original illustrations of the kits worn during the season
The Season in brief
United's captain Allenby Chilton established a new club record of 176 consecutive appearances, of which 166 were in the League, on February 19th 1955. On a snow covered pitch at Old Trafford United, for whom Edwards was injured, were beaten by Wolves 4-2. Chilton didn't play again for the first team and joined Grimsby as player-manager the following month.
Roger Byrne was appointed captain, and Mark Jones filled Chilton's place at the heart of United's defence. The side that finished the season had an average age of just twenty two, and were prone to inconsistency. They finished five points behind new Champions Chelsea in fifth place.
The 'derby' games against City were best forgotten. Using Don Revie as a deep lying centre forward, City knocked United off top spot with a 3-2 win at Old Trafford in late September.
The club's met again in a fourth round F.A. Cup tie at Maine Road, Chilton becoming the first United player to be sent off since 1949 in the 2-0 defeat.
A fortnight later in the return League fixture City's Revie plan again undid United, who conceded four second half goals and were well beaten 5-0. For the third year running Murphy's youngsters won the F.A. Youth Cup.
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.