original illustrations of the kits worn during the season
The Season in brief
Fred Attock was replaced as President by Councillor T Connolley; four new forwards were signed (Bob Donaldson, Alf Edge, John Sneddon and Arthur Henrys); two new 1,000 capacity stands were built at North Road. The attack, led by Donaldson who scored 22 goals in as many appearances, were the top scorers in the Alliance. Alf Farman, who also scored the club's first penalty, added 17 from the right wing. The decisive game was at the Town Ground in Nottingham on March 19th. Almost 3,000 'Heathens' supporters travelled for the game against Nott'm Forest, who won 3-0. They went onto win the Alliance, two points ahead of Newton Heath. Earlier, on New Years Day, a crowd of 15,000 watched the two sides draw 1-1 at North Road.
The 'Heathens' beat Ardwick 3-1 at North Road and drew 2-2 at Hyde Road in front of a crowd of 13,000. The two clubs also met in the F.A. Cup for the first time, the 'Heathens' winning the tie in the first qualifying round 5-1. Bolton Wanderers ended The 'Heathens' bid to reach an eighth consecutive Manchester Cup Final, winning the semi final 3-1.
The 'Heathens' had another new shirt style, seen in a team photograph which we believe was taken in March 1892. Included in the photograph is one of the club's early supporters. Mr Bird, a chimney sweep who lived in Newton Heath and attended all the 'Heathens' home games. He would often entertain the entire team at his home, offering evening concerts of music mixed with potato-pie or hot-pot. (Source: Manchester United, Percy Young, 1960).
Mark Wylie has found the first documentary evidence for the white shirt change kit. The Manchester Courier match report of the Heathens game against Walsall in March 1892 includes "The homesters were compelled to wear white shirts in consequence of the visitors having the same colours as Newton Heath: red and white."
Contributor James Thomas has found a reference to Newton Heath playing in 'red and white quarters' in a mtach report of their Manchester Cup semi-final against Bolton that appeared in the 'Cricket and Football Field' on March 12th 1892. In the same edition, mention is made of the Hetahens' new 'dress', which we believe is a reference to the new kit.