Joe Cassidy

Joe Cassidy was a ‘strong and burly’ forward who had provided Newton Heath with much needed attacking options during the final weeks of the 1892-93 season and the subsequent Test Matches, helping to prolong the club’s First Division status for one more season.  His initial stay at Newton Heath was fairly brief – he arrived in March 1893 and had moved to Celtic in May – but after a successful time in Glasgow he returned to the Heathens in March 1895.  On his second debut for the Club he netted both goals as the Heathens beat Grimsby Town 2-0 and ended that season with 8 goals from 8 games.

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Richard Smith

Halliwell-born Dick Smith joined Newton Heath during the summer of 1894 from Heywood Central and made his League debut on 8th September 1894 at Burton Wanderers.  Seven days later he netted his first – and second – goal for the Heathens as Crewe were torn apart during a 6-1 Bank Street victory.  

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Robert Donaldson

After playing for Airdrieonians and Blackburn Rovers, Bob Donaldson arrived at Newton Heath prior to the 1891-92 Alliance season and was an immediate success.  He was an ever-present in his first season and also topped the Club’s goalscoring charts as the Heathens finished second in the competition.

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William Sharpe

William Sharpe’s first Alliance League goal came in Newton Heath’s 3-1 defeat of Grimsby Town on 18th October 1890 but this was not a particularly great season for strikers.  Sharpe netted six goals that season and ended up leading goalscorer.

The following season he only managed 3 Alliance fixtures and wasn’t really seen much in a footballing context again until he appeared for Oldham County in 1896.  He had a spell at Oldham Athletic in 1901. 

Leading Newton Heath League Scorer in: 1890-1891 – 6 goals, 20 appearances (Alliance League)

William Stewart

Willie Stewart was Newton Heath’s record goalscorer for the 1889-1890 season, netting ten goals in 19 games.  In fact Stewart scored in the Club’s first Alliance game when Sunderland Albion were defeated 4-1 at North Road on 21st September 1889.  Stewart had joined the Heathens a few weeks earlier from Warwick County.

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