This is a film documenting and celebrating Manchester City’s 1904 FA Cup win, as well as us becoming the new custodians of the oldest surviving FA Cup. With interviews with FA Cup winners across our time, we’re delighted to introduce this story to anyone who might not be aware of this important story in City’s long history!
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Manchester City is delighted to announce that it is now the proud custodian of the 1896 – 1910 Football Association Challenge Cup (FA Cup) following the recent purchase of the trophy at auction by Club owner, His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed.
It was originally feared that the trophy – considered by The Arts Council to be an item of International Historic Significance – would be privately purchased and taken overseas, however, the trophy will now remain in England for the benefit of English Football.
A forerunner of the FA Cup in use today, the trophy is one of the most significant artefacts in world football and the oldest surviving piece of cup silverware in England. It is also the first trophy won by Manchester City 116 years ago in the 1904 FA Cup final, when the Club secured a 1-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers, becoming the first professional football club from the city of Manchester to win a major honour.
In line with His Highness Sheikh Mansour’s wishes, the trophy has been offered on loan to the National Football Museum in Manchester, where it has been housed since 2005. The intention is to keep the trophy accessible for football fans in Manchester and across the country to visit and enjoy. The National Football Museum has accepted the offer and the creation of a new presentation display is underway, to be completed ahead of the museum’s reopening when current COVID restrictions are lifted.
Widely heralded as the beginning of a new era in Manchester sporting culture, Manchester City’s 1904 FA Cup win is credited with embedding the game of football into the city’s cultural life, moving sporting loyalties away from Rugby for which the city was then better known.
This cultural transformation was exemplified by the Club’s ground-breaking decision to embark on the first trophy parade in Manchester’s history.
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