original illustrations of the kits worn during the season
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
Bob Parkinson and Willie Bryant became the latest victims of the committee, both suspended sine die in March 1900. In Parkinson's fifteen games for the club since arriving from Nott'm Forest, the side had been beaten just twice and he had scored seven goals. 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.
It is likely that the club continued to use kits from earlier seasons as change colours as change kits, although photographic evidence is scarce.