Season 1880/81
original illustrations of all the kits worn during the season

Possible kit with white knickerbockers
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Possible with navy knickerbockers
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Possible with black knickerbockers
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The season in brief

The first reported ´Heathens´ game was a 6-0 defeat by a Bolton Wanderers XI at the Recreation Ground in Bolton on November 2nd 1880. They lost by a similar score in the return at North Road the following January.

In spite of these two heavy defeats the club´s progress can be seen with the goal less draw at Manchester Arcadians in December, and the 2-0 win over Bootle Reserves at North Road in February.

The ´Sportsman´s Yearbook 1881´ again lists the club colours as "white with blue cord", although this information would have been supplied to the editor by club officials in 1880.

A match report from the game at Bolton, printed in a local Bolton newspaper, supposedly records that the Heathens played in green and gold shirts. We have been unable to trace this report, but we retrieved the following from United´s website in September 2005: "Attock also organised a collection from workers within the Wagon and Carriage Works to purchase club shirts, and with help from the Dining Room Committee, a set of green and gold cashmere jerseys was purchased." It is plausable that having taken the decision to venture further afield, the committee also decided upon a new playing kit.

Whatever the colour of their shirts, the ´Heathens´ would probably have continued to wear different coloured knickerbockers.