Manchester United Football Club is a professional football club based in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England. They compete in the Premier League, the top flight of English football. Nicknamed “the Red Devils”, the club was founded as Newton Heath LYR Football Club in 1878, changed its name to Manchester United in 1902 and moved to its current stadium, Old Trafford, in 1910.
When workers of the carriage and wagon department of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company formed a football club in Newton Heath in 1878 little could they know they were in fact the founder fathers of what was to become the most famous and richest club in the world. They called their team Newton Heath LYR and played on an unenclosed area of wasteland in North Road. Clad in yellow and green halves, the corporate colours of their employer, they were known as the ‘The Railwaymen’. There’s a mention of ‘Newtonians’ in the Manchester Guardian in 1882 and ‘The Heathens in 1887 before ‘The Heathians’ became an established nickname.
The yellow and green halves interestingly reappeared briefly in the 1990s amongst United’s plethora of away kits. Early matches were played against other departments of the LYR or other railway company teams. The club was elected into League Division One for the 1892/93 season. And this feat coincided with a name change to plain Newton Heath.
A move to another home venue was made for the 1893/94 season to Bank Street, Clayton. With attendances often very poor and the club languishing in the Second Division Newton Heath found themselves on the very edge of bankruptcy during the 1901/02 season. John Davies, a local wealthy brewer, took control and this new benefactor provided money for the club to buy suitable players.
There was an immediate and dramatic change in the club’s fortunes under his chairmanship, together with a new image. Neighbouring Ardwick had changed their name to Manchester City. And Davies argued that Newton Heath, too, should give the impression of a big-city club. After the names Manchester Central and Manchester Celtic were rejected the title Manchester United was formally adopted in April 1902. Not only the name changed, but so did the colours. White shirts with black shorts were tried briefly, followed by red shirts. There was quite a long period of all white with a large red V.
Soon the famous red shirts re-entered Manchester United’s folklore. They inspired the nickname the ‘Reds’, which would eventually become ‘The Red Devils’. Legend has it that the French press were so impressed by all-red Salford Rugby Club’s performance on tour in France in 1934 they branded them ‘Les Diables Rouges’, only to be adopted by the United faithful by the 1950’s.
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This concept jersey in which the red and black are the dominant colors as the main colors of the club is designed for Manchester United fans all around the world to let them customize their favorite team’s jersey with their names and numbers.
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