Enjoy a Newspaper History of the Blues
Manchester City FC was founded in 1880 as St. Mark’s West Gorton. The Blues won the FA Cup in 1904 and 1934. They went on to clinch the First Division title for the first time in 1937, having already twice finished as runners-up in the league. Don Revie was a key player in Man City’s third FA Cup win in 1956. The team used tactics inspired by the Hungarian national football team, as they had terrorised England in previous fixtures. Manchester City faced Birmingham City in the final and eventually won 3-1.
Joe Mercer took over as manager in the 1960s and built on Manchester City’s success. The Blues won a second top flight title in 1968 and a fourth FA Cup trophy one year later. A League Cup victory and European Cup Winners’ Cup triumph followed in 1970 and Manchester City won a second League Cup in 1976. This would be the final major trophy for over thirty years, as the Blues’ form began to stutter and they struggled to keep up with the teams around them. In 2008, a takeover by the Abu Dhabi United Group created headlines around the world. Manchester City instantly became one of the richest football teams in Europe and the club began to build a side capable of winning the Premiership.
Personalised Man City Football Books - Inspired Gifts
A Manchester City Gift Book can be an inspired present for a fan of the Blues. It is unique, smartly presented and filled with fascinating newspaper reports on the history of the club. Being able to personalise this Man City Football Book makes the gift even more special and shows the thought that has gone into buying it. The present will also prove to be a terrific addition to a supporter’s Manchester City memorabilia collection.
Manchester City Football Book Coverage
This Manchester City Football Book opens with City winning the FA Cup final in 1904 against Bolton Wanderers. It goes on to cover a selection of great games through the decades of the 20th Century and many highlights from the present era.
Some of the top stories in this personalised Manchester City Book include winning promotion to Division One in 1910 and beating Sheffield Wednesday at the ‘new’ Moss Side ground in 1923. The Gift Books also feature the 3-0 win against Manchester United in 1926 to secure a place in the FA Cup final, and winning the competition in 1934, 1956 and 1969. Relive the European Cup Winners’ Cup victory of 1970 and read about the Division One Championship wins of 1937 and 1968. The Manchester City Books also contain reports on the signing of Trevor Francis in 1981, the record £2.5m transfer fee for Keith Curle in 1991 and promotion to the Premiership in 2000.
Newspaper coverage continues right up to the end of last season. This unique insight into Manchester City’s history makes these books truly memorable gifts and a great addition for a collector of Man City memorabilia.
Manchester City Memorabilia
If you are a collector of Manchester City memorabilia or looking for other Man City gifts, why not consider our Manchester City Calendar or Manchester City Diary? Each month features a newspaper headline on one of the Blues’ key games. The presents can be personalised with the recipient’s name to make them even more special and both items make great gifts for Man City fans. Other Manchester City presents include Framed Newspaper Reprints and unique Manchester City T-Shirts. We also have a terrific choice of Manchester City Stadium Tours.
Finally – Did You Know?
- Manchester City played their inaugural competitive fixture in November 1880 and won their first ever title – the Second Division Championship – in 1899.
- The Blues played against Birmingham City in the 1956 FA Cup final. This became one of the most famous Cup finals of all time, as Man City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann continued to play after breaking his neck.
- Manchester City twice finished just one point behind the eventual First Division champions during the 1970s.
- In 2008, Man City completed the signing of Brazilian player Robinho for a British record of £32.5 million.
- In 2009, Manchester City spent a combined total of £100 million on just six players.