The Day When Middlesbrough Wore Manchester United Kits Against Man City [VIDEO]

manchester united home shirt 1981.jpg 600x600 The Day When Middlesbrough Wore Manchester United Kits Against Man City [VIDEO]

On January 17, 1981, Middlesbrough traveled to Manchester to play against City at Maine Road. Bizarrely, Boro wore Manchester United’s home red kit that day.

Here’s how and why it happened.

“It was in game played in 1981, when we took [Middlesbrough's] Datsun Cleveland sponsored shirts for a game at Maine Road versus Manchester City,” according to the official Middlesbrough website. “Due to the live game being switched to Maine Road, the Boro kitman was sent to Old Trafford to garner a set of strips for Boro to play in!”

And played they did although Manchester City were eventual winners, scoring three goals while Boro scored two.

This was during the early days of shirt sponsorship when televised games were not allowed to show such advertising. Thank goodness Manchester United agreed to lend Boro the shirts.


4 thoughts on “The Day When Middlesbrough Wore Manchester United Kits Against Man City [VIDEO]”

  1. Unlike today’s fans and teams. Nobody cared about what kits they were wearing, all they cared about were the results.

  2. Cool video. I remember reading about this once and being amazed that sponsored shirts could not be televised at one point.

    Much has changed, needless to say.

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