Season 1976/77
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season


The Season in brief

United's 2-0 win at Elland Road on October 2nd had taken them to the top of the table, but they were unable to sustain their title challenge., and plummeted to 17th after a 3-1 defeat at Highbury in mid December, largely as a result of injuries and inconsistency. Although they recovered they were never serious title contenders and eventually finished 6th.

United also returned to European competition. Having beaten Ajax in the UEFA Cup first round they fell at the next hurdle, losing 3-1 on aggregate to Juventus. In the home leg of the Ajax game the players wore the standard home kit but, with the exception of Gordon Hill, changed shirts at half-time (to the 1976 Cup Final shirts). Both second half subs Albiston & Patterson wore the standard home shirt. Alex Stepney wore a yellow shirt in both ties against Juve.

The highlight of the season came at Wembley on May 21st against Liverpool. The Cup Finalists had vastly contrasting styles, United's cavalier approach against the more conservative, cautious approach of their opponents. Attacking football won, goals from Stuart Pearson and Jimmy Greenhoff enough for United to prevent a Liverpool treble.Just a month later Tommy Docherty was sacked after admitting an affair with the wife of Laurie Brown, the club physio.

There were subtle changes to the home shirt - the simple V neck was retained, and the sleeve trim comprised a lower broad red hoop with three narrow red bands above. The shirt also frequently featured an Admiral logo.

The change kit now featured the original three black vertical stripes after Admiral and adidas reached an agreement on their use. A blue version of the home kit remained as United's third kit, which saw little use. A long sleeved version with blue shorts and red socks was worn in the UEFA cup tie in Amsterdam.

Can you help identify the kits worn by United in the following games: Bristol City (h) 19/1/1977; Liverpool (h) 16/2/1977 and Middlesbro' (a) 26/4/1977.