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Manchester City Information
Manchester City, sometimes known by their nickname the Cityzens, or just City, played their first game in English football back in the 1890s, wearing their distinctive light blue and white colours that have remained in place to this day.
They spent their early years at Hyde Road, but in 1923, they made the move to their purpose-built home at Maine Road, where they would stay for the next 80 years. They then took up residence at a new address, with the 53,400-capacity City of Manchester Stadium later known as the Etihad Stadium for sponsorship reasons.
Manchester City History
We can almost break down the history of Manchester City into two sections: pre-money and post-money.
For context, in the 114 years prior to the Abu Dhabi United Group acquiring ownership of the club in 2008, City had won two First Division titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups.
Since the investment of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Manchester City have won five Premier League titles, two FA Cups and six League Cups – all in the space of 13 years.
It all began so differently back in 1894, when Manchester City – after initially starting life as St. Mark’s in 1880 and Ardwick Association Football Club in 1887 – were born.
They didn’t have to wait too long for success either, with the FA Cup following in 1904 in the same season that they finished second in the league. The club were accused of financial irregularities, however, and some 17 members of their playing squad were suspended. Captain Billy Meredith did the unthinkable – heading across town to join Manchester United – in the fallout.
That seemed to complete derail City’s progress, and it wasn’t until the 1930s that they got back on track. Moving into their new Maine Road home, City broke the all-time attendance record with 84,569 cramming into the stadium to watch an FA Cup tie against Stoke City in 1934. They lifted the trophy in that same year, before going on to win the First Division title in 1937. Just one season later, they achieved the extraordinary feat of being relegated despite scoring an astounding 80 goals in just 42 games!
After regrouping, City reached two consecutive FA Cup finals in the 1950s, winning the second one in 1956. However, for the next decade, the club again entered the doldrums with relegation to the Second Division. Some of the club’s most celebrated heroes – Joe Mercer, Malcolm Allison, Colin Bell and Mike Summerbee – would emerge in this period, and by 1970, City had won the First Division, the FA Cup and the European Cup Winners’ Cup.
It wasn’t long before misery came along though, and after the largely trophy-less 1980s, the club began to rebound between relegation and promotion. Despite being a founder member of the Premier League in 1992, in 1999 they would soon become only the second European trophy winner to be relegated to the third tier.
After a renaissance, the 2002-03 season was a telling one. City played their last season at Maine Road, and qualified for their first European competition in 25 years. As they moved to their new Manchester City Stadium home, it would be five years until the Abu Dhabi investment came along – and the rest, as they say, is history.