original illustrations of the kits worn during the season
The Season in brief
United were finally able to return to Old Trafford. Bolton Wanderers were beaten 3-0 in the first League game at the ground for a decade. Only Jack Rowley, Johnny Carey and Stan Pearson had played a competitive game there.
Although the capacity was smaller than that of Maine Road, United were able to announce profits of over £35,000 for the season, which helped boost their post war profits to almost £150,000. The club were now back in the black, due in no small measure to Busby's conservative transfer policy. He was persuaded into the market, however, in December 1949, and paid Darlington £5,000 for goalkeeper Ray Wood.
After a solid start to the season only one win in the final ten games ended any hopes that the Championship would return to Old Trafford. United finished fourth, only three points behind Portsmouth, who had won 2-0 at Old Trafford on April 15th in a game that finally ended United's title aspirations.
Earlier in the season Pompey had drawn 3-3 in an absorbing F.A. Cup fifth round at Old Trafford before losing the replay 3-1. In the quarter finals for a third successive year, United were beaten 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in front of over 70,000. United had beaten Weymouth and Watford in the earlier rounds.
The ending of clothes rationing in Britain at least allowed United to renew their playing kits, although the basic designs of home and change kits remained unaltered.
United adopted new socks (first worn as a variant during 1948/49) as part of the official colours. The plan black socks had a red top with a single white band for the home kit or a blue top with white band for the change kit.
We know that on least one occasion, at Roker Park in February 1950, United wore their black change socks with blue band, last worn during the 1946/47 season.
United's home and change kits were unchanged for the next six seasons.
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.