Hall of Kits - 1983-84 (Away)
September 14th, 1983 vs. Hamrun (European Cup)
After six years of the same Adidas strip - if you include the badge modification in 1978 – United were given a new, more modern look after they had become Scottish Premier Division Champions in 1983 and were to play in the following seasons European Cup.
The new V necked Away shirt was made in a less shiny material than the previous top, a mixture of polyester and cotton, and had occasional double horizontal lines running across the body, and three black Adidas stripes running from the collar down to the black cuffs on both sleeves.
There was a major change with the Club badge on this new kit. The lion rampant shield, which had been introduced in the 1950s but was only ever used on match-day programmes and other similar merchandise, was finally worn on the team shirt, replacing the ever evolving DUFC emblem that had been on the shirts since the late 1950s. For the 1983/84 season, there was added text below the new badge, which read “Scottish Premier League Champions 1983”.
The shorts and socks pretty much remained the same throughout all the strips supplied by Adidas. The white shorts had three black stripes down each side, with the Adidas logo on the bottom left, and the white socks were topped with three black stripes on the turnover.
The Away kit was probably first seen in the away leg of the European Cup 1st Round tie with Maltese club Hamrun Spartans in September 1983, and is also remembered for the Semi Final reverse against AS Roma in Italy.
During the second season of this strips two year spell, black shorts with white trim were introduced - giving a combination that would remain throughout the rest of the 1980s. This version of the Away kit is mostly remembered for the 2-2 draw at Old Trafford against Manchester United in the UEFA Cup in November 1984.