Newton Heath 1888-89

The 1888–89 season was Newton Heath’s first season of league football, having become a founder member of the Combination in the summer of 1888. The Combination was created as an alternative to the Football League, but its first season was never completed and the league folded in April 1889. This was unfortunate for Newton Heath, as they were considered to have the best record in the league at the time.
As well as taking part in league football for the first time, the Heathens also made their traditional entry to the Manchester and District Challenge Cup. They had reached the final in each of their four previous entries, and the 1888–89 season was to be no different. Newton Heath took on Hooley Hill in the final at Whalley Range, beating them 7–0 to win the competition for the third time.

The Combination

DateOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
22 September 1888DarwenH4 – 3J. Doughty (2), R. Doughty, Gale3,000
13 October 1888Derby MidlandA1 – 1Walton1,800
20 October 1888LeekH4 – 1R. Doughty (2), Gotheridge (2)3,000
3 November 1888LeekA5 – 0J. Doughty (3), R. Doughty, Tait
10 November 1888Burslem Port ValeA1 – 1J. Davies
24 November 1888HalliwellH2 – 0R. Doughty, Tait3,000
1 December 1888BootleA1 – 0Powell
5 January 1889DarwenA0 – 6
19 January 1889Burslem Port ValeH3 – 0G. Owen, Gale, Burke3,000
26 January 1889BootleH4 – 0R. Doughty, J. Doughty, J. Davies, Tait4,000
2 March 1889Derby MidlandH2 – 0Tait, Gotheridge
30 March 1889South ShoreH0 – 13,000

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

Manchester and District Challenge Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
15 December 1888Round 1West ManchesterA2 – 1J. Doughty, R. Doughty5,000
16 March 1889Round 2ArdwickH4 – 1Owen, J. Doughty, Gotheridge (2)2,000
6 April 1889Semi-finalManchester WelshWest Manchester2 – 1Owen, J. Doughty1,500
27 April 1889FinalHooley HillWhalley Range7 – 0Gale (2), J. Doughty (3), R. Doughty, Gotheridge4,000

Lancashire Junior Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
F – A
13 October 1888Round 1DentonBye
3 November 1888Round 2BuryA0 – 9