original illustrations of the kits worn during the season
Possible Change Kit
Possible Change Kit
The Season in brief
A third consecutive fourth place finish glossed over the ever increasing problems the club were facing.
Gate receipts had fallen sharply, as average attendance dropped by around 1,200 (16%) and the committee were forced to sell their better players. The professionals were now paid a share of the gate receipts rather than a fixed weekly wage
Newton Heath's failure to win promotion was largely due to misguided decisions by the Board and selcetion committee. In March 1900 Bob Parkinson and Willie Bryant became the latest victims of the selection committee, both suspended sine die. Parkinson had madfe fifteen appearances since joining the 'Heathenss' from Nott'm Forest, and had managed seven goals and had only twice ended up on the losing side. Then to kame matters worse, on Easter Saturday, with three games to play and still with an outside chance of promotion, Joe Cassidy, the leading scorer with sixteen goals in twenty nine games, was sold to Manchester City for £250.
The season's most remarkable performance came on Boxing Day at Grimsby. The 'Heathens' won 7-0 against a side just two points below them in the table. The 5-0 defeat at Bury in the Manchester Cup ranked as the worst.
There was no change to Newton Heath's home kit. The club's registered colours are given as white and blue in the Association of Football Statistics annual covering the 1899/1900 season. This information was confirmed by contributor Pete Wyatt.
There is less certainty of the club's change kit. We know it is likely to have been a striped shirt from a match report from the 1897 pre-season parctice game, 'Whites' versus 'Stripes'. We had assumed that the green/gold striped home shirts from 1893 were used as the change kit. However, contributor John Thomas has uncovered a match report from Newton Heath's game at Walsall on January 21st, in which the Heathens change shirts were described as a "red and black combination". This shirt may have been borrowed for the game at Fellows Park, although equally it could have been the club's standard change kit.
We have included both shirts as possible change kits, and our research is continuing.