Manchester City History- All about the Club

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The history of the giant and prominent clubs includes a wide range of topics, from their badge history to their trophies. As one of the top clubs in the football world, there are many facts behind the 141 years of Manchester City history, covering all of them. So, stay within our today piece.

Before going through Manchester City history in-depth, we have prepared a brief from all that has happened to the club since 141 years ago. Founded in 1880, the club named St. Mark's, which seven years later, in 1887 changed its name to Ardwick Association Football Club, and finally became Manchester City in 1894. The English football club is located in Manchester and takes part in Premier League competitions.

The club's current home ground is placed on the east side of Machester, named the City of Manchester Stadium, though the former ground was Maine Road, which they played there for about 80 years, from 1923 to 2003.

Their sky blue kit, considered their home jersey, works as a symbol for the club since 1984, which they have worn since the first season of the club's contemporary iteration. Manchester City made its first appearance in the Football League in 1892 and achieved its first major award in 1904 by winning the FA Cup.

The club's first significant period of success refers to the late 196s because, under the management of Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison, they could win several achievements, including the League, European Cup Winners Cup, FA Cup, and League Cup.

Like many featured clubs and based on Manchester City history, the club had many difficult periods to achieve its current position. For instance, in 1981, they lost the FA Cup Final, which led them to a period of decline and caused them to experience their relegation to the third tier of English Football. However, from the 2001-02 season, they recaptured promotion to the top and kept their place there since 2002-03. 

In Manchester City history, 2008 remembers as a turning point because, at the time, Abu Dhabi United Group bought the club for £210 million, which earned a considerable investment for the club, such as Etihad Campus in east Manchester, which worthed £150 million.

Then, due to winning the Premier League in 2018 under Pep Guardiola management, it seemed the club had fallen in the downhill success. Also, they completed an incomparable sweep of all domestic prizes in England the following year, which earned them the title of first English men's team in gaining the domestic treble. 

According to the €568.4 million revenue of the club, Manchester City became the fifth club with the highest wealth in the football world in 2018-19. Additionally, based on the Forbes estimation, its $2.69 value made it the fifth most valuable of the world of 2019. The club's owner is a British-based holding company with a £3.73 (US$4.8) billion value in 2019, which, later, sold its 10% stake to Silver Lake.

All You Need to Know about Manchester City History

The first achievement in Manchester City history comes back to 1899, which the club won the Second Division and promoted it to the highest level in English football, the First Division. Additionally, their victory against 

Bolton Wanderers

 at Crystal Palace led them to win the FA Cup on 23 April 1904.

Though they had missed out on the League and Cup during the season, they were still the first Manchester's club, which could achieve a remarkable honor. After the FA Cup triumph, following the getting stuck in allegations of financial irregularities, seventeen players, including captain Billy Meredith, were suspended in 1906.

On the other hand, Hyde Road in the main stand caught fire in 1920 and made the club move to Maine Road in Moss Side, their newly built stadium, in 1923. During the Manchester City champions league history, in the 1930s, the club's effort reached it to two consecutive FA Cup finals, which in the first one, in 1933, they lost to 


, and in the second one, in 1934, they could beat 


The presence of 84,569 fans in Maine Road for the sixth-round FA Cup tie against 

Stoke City

 became the highest home attendance record because no other club had done it during English football history, and it stood from 1934 to 2016.

Winning the First Division title in 1937, for the first time, was the club's last honor during the 1930s because the following season earned it relegation, while they had scored more goals than all other teams had participated in the division. 

Twenty years later, they confronted a similar situation in the 1930s, reaching consecutive FA Cup finals, including losing the first one to 

Newcastle United

 in 1955 and winning the second one in 1956. Following the ups and downs in 

Manchester City history

, they relegated to the Second Division in 1963. The low-home attendance of 8,015 in the match against 

Swindon Town

 made them not envision a bright future for the club. 

However, by appointing Malcolm Allison and Joe Mercer's management team in 1965, the club won the Second Division and signed Mike Summerbee and Colin Bell.

Another success of the club comes back to the 1967-68 season. During the season, Manchester City claimed the League Championship, and by beating Newcastle United with a 4-3 result, clinched the title and sent their rival into second place.

Unlike the unsuccessful future, which they had dreamed of several seasons ago, they earned many achievements, including winning the FA Cup in 1969, winning the European Cup Winner's Cup in 1970 by ending the competition against Gornik Zabrea in Vienna with a 2-1 victory. Winning the League Cup prepared the opportunity of gaining the title of the second English team for Manchester City because they could achieve both European and domestic trophies in the same season.

Resuming efforts for more awards throughout the 1970s, Manchester City ended on two occasions with only one point less than the league champions and one in the 1974 League Cup, which they reached the final.

Considered one of the fondest matches in 

Manchester City Champions League history

, the club's supporters do not forget the game against 

Manchester United

 in 1973-74. Though both sides hoped to win, not to relegate, the socred goal of Danis Law, the former United player, earned a 1-0 victory for Manchester City at Old Trafford and caused their rivals' relegation.

These full of success periods stopped by a long period of decline. Being appointed for the second time, Malcolm Allison started his management in 1979 for the second time. Though his career history was full of achievements for the club, he spent large sums of money to sign with several players, such as Steve Daley, which later seemed a squandered decision.

However, their unlucky period ended under the management of John Bond in 1981. Though they had reached the FA Cup final, they lost to the opposing team,

Tottenham Hotspur

, in a replay. Reviewing

Manchester City history

in the 1980s reveals that in 1983 and 1987 it relegated from the top flight, but by Peter Reid's management, the club could return to the top flight and ended the competition in fifth place in 1991 and 1992.

However, the situation did not remain the same, and after Reid's departure, it seemed the former successful period was temporary. Since Premier League creation in 1992, Manchester City was its co-founder, while at the end of its first season in the ninth place, the club only could endure for the next three seasons, but it ended to the club's relegation in 1996.

As Manchester City history shows, the club has experienced many successes and failures during passing time and changing managers. Since 2016, Pepe Guardiola started his management period in Manchester City, they have achieved many honors. Guardiola, the former manager of two outstanding clubs, 



Bayern Munich

, after the dismissal of Pellegrini in 2016, started a new page in Manchester City history. 

Manchester City Kit History

Manchester City's nickname, The Sky Blue, comes from their home colors, white and sky blue. Since the 1960s, the club's traditional away jersey's colors have been red and black, or maroons, though they have worn several other colors during recent years. Regarding the origins of Man City's home colors, there is no fact, but going through the 

Manchester City kit history

 has revealed that since 1892 or earlier, their jersey colors were blue.

According to a booklet, which Manchester City published in the 1940s, Famous Football Clubs, the original colors of West Gorton (St. Marks) were scarlet and black. On the other hand, based on the reports from 1884, the team had worn a black jersey bearing a white cross, which showed the club's origin refers to the church side.

Frequent use of red and black comes from the former assistant manager's idea, Malcolm Allison. Because he believed using 

A.C. Milan

's colors would create a glory place for the club. By referring to the Manchester City jersey history, Malcolm's theory worked for the club. After wearing the red and black stripes kit, they won the 1969 FA Cup Final, 1970 League Cup Final, and the 1970 European Cup Winners Cup Final. 

However, they had worn three other ones before wearing their current badge from 2016, which in the following we have mentioned. As 

Manchester City jersey history

 shows, the first one's origins come back to the design of their official club documentation in the mid-1960s.

The jersey, introduced in 1970 for the first time, consisted of a circular badge such as the current one, while later in 1972, the new design replaced it. The new design consisted of the circular badge with the lower half of the shield in the red rose of Lancashire. Since their shirt was out of any symbol related to the City of Manchester, they decided to add the Manchester coat of arms as a monochrome logo.

They placed it in the back of shirts in the numbers, which worked to show the club's pride in representing the city at significant competitions. They appeared with the new design for the first time in the FA Cup Final in 2011.

In 2015, when the clubs confronted the fan's criticism over the 1977 badge, following an announcement around the club's intention in carrying out a fan consultation regarding instituting a new design, they changed the kit. Finally, they decided to replace the old version with a new one in the former's style but with circular variants. 

Manchester City Logo History

Having created in 1880 as St. Mark's, Manchester City adopted its current name in 1894. So, the first badge of the 

Manchester City logo history

, which contained the St. Mark's name, had depicted the Coat of Arms of the city of Manchester and lasted from 1880to 1894. Having organized, the Manchester City FC introduced its principle badge, which remained the official club's logo till the early 2010s.

The image consisted of three yellow oblique lines on an orange shield, which portrays a clipper on a background in white and blue. Being surrounded by a white deer and a golden lion and placed on green grass, the shield is beside a globe in the pale blue and pink palette and curvy orange and yellow vignettes on the top. Later, the club introduced a simplified version of the heraldic logo, which lasted for all the decade.

A light blue background and an orange and yellow shield on it were the main parts of the logo. Also, there was a thick white-and-black frame in a circular format with a black sans-serif heading around it. The next Manchester City badge history refers to 1970 to 1972, which was a completely redesigned version than the former one.

The new frame in light blue and a gold wordmark in a black outline made the presented insignia more enthusiastic. The clipper's position on a white background with wavy yellow lines and bolder lines made the new logo modernized. In 1972, adding a new item, a red rose, instead of the diagonal lines, on the shield made it look elegant and delicate beside the yellow clipper on a blue background, which was so different from the former versions.

Although the logo looked great and lasted for many years, in 1981, its tone enriched. During the years, despite many changes that happened to the logo, they kept the main structure, but in 1997 the club proposed a new and different one. Based on 

Manchester City badge history

, the current club's emblem refers to 2016, which Man city decided to their logo in the 1990s, contained red rose in a rounded frame.

Surrounded by a double blue and gold outline, the shield included a gold clipper and a red rose placed on a blue striped background. The club's name, in royal blue, is around the upper half of the frame, and "1894", the date mark, is written under it in a light blue shade. 

Manchester City Honors

Taking a look at 

Manchester City honors

 will need a separate article, and going through it will take a long time. However, we have tried to present a brief of most honors it has gained and has fixed its current position in the football world through them.

The 26 major European and domestic trophies earned fifth place on the list amongst the most successful teams in England and put its name beside Tottenham Hotspur in the same grade. Based on 

Manchester City trophies history

, the first club's award was the 1904 FA Cup, while it had earned three Manchester Cups in advance.

Also, they won their first top division league in the 1936-37 season, which was only a few months before winning Community Shield.

In the 2018-19 season of the 

Machester City trophies history

, the club won many achievements, including PremierLeague, FA Cup, League Cup, and Community Shield. The achievements caused the club to gain the title of the first team, which could win all available major England trophies in only one season.

Among its awards, the 1970 Cup Winner's Cup victory has remained their only European prize. Though they have only reached the semi-final of Champion League for one time, they hold the record for most second division titles. However, they are not the only record holder because Leicester City, like them, has won the league seven times. 

Manchester City Mascot History

Manchester City mascot history

 is regarding Moonchester and his partner Moonbeam. They come from the "Blue Moon" planet, which refers to one of the songs the club's fans sing. The couple is a downy and smooth pair sporting, have giant smiles and ears like a bunny.

In other words, they are two aliens, which are similar to blue Ninja Turtles. One characteristic that is so bold about their appearance is the amorphous feature, from their eyes forms to their names, which come from contradictory suffixes and prefixes.

Manchester City Stadiums

The City of Manchester Stadium has been the club's current ground since 2003, while due to sponsorship reasons, it is famous as Etihad Stadium. Having moved from Maine Road, nicknamed Wembly of the North, the stadium has been Man City's home. However, the first

Manchester City stadium

was Hyde Road from 188, its construction, to 1923, its movement to Maine Road, which their staying lasted for about 36 years.

The new ground was out of football facilities, made the club spend more than £30 million to convert it to a usable place for football. After making some changes, including lowering the pitch to add another tier of seating and building a new North Stand, they held the inaugural match, which led to a 2-1 victory against Barcelona. Having completed the construction of a 7,000-seat third tier on the South Stand, the stadium capacity increased to 55,097 stands in the 2015-16 season. 

Manchester City Rivalries History

Considered one of the biggest rivalries in association football during recent years, the rivalry between Liverpool F.C. and Manchester City has a high and long profile between these two clubs, among the English professional association football clubs.

Though their first competition comes back to the 1976-77 season, their modern rivalry relationship began in the 2010s. The first competition resulted in Man City's victory with only a difference of two points, which led the club to earn the 2013-14 title.

The final day of the 2015-16 Football League Cup was a fateful day for both clubs, which 


lost the match to its rival on penalties. One other occasion in 

Manchester City rivalries history

 is the final day of the 2018-19 season, in which Man City, with 98 points, won Liverpool, with 97 ones.

The result put the clubs in third and fourth places with the highest Premier League points to date. The close competition between the clubs continued to the following season, but this time, unlike the previous season, Liverpool achieved the title with 99 points. The earned points led them to hold the title of second-highest Premier League, which was 18 points more than runners-up City. The intense competition between the Liverpool and Manchester City refers to Jurgen Kopp and Pep Guardiola's management.

Manchester City Managers History

Taking a look at 

Manchester City managers history

 will uncover the name of 34 managers. Among all these managers, the club spent most of his life under Wilf Wild's management. He started his job in 1932 and kept his position to 1946, for about 14 years and nine months.

Though he is the man with the most extended period in Manchester City coaches history, he is not the one who handled the most games as the club's manager because his era coincided with the Second World War with no competitions. From 1950 to 1963, the club was under Les McDowall management, which during the 13 years, they took part in its most competitive matches.

Playing in 592 games in his era, which are 240 ones more than Wild's period, led it to hold the second-most record of matches during the 

Manchester City coaches history

. However, looking at the achievements of the 34 managers will show that Pep Guardiola, the current club's managers, with eight trophies during his four years from 2016 to 2020, has been the most successful one on the list. 

As you read, 

Manchester City history

 has been full of ups and downs period, in which the club earned or missed many awards. Experiencing all these situations had led the club to its current position, among the top and astonishing clubs of the football world. Though we have gathered all the facts about the club's history from an authentic website, there might be some other info which we have missed. So, if you have any ideas, share them with us throughout the comment section.




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