Football Scarf in the colours of
Nickname: The Citizens
Ground: The Etihad Stadium
- English League Champions: (6) 1937, 1968, 2012, 2014, 2018, 2019
- FA Cup Winners: (5) 1904, 1934, 1956, 1969, 2011, 2019
- League Cup Winners: (6) 1970, 1976, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019
- European Cup-Winners Cup Winners: 1970
On September 1st 2008 Manchester City were bought by The Abu Dhabi United Group and overnight became the richest football team in the world. The good times were returning after nearly forty years of (mostly) hard times for the blue half of Manchester.
At the tail end of the 1960s and in the early 1970s it was City – under the management team of Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison – who were top dogs in Manchester. The trophies flooded in; City were Champions in 1968, FA Cup winners in 1969 and they bagged a brace of trophies (both the League Cup and Cup-Winners Cup) the following year. With one of Europe’s best midfielders Colin Bell pulling the strings and striker Francis Lee terrorising defences Manchester City were simply awesome.
City should have been Champions again in 1972 and were four-points clear at the March run-in, however the signing of Rodney Marsh from Queens Park Rangers badly affected the team’s shape and City finished in fourth place – but just a point behind Champions Derby County.
Apart from a League Cup Final victory in 1976, City fans had very little to cheer about for most of the next four decades. In 1998 Manchester City became the first club to have won a European trophy to drop into the third tier of English football. Kevin Keegan took them back to the Premier League but there was to be no happy ending for the former England coach and he quit the game for good after three seasons.
Stuart Pearce, Sven Goran-Eriksson and Mark Hughes followed Keegan but in 2009 the owners got the man they'd wanted all along and appointed Roberto Mancini as manager. The young Italian quickly assembled one of the most exciting squads ever seen in England; while simultaneously creating the Mancini Scarf and sending sales of the Man City scarf into orbit.
In 2011 Manchester City won the FA Cup, their first trophy for 35 years. Mancini's squad had become genuine title contenders and, after a wait of forty-four years and in one of the most thrilling seasons ever, Manchester City were crowned Premier League Champions in 2012.