Season 1958/59
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season

Home Kit

The Season in brief

Matt Busby resumed control of the team from the start of the season, although he had not fully recovered from his injuries, and began rebuilding the United side, together with Jimmy Murphy of course.

United broke the British transfer record when they paid £45,000 for Sheffield Wednesday's Albert Quixall, dubbed 'The Golden Boy of Soccer', but the discovery of the season was Warren Bradley, one of three amateurs signed from Bishop Auckland in the aftermath of the Munich disaster, ostensibly to strengthen the reserves.

Just one win in ten in late autumn sent the club sliding down the table. They recovered and, after an unbeaten twelve game run which culminated in a 2-1 victory over the current leaders Wolves at Old Trafford, United were level on points at the top of the table.

Their title aspirations were dealt a severe blow by a 4-2 defeat at Burnley on Easter Saturday, and Wolves eventually claimed the Championship, finishing six points ahead of United. In the middle of their unbeaten League run United lost 3-0 at Norwich City, then a Third Division South side, in the third round of the F.A. Cup.

Forbidden by the F.A. to accept the invitation to take part in the European Cup, United played friendlies against their intended opponents, BSC Young Boys, losing 2-0 in Berne but winning 3-0 at home.

United's kits were unchanged from the previous season. Daniel has discovered a variant home kit worn in the friendly against Fejenoord in April 1959, which United won 5-3. The home shirt, without sleeve trim, was worn with shorts and socks from the change kit.