Season 1885/86
original illustrations of all the kits worn during the season

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

A new Company was founded in 1885, with Fred Attock as President, probably to take advantage of the FA's acceptance of professionalism that July. It is extremely doubtful however that the club initially employed any professionals.

The 'Heathens' again reached the Manchester Cup Final, which remained open to amateur players only. En route they scored twenty goals and conceded just one. The final against Manchester FC, was watched by around 6,500. Newton Heath won the Cup but their 2-1 victory was fortunate. Reports suggest that their first goal, after just three minutes, was handled the ball over the line by J Watkins.

The Lancashire FA organised both Senior and Junior Challenge Cups. Newton Heath, much to the chagrin of the committee, were placed in the Junior competition. The reserves were sent to the first round tie at Lytham, and were beaten 6-3.

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 1885/86.

Football was a much more physical game than today and given the club's lack of resources, it is probable that players used laces to repair torn off shirt buttons rather than replace the entire shirt.