Season 1960/61
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season

Home Kit
Change Kit

The Season in brief

The frailty of United's defence was exposed in the opening weeks of the season when United managed just two wins from the opening twelve fixtures. The side were twentieth in the table and faced a long battle against relegation.

Busby was fully aware of the need to strengthen the defence and had some success by converting Shay Brennan to right back and moving Bill Foulkes to centre half. He had tried unsuccessfully to bring in Ron Yeats (who would later captain Liverpool) and Ray Wilson (England's World Cup winning left back in 1966), before settling on Noel Cantwell, a £29,500 acquisition from West Ham.

Cantwell made his début in the 3-0 defeat at Cardiff, but the side then managed to remain unbeaten in eight games and climb up to eighth place. Included in the run was a sublime 5-1 'derby' win at Old Trafford on New Year's Eve.

Sheffield Wednesday again ended United's involvement in the F.A. Cup. The sides drew their fourth round tie 1-1 at Hillsborough, but United's defence capitulated in the replay. United's young keeper Ronnie Briggs had a nightmare, gifting Wednesday three of their four first half goals. Wednesday won the tie 7-2, which remains the heaviest defeat in the F.A. Cup suffered by United at Old Trafford.

United had a new rounded collar home shirt, introduced we believe in the spring of 1961.Plain white socks, which were probably more visible in the increasing number of floodlit games, replaced the traditional black home socks, and there was a variant with red tops worn with the change kit. United players were given the choice of either long or short sleeved shirts.

Photographic evidence supplied by contributor Alex Howells suggests that that the previous season's black home socks were worn with the change kit in at least one game (at Highbury on October 29th 1960).

Athanasios Papathanasiou discovered United wore their 1959/60 short sleeved home shirts (without sleeve trim), white shorts and the white change socks (with red tops) in the friendly against Real Madrid in October.

In the game against the Maltese League XI in May 1961, United wore the rounded collar home shirt with the white change socks (with red tops).