original illustrations of the kits worn during the season
The Season in brief
United's early season form suggested the club would struggle to win promotion back into the top flight. Given £17,000 to strengthen the side, Duncan refused to pay more than his own conservative valuation for players. The decision to pay £3,000 for Bournemouth's teenager Jack Rowley and include him in the first team a day later, was probably Gibson's and not the managers.
Duncan, who had been offered the manager's position at Ipswich Town then in the Southern League, tended his resignation which was reluctantly accepted by the Board on November 9th. Walter Crickmer was again asked to stand in until a replacement could be found, the Board appointing Jimmy Porter as his assistant in December.
The side gradually climbed the table, securing the runners up spot on the final day of the season with a 2-0 win against Bury.
As part of the Gibson's modernisation reforms the Board had agreed, in June 1937, to a more thorough approach to training, coaching and match preparation.
In February, the idea of funding a junior club was first discussed. The benefits of Gibson's reforms were already evident; Stan Pearson and Johnny Carey had made their first team débuts, Sammy Lynn and Charlie Mitten were given their first professional contracts and in the Colts, Josh Sloan, Johnny Aston and John Anderson were attracting attention.
From team and press photographs, we are able to confirm that United wore the Umbro manufactured 'Tangeru' shirt. Originally designed for the 1933 FA Cup Final, the shirt had a large reinforced patch at the base of the placket, making it easily identifiable. It would appear from match photographs that United also continued to waer their previous style shirts.
Many thanks to Tony Sealey, who is researching the history of the kits worn by Tottenham Hotspur, for contacting us with information on the Tangeru shirt.
Although we have not discovered any photograph of United wearing the hooped change kit, earlier and later photographic evidence suggests that this remained their change kit during 1937/38. We believe United wore white shorts with the hooped shirt.