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The rise, fall and rise again of Manchester City has been one of English football’s most riveting stories. City have headed into another successful era, and are currently one of the members of the English Premier League.
In terms of betting, Manchester City are a popular team for bettors to back or lay in terms of results, outright betting and transfers. Manchester City transfer odds are incredibly popular to bet on, particularly in the close season, with rumours of some of the world’s best players becoming Manchester City players. For example, in the summer of 2015, the Raheem Sterling to City odds fluctuated from being long to odds on with the rumour mill from the media coupled with City’s desire to bring the best young players to the club heightening bettors’ interest.
There are also a range of Man City specials odds to take advantage of. City to go unbeaten odds, to win the EPL odds and even Man City quadruple odds have all been subject to special offers from many bookmakers.
Bookmakers offer everything from Manchester City to win the Premier League odds to Manchester City to win nothing odds and everything in between. Paddy Power are famed for their enhanced odds and money-back specials and you can find Manchester City to win the quadruple at Paddy Power.
With City becoming a high profile team, betting on fixtures odds are common, particularly for high profile matches. Manchester City v Manchester United odds are often subject to bookmaker offers such as Enhanced Odds offers or Money-Back Specials.
Odds on Manchester City winning the league are popular to bet on, as are odds on Man City to win the Champions League. As well as outrights, many bookmakers offer odds on behind the scenes issues, such as Man City next manager odds.
Manchester City were formed in 1880 as St. Marks. Founded from a church in West Gorton, Manchester, St Mark’s Cricket Club decided to form a football team. St Mark’s played the Baptist Church in Macclesfield in their first game, a match that resulted in a 2-1 defeat.
In 1887, St Marks’s became Ardwick AFC, and the club turned professional. A permanent home was found for the renamed club, Hyde Road, and two years later the first of what we now call the Manchester derby was played. Ardwick AFC played Newton Heath in 1889 in a charity match.
In 1894, a financial collapse caused the disbandment of Ardwick AFC. A new club was formed by the majority of the Ardwick committee and was named Manchester City F.C.
Manchester City’s trophy history began in 1899 when the club one the English Second Division title. Their first major domestic honour came in 1904 when City won the FA Cup.
Manchester City moved into the famous Maine Road in 1923. This iconic ground was Manchester City’s home for 80 years until they moved to the City of Manchester Stadium, now called the Etihad Stadium, in 2003.
The 1930’s became a successful decade for City. Another FA Cup win in 1934 was followed by the First Division title in 1937, and the FA Community Shield the same year. This decade also broke the record for the highest attendance in English football when City played Stoke City at Maine Road in the FA Cup. The record attendance was 84,569, and this record has never been beaten.
More FA Cup success followed in the 1950’s. Having been beaten in the 1955 final, City went on to win the trophy the following season in a game that became famous after City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann broke his neck and carried on playing.
Following a barren number of years, the late 1960’s saw more success come City’s way. The management team of Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison led to the resurgence of the football club, and the famous trio of Francis Lee, Colin Bell and Mike Summerbee helped City to a second First Division title in 1967 and an FA Cup win in 1969. 1970 saw City win the European Cup Winners Cup and a League Cup, followed by another League Cup win in 1976.
After that successful period came thirty years of no trophies and yo-yoing up and down the English football league system. Serious financial problems befell the club, and the end of the 1998 season saw City relegated to the third tier of English football. However, the 1998-1999 season in what was then known as Division Two led to one of the greatest and memorable days in Manchester City history. The 1999 play-off final against Gillingham saw the Blues losing 2-0 with a minute of normal time remaining before Kevin Horlock pulled one back and then Paul Dickov in the fifth minute of injury time scored the equaliser. City went on to win the game on penalties and gain promotion back to the second tier.
Another promotion followed the season after, and City found themselves back in the Premier League. This only lasted one season, and relegation back to Division One saw Kevin Keegan take over as manager. This Division One season saw City break a number of club records, including goals scored in a season and points gained in a season. City were promoted as Division One Champions and since the 2002-2003 season the club have played every season in the Premier League.
Financial troubles were never far away though. In 2007, Thaksin Shinawatra bought the club and appointed Sven-Goran Eriksson as manager, the first non-British manager in Manchester City history. However, at the end of the 2007-2008 season, Shinawatra’s assets were frozen and placed the club in a precarious position.
In August 2008, the Abu Dhabi Group, led by Sheik Mansour bought the club and with this a new era of Manchester City begun. City immediately broke the British transfer record with the signing of Robinho from Real Madrid, and many other high profile international players followed.
City’s long wait for another trophy ended in 2011 when the club won the FA Cup for the fifth time. They also qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history. The season after provided one of English football’s most magical and historic moments. Leading into the final game of the season, arch rivals City and Manchester United were joint top of the Premier League table. With City in number 1 spot due to goal difference, a City win would ensure a third top division title, and their first in the Premier League era. It wasn’t so simple. Echoing the play-off final of 1999, City were losing 2-1 at home to QPR with a minute to go, and United were winning 1-0. Heading into injury time, Edin Dzeko equalised for the Blues. Then, in the 93rd minute, as United earned their three points, Sergio Aguero scored the winner with almost the final touch of the game to win the Premier League title in the most dramatic end to a season in Premier League history.
The following seasons saw City maintain their success. Another title followed in 2014, along with a third League Cup title. A fourth League Cup followed in 2016, and City also had their most successful season in the Champions League, reaching the Semi-Finals of the competition only to be knocked out by eventual winners Real Madrid.
Prior to the 2016-2017 Premier League season, City appointed one of the world’s most successful managers Pep Guardiola.
City hold a number of records, some wanted and some unwanted. For example, City are the only reigning Champions to be relegated the season after. They’re also the only side to score and concede 100 goals in one season.
Manchester City new crest, used from the start of the 2016-2017 season, is the fourth Manchester City crest. The first badge used on a Manchester City shirt was based on the corporate logo used on official documentation in the 1960’s. This was a circular badge, incorporating the words Manchester City F.C around the circumference. Inside the badge was an image of a ship, representing the Manchester Ship Canal, and three stripes, representing the rivers the Irwell, the Irk and the Medlock, and were a representation of Manchester trade.
In 1972, the badge was altered slightly in terms of colouring and the three stripes were replaced by an image of the Lancashire red rose.
In 1997, a new design was incorporated on the Manchester City jerseys. This consisted of a shield, again with a top half and bottom half, with the ship representing the Ship Canal in the top half and the return of the three stripes representing the rivers. Around the shield was the image of a golden eagle, an historic symbol of Manchester. The City motto Superbia In Proelio (Pride In Battle) was introduced with this badge.
This badge was worn through the highs and lows of the late 1990’s up until 2016 when a new Manchester City crest was designed. This badge is similar to the logo from the badge used before 1997’s designed, with the return of a circular form. Inside the badge are the three rivers, the ship and the Lancashire rose, harking back to City’s history in a modern design.
Another badge was also used during City’s history. In all major finals, a badge incorporating the Manchester Coat of Arms was used instead of the usual Manchester City badges.
Manchester City football colours are traditionally sky blue and white for their home kit. There have been variations over the decades, with the Manchester City shorts changing colours from white to sky blue and socks changing from white to navy blue to sky blue and to maroon. The Manchester City home shirt colour was also changed slightly when Kappa began designing the kits, changing the Manchester City jersey colour from sky blue to a slightly darker ‘laser’ blue.
The Manchester city away colours and third kits have been completely varied. The most famous City away kit is the red and black striped shirt, worn during City’s success in the late 1960’s.
The current Manchester City football stadium is called the Etihad Stadium. The stadium was originally called the City of Manchester Stadium, or sometimes known as Eastlands due to its location in the city of Manchester. The stadium was built for the Commonwealth Games that were held in Manchester in 2002. Manchester City moved from Maine Road to the Etihad in 2003 after converting it to be used as a sole football stadium.
The Manchester City stadium capacity is currently 55,097. This is from the result of a stadium expansion in 2015, renovating the South Stand and increasing its capacity from 47,000. Another Manchester City stadium expansion is expected, with the building of another tier in the North Stand which will increase the capacity to around 61,000.
The Manchester City stadium seating plan consists of home fans taking up the majority of the ground in the three tiers of the Colin Bell Stand, the West Stand (known as the Kippax after the iconic Maine Road stand), the majority of the South Stand and the North Stand. Away fans are seated in a section of the South Stand.
The Manchester City stadium address and postcode is Etihad Campus, Manchester, M11 3FF. There are regular Manchester City stadium tours held throughout the season as well as in the close season.
Manchester City have also helped regenerate the area around the stadium, known as SportCity. The Etihad Campus consists of the City Football Academy, first-team and academy training facilities and the club’s headquarters. City have also helped construct a college, named after the founder of St. Mark’s, and other community development.
The supporters of Manchester City are known as some of the most passionate and loyal around. Even in the club’s darkest days, particularly when the club was in the third tier of English football, there will still sell-out crowds, with over 30,000 fans turning up to watch Division Two football. The crowds have stayed with the club through thick and thin, and regularly sell-out the 55,000 capacity Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City attendances are in the top six of English football, regularly attracting crowds in excess of 45,000.
There is one officially recognised Manchester City Supporters Club. There are also hundreds of Manchester City supporters clubs from across the globe, including Europe, Australia, America and China.
Manchester City supporters songs are renowned across the country. The most famous is Blue Moon. City also adopted the celebration of Lech Poznan fans after the two clubs met in the Europa League, and the ‘Poznan’ was brought to English football. This celebration involves turning away from the pitch and jumping up and down, and was mostly seen during City’s success in 2011 and 2012.
Manchester City supporters are no strangers to strange and fun ways of watching their side play. In the 1980’s, Manchester City fans started taking inflatable toys, most commonly inflatable bananas, to matches after opposition fans couldn’t pronounce the name of Imre Varadi (becoming ‘banana’).
Another famous Manchester City way of celebrating came at a similar time to the ‘Poznan’ with the introduction of the ‘Toure’ dance. Both Yaya and Kolo Toure played for City and a dance was developed that was acted out not just in the stadium but at various events across the country.
City’s main rivals are Manchester United, and derby day is a huge event in Manchester. There has also been growing rivalries with Arsenal, after City signed a number of Arsenal players, and Liverpool after the two challenged for the title (which City won) in 2014.
The City Football Group also includes New York City, Melbourne City and Yokohoma F. Mariners, with some fans from each of these clubs feeling an affinity to the others. Manchester City Women and Melbourne City Women are also two of the best supported women’s teams in the world.
The current Manchester City owner is Sheik Mansour. The Man City owner’s net worth is estimated to be in the region of £17 billion, with the owner’s family wealth said to be near £1 trillion.
Sheik Mansour has owned the club since 2008, and whilst his early reign saw great financial losses due to player recruitment and building better facilities, in recent years the club has turned a profit and revenue has increased year upon year. The Deloitte Football Money League state that City are the sixth richest football club in the world, with a revenue of over £460 million.
Sheik Mansour bought Manchester City for a reported £210 million, and has invested hundreds of millions more into the club and the community surrounding the club.
The Man City stats make interesting reading. City’s all time leading goalscorer is Eric Brook, who scored 177 goals for City from 1927 to 1940. The Man City highest goalscorer in Europe is Sergio Aguero, who also holds the record for the highest number of Premier League goals in City colours.
City’s highest appearance maker is Alan Oakes, who made 676 appearances for the club from 1959 to 1976.
In terms of matches, Man City’s record against the better sides has improved over the last few season. For derby day fixtures, Manchester City v Manchester United statistics read as 172 matches played, City winning 50, United winning 71 and there have been 51 draws. With other big Premier League teams, namely Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham, the story is similar, with City winning more of these fixtures over the last few seasons than prior to that. Man City v Arsenal stats read as 188 games played which include 95 Arsenal wins, 49 City wins and 44 draws. Manchester City v Chelsea stats read as 155 meetings of which City have won 52, Chelsea 64 and there have been 39 draws.
City v Tottenham stats are slightly more equal. In the 151 meetings between the two, City have won 58 to Tottenham’s 59, with 34 ending in draws. The worst record City have against any of the bigger teams in the Premier League comes against Liverpool. The Man City v Liverpool stats are 204 games played with Liverpool winning 100 of them, City 53 and the remaining 51 ending in draws.
Manchester City’s record in Europe isn’t a bad one, but against arguably the two best teams in Europe, Barcelona and Real Madrid, their record is poor. The City v Barcelona stats are played four, Barcelona wins four. The City v Real Madrid stats read slightly better, in the four meetings between the sides Real have won twice and there has been two draws.
Let’s look at Manchester City transfer records. The highest transfer fee Manchester City have paid for a player is £54 million with the purchase of Kevin De Bruyne. The highest transfer fee received is £24 million with the sale of Alvaro Negredo to Valencia.
Manchester City’s highest recorded League victory was against Lincoln City, an 11-3 win in 1895. City’s highest recorded League loss came against Everton when they were defeated 9-1 in 1906.
Much more recently than that, City achieved a new record for most league wins in a row. Coming between April and September in 2015, City won eleven league games on the trot.
City’s record run of defeats came back in 1995, when they lost eight consecutive games. On the flip side, City’s longest unbeaten run took place in the 1936/37 season, then again ten years later when the club went 22 games without defeat.
Manchester City currently have a squad of 27 players, with a number of Academy players being moved up into the first team squad. This number excludes players out on loan and those in the Man City youth squad who are still part of the City Elite Development Squad.
Some Manchester City players past and present have represented their countries at international level. At the 2014 World Cup, City had 12 players called up, a record for City at that time.
There have been 29 players and managers inducted into the Manchester City Hall of Fame.
Since the Premier League began, City have had 17 managers at the helm, including caretaker managers. The most hectic period in terms of City managers came in 1996, when City had five managers in the space of five months.
Odds on the next permanent Man City manager were suspended in 2015 with the early announcement of Pep Guardiola, the present incumbent.
The Manchester City Honours List comprises of:
Four First Division/Premier League titles: 1936/37, 1967/68, 2011/12, 2013/14
Seven Second Division/First Division (now known as the Championship) titles: 1898/99, 1902/03, 1909/10, 1927/28, 1946/47, 1965/66, 2001/02
One Third Division( now known as League One) Play-Off Winner: 1998/99
Five FA Cup wins: 1903/04, 1933/34, 1955/56, 1968/69, 2010/11
Four League Cup wins: 1969/70, 1975/76, 2013/14, 2015/16
Four Charity Shield wins: 1937, 1968, 1972, 2012
One European Cup Winners Cup win: 1969/70
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