Season 1947/48
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season

Home Kit

The Season in brief

United again finished the season as runners up, although they were some seven points behind Arsenal. The two teams drew 1-1 at Maine Road on January 17th in front of a new Football League record crowd of 81,962 (which still stands today). In all over a million fans attended United's home games.

After somewhat of a shaky start United's title credentials were underlined by a run of twenty six games in which they were beaten just once. Ultimately their run in the F.A. Cup probably proved a distraction and they were unable to close the gap on the Gunners.

United, drawn against First Division sides in each round of the F.A. Cup, reached the Final for the first time since 1909.

Their third round 6-4 win at Villa Park is still regarded as one of the classic Cup ties (although they conceded early in the game, by half time United led 5-1). Victories over Liverpool, the reigning Champions, Charlton, Preston and Derby County followed.

Surprisingly in the Final Busby decided to try and restrain Blackpool, with Mortensen, Matthews et al. He released the players from such tactics for the second half, with United 2-1 down, to devastating effect. United ran out 4-2 winners, and the Cup returned to Manchester.

There was no change to either United's home or change kits, although United wore hooped socks in several games.

Heavy woollen green jerseys had been adopted almost universally by League clubs as the standard goalkeeper's kit. The only differences were to the material (coarser or finer, largely depending upon a club's financial state), and the depth of the polo neck.

We believe the change shirt, which was seldom used, would have been royal blue although the limitations of black and white photography make it impossible to accurately confirm the shirt's colour.

In keeping with tradition United's Cup Final kit included Manchester's coat of arms on the shirt. Both United and Blackpool played in their change kits. We believe United's choice of blue socks with white tops were worn for the first time in the Final, and as suggested by Alex Howells were probably chosen to avoid clashing with Blackpool's black and white hooped socks.