Newton Heath 1896-97

The 1896–97 season was Newton Heath’s fifth season in the Football League and their third in the Second Division. They finished second in the league, which earned them a chance for promotion back to the First Division. United played two Test matches against each of the bottom two teams from the First Division, but although they beat Burnley at Bank Street, they were unable to overcome Sunderland and remained in the Second Division. In the FA Cup, the Heathens managed to reach the Third Round, before losing 2–0 to Derby County for the second year in a row.
The club also entered teams in the Lancashire and Manchester Senior Cups in 1896–97. They were knocked out of the Lancashire Cup in the second round, losing 2–1 away to Burnley. In the Manchester Cup, they received a bye to the third round, where they beat Manchester City, before losing 2–0 to Bury in the semi-finals.

Second Division

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
1 September 1896Gainsborough TrinityH2 – 0McNaught (2)4,000
5 September 1896Burton SwiftsA5 – 3Brown, Bryant, Cassidy, Draycott, McNaught3,000
7 September 1896WalsallH2 – 0Cassidy, Donaldson7,000
12 September 1896Lincoln CityH3 – 1Cassidy (2), Donaldson2,000
19 September 1896Grimsby TownA0 – 23,000
21 September 1896WalsallA3 – 2Brown, Draycott, McNaught7,000
26 September 1896Newcastle UnitedH4 – 0Cassidy (3), Donaldson7,000
3 October 1896Manchester CityA0 – 020,000
10 October 1896Small HeathH1 – 1Draycott7,000
17 October 1896BlackpoolA2 – 4Bryant, Draycott5,000
21 October 1896Gainsborough TrinityA0 – 24,000
24 October 1896Burton WanderersH3 – 0Cassidy (3)4,000
7 November 1896Grimsby TownH4 – 2Cassidy (2), Donaldson, Jenkyns5,000
28 November 1896Small HeathA0 – 14,000
19 December 1896Notts CountyA0 – 35,000
25 December 1896Manchester CityH2 – 1Donaldson, Smith18,000
26 December 1896BlackpoolH2 – 0Cassidy (2)9,000
28 December 1896Leicester FosseA0 – 18,000
1 January 1897Newcastle UnitedA0 – 217,000
9 January 1897Burton SwiftsH1 – 1Donaldson3,000
6 February 1897LoughboroughH6 – 0Smith (2), Boyd, Donaldson, Draycott, Jenkyns5,000
20 February 1897Leicester FosseH2 – 1Boyd, Donaldson8,000
2 March 1897DarwenH3 – 1Cassidy (2), Boyd3,000
13 March 1897DarwenA2 – 0Cassidy, Gillespie2,000
20 March 1897Burton WanderersA2 – 1Gillespie, Lowe (o.g.)3,000
22 March 1897Woolwich ArsenalH1 – 1Boyd3,000
27 March 1897Notts CountyH1 – 1Bryant10,000
1 April 1897Lincoln CityA3 – 1Jenkyns (3)1,000
3 April 1897Woolwich ArsenalA2 – 0Boyd, Donaldson6,000
10 April 1897LoughboroughA0 – 23,000
PosClubPldWDLGFGAPts
1Notts County301947924342
2Newton Heath301758563439
3Grimsby Town301749664438

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

Test Matches

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
19 April 1897BurnleyA0 – 210,000
21 April 1897BurnleyH2 – 0Boyd, Jenkyns7,000
24 April 1897SunderlandH1 – 1Boyd18,000
26 April 1897SunderlandA0 – 26,000

FA Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
12 December 1896First Round QualifyingWest ManchesterH7 – 0Cassidy (2), Gillespie (2), Rothwell (2), Bryant6,000
2 January 1897Second Round QualifyingNelsonH3 – 0Stephenson, Bryant, unknown5,000
15 January 1897Third Round QualifyingBlackpoolH2 – 2Gillespie, Donaldson1,500
20 January 1897Third Round Qualifying
Replay
BlackpoolA2 – 1Bryant, Cassidy1,500
30 January 1897First RoundKettering TownH5 – 1Cassidy (2), Donaldson (2), Bryant5,000
13 February 1897Second RoundSouthampton St. Mary’sA1 – 1Donaldson8,000
17 February 1897Second Round
Replay
Southampton St. Mary’sH3 – 1Bryant (2), Cassidy7,000
27 February 1897Third RoundDerby CountyA0 – 212,000