Manchester United was based as Newton Heath LYR Football Club in 1878. The club was found by the department of railway depots in the Manchester Newton Heath area. During this period, the team mainly consisted of workers of the railway company and played against the teams of other departments, and in 1888, the club joined the local league.
In 1902, the Newton Heath was in debt for 2,670 pounds, and the creditors received a warrant for the club liquidation. Captain Harry Stafford and 4 local businessmen invested 500 pounds and managed to save the team from disbanding. To mark the beginning of a new page in the team’s history, they changed the name to “Manchester United”.
Manchester United logo history
Newton Heath did not have the emblem, and even after the renaming to Manchester United, the club’s logo was not created. Distinctive marks on T-shirts were mostly made only for the final cup matches at that time. So since the United finished the first FA Cup in the 1908/09 season, the first club’s logo on the team’s T-shirt appeared specifically for this match. It was the Lancashire red rose.
The second Manchester United logo was based on the coat of arms of the Manchester Army Consulate and was firstly introduced in 1948 when the team played in their second FA Cup final. The same Red Devils logo was depicted on the uniform of United players in the cup final against Aston Villa in 1957.
The period between the First and Second World Wars was unsuccessful for the team. In the finals of the cups, the players did not participate; accordingly, no logos appeared on the T-shirts. Only 39 years after the first triumph in the FA Cup, Manchester United reached the final of this tournament again, where he beat Blackpool with the score 4:2. The coat of arms of Manchester was the club’s logo, depicted on the T-shirt in that match.
The Manchester logo shows a ship, and this attribute was found on all the Red Devils logos. Why ship? Manchester is one of the main port communities in England. The coat of arms of Manchester is executed in red-yellow colors, and these historical colors passed on the further club’s emblems.
In the sixties, the emblems were not so common in every team as it was used to be. Manchester United invited artists who have developed the outlines that are very close to the current Manchester United logo.
Only the ship and the color palette have survived from the Manchester sign. At the top, there was the title “Manchester United”, and below – “Football Club”. If you believe the team’s historians, the logo was inspired by the fun of the Matt Busby team. For a couple of months, Manchester United had a rather obscure red and black coat of arms, although it did not last long.
In 1970, an image of devil replaced the yellow-red diagonal stripes on the Manchester United logo. Long before the update of the club’s sign, the team was called “Red Devils.” The nickname the team owes to the famous Sir Matt Busby. He was inspired by the nickname of the rugby team Salford City and decided to apply it to Manchester United. The new calling was great and even deserved the right to be on the logo.
The modern Manchester United logo appeared in 1998. It was not quite different from the previous one. A minor “cosmetic repair” removed the inscription “Football Club”, and the word “United” was located in the lower part. The sign on was squeezed horizontally and added a black outline.
For a long time, Manchester United did not have a permanent emblem. During the F.A. Cup final matches, players wore T-shirts featuring the Scarlet Rose of Lancaster. Then – with the emblem of the city. That all changed when Matt Busby suggested defeating the nickname Red Devils in symbolism. He hoped this would intimidate opponents.
1878 – 1902
The train is painted on the green-yellow shield because the club’s founder was the railway department of Manchester Newton Heath, and the players included railway workers. The name of the team (“Newton Heath L&YR F.C.”) and the year of its foundation (“Established 1878”) are written on top.
1902 – 1940s
At the beginning of the century, Manchester United used the emblem of his hometown as a logo. The main elements of the logo: a shield with three yellow stripes, a ship, a heraldic hoofed wolf with antlers of a moose, a lion, bees, a knight’s helmet, and the motto “Concilio Et Labore.” The same club badge was at Manchester City.
1940s – 1960
In the mid-20th century, the team had a new emblem, which was officially introduced in 1948. It depicts a rectangular shield with a sharp base, divided by a horizontal line. At the top is a ship – a symbol of urban trade. At the bottom is the devil, a reflection of the nickname Red Devils. To the right and left are soccer balls. The balls are placed between the semicircular frames with the words “Manchester United Football Club.”
1960 – 1970
In the 1960s, the club changed the logo, inspired by the city emblem. Instead of the devil, three diagonal stripes appeared on the shield. Instead of balls, flowers are painted. They are white like York roses, although Manchester is in Lancashire County.
1970 – 1973
The version of the emblem, which was used until 1960, is restored. Three yellow lines intersect the lower part of the shield, as on the city emblem. Red and yellow tones dominate the design.
1973 – 1998
In 1973, the shield on the logo turned yellow. A red devil with a trident appeared on it again.
1998 – present
Shortly before the new millennium, the inscription “Football Club” disappeared from the logo. She was replaced by the word “United,” which was supposed to make the brand more international. Fans did not like this decision, so the owners of the Avram and Joel Glazer team promised to consider restoring the previous logo.