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Man Utd Shirts 1970-1979
The 1970's kits were all about big floppy collars, to go with the long hair and huge sideburns. In 1972, fans could finally purchase their own replica shirts at the club souvenir shop. The fashion was basic, but there were a few surprises along the way. One unusual move was United's third kit in 1972-73 being yellow with a blue collar. The club also changed their kit manufacture in 1975, from Umbro to Admiral. The change over saw stripes appear on new kits - on the collars, arms and even down the side of the white away kit. United's partnership with Admiral only lasted five years as Adidas took over as we headed into the 1980's. A couple of the Admiral tops have been recreated and are popular retro tops you can still order online today. On this page you can find every United shirt worn between 1970 to 1979.
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Manchester United Kits 1970-79
George Best wears the 1970's Manchester United kit

1971-1972 - Manchester United home shirt

Ten years after changing the design of the home shirt, Manchester United reverted to back to their colours of red, white and black. The new jersey for the 71-72 season featured a huge floppy collar - all so fashionable in the 1970's.

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Denis Law celebrates scoring whilst wearing the 1970's Manchester United away kit

1971-1972 - Manchester United away shirt

For the 1971-72 season United wore a white away strip that featured the fashionable 1970's style floppy collar. Although usually worn with white shorts and black socks, the colour combination varied depending on the opposition (from red, white and black).

 
   
George Best clebrates coring whilst wearing the 1970's Manchester United yellow third kit

1972-1973 - Manchester United third kit

For the 1972-73 season United wore a third choice kit against the likes of Southampton, Stoke City, Sunderland and Sheffield United. A yellow jersey with a blue floppy collar, blue shorts and yellow socks.

 
   
The 1972 Manchester United jersey

1972-1975 - Manchester United home shirt

For the 1972-73 season, Manchester United wore the club badge on the chest for the first time. The kit, produced by Manchester company Umbro, was also available for the fans to buy in the Red Devils Souvenir Shop at the stadium. The white and yellow away strips were also reproduced with the new added touch. United's new stars like Steve Coppell and Lou Macari wore the same kit in 1974-75 during their short spell in the Second Division.

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Stuart Pearson wears the 1975 Manchester United Admiral kit

1975-1976 - Manchester United home shirt

The 1975-76 season saw Tommy Docherty's United return to Division 1 in style...and in a brand new Admiral kit. Similar to the previous one manufactured by Umbro, the only real changes were the four red stripes on the white cuffs and large white collars, whilst Admiral's logo appeared on the shorts. Once more, it was available to buy in all sizes in the club shop.

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Manchester United away kit 1975

1975-1976 - Manchester United away shirt

The Admiral away kit introduced for the 1975-76 season was to become an all-time favourite amongst United fans. The United crest appeared on a red circular background over three black stipes, whilst Admiral's logo appeared on the opposite chest. Depending on the opposition, it was worn with white or black shorts and socks by the likes of Buchan, Greenhoff, Coppell, McIlroy, Pearson, Hill and Macari..

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Steve Coppell wears the 1977 Manchester United FA Cup kit

1976-1978 - Manchester United home shirt

The 1976-77 season saw a minor adjustment to the Manchester United home kit. Admiral's logo was added to the chest and the white stripes on the cuffs were made thinner. A special kit was made for FA Cup matches commemorating the Queen's Jubilee year. A picture of the FA Cup and the words ' Silver Jubilee 1977' were embroidered below the club crest. United went all the way in the competiton, beating Liverpool 2-1 in the final and preventing them from becoming the first team to win the Treble.

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Arthur Albiston models the 1977 Charity Shield kit

1976-1978 - Manchester United home shirt

The 1977-78 Charity Shield was contested against Liverpool in a special one-off kit. An interesting change to the white and black away kit; the United club badge and Admiral logos both swapped positions and the words 'FA Charity Shield 1977' were placed below the United crest, which was no longer on a red circular background. The game finished 0-0.

 
   
Jimmy Greenhoff wears the 1978 Manchester United Centenary Kit

1978-1979 - Manchester United home shirt

The 1978-79 season marked 100 years of Manchester United. To commemorate the landmark, Admiral produced a special kit with thicker white stripes on the sleeves. The club badge was adjusted to include the dates 1878 and 1978 and was reproduced without the white background. The words 'Manchester United Football Club' were also replaced with 'Manchester United Centenary'. The white away kit was also altered with the new badge. United appeared in the 1979 FA Cup Final, losing 3-2 to Arsenal, in the red shirt with 'Wembley 1979' embroidered below the Centenary badge.

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Gordon McQueen wears one of the many kits worn by Manchester United during the 1979-80 season

1977-1980 - Manchester United home shirt

The 1979-80 season was an interesting one. United narowly missed out on the Championship and wore a few different kits in the process. It was almost as if Admiral had ran out of ideas. United wore the classic kit 70's jersey for some games, the 1978 Centenary kit for others and most bizaarely, the ill-fated 1979 FA Cup Final shirt for others (including non- cup games).

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The Definitive History of Manchester United Shirts
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1892-1949 - from newton heath's green and gold to the blue 1948 fa cup final shirt
1950-1959 - the red & white manchester utd kits made famous by the busby babes
1960-1969 - the shirts of best, law and charlton to the blue european cup final shirt
1970-1979 - all the famous retro umbro and admiral man united kits from the 1970's
1980-1989 - all the adidas united shirts, sponsored by sharp electronics in the 80's
1990-1999 - united's most successful era spawned more utd shirts than ever before
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