In the 1930s, Manchester City reached two consecutive FA Cup finals, losing to Everton in 1933, before claiming the Cup by beating Portsmouth in 1934. During the 1934 cup run, Manchester City broke the record for the highest home attendance of any club in English football history, as 84,569 fans packed Maine Road for a sixth-round FA Cup tie against Stoke City in 1934 – a record which stood until 2016. The club won the First Division title for the first time in 1937 but was relegated the following season, despite scoring more goals than any other team in the division. Twenty years later, a City team inspired by a tactical system known as the Revie Plan reached consecutive FA Cup finals again, in 1955 and 1956; just as in the 1930s, they lost the first one, to Newcastle United, and won the second. 1956 final, in which Manchester City beat Birmingham City 3–1, saw City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann continuing to play on after unknowingly breaking his neck.
Guardiola then guided the club in 2018 – 2019 to retain their Premier League and EFL Cup titles; the first time in Manchester City’s history that the club had completed any successful title defense. The team then went on to also win the FA Cup and so complete an unprecedented treble of English domestic men’s titles. On 14 February 2020, the club were banned from all UEFA club competitions for the 2020 – 2021 and 2021 – 2022 seasons and fined €30 million by the UEFA Club Financial Control Body due to breaches of the UEFA Financial Fair Play Regulations. However, the decision is pending appeal by Manchester City to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Manchester City entered the Football League in 1899, and won their first major honor with the FA Cup in 1904. It had its first major period of success in the late 1960s, winning the League, FA Cup and League Cup under the management of Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison. After losing the 1981 FA Cup Final, the club went through a period of decline, which eventually saw them relegated as far down as third tier of English football by the end of the 1997 – 1998 season. They since regained promotion to the top tier in 2001 – 2002 and have remained a fixture in the Premier League since 2002 – 2003. In 2008, Manchester City was purchased by Abu Dhabi United Group for £210 million and received considerable financial investment.
1926 – Present / Manchester City Football Club
1880 – 1926 / St Mark’s (West Gorton)
Citizens, Sky Blues, City
Manchester City has also had its fair share of nicknames. “The Cityzens” is about the city part of the name but also for the fans as the citizens of Manchester. “The Blue Moon” is in reference to City being in a blue kit but also when a fan once mooned a Manchester United supporter who is their biggest derby rival. “The Sky Blues” is about the color of the kit as well, the emphasis being on the word “sky” so that they differ from Chelsea. Although let’s be honest, most people just call them “City.”
Premier League / 6
2019, 2018, 2014, 2012, 1968, 1937
FA Cup / 5
2011, 1969, 1956, 1934, 1904
Premier League – FA Cup Double / 1
2003 – Present / Etihad Stadium
1923 – 2003 / Maine Road
1887 – 1923 / Hyde Park
1884 – 1887 / Pink Bank Lane
1882 – 1884 / Queens Road
1881 – 1882 / Kirkmanshulme Cricket Ground
1880 – 1881 / Clowes Street
2008 – Present / City Football Group
*Blue is this team’s history