Newton Heath 1883-84

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.

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
27 October 1883Round 1Blackburn Olympic ReservesH2 – 7Unknown

Friendlies

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
6 October 1883Astley Bridge ‘A’H0 – 1Unknown
13 October 1883Haughton DaleH2 – 2Unknown
20 October 1883St. Helen’sA3 – 2Unknown
1 December 1883Manchester ArcadiansH4 – 0Unknown
8 December 1883EarlestownA0 – 8Unknown
5 January 1884Bootle WanderersH6 – 0Unknown
12 January 1884BentfieldA1 – 1Unknown
19 January 1884St Helen’sH3 – 1Unknown
26 January 1884Haughton DaleA1 – 0[2]Unknown
30 January 1884St. Helen’sH3 – 1Latham, Morris, unknown
2 February 1884GreenheysH1 – 0Unknown
9 February 1884Bootle WanderersA1 – 1Unknown
23 February 1884Blackburn Olympic XIH0 – 0Unknown
1 March 1884Hurst Brook OlympicA1 – 3[3]own goal
8 March 1884Manchester ArcadiansA4 – 0Unknown
15 March 1884Astley Bridge ReservesA0 – 0Unknown
29 March 1884GreenheysA1 – 5Black