original illustrations of the kits worn during the season
Possible Change Kit 2
The Season in brief
United's victories over Arsenal, the F.A. Cup holders and Champions in four of the previous six seasons, and City at Old Trafford in the autumn of 1936 were the highlights of United's return to the First Division. The 'derby' was watched by a new club record crowd of 68,796.
Duncan had made few changes to the team that had won, but not dominated, the Second Division. Jack Hall, who had refused United's terms preferring to stay in the Second Division with Spurs, was replaced in goal by Roy John from Sheffield United and Bill Roughton, from Huddersfield, took over at left back.
United struggled for most of the season, seldom out of the bottom two after a 6-2 defeat at Grimsby in December. Duncan spent well over £10,000 to bring in Ernie Thompson, Henry Baird, Billy Wrigglesworth and Willie Gladwin, but too no great effect.
United eventually finished 21st, two points adrift of Leeds United who they had failed to beat at Old Trafford, the game ending 0-0, in early April.
Looking to the future, United had made a profit of £10,486 and their Colt side included several talented teenagers, notably Sammy Lynn, Stan Pearson, Johnny Carey and Charlie Mitten.
We had originally believed that the change kit was maroon red and white hoops, although the hoops were thinner than in previous years.
However recent research suggests that United wore black and white hooped shirts with black shorts. This was certainly true in the FA Cup tie at Highbury on January 30th 1937. Under FA regulations at the time, both sides were obliged to change kits in the event of a colour clash.
The programme for the game at Anfield, on March 27th, lists United in white shirts, with black shorts. This may have been an oversight, and the shirts were actually the black and white hoops, or it may be evidence of another 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.