Manchester and District Senior Cup::1884–85 Newton Heath LYR F.C. season

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Manchester and District Senior Cup The 1884–85 Manchester Cup was Newton Heath's first foray into that competition. The competition was geared towards teams in and around the Manchester area, a narrower focus than the Lancashire Cup, thus limiting the number of quality teams that Newton Heath would come up against. Therefore, although it displayed less ambition from the club, it also provided them with a more likely chance of silverware.<ref name="definitive"/>

Their first opposition in the competition was Eccles, whom they beat 3–2 at North Road on 31 January 1885. However, Eccles appealed against the result, claiming that Newton Heath's third goal was invalid and should not have stood. The match was replayed two weeks later at Henrietta Street, Old Trafford, home of the Manchester Association club. This time, Newton Heath won the match 3–0, putting the result beyond doubt.<ref name="definitive"/>

In the second round, the Heathens were pitted against the favourites for the cup, Manchester. However, despite being the home team and their status as favourites, Manchester were unable to compete with Newton Heath, who ran out 3–0 winners. The Railwaymen racked up another four goals in the semi-final against Owens College (which would go on to become the University of Manchester), winning 4–3 to put them into their first ever final. Their opponents in the final, played at Whalley Range in south Manchester, were Hurst. The Heathens went into the game with high hopes, coming off the back of some high-scoring games in the earlier rounds, but ultimately lost 3–0.<ref name="definitive"/>

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
31 January 1885 Round 1 Eccles H 3 – 2 Unknown 400
14 February 1885 Round 1
Replay
Eccles N 3 – 0 T. Davies, Blears, Gotheridge
7 March 1885 Round 2 Manchester A 3 – 0 T. Davies, Jordan, Blears
18 April 1885 Semi-finals Dalton Hall Owens Col. Hurst 4 – 3 (a.e.t.) Howles, T. Davies (2), Earp 3,000
25 April 1885 Final Hurst Whalley Range 0 – 3 3,500

1884–85 Newton Heath LYR F.C. season sections
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