HISTORY OF MANCHESTER CITY HIGHS AND LOWS TORNAMENT
1875 to 1910
1880: St Mark’s church forms a football team which would evolve into Manchester City Football Club.
1884: The first known Manchester City’s shirt is created in black with a maltese style cross. Some people say it is because of the club’s strong links with freemasonry in the 1880s, other people believe the while cross proves the link with St Mark’s was still strong.
1887: St Mark’s team evolves into Ardwick AFC and moves to hyde road.
1889: An explosion at the bearby Hyde road coal mine results in the death of 23 miners. Ardwick and Newton health play a friendly match under floodlights in aid of the disaster fund.
1892: The second division of the English Football League is created with Ardwick AFC as founder members.
1894: Ardwick AFC reforms as Manchester City Football club. In a bid to represent the whole city.
1889: Manchester City finishes champions of division two, becoming the first team to gain automatic promotion.
1904: Manchester City beat Bolton Wanderers in the FA cup final at Crystal Palace, becoming the first Manchester City side to win a major trophy.
1914 to 1918 World War 1
League football is suspended from 1915 to 1919, though, regional subsidiary tournament are still in place with Manchester City taking part in the Lancashire division.
1920: Manchester City’s Hyde ground becomes the first provincial football stadium to be visited by reigning monarch.
1923: After Hyde road is destroyed by fire, the club moves to the 85,000 capacity Maine road.
1926: A Topsy curvy year for the blues manager less Manchester City become first side to play at Wembley FA Cup runner-up, records the highest Manchester derby victory 6-1 at Old Trafford and suffers relegation in the same season.
1928: Manchester City promoted champions of Division two and are the football league’s best supported club.
1934: After losing the final last year, Manchester City beat Portsmouth 2-1 to lift the FA Cup. A record crowd of 84,569 is recorded at Maine road when the blues entertain Stoke City.
1937: Manchester City wins the league championship for the first time.
1939 to 1945 World War 2: A wartime league is set up with Manchester City playing in the northern division. Substantial damage to Old Trafford means United are forced to play their home games at Maine road. Manchester City would never allow United usage of the home team changing room when the two teams met.
1947: Manchester City are promoted as champions of division two.
1949: Manchester City official supporters club is formed.
1955: Manchester City loss to New Castle in 1955 FA Cup final at Wembley.
1956: Manchester City play their second successive FA cup final, this time beating Birmingham 3-1 to lift the trophy. Their homecoming parade is the first outside transmission by Granada Television.
1958: The Munich air disaster devastates Manchester United’s first team squad and also kills several journalists including former Manchester City goalkeeper Frank Swift.
1965: A New club badge is developed in 1965, based around the central part of the city of Manchester City coat of arms.
1966: Manchester City is promoted as champions of division two, under the management team of Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison.
1968: Manchester City defeat Newcastle United on the final day of the season to clinch the league championship for the second time.
1969: Manchester City Leicester City 1-0 at Wembley to win the FA Cup.
1970: Manchester City complete European and domestic cup double by winning the European Cup winners and the league cup.
1972: Manchester City badge is replaced with red rose of Lancashire.
1974: Manchester City lose the league cup final to Wolves.
1976: Manchester City beat New Castle United 2-1 at Wembley with goals from Peter Barnes and a spectacular over head kick from Denis Tueart.
1979: Manchester City breaks the transfer record, signing Steve Delay for 1,450,277 Million Pounds Sterling. Within 2 years, Manchester City became the first side to sign three individuals one million pounds sterling each Kevin Reeves and Trevor Francis were the other two.
1981: Manchester City reaches the 100th FA cup final against Spurs. Following a 1-1 draw of the Saturday, a replay was played again at Wembley, Regarded as one of the most entertaining Cup finals ever. Manchester City was narrowly defeated 3-2 following a famous Ricky Villa goal but for Manchester City fans, Steve Mackenzie’s 30 yards volley was better strike.
1986: Manchester City plays in the inauguration full member’s cup final at wembley before a crowd before a crowd of 68,000.
1987: A club record 10-1 demolition of Huddersfield Town is recorded at Maine road in 1987.
1989: Manchester City is promoted in dramatic style in the last game of the season at Bradford. The highest ever Maine road derby win is recorded with city thumping neighbors United 5-1.
1992: The FA Premier League is formed with Manchester City v QPR being the first ever live Monday night sky game.
1994: Manchester City say farewell to the much loved Kippax stand as legislation forces the closure of terracing at Premier League grounds. In its day the Kippax was the largest standing area in the country.
1995 to 1996: A dramatic season see Manchester City appoint three different managers; Alan Ball, Steve Coppell and Frank Clark as well as significant spells as caretaker for Asa Hartford and Phil Neal.
1997: Manchester City Unveil a new club badge. This new design features the Latin motto “Superbia in Proelio” Meaning Pride in Battle.
1999: One of the most dramatic games ever played at Wembley see Manchester City promoted after a penalty shoot-out against Gillingham in the division two play off.
2000: Manchester City return to the premiership following back to back promotions. A 4-1 victory over Blackburn at Ewood Park to seal promotion is followed by a celebratory pitch invasion by the blues enormous travelling support.
2002: Future manager Stuart Pearce captains City as they are promoted back to the Premiership, breaking club records for the most goals scored and most points gained in a season along the way.
2003: It’s an emotional farewell to Maine Roads as Manchester City’s home for 80 years stages its last football match. Manchester City vs Southampton on Sunday 11th May. The club make the move to the impressive, 48,000 capacity, City of Manchester Stadium.
2007: Sven Goran Eriksson replaces Stuart Pearce as manager, and on 15th December Manchester City establishes a top flight club record of nine straight home league wins at the start of the season.
2008: The Abu Dhabi United Group becomes the new owners of Manchester City. Former Wales, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester United star Mark Hughes becomes the new Manchester City manager. The club break the British transfer record for the second time with 32.5 Million Pounds Sterling signing of Robinho from Real Madrid.
2009: Robert Mancini, former manager of Inter Milan replaces Mark Hughes in December.
2010: The blues enjoy their best ever Premier League campaign, finishing 5th and qualifying for the Europa League in the process, as well as reaching the League cup semi finals.
2011: The long awaited trophy ends when the blues beat Stoke 1-0 to lift the FA Cup and they qualify for the 2011/12 championship league for the first too.
2012: Manchester City win the league championship for the first time in 44 years following a thrilling Premier League campaign. A last gasp Sergio Aguero goal against QPR secures the title in the most dramatic of fashion at a jubilant Etihad stadium.
2014: Manuel Pellegrini’s side clinch two trophies in one season for the first time since 1970, lifting the capital one cup and premier league title. A 3-1 win over Sunderland at Wembley in March earns the club’s first league cup win since 1976 before the blues to on to win the league championship by two points.
2016: In February, Manchester City lift the league cup for the second time in three seasons, winning a shootout against Liverpool following a 1-1 draw at Wembley. Willy Caballero saves three penalties in a row to clinch the third trophy of Manuel Pellegrini’s reign. Earlier in the same month, it announced that Pep Guardiola will replace Pellegini in the summer after agreeing a three year contract with the club.
2018: Manchester City beats Arsenal 3-0 to win the carabao cup at wembley.
2018: Manchester City crowned Premier League championship for the fifth timeafter a record breaking campaign under Pep Guardiola.
2019: Manchester City beat Chelsea on penalty to win Carabao Cup at Wembley.
2019: Manchester City beat Brighton and are confirmed as Premier League champions for the sixth time in the club’s history.
2019: Manchester City win FA cup with record equaling 6-0 win over Watford.