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13 Oct 2020 - 2 minutes

The History of Football in Manchester

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As the fastest growing city during the Industrial Revolution, and with football being a sport enjoyed by the working men of the time, Manchester acted as the ideal catalyst for football clubs to develop.

Inside The Etihad Stadium, home of Man City football club

Manchester City

Manchester City have a rich history and stands as one of the most successful English football clubs of all time. Formed in 1880 under the name of St Mark’s, after an initiative by Arthur Connell (the rector of St Mark’s Church).

After calling themselves Gorton FC and Ardwick AFC, they settled for Manchester City in 1894. The name change combined with moving to the new spacious grounds of Hyde Park made Manchester City the most popular club in the city.

City would move to Maine Road and then the City of Manchester Stadium over the next century, laying the groundwork for a modern period of investment and success which has made them one of the richest and most famous football clubs in the world. This new era has seen them lift more domestic silverware than any other club in the last decade.

The entrance to Old Trafford, Manchester United's football stadium

Manchester United

Founded over 140 years ago as Newton Heath L&YR Football Club by a group of Lancashire and Yorkshire railway employees and after knocking around the football league tables for decades, in 1902, the club was renamed as the all too familiar Manchester United that is known globally today.

This period saw the club win the English League title in 1908, the FA cup a year later, where they then moved to Old Trafford in 1910.

Widely regarded as one the most popular and successful sports teams in the world, Manchester United can boast a total of 66 trophies, including a record 20 league titles, the club is synonymous with the city for years.

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Football Museum

Such is the impact that football has had In Manchester, there is an entire museum dedicated to it. The National Football Museum is the largest museum of its kind in the world with its purpose of preserving, conserves and displays important collections of football memorabilia.

Originally opened in Preston in June 2001, the then Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson commented “Each time I visit the Museum I am so impressed by the great job it does in bringing the rich history of football to life”

The Museum moved to Manchester and opened its doors to the public in July 2012 and as of January 2019, the museum is free to residents of the city of Manchester.

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