The 1890–91 season was Newton Heath’s second season in the Football Alliance; they finished in 9th position. The club also took part in the FA Cup, reaching the Second Qualifying Round; the Lancashire Senior Cup, in which they reached the Second Round; and the Manchester and District Challenge Cup, in which they finished as runners-up to Ardwick.

Football Alliance

Date Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance
6 September 1890 Darwen H 4–2 Farman, Evans, J. Doughty, Owen 6,000
13 September 1890 Grimsby Town A 1–3 Stewart 3,000
20 September 1890 Nottingham Forest H 1–1 J. Doughty 5,000
27 September 1890 Stoke A 1–2 Milarvie 2,000
11 October 1890 Bootle A 0–5 4,000
18 October 1890 Grimsby Town H 3–1 Ramsay, Evans, Sharpe 2,500
1 November 1890 Crewe Alexandra H 6–3 Farman, Stewart (2), Craig, Evans, Ramsay 4,000
8 November 1890 Walsall Town Swifts A 1–2 Sharpe 3,000
22 November 1890 Nottingham Forest A 2–8 Farman, Ramsay 2,000
29 November 1890 Sunderland Albion H 1–5 Ramsay 2,000
13 December 1890 Small Heath H 3–1 Sharpe, Milarvie, Speller (o.g.) 1,000
27 December 1890 Bootle H 2–1 Stewart, Milarvie 5,000
5 January 1891 Stoke H 0–1 3,000
10 January 1891 Birmingham St George’s A 1–6 Farman 1,000
17 January 1891 Walsall Town Swifts H 3–3 Owen, Milarvie, Ramsay 1,500
24 January 1891 Sheffield Wednesday A 2–1 Sharpe, Stewart 3,000
14 February 1891 Crewe Alexandra A 1–0 Farman 3,000
21 February 1891 Sheffield Wednesday H 1–1 Craig 4,000
7 March 1891 Small Heath A 1–2 Sharpe 2,000
14 March 1891 Birmingham St George’s H 1–3 Sharpe 2,000
28 March 1891 Darwen A 1–2 Ramsay 2,000
11 April 1891 Sunderland Albion A 1–2 Ramsay 3,500
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Pts
8 Crewe Alexandra 22 8 4 10 59 67 20
9 Newton Heath 22 7 3 12 37 55 17
10 Small Heath 22 7 2 13 58 66 16

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

FA Cup

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance
4 October 1890 First Round Qualifying Higher Walton H 2–0 Farman, Evans 3,000
25 October 1890 Second Round Qualifying Bootle Reserves A 0–1 3,000

Lancashire Senior Cup

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance
7 February 1891 Round 1 Witton A 4–3 Craig, Milarvie, unknown, unknown
19 February 1891 Round 2 Preston North End A 1–3 Farman 2,000

Manchester Senior Cup

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance
14 February 1891 Round 3 Hurst H 2–2 Jones (2) 500
21 March 1891 Semi-final Stockport County Ardwick 3–1 Stewart, Craig, Milarvie 5,000
18 April 1891 Final Ardwick West Manchester 0–1 10,000