Newton Heath 1897-98

The 1897–98 season was Newton Heath’s sixth season in the Football League and their fourth in the Second Division. They finished fourth in the league, which was not enough to earn them a chance for promotion back to the First Division. In the FA Cup, the Heathens were knocked out by Liverpool in the Second Round, after beating Walsall in the First Round.
The club also entered teams in the Lancashire and Manchester Senior Cups in 1897–98. They reached the semi-finals of the Manchester Senior Cup before being beaten 2–1 by Manchester City in a replay, but they went two better in the Lancashire Senior Cup, beating Blackburn Rovers 2–1 in the final.

Second Division

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
ScorersAttendance
4 September 1897Lincoln CityH5 – 0Boyd (3), Cassidy, Bryant5,000
11 September 1897Burton SwiftsA4 – 0Boyd (3), Cassidy2,000
18 September 1897Luton TownH1 – 2Cassidy8,000
25 September 1897BlackpoolA1 – 0Smith2,000
2 October 1897Leicester FosseH2 – 0Boyd (2)6,000
9 October 1897Newcastle UnitedA0 – 212,000
16 October 1897Manchester CityH1 – 1Gillespie20,000
23 October 1897Small HeathA1 – 2Bryant6,000
30 October 1897WalsallH6 – 0Cassidy (2), Donaldson (2), Bryant, Gillespie6,000
6 November 1897Lincoln CityA0 – 12,000
13 November 1897Newcastle UnitedH0 – 17,000
20 November 1897Leicester FosseA1 – 1Wedge6,000
27 November 1897Grimsby TownH2 – 1Bryant, own goal5,000
11 December 1897WalsallA1 – 1Boyd2,000
25 December 1897Manchester CityA1 – 0Cassidy16,000
27 December 1897Gainsborough TrinityA1 – 2Carman3,000
1 January 1898Burton SwiftsH4 – 0Boyd, Bryant, Carman, McNaught6,000
8 January 1898Woolwich ArsenalA1 – 5Erentz8,000
12 January 1898BurnleyH0 – 07,000
15 January 1898BlackpoolH4 – 0Boyd (2), Cartwright, Cassidy4,000
26 February 1898Woolwich ArsenalH5 – 1Bryant, Cassidy (2), Collinson, Ord (o.g.)6,000
7 March 1898BurnleyA3 – 6Collinson, Bryant (2)3,000
19 March 1898DarwenA3 – 2Boyd (2), McNaught2,000
21 March 1898Luton TownA2 – 2Boyd, Cassidy2,000
29 March 1898LoughboroughH5 – 1Boyd (3), Cassidy (2)2,000
2 April 1898Grimsby TownA3 – 1Cassidy (2), Boyd2,000
8 April 1898Gainsborough TrinityH1 – 0Cassidy5,000
9 April 1898Small HeathH3 – 1Boyd, Gillespie, Morgan4,000
16 April 1898LoughboroughA0 – 01,200
23 April 1898DarwenH3 – 2Collinson (2), Bryant4,000
PosClubPldWDLGFGAPts
3Manchester City301596663639
4Newton Heath301668643538
5Woolwich Arsenal301659694937

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
29 January 1898First RoundWalsallH1 – 0Pears (o.g.)6,000
12 February 1898Second RoundLiverpoolH0 – 012,000
16 February 1898Second Round
Replay
LiverpoolA1 – 2Jimmy Collinson6,000