Season 1888/89
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season

Possible Home Kit
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Possible Home Kit
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Possible Change Kit
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Possible Change Kit
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The Season in brief

Newton Heath were involved with the ill-fated Football Combination, claiming the Championship before the competition disbanded in April.

In the Lancashire Junior Cup they lost a second round tie at Bury 9-0 but won a third Manchester Cup, beating, Hooley Hill 7-0 in the Final.

The number of professionals at the club had increased to such an extent that a benefit game was arranged for them in May 1889, which suggests they were paid a share of the gate receipts rather than receiving a regular weekly wage.

Leslie Millman's collection of Baines Cards from this era suggest Newton Heath wore a collared shirt. Unfortunately we have not been able to verify the exact date of the cards. The alternative design would have been a round collar shirt.

Evidence of the red and white kit comes from both the Baines Cards, and a newspaper report from the game at Bolton Wanderers on September 7th 1889 which included a description of Newton Heath playing in “their familiar red and white costumes” and is contained in Alan Shury & Brian Landamore's 'The Definitive Newton Heath F.C.' published by SoccerData.

Although we have not found evidence of any 'Heathens' change kit from this period, it is likely to have been a plain white shirt if it existed. White jerseys remained the most popular choice as they were the cheapest to buy.