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
A second wave of new recruits, again many from Wales, joined the club during the summer and autumn of 1883. Sam Black, who had arrived from Burton Wanderers the previous season was made club captain. Along with E Moran, C Fulton and J Blears, he was chosen to represent the Manchester & District FA on March 22nd 1884 for the fixture against a Liverpool & District XI. They were the first 'Heathens' to win representative honours.
The club entered the Lancashire FA Challenge Cup for the first time, unluckily drawing FA Cup holders Blackburn Olympic away from home. Olympic, who fielded their reserve side won 7-2! The 'Heathens' 6-0 victory over Bootle Wanderers, and goal less draws at North Road against a Blackburn Olympic XI and away to an Astley Bridge reserve side, were the highlights of the season.
Such was the club's progress hat the committee added a reserve team, Newton Heath Swifts, for the first time for 1883/84.
A photograph of club captain Sam Black in Newton Heath's colours, probably taken in April 1884 shortly after he had represented the Manchester & District F.A., whose badge has been sewn onto his shirt as was the custom of the day, confirms that Newton Heath wore quartered shirts. They were possiblly green and gold although we have been unable to find any comtemporary references to the colours. If the earlier newspaper account proves to be credible, it is likely that the club retained their green and gold shirts during 1883/84.