original illustrations of the kits worn during the season
The Season in brief
Newton Heath won the Lancashire Senior Cup for the first time, beating Blackburn Rovers at Goodison Park on March 26th 1898. Jimmy Collinson scored both of the goals in a 2-1 win. This triumph aside, it was a largely disappointing season. For the first time the 'Heathens' finished below neighbours Manchester City in the League table, despite taking three points from the 'derby' games. City finished third, a point ahead of their rivals, and also beat the 'Heathens' in both the Manchester and Healey Cups.
In November, after just two wins in their previous eight games, club captain Caesar Jenkyns and Bob Donaldson were suspended sine die. Harry Stafford was appointed captain and the two players sold. The loss of Harry Erentz and James McNaught, both poached by Southern League Tottenham Hotspur with the promise of 'ridiculous high terms', at the end of the season raised further doubts as to the direction in which the club were traveling.
There was no change to the white shirts and blue knickers for 1897/98. The club's registered colours are given as white and blue in the Association of Football Statistics annual covering the 1897/98 season. This information was confirmed by contributor Pete Wyatt. Team photographs from this season provide the evidence for the style of the home shirts.
A newspaper account of the pre-season practice game uncovered by Charbel Boujaoude confirm that the club continued to play in the green and gold striped shirts as a change kit.