THE OPPOSITION – MANCHESTER CITY LCFCWorld November 15, 2017 LCFC News Manchester City FC: Nicknames: City, The Citizens, The Sky Blues Etihad Campus, Manchester, M11 3FF Manchester City Football Club is a Premier League football club in Manchester, England. Founded in 1880 as St. Mark’s (West Gorton), they became Ardwick Association Football Club in 1887 and Manchester City in 1894. The club has played at the City of Manchester Stadium since 2003, having played at Maine Road from 1923. The club’s most successful period was in the late 1960s and early 1970s when they won the League Championship, FA Cup, League Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup under the management team of Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison. After losing the 1981 FA Cup Final, the club went through a period of decline, culminating in relegation to the third tier of English football for the only time in their history in 1998. Having regained Premier League status, the club was purchased in 2008 by Abu Dhabi United Group and has become one of the wealthiest in the world. Kit: Manchester City’s home colours are sky blue and white. Traditional away kit colours have been either maroon or (from the 1960s) red and black; however, in recent years several different colours have been used. The origins of the club’s home colours are unclear, but there is evidence that the club has worn blue since 1892 or earlier. A booklet entitled Famous Football Clubs – Manchester City published in the 1940s indicates that West Gorton (St. Marks) originally played in scarlet and black, and reports dating from 1884 describe the team wearing black jerseys bearing a white cross, showing the club’s origins as a church side. The red and black away colours come from former assistant manager Malcolm Allison, who believed that adopting the colours of A.C. Milan would inspire City to glory. Allison’s theory worked, with City winning the 1969 FA Cup Final,1970 League Cup Final and the 1970 European Cup Winners’ Cup Final in red and black stripes as opposed to the club’s home kit of sky blue. Arch-enemy: Most City fans are united in their view that Manchester United is their main rivalry, a bitter rivalry which has reignited in last few years due to the resurgence of Manchester City. In a research study on football rivalries conducted in 2003, a sample of Manchester City fans also saw Liverpool and Bolton Wanderers as rivals after Manchester United. It also found fans of Oldham Athletic, Stockport County, Bolton Wanderers and Manchester United saw Manchester City in their top three of main rivals. Honours: First Division (1889–1992)/Premier League (1993–present) Winners (4): 1936–37, 1967–68, 2011–12, 2013–14 Second Division/First Division Winners (7): 1898–99, 1902–03, 1909–10, 1927–28, 1946–47, 1965–66, 2001–02 Third Division Play-offs Winners (1): 1998–99] Cups FA Cup Winners (5): 1904, 1934, 1956, 1969, 2011 Football League Cup Winners (3): 1970, 1976, 2014 FA Community Shield Winners (4): 1937, 1968, 1972, 2012 European UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup Winners (1): 1970 Did You Know? For the first seven years of their history, Manchester City were known as Ardwick FC. Famous Players: Man City have provided the English game with so many famous players from across the globe that that include internationals such as Tony Book, Colin Bell, Glyn Pardoe, Francis Lee, Mike Summerbee, Joe Corrigan, Asa Hartford, Paul Power, Tommy Caton, Kevin Bond, Mick McCarthy, Colin Hendry, Niall Quinn, Tony Coton, Garry Flitcroft, Uwe Rösler, Georgi Kinkladze, Shaun Goater, Sylvain Distin, Pablo Zabaleta, Yaya Touré, Sergio Agüero and Paul Diclov Biggest away defeat overall: 0–6 v. Preston North End Biggest home win overall: 11–3 v. 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