1888–89 Newton Heath LYR F.C. season

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Newton Heath LYR F.C.
1888–89 season
President Frederick Attock
The Combination 1st
Manchester Cup Winners
Top goalscorer League:
Jack Doughty (6)
Roger Doughty (6)
All:
Jack Doughty (12)
Highest home attendance 4,000 vs Bootle (26 January 1889)
Lowest home attendance 2,000 vs Ardwick (16 March 1889)
Home colours
Away colours

The 1888–89 season was Newton Heath's first ever 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[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
22 September 1888 Darwen H 4 – 3 J. Doughty (2), R. Doughty, Gale 3,000
13 October 1888 Derby Midland A 1 – 1 Walton 1,800
20 October 1888 Leek H 4 – 1 R. Doughty (2), Gotheridge (2) 3,000
3 November 1888 Leek A 5 – 0 J. Doughty (3), R. Doughty, Tait
10 November 1888 Burslem Port Vale A 1 – 1 J. Davies
24 November 1888 Halliwell H 2 – 0 R. Doughty, Tait 3,000
1 December 1888 Bootle A 1 – 0 Powell
5 January 1889 Darwen A 0 – 6
19 January 1889 Burslem Port Vale H 3 – 0 G. Owen, Gale, Burke 3,000
26 January 1889 Bootle H 4 – 0 R. Doughty, J. Doughty, J. Davies, Tait 4,000
2 March 1889 Derby Midland H 2 – 0 Tait, Gotheridge
30 March 1889 South Shore H 0 – 1 3,000
Pld W D L GF GA Pts
12 8 2 2 27 13 18

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[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
15 December 1888 Round 1 West Manchester A 2 – 1 J. Doughty, R. Doughty 5,000
16 March 1889 Round 2 Ardwick H 4 – 1 Owen, J. Doughty, Gotheridge (2) 2,000
6 April 1889 Semi-final Manchester Welsh West Manchester 2 – 1 Owen, J. Doughty 1,500
27 April 1889 Final Hooley Hill Whalley Range 7 – 0 Gale (2), J. Doughty (3), R. Doughty, Gotheridge 4,000

Lancashire Junior Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
13 October 1888 Round 1 Denton Bye[1]
3 November 1888 Round 2 Bury A 0 – 9[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Newton Heath were given a bye to Round 2 after Denton scratched
  2. ^ Match played by Newton Heath's reserve team, Newton Heath Swifts, as the match clashed with a Combination game.