original illustrations of the kits worn during the season
The Season in brief
James Gibson died at the beginning of the season after a long illness. Fittingly after another close title race United, who would not have existed without Gibson's generosity, were finally crowned Champions.
Many believed this was the last chance for several of Busby's ageing side, five of the regulars had played pre war (Allen, Carey, Chilton, Pearson, and Rowley). Jimmy Delaney left the club and was replaced by Birmingham's right winger Johnny Berry, who cost £15,000, and Busby introduced Roger Byrne from the reserves, but they were the only major changes.
The League was not decided until the final day of the season. Arsenal, who still had a mathematical chance of taking the title and had reached the Cup Final, were beaten convincingly 6-1 at Old Trafford. A week later Newcastle beat them 1-0 at Wembley.
Future United stars Jackie Blanchflower, Mark Jones, and Jeff Whitefoot all played cameo roles in the club's first title for over forty years.
United's early defeat in the F.A. Cup, 2-0 at Hull City in the third round tie, possibly helped their title challenge. They lost just two of their fifteen games after the defeat at Boothferry.
United's home and change kits were unchanged.
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.