original illustrations of the kits worn during the season
Possible Change Kit
Possible Change Kit
The Season in brief
Locked in a downward spiral, unable to retain the better players and with falling gate receipts and increasing debt, unable to replace them, Alf Albut's resignation was accepted by the Board in August 1900.
James West was appointed Secretary on August 27th 1900. He had earned a reputation for astute financial management in three years as Secretary at Lincoln.
By January the club were able to announce a small increase in gate receipts and lower wages. After a brief spell in the bottom four, the team were now in a safe mid table position (they would eventually finish 10th). Perhaps West would prove the saviour.
A Grand Bazaar was held over four days from February 27th 1901, at the St. James' Hall in Manchester but was poorly attended. Bad weather and poor results contributed to falling attendances and gate receipts. The club again posted a loss in their annual accounts, and a financial crisis loomed.
On the pitch the 'Heathens' reached their first Manchester Cup Final since 1893, but were comprehensively beaten 4-0 by Manchester City at Hyde Road.
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 1900/01 season. This information was confirmed by contributor Pete Wyatt. A team photograph taken in spring 1901 confirms the style of the club's home shirt had remained unchanged since it's introduction in 1896
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.