Season 1974/75
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season

Third Kit (long-sleeved)
Playing Record in this kit:

P1 W0 D0 L1 F2 A3

This kit was worn in the following matches:
Date Opposition Date Opposition
17/1 Walsall T (a)    
Third Kit (short-sleeved)
Playing Record in this kit:

P1 W1 D0 L0 F1 A0

This kit was worn in the following matches:
Date Opposition Date Opposition
5/4 Southampton (a)    

The Season in brief

United's relegation proved a blessing in disguise as they romped away with the Second Division Championship, playing exuberant, confident attacking football. Despite their Division Two status, United had the best home attendances in the Football League.

Docherty limited himself to just one notable summer signing, paying £200,000 for Hull's centre forward Stuart Pearson. He was not an instant success but finished the season as the club's top scorer with seventeen League goals. In February the 'Doc' bought Stevie Coppell from Tranmere.

United began the season with four straight wins and led the table from the start. Their 1-0 win over Southampton on April 5th guaranteed them promotion, and the title was wrapped up in their penultimate game, a 2-2 draw at Notts County.

United reached the semi-finals of the League Cup but lost to fellow promotion rivals Norwich City, for whom Ted MacDougall scored an 88th minute equaliser in the first leg at Old Trafford.

Walsall provided one of the shocks of the F.A. Cup third round. The Third Division side held United to a goal-less draw at Old Trafford before winning the replay 3-2 after extra time. It was the only low point in an otherwise memorable season.

United began with the previous seasons kits, but new designs were introduced in late autumn 1974. The new home kit was first worn for the League Cup tie against Burnley on November 13th 1974. United played in a variety of change kits throughout the season. Initially they used the previous season's all white kit. When the new kit, with red trim, was introduced, it came in both long and short sleeve variants.

Our thanks to contributor Athanasios Papathanasiou for identifying several variant kits we had missed, and for a match by match analysis for almost the complete season. Athanasios also confirmed that United wore their old kit in the home against York City in March, probably for the last time.