The 1883–84 season was the first season in which Newton Heath LYR F.C. competed in a senior competitive football competition, having spent the first five years of their existence playing friendly matches against local clubs. The club entered the Lancashire Cup in October 1883, but were knocked out in the first round by Blackburn Olympic’s reserve team.

Lancashire Cup

For their first ever competitive match, Newton Heath were drawn at home to Blackburn Olympic in the first round of the Lancashire Cup. The opposition had won the FA Cup the previous season, beating Old Etonians in the final. However, they did not seem to be taking Newton Heath seriously, sending only their reserve team for the match, which was played on 27 October 1883. This gave the Heathens every chance of progressing to the next round, and indeed they were only 2–1 down at half-time. They then equalised shortly after the break, but were then hit by a barrage of goals, eventually losing the tie 7–2.

It is assumed that Newton Heath’s North Road ground had become an enclosed structure by this point, as the club charged an entry fee of 3d for entry.

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
27 October 1883 Round 1 Blackburn Olympic Reserves H 2 – 7 Unknown

Friendlies

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
6 October 1883 Astley Bridge ‘A’ H 0 – 1 Unknown
13 October 1883 Haughton Dale H 2 – 2 Unknown
20 October 1883 St. Helen’s A 3 – 2 Unknown
1 December 1883 Manchester Arcadians H 4 – 0 Unknown
8 December 1883 Earlestown A 0 – 8 Unknown
5 January 1884 Bootle Wanderers H 6 – 0 Unknown
12 January 1884 Bentfield A 1 – 1 Unknown
19 January 1884 St Helen’s H 3 – 1 Unknown
26 January 1884 Haughton Dale A 1 – 0[2] Unknown
30 January 1884 St. Helen’s H 3 – 1 Latham, Morris, unknown
2 February 1884 Greenheys H 1 – 0 Unknown
9 February 1884 Bootle Wanderers A 1 – 1 Unknown
23 February 1884 Blackburn Olympic XI H 0 – 0 Unknown
1 March 1884 Hurst Brook Olympic A 1 – 3[3] own goal
8 March 1884 Manchester Arcadians A 4 – 0 Unknown
15 March 1884 Astley Bridge Reserves A 0 – 0 Unknown
29 March 1884 Greenheys A 1 – 5 Black