In 1880, a football team was formed by St Mark’s Church; in 1884, the first City shirt is made, in black, embellished with a cross. Later named Ardwick AFC, the team became a founder member of the English Football League’s Second Division in 1892.
In 1894, Ardwick AFC became Manchester City Football Club, to represent the entire city, and won Division Two in 1889. In 1904, ‘The Blues’ won the FA Cup.
The Football League suspended its matches during World War 1; however, regional competitions still took place.
The Blues’ ground of Hyde Road was devastated in a fire and the club moved to Maine Road. In 1926, City won a record-breaking Manchester derby 6-1, but later suffered relegation. In 1934, they won the FA Cup and became League Champions the first time in 1937.
In 1955, The Blues reached the FA Cup Final, and finally lifted the trophy in 1956. In 1965, the new City badge was unveiled, based on the coat of arms of the City of Manchester. In 1968, The Blues won the League Championship again after beating Newcastle United. In 1969, they went on to win the FA Cup. City won both the European Cup and League Cup in 1970.
A new club badge is unveiled, the ‘Superbia in proelio’ (Pride in battle), replacing the red rose of Lancashire.
Manchester City returned to the Premiership after back-to-back promotions. If their success has motivated you to play, you can buy football shirts from suppliers such as https://www.kitking.co.uk/.
City bid an emotional farewell to their former home for 80 years, Maine Road, when they moved to the City of Manchester Stadium. The Blues’ lengthy wait for a trophy finally came to an end with a triumphant victory over Stoke in the FA Cup, qualifying for the Champions League in 2011/12 for the first time.
In 2012, Manchester City won the Premier League after a 44-year wait, no doubt leading to football kit suppliers selling more replica MCFC kits. With Manuel Pellegrini at the helm in 2014, they won both the Premier League and the Capital One Cup.
In 2016, City went on to win the League Cup again.