original illustrations of all the kits worn during the season
Possible Kit with white knickerbockers
Possible Kit with navy knickerbockers
Possible Kit with black knickerbockers
The season in brief
Season tickets were issued for the first time, reflecting both the growing interest in the club and the confidence of the committee to arrange a full set of fixtures. Games with Astley Bridge, Blackburn Olympic and Bolton Wanderers, all of whom had appeared in the previous season's FA Cup competition, were all arranged in the late winter and spring, although the reaction of the season ticket holders when all three clubs sent their reserve sides for the fixtures has not survived.
There was also the usual fare (Manchester Arcadians, West Gorton St. Mark's, Haughton Green) and, thanks to the club's links with the L&YR, fixtures against other 'railway' sides. Southport L.Y.R. sent a team to North Road in March 1883 and the 'Heathens' played home and away fixtures against Crewe Alexandra for the first time - losing 7-2 in November 1882 in Crewe, and 3-0 at North Road the following February.
The links with the railway company also provided the club with cheap transport, and allowed them to travel for games throughout the North West. Perhaps surprisingly to modern day fans, the L&YR also put on special trains for supporters to away games.
The 'Heathens' possiblly continued to wear green and gold quartered shirts although we have been unable to find any comtemporary references to the colours the club played in. If the earlier newspaper account proves to be credible, and alongside photographs from later in the decade, it is likely that the club retained their green and gold shirts during 1882/83.