Newton Heath 01-02

The 1901–02 season was Newton Heath’s tenth season in the Football League and their eighth in the Second Division. They finished 15th in the league, avoiding relegation by only five points. In the FA Cup, the Heathens were knocked out by Lincoln City, losing 2–1 in the Intermediate Round.
The club also entered teams in the Lancashire and Manchester Senior Cups in 1901–02. They only managed to reach the second round of the Lancashire Cup, before losing 5–0 to Southport Central, but the real success came in the Manchester Cup, in which they beat Bolton Wanderers after a replay in the semi-final, before beating Manchester City 2–1 in the final.
The club had been struggling financially during the season, and were taken to court by their president, William Healey, over a sum of £242 17s 10d owed to him by the club in January 1902. Unable to pay, as they were £2,600 in debt, the club was declared bankrupt. Two months later, club captain Harry Stafford managed to enlist the help of Manchester brewer John Henry Davies, who, in conjunction with three other local businessmen, invested a total of £2,000 in the club. Davies was installed as club president and the club was renamed “Manchester United”.

Second Division

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
7 September 1901Gainsborough TrinityH3 – 0Preston (2), Lappin10,000
14 September 1901MiddlesbroughA0 – 512,000
21 September 1901Bristol CityH1 – 0Griffiths6,000
28 September 1901BlackpoolA4 – 2Preston (2), Schofield, own goal4,000
5 October 1901Stockport CountyH3 – 3Schofield, Smith, Preston5,000
12 October 1901Burton UnitedA0 – 03,000
19 October 1901GlossopA0 – 05,000
26 October 1901Doncaster RoversH6 – 0Coupar (2), Schofield, Griffiths, Preston, own goal7,000
9 November 1901West Bromwich AlbionH1 – 2Fisher13,000
16 November 1901Woolwich ArsenalA0 – 23,000
23 November 1901BarnsleyH1 – 0Griffiths4,000
30 November 1901Leicester FosseA2 – 3Cartwright (2)4,000
7 December 1901Preston North EndA1 – 5Preston3,000
21 December 1901Burslem Port ValeH1 – 0Richards3,000
26 December 1901Lincoln CityA0 – 24,000
1 January 1902Preston North EndH0 – 210,000
4 January 1902Gainsborough TrinityA1 – 1Lappin2,000
18 January 1902Bristol CityA0 – 46,000
25 January 1902BlackpoolH0 – 13,000
1 February 1902Stockport CountyA0 – 13,000
11 February 1902BurnleyH2 – 0Lappin, Preston1,000
15 February 1902GlossopH1 – 0Erentz4,000
22 February 1902Doncaster RoversA0 – 43,000
1 March 1902Lincoln CityH0 – 06,000
8 March 1902West Bromwich AlbionA0 – 48,000
15 March 1902Woolwich ArsenalH0 – 13,000
17 March 1902ChesterfieldA0 – 32,000
22 March 1902BarnsleyA2 – 3Cartwright, Higson2,500
28 March 1902BurnleyA0 – 13,000
29 March 1902Leicester FosseH2 – 0Griffiths, Hayes2,000
7 April 1902MiddlesbroughH1 – 2Erentz (pen.)2,000
19 April 1902Burslem Port ValeA1 – 1Coupar2,000
21 April 1902Burton UnitedH3 – 1Cartwright, Griffiths, Preston500
23 April 1902ChesterfieldH2 – 0Coupar, Preston2,000
PosClubPldWDLGFGAPts
14Leicester Fosse3412517385629
15Newton Heath3411617385328
16Chesterfield3411617476828

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points

FA Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
14 December 1901Intermediate RoundLincoln CityH1 – 2Fisher4,000