Manchester United 1971

Period: Flock Head

Dates: 1971 until c.1973

Cat No: 34811

Manchester United FC Description:

Following the launch of the Action Footballer in 1968, Palitoy decided to expand the footballer range and recreate the 'Famous Football Clubs' major teams from Division 1 of the Football League. In 1971 they introduced Manchester Utd, Leeds Utd, Everton, Chelsea, Liverpool and West Ham Utd. In 1972 they added Glasgow Rangers, Newcastle Utd, Arsenal and Celtic. Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur had to wait until 1973 and represent the last (and possibly rarest) two football kits produced. The Manchester United Action Man kit came with shirt, shorts, socks, boots, tracksuit top, ball metal pin badge and information leaflet. A greater range of kit colours were available on separate cards. With these, one could make up their own favourite teams. A colour Football Book was also sold with key club information, tips and suggested kit combinations (see bottom).

Action Man Manchester United FC Footballer:


ACTION MAN MANCHESTER UNITED: Shirt, shorts, socks, boots, tracksuit top (team name on reverse), ball, metal pin badge, Club Information Leaflet, Equipment Manual.



The Action Man Man Utd kit came with zippered tracksuit top, club metal pin badge, ball (printed with HONG KONG) and information leaflet particular to the club featured. Most of the footballers are difficult to source and complete.

40th Range

(image courtesy of Vectis Auctions)

Action Man Manchester Utd Footballer

Action Man Stickers - Team Badges. Only 7 of the outfits had badges.

Action Man Official Equipment Manual 1972

Original Action Man Football Club Pin Badge
versus 40th reproduction club pin badge

Action Man Pin Badges

1971 Action Man Official Equipment Manual

Action Man Official Equipment Manual 1971

Buy replacement repro stickers for Action Man Manchester United tracksuit here

Action Man Liverpool Footballer Badge

Action Man English and Scottish Club Kit Colours


A 1971 Action Man Book on the subject was also available

Action Man Books

Action Man Football Book - Club Colours

Action Man Football Book - Club Colours