The 1895–96 season was Newton Heath’s fourth season in the Football League and their second in the Second Division. They finished sixth in the league, which was not enough to earn a chance for promotion back to the First Division. In the FA Cup, the Heathens were knocked out in the Second Round, losing 5–1 in a replay against Derby County after vanquishing Kettering Town in the First Round.

The club also entered teams in the Lancashire and Manchester Senior Cups in 1895–96. They were knocked out of the Lancashire Cup in the first round, losing 2–1 at home to Bury. In the Manchester Cup, they received a bye to the third round, but were immediately knocked out by Fairfield, losing 5–2.

Football League Second Division

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
7 September 1895 Crewe Alexandra H 5 – 0 Cassidy (2), Aitken, Kennedy, Smith 6,000
14 September 1895 Loughborough A 3 – 3 Cassidy (2), McNaught 3,000
21 September 1895 Burton Swifts H 5 – 0 Donaldson (2), Cassidy (2), Kennedy 9,000
28 September 1895 Crewe Alexandra A 2 – 0 Smith (2) 2,000
5 October 1895 Manchester City H 1 – 1 Clarkin 12,000
12 October 1895 Liverpool A 1 – 7 Cassidy 7,000
19 October 1895 Newcastle United H 2 – 1 Cassidy, Peters 8,000
26 October 1895 Newcastle United A 1 – 2 Kennedy 8,000
2 November 1895 Liverpool H 5 – 2 Peters (3), Clarkin, Smith 10,000
9 November 1895 Woolwich Arsenal A 1 – 2 Cassidy 9,000
16 November 1895 Lincoln City H 5 – 5 Clarkin (2), Cassidy, Collinson, Peters 8,000
23 November 1895 Notts County A 2 – 0 Cassidy, Kennedy 3,000
30 November 1895 Woolwich Arsenal H 5 – 1 Cartwright (2), Clarkin, Kennedy, Peters 6,000
7 December 1895 Manchester City A 1 – 2 Cassidy 18,000
14 December 1895 Notts County H 3 – 0 Cassidy, Clarkin, Donaldson 3,000
21 December 1895 Darwen A 0 – 3 3,000
1 January 1896 Grimsby Town H 3 – 2 Cassidy (3, 1 pen) 8,000
4 January 1896 Leicester Fosse A 0 – 3 7,000
11 January 1896 Rotherham Town H 3 – 0 Donaldson (2), Stephenson 3,000
3 February 1896 Leicester Fosse H 2 – 0 Kennedy, Smith 1,000
8 February 1896 Burton Swifts A 1 – 4 Vance 2,000
29 February 1896 Burton Wanderers H 1 – 2 McNaught 1,000
7 March 1896 Rotherham Town A 3 – 2 Donaldson, Kennedy, Smith 1,500
14 March 1896 Grimsby Town A 2 – 4 Kennedy, Smith 2,000
18 March 1896 Burton Wanderers A 1 – 5 Dow 2,000
23 March 1896 Burslem Port Vale A 0 – 3 3,000
3 April 1896 Darwen H 4 – 0 Kennedy, McNaught 1,000
4 April 1896 Loughborough H 2 – 0 Donaldson, Smith 4,000
6 April 1896 Burslem Port Vale H 2 – 1 Clarkin, Smith 5,000
11 April 1896 Lincoln City A 0 – 2 2,000
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Pts
5 Newcastle United 30 16 2 12 73 50 34
6 Newton Heath 30 15 3 12 66 57 33
7 Woolwich Arsenal 30 14 4 12 58 42 32

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
1 February 1896 Round 1 Kettering Town H 2 – 1 Donaldson, Smith 6,000
15 February 1896 Round 2 Derby County H 1 – 1 Kennedy 20,000
19 February 1896 Round 2
Replay
Derby County A 1 – 5 Donaldson 6,000