Duncan was rewarded with a new five year contract.

Average crowds had risen to almost 26,000 and the club reported a profit of more than £6,500. A platform opposite the South Stand, and named Old Trafford Halt, was opened in August 1935, enabling fans to travel by rail.

Both home and away change kits remained unchanged. We have found photographs of the 1934/35 squad in their home kit and a shot from the away game at West Ham with United wearing their change 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.