original illustrations of the kits worn during the season
Home Kit variant
The Season in brief
Elected to the Football League, a new Limited Company, Newton Heath F. C., was floated on June 2nd 1892, with shares costing £1 each and a paid secretary employed - Alf Albut.
Drainage of the North Road pitch was improved, and dressing rooms (with baths) were built. Two of the embankments, which served as early terracing, were raised, increasing capacity by 5,000.
To strengthen the team the club signed James Warner from Aston Villa, and George Perrins from Birmingham St. George's. Agents were also dispatched to Scotland on a scouting mission which resulted in a further eight players being signed.
Nonetheless the 'Heathens' struggled in the League and only retained their First Division status by beating Small Heath in the Test Match.
They won the Manchester Cup for the fifth time, beating Bolton Wanderers 2-1 in the Final.
The club registered red and white quartered shirts with blue shorts with the Football League, confirmed both in 'The Athletic News Football Annual 1892/93' and in 'The Definitive Newton Heath F.C.' by Alan Shury & Brian Landamore published by SoccerData.
From two photographs dating from the 1892/93 season it appears that the 'Heathens' wore two different style home shirts. Although both were rounded collars it is likely that one had a buttoned front (which several of the players had repaired with laces). This kit had solid red sleeves, whilst the other had contrasting red and white halved sleeves.