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Newton Heath The Beginning When British rail began breaking up their steam trains in the 1950s the nameplates of their famous football class engine were polished and presented to the football club whose name it bore It was a gesture in public relations a gift from mother to child for without railways there would have bee no Newton Heath The team started in the yards of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway The date that LY railway football club was formed was not known as the club does not enter history until 1878 By then its name was changed to Newton Heath it got its name from the main depot of the railway in Manchester Newton heath could only join the league in 1892 when the 1st division was extended by three clubs and the 2nd division was formed The 3 clubs that joined the 1st division were Nottingham Forest Sheffield Wednesday and of course Newton Heath The stars Players were mostly Welshman They came to Manchester for railway work Newton Heath in their Green Gold began their league career badly and then got worse Their 1st game against was Blackburn lost 4-3 They only collected 4 points from their 1st six matches The 1st victory was a brilliant one Newton Heath thrashed Wolverhamptons 10-1 this record still stands at the club The excitement did not last long the club ended their season being last in league They were lucky not to be relegated as they had beaten 2nd division champions Small Heath 6-3 The next season was an even worse season for Newton Heath They lost 22 of their 30 league games and they were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool and were relegated One of their best supporters was George Lawton He was an accountant at the walker and Humphries brewery He would cycle to and the game whatever the weather One day when George
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