original illustrations of all the kits worn during the season
Possible Kit with navy knickerbockers
Possible Kit with white knickerbockers
Possible Kit with black knickerbockers
The season in brief
At the start of the 1879/80 season the club had 45 members, exclusively from the Carriage and Wagon works at the Lancashire & Yorkshire depot in Newton Heath, who each paid an annual subscription of 7s. 6d. (37.5p). The club Secretary was Francis H Dunn, who also appeared regularly for the side, and the captain was J Whatmough.
The ´Sportsman´s Year-book 1880´ does not include the results of any matches played by the team, unlike for many of the other clubs listed, which suggests that the club continued to play against other sides from the depot rather than seek fixtures against the growing number of association clubs in the local area.
The ´Sportsman´s Yearbook´ provides a further gem of information - the club were given as "white with blue cord". In the opinion of Dave Moor who runs the Historica Kits website, the cord would have been a peice of rope worn as a belt or perhaps across the shoulder as a sash, to distinguish the ´Heathens´ from their opponents, who would frequently also have worn white shirts.
The ´Heathens´ kits were completed with knickerbockers, which Victorian etiquette demanded cover the knees. There were three colours of knickerbockers generally available (white, navy blue and black), and as the players would probably have provided their own it is entirely reasonable to speculate that the Newton Heath players would have taken to the field wearing an assortment of different coloured pants.