original illustrations of the kits worn during the season
Variant Home Kit 1
Variant Home Kit 2
The Season in brief
On November 3rd Newton Heath visited Hyde Road for the first League meeting against Manchester City. The 'Heathens' won 5-2, four of the goals coming from Dick Smith. City's two goals came from a young Welsh winger, Billy Meredith, who was making his home début that afternoon.
Newton Heath were involved in the promotion race throughout the season. The top four sides all met on the final day of the season, the 'Heathens' consolidating their third place with a 3-3 draw at home to Notts County.
In the Test Match (the top three sides played against the bottom three First Division sides to settle promotion & relegation issues), they were beaten easily by Stoke City, who had also won a first round F.A. Cup tie at Bank Street earlier in the season.
On March 9th Walsall Town Swifts were beaten 14-0 at Bank Street, which would have created a new club record had the League not agreed with Walsall's protest on the state of the pitch. The 'Heathens' won the replayed fixture 9-0!
The club adopted a solid coloured shirt whilst retaining their traditional green & gold as their colours for their first season in Division Two. Newton Heath's registered colours are given as green & gold in the Association of Football Statistics annual covering the 1894/95 season. This information was confirmed by contributor Pete Wyatt.
A photograph which we believe was taken in the late spring of 1895 confirms the club wore a solid green shirt with gold trim, and white shorts. The team photograph shows players in three versions of the solid green shirt. As the photograph was taken late in the season it is likely the original shirts had been damaged and replaced.