original illustrations of the kits worn during the season
Variant home kit 1
Variant home kit 2
The Season in brief
Hopes of an early return to Division One were severely dented in October when Liverpool exposed the sides defensive frailties by scoring seven against them at Anfield. The 'Heathens' never really recovered and finally finished sixth.
In response to the growing interest in football generally, and in Manchester in particular, the committee continued developing Bank Street. A 2,000 capacity stand was erected on the 'reserved' side, bought from Broughton R.F.C. in October 1895. The stand was 'opened' for the visit of Manchester City.
The embankments on the popular side and on the Clayton End were enlarged for the second round F.A. Cup tie against Derby County in February. The Board claimed, optimistically, there was capacity for 30,000. The game, a 1-1 draw, actually attracted 20,000 - easily the highest of the season.
After the humiliating 5-2 home defeat by Fallowfield in the third round of the Manchester Cup, the club suspended both goalkeeper Douglas and the first team trainer, Paley.
There were no changes to the 'Heathens' home kit for 1895/96. Newton Heath's registered colours are given as green & gold in the Association of Football Statistics annual covering the 1895/96 season. This information was confirmed by contributor Pete Wyatt.
A team photograph from spring 1895 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, and it is likely these variants would have been worn during 1895/96.