Season 1884/85
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

The committee again strengthened the side signing several new players during the summer, the most notable being Jack Powell and James Gotheridge. The club recorded it's first win in the Lancashire Cup in September 1884, a 4-0 victory over Haydock Temperance. Sadly they lost their second round tie at Baxenden.

The Manchester & District F.A. offered it's own Challenge Cup for the first time in 1884/85. The committee would have been disappointed by the crowd of around 400 for the first round tie against Eccles at North Road however. Played on January 31st, perhaps the weather was particularly bad. Although the 'Heathens' won the game 3-2, Eccles' protest over the validity of the third goal was upheld and the tie had to be replayed. The replay was won easily 3-0 and Newton Heath progressed to the semi finals with an equally impressive result against Manchester FC.

The 'Heathens' disposed of Dalton Hall Owens College in a close semi 4-3, but were comprehensively beaten 3-0in the Final by Hurst at the Manchester Rugby Union Ground in Whalley Range. A crowd of around 3,500 attended the Final.

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 1884/85.