Season 1962/63
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season

The Season in brief

Denis Law, who had first impressed Busby and Murphy as a youth player at Huddersfield, arrived at Old Trafford from Torino during the summer. His influence both on the pitch and in the dressing room was immeasurable. It took just seven minutes of his début to score his first United goal and he ended the season with a tally of twenty nine.

Despite Law's brilliance, the side continued to struggle in the League. For most of the season they were involved in the relegation battle, even after the signing of Celtic's half back Pat Crerand in February.

They eventually finished nineteenth just three points above City, who were relegated from the top flight.

Once again their best performances were saved for the F.A. Cup. They had beaten Huddersfield, Aston Villa, Chelsea and Coventry before meeting Second Division Southampton at Villa Park in the semi. A Law goal was enough to take them into the Final, where for the first time they were the underdogs.

On the day Leicester had no answer to United's fluent attack; a brace from David Herd and another brilliant Law strike helped United to a 3-1 win.

Outside the first team, Jimmy Murphy was assembling another talented bunch of youngsters.

There were no changes to either United's home or change kits from the various photographs we have discovered. On occasion away from home, United wore their old v neck white change shirt, and on occasion red rather than white socks.

United wore their home kit in the Cup Final, with red socks to avoid clashing with Leicester's white socks, and with a Manchester coat of arms embroidered on the shirt.