The prize, a forerunner of the FA Cup in use today, was won by the club in 1904, when they beat Bolton Wanderers 1-0 in the final.

” City are thrilled to announce we are now the proud custodian of the 1896-1910 Football Association Obstacle Cup (FA Cup) following the current purchase of the prize at auction by club owner, His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed,” read a club declaration.

” A forerunner of the FA Cup in usage today, the prize is among the most considerable artefacts in world football and the earliest surviving piece of FA Cup silverware in England,” it included.

Sheikh Mansour, who supposedly paid more than ₤ 750,000 ($ 1 million) for the prize, is loaning it to the National Football Museum in Manchester.

” Winning this actual prize in 1904 was a turning point for the club and for the city of Manchester because it firmly sealed football in the heart of its neighborhood,” said club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak.

Tim Desmond, chief executive of the National Football Museum, said it was a big relief the trophy would remain in England.

” The oldest surviving FA Cup, this specific prize was amongst the ‘crown gems’ of our artefacts,” he stated.

” When it left us in September 2019 to be auctioned by its then owner, we feared we might never ever see it once again which Britain would be losing the FA Cup for excellent.”

Manchester City, who have actually won the FA Cup six times, get their most current campaign under way this weekend, hosting Championship side Birmingham on Sunday.