original illustrations of all the kits worn during the season
Kit with white knickerbockers
Kit with navy knickerbockers
Kit with black knickerbockers
The season in brief
The club entered the F.A. Cup for the first time, and appointed new signing Jack Powell as team captain. Powell had played for Bolton Wanderers and was given a job as a fitter in the loco sheds on condition he turned out for the 'Heathens'. Other new arrivals included Joe Davies and brothers Jack & Roger Doughty, who had all played for Druids. Druids complained, unsuccessfully, to the F.A.that the players had been poached.
The club's début in the F.A. Cup ended in farcical circumstances. The first round tie at Fleetwood Rovers ended 2-2 but the 'Heathens' were scratched after refusing to play extra time. Once more the club reached the Manchester Cup Final but were unable to defend the trophy, losing 2-1 to West Manchester.
There were notable victories in friendly games against Blackburn Olympic, Hurst, Derby Midland and Gainsborough Trinity. Crewe Alexandra again proved too strong for Newton Heath, winning both home and away games. The season ended with the visits of Bolton Wanderers, who won 5-0 at North Road in front of 8,000 and Blackburn Rovers, whose first team were beaten 1-0 by the 'Heathens'.
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 1886/87.