Manchester City

Manchester City won the Premier League against Everton. Photo: bbc.com

 

Origin of Manchester City and how it all began

If you called yourself a soccer fan, then you will definitely have heard of the powerhouse, Manchester City football club. Not to be mistaken by its Manchurian rival, Manchester United, Man City is able to stand toe to toe to not only their rival but against other top tier teams within the soccer leagues such as Liverpool, Everton and Arsenal. With its slogan “Superbia in Proelio” which translates to Pride in battle in Latin, Manchester City have fought and clinched many titles throughout its vast history.

The Manchester City that we have known and established in our brain was actually very different and have undergone various transformations from the time it was first formed. First formed in 1880 by the members of St. Mark’s Church of England, it then became Ardwick Association Football Club in 1887. Following that, it only had its name changed in 1894 to Manchester City. In addition to that name of the club, the logo which ultimately represents the club also changes over the years as well.

Evolution of Manchester City Logo from 1945 to present. Photo:1000 Logo

 

Records Through the years

Soon after that, Manchester City proceeded to become the most popular club in the city of Manchester, with a strong fan base that followed them wherever they go. However, they did encounter some financial troubles that eventually led to the various restructuring of the club. Despite this, the rise in stature eventually led the club to clinch its promotion to the First Division in 1899. 

However, the route that Manchester City went through was never a smooth one, in fact it actually consisted of major ups and downs. Shortly after the club had won their first Football Association (FA) trophy in 1904, 17 of their players ended up being suspended due to accusation of financial misconduct, mostly with evidence of bribes. This eventually led to their star player, Billy Meredith to leave in search of a greener pasture, ending up at Manchester United where he later won two league titles for the team.

Photo of Billy Meredith. Photo: worldfootball.net

 

However, in 1934, Manchester City managed to bounce back and returned to the path of success by securing their second FA cup. Moreover, the club managed to break a record for the highest attendance within a single game, a total of 84,569 home fans along the streets of Maine Road for the match against Stoke City. Following that after three long years, Manchester City emerge victorious as champions by scoring over a whopping 100 goals during the course of the season but ending up being relegated the following season which is a first for many to witness a reigning champion being demoted.

 

The club then proceeded to experience a giant slump for a long period of time, 3 decades in fact. During that course of time, Manchester City only managed to clinch a single FA win, with the lowest home attendance record of 8,015 against Swindon Town back in January 1965. That then was the waking up moment for Manchester City. The club went ahead to appoint Joe Mercer as the manager in 1965 and that is when things started to look good. Despite his health condition back then, Joe Mercer eventually led the team to success, pulling the club to regain top-flight status. In the years to come, Manchester City managed to win the First Division Championship in 1967-1968, the 1696 FA cup , the 1970 League Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup.

Joe Mercy legacy wins in Manchester City in 1970. Photo: ESPN.com

 

The team continued to see success with another 2-1 win at the League Cup in 1976 against Newcastle United, before they fell victim to another period of mediocrity.With the help of a new coach, Joe Royle and under a new chairman, David Berstein which imposes a much greater fiscal discipline to the team, the club manage to recover and bounce back with a dramatic win in the first attempt in a play-off match against Gillingham, propelling them from the Second Division towards the First Division instead.

Following that came the team’s success through the First Division bracket to the Premier League. However, as if history repeated itself, the club ended up being relegated back to the First Division and then clinching another victory of 10 points ahead of West Bromwich. By 2008, Thaksin Shinawatra took over the club a year before, leaving the club in a stable financial position. With that the series of up and down events fell into place, with a strong financial background, the club was able to launch a flurry of bids for high-profile players such as Robinho from Real Madrid for £32.5 million. However, despite that, the club wasn’t able to perform to its fullest potential, finishing tenth, reaching only the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup. In the following year of 2009, the club made a huge stake and went on a transferring spree for players like Gareth Barry, Roque Santa Cruz, Kolo Touré, Emmanuel Adebayor, Carlos Tevez and Joleon Lescott for a total price tag of over £100 million. Beside the players, the coaches in fact had a rotation as well, Mark Hughes was replaced by Robert Mancini as manager in December 2009. And with that, the investment turn out successful, as results began to follow suit in terms of player quantity. Moreover,in the 2011 Football Association(FA) Cup Finals, which marks their first major final in over 30 years, Manchester City emerged victorious over their derby rivals Manchester United in the semi-finals, actually knocking them out of the competition. This came as a shock for many as the last time Manchester United got knocked out was 36 years ago in 1975.
Manchester City then proceeded to win 1-0 against Stoke City, securing their 5th FA Cup, and another win against Arsenal in the 2010-2011 Premier League, granting them a spot into the Champions League group stage.

 

Manchester Derby in 2011, Manchester City emerged victorious. Photo: bbc.com

 

Present day Manchester City

As of today, Pep Guardiola, former manager of team Barcelona and Bayern Munich replaced Pellegrini in 2016.However, that was not all that bad as under the new guidance of Guardiola, the club managed to clinch the 2017-208 Premier League title with the highest points of 100 total in the entire English Premier League (EPL) history. They too won the English Football League (EFL) within the same year, leaving prodigies like Sergio Agüero to become the club’s all time leading scorer.

The club continue to strive and not let their fans down, retaining their Premier League and EFL Cup titles in the following 2018 – 2019 season. This too marks the very first time in Manchester City’s history to be able to defend their title for the consecutive year period. The team went on to secure the FA cup title and complete and many other English Domestic men’s titles.

 

Premier League Champion Title claimed by Manchester City. Photo: beinsports.com