The Manchester City Football Club has had a very long and colorful past, starting it’s founder Anna Connell. Manchester City F.C. is still thought to be the only professional football club founded by a woman. Anna believed that the unity of having a Manchester football club would help reduce crime rates as well as increase economic productivity. In many ways the club still holds to this virtue today!
Anna Connell was the daughter of rector of St. Mark’s Church of England and two church wardens came together in 1875 to give the local men enjoyable and worthwhile activities to aid in curbing local gang violence and alcohol abuse. They first started by organizing a church cricket team, however there was no option for the winter months for the men to play. The church football team named “St Mark’s (West Gorton)” was started during the winter of 1880.
In 1884 the club merged with Gorton Athletic F.C. however the merger ended after a few short months. The split started to move the club, now known as Gordon A.F.C., away from their religious beginnings.
In 1887 the club moved to Hyde Road and renamed themselves to Ardwick A.F.C. The catalyst of the move was the club turning professional. Ardwick gained grater fame by winning the Manchester Cup for the first time. This win was what sprung them into being accepted into the Football Alliance. Finacial problems in 1893 cause the club to be renamed to Manchester City. Manchester City Football Club Limited became a registered company on April 16, 1894.
From 1894 to 1899 the club grew in size and following so much so that they were moved from tier two, to the top tier in English football, tier one!
Manchester City went on in 1904 to win the FA cup and were runners up in the League. However this early success was cut short by allegations of bribery.
In 1920 Manchester City’s main grandstands were burned down by a cigarette fire. However the damage was repaired. In 1922 the Club announced it’s new home on Main Road however didn’t play there until the 1923-1924 season.
During the 1930s Manchester City had great success winning the prestigious FA Cup in 1934. In 1946 former Captian Cowan becomes their manager and in 1949 Mancester City was once again in the spot light for signing German goal keeper Bert Trautmann. Trautmann was a former Nazi Paratrooper and was despised by Britain during the infancy of his career. He gained popularity and respect for a save he made 1958 FA final which resulted in a broken neck. He some how managed to finish the game!
In 1955 and 56′ Manchester City had great success both times making it to the finals.
The 1963-1965 seasons were a very severe if short slump for the club. Finishing at their lowest point, eleventh in the second division. However in the 1966-1967 season they became league champs! In the 1969-1970 season they became league champs again as well as winning the FA Cup!
Over the next decades Manchester City continued their success until their decline in the mid 1990′s. Dropping down to division three in 1998 this was looked at as one of their darkest moments as a club. Kevin Keegan was assigned as the Clubs manager in 2001 and had great success with getting the club promoted to the premier league. However he failed to capitalize on the momentum and left the club in 2005. However during his tenure the club was shocked when Marc-Vivien Foé died while playing for Cameroon in 2003. Marc-Vivien played during the previous season for Manchester city and was arguably the best player of the season. After his death the Club retired his number, 23.
The following years proved to hold many internal problems for Manchester City finally ending up sacking their manager swiftly after only 2 wins in 11 games in the 2008-2009 season. Roberto Mancini was then appointed as manager and quickly turned Manchester City’s performances around. Roberto Mancini is the current Manager of Manchester City FC.