Manchester City Football Club, History, Facts & Records

A Brief History of Manchester City Football Club

Founded: 1880

Nickname: Man City, The Citizens, The Sky Blues, City

Founded in 1880 as St. Mark’s (West Gorton), it became Ardwick Association Football Club in 1887 and Manchester City in 1894

Manchester City entered the Football League in 1899 and won their first major title with the FA Cup in 1904.

City had its first major period of success in the late 1960’s, winning the League, FA Cup and League Cup.

However, the club went through a period of decline, which saw them relegated as far down as third tier of English football by the end of the 1997/98 season.

They won promotion to the Premier League in 2001/02 and have remained a permanent fixture since.

In 2008, Manchester City was purchased by Abu Dhabi United Group for £210 million and received considerable financial investment and they have since become the dominant team in English Football, winning more trophies than any other side.

Etihad Stadium

Stadium Capacity: 55,097

Etihad Stadium, also known as Eastlands, was built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

Once the games were completed the stadium was converted for football to provide Manchester City with a modern replacement for Maine Road.

The club moved into Etihad Stadium at the start of the 2003-04 season.

It’s the sixth-largest stadium in the Premier League

Stadium Naming Rights

Manchester City secured a record £400m sponsorship deal with Etihad Airways for the stadium naming rights in 2011

The club’s overall sponsorship deal with Etihad Airways was subsequently scrutinised by UEFA, who recently banned the club from the Champions League for two years for breach of financial fair play rules.

The Investigation found City guilty of ‘overstating its sponsorship revenue’ between 2012 and 2016.

This is an ongoing situation with City expected to appeal the decision

Highest Attendance: 84,569
Maine Road
Manchester City 1-0 Stoke City
FA Cup Match
3 March 1934

Manchester City Current Manager is Pep Guardiola

Appointed: February 2016

Pep Guardiola was appointed Manager of Manchester City on 1st February 2016, signing a three-year contract.

Pep has had a massive impact at Man City, managing them to win the Premier League twice, the League Cup three times in a row and the FA Cup. They have also won the Community shield twice.

Under the management of Pep Guardiola they won the Premier League in 2018 becoming the only Premier League team to attain 100 points in a single season.

Manchester City’s Current Chairman: Khaldoon Al Mubarak

Appointed: 2009

Khaldoon Al Mubarak has been the chairman of Manchester City since 2008.

Three years after taking control of the club, on 14 May 2011, City won the F.A. Cup, their first silverware after a drought of 35 years.

A year later, with two goals scored in stoppage time in the last game of the season, Manchester City were crowned champions of the Premier League for the first time. This was their first top-division title since the 1967/68 season.

Manchester City Current Captain is David Silva

Appointed: 2019

David Silva was named as Manchester City’s captain for the 2019/20 season.

The 33-year-old is in his 10th and final season at the Etihad and was given the honour of being named club captain

Manchester City’s Club Mascot is Moonchester

Moonchester is an alien from the Blue Moon who heard signals about a great football club and decided to follow them, first to Maine Road and then to the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City Football Shirts 2019/20 Season

Home Shirt

Away Shirt

3rd Shirt

Shirt Sponsors: Etihad Airways (main) Nexen Tire (Sleeve)

Kit Manufacturer: Puma

Puma became the technical kit supplier to Manchester City in July 2019

It was reported in the media the deal could be worth 50 million pounds a year, making it the third biggest in English Football.

Manchester City’s Premier League Wins

Manchester City have won the Premier League three times with their most recent success coming in 2017/18


Premier League Table 2019/20

2Manchester City38263910235+6781
3Manchester United38181286636+3066
5Leicester City38188126741+2662
6Tottenham Hotspur381611116147+1459
7Wolverhampton Wanderers38151495140+1159
9Sheffield United381412123939054
13Newcastle United381111163858-2044
14Crystal Palace381110173150-1943
15Brighton & Hove Albion38914153954-1541
16West Ham United38109194962-1339
17Aston Villa3898214167-2635
20Norwich City3856272675-4921

Manchester City’s Football League Wins

Manchester City have won several League Division titles and have also been Runners-up, and play off winners, each time winning promotion.

First Division (now the Premier League)
> Champions 1936/37, 1967/68
> Runners-Up 1903/04, 1920/21, 1976/77, 2012/13, 2014/15

Second Division (now the Football League Championship)
> Champions 1898/99, 1902/03, 1909/10, 1927/28, 1946/47, 1965/66, 2001/02
> Runners-Up 1895/96, 1950/51, 198/89, 1999/00

Third Division (now Football League One)
> Play Off Winners 1998/99

Manchester City’s FA Cup Wins

Manchester City have won the FA Cup six times with their most recent win coming in an emphatic 6-0 win over Watford in 2019. City have also been Runners-up on five occasions.

2019Manchester CityWatford6-0
2011Manchester CityStoke City1-0
1969Manchester CityLeicester City1-0
1956Manchester CityBirmingham City3-1
1934Manchester CityPortsmouth2-1
1904Manchester CityBolton Wanderers1-0

Manchester City’s Football League Cup Wins

english football league cup trophy

Manchester City have won the League Cup seven times with their most recent win coming in a 2-1 win over Aston Villa in 2020. City have also been Runners-up on five occasions.

2020Manchester City Aston Villa2-1
2019Manchester CityChelsea0-0
2018Manchester CityArsenal3-0
2016Manchester CityLiverpool1-1
2014Manchester CitySunderland3-1
1976Manchester CityNewcastle United2-1
1970Manchester CityWest Bromwich Albion2-1

The 2019 Carabao Cup Final ended in a 0-0 draw. Manchester City beat Chelsea 4-3 on penalties.

The 2016 Capital One Cup Final ended in a 1-1 draw. Manchester City beat Liverpool 3-1 on penalties.

Manchester City’s in Europe

Manchester City won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1970 with a 2-1 win over Polish side Górnik Zabrze.

1970Manchester City Górnik Zabrze2-1

Manchester City have not won the UEFA Champions League (European Cup) their best performance to date is reaching the Semi-Finals.

Manchester City have not won the UEFA Europa League (UEFA Cup) their best performance to date is reaching the Quarter-Finals.

Manchester City’s Record Appearances: Alan Oakes

Club Appearances: 676

Alan Oakes holds the all-time record for most appearances for Manchester City, playing in 676 games for the club between 1959-1976

Manchester City’s All-Time Appearances

  • 676 Alan Oakes (1959-1976)
  • 604 Joe Corrigan (1967-1983)
  • 565 Mike Doyle (1967-1978)
  • 545 Bert Trautmann (1949-1964)
  • 498 Colin Bell (1966-1979)

Manchester City’s Record Goal Scorer: Sergio Agüero

Total Goals: 254

Sergio Agüero is the all-time top goalscorer for Manchester City with 254 goals in all competitions.

Sergio Agüero is one of a very few players who are the club’s record goal scorer and are still playing for them.

Expect this goal scoring tally to keep on increasing
(last updated: 21 May 2020)

Manchester City’s All-Time Top Scorers

  • 254 Sergio Agüero (2011-present)
  • 177 Eric Brook (192-1940)
  • 166 Tommy Johnson (1920-1930)
  • 153 Colin Bell (1966-1979)
  • 152 Joe Hayes (1953-1965)
  • 152 Billy Meredith (1894–1906 & 1921–1924)
  • 148 Francis Lee (1967-1974)
  • 139 Tommy Browell (1913-1926)
  • 132 Billie Gillespie (1897-1905)
  • 132 Fred Tilson (1928-1938)

Manchester City’s Club Record Signing is Rodri

Transfer Fee: £63.6m

Manchester City’s Club Record Signing is Rodri who signed for the club in 2019 from Atlético Madrid for £63.6m

Manchester City’s Top 5 Highest Transfers In

  1. Rodri £63.6m from Atlético Madrid in 2019
  2. Riyad Mahrez £60m from Leicester City in 2018
  3. João Cancelo £60m from Juventus in 2019
  4. Aymeric Laporte £57m from Athletic Bilbao in 2018
  5. Kevin De Bruyne £55m from VfL Wolfsburg in 2015

Manchester City’s Top 5 Highest Transfers Out

  1. Danilo £34.1m to Juventus in 2019
  2. Kelechi Iheanacho £24m to Leicester City in 2017
  3. Álvaro Negredo £24m to Valencia in 2015
  4. Shaun Wright-Phillips £21m to Chelsea in 2005
  5. Mario Balotelli £19m to AC Milan in 2013

Manchester City’s Official Club Tours

Manchester City offer several different Tour Experiences and is sure to offer a great day out for fans.

Visit the Club’s Tour Website

Manchester City Fan Club

Manchester City run the free Cityzen program for their fans.

Cityzens is a family of City fans. When you join you are part of the Club and your loyalty is rewarded.

For more info visit the

Manchester City’s Club Information

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