Manchester City

Manchester CityFounded in 1880 in Manchester, England, Manchester City FC has become a power house in today’s football world. With revenue of $646.2 million, Manchester City is still in the development of being a football and economic powerhouse. This was all done thanks in part to the growth in the massive revenue from commercial and broadcast revenue.

But even before then, they had some strong victories too. But this was also paired with some big struggles too.

Their Victories And Struggles

Their first victory began in the victory of the Second Division in 1899. This brought them up to the First Division and soon they received their first major honor in 1904. These victories were short lived however as in 1906, seventeen of their players were suspended due to alleged financial irregularities. Those allegations also included their captain at the time, Billy Meredith.

Furthermore in 1920, a fire broke out and destroyed the main stand, forcing them to relocate to a new stadium by 1923.

But from these tragic events, Manchester City did reach two FA Cup finals consecutively, eventually claiming the victory by 1934. They also broke the record for highest home attendance, with 84,569 fans present. From there they went on to win their first First Division title in 1937.

From that point, City was going through ups and downs, hitting a lot of turmoil in the 1960s and 1970s. They then started to recover around the early 2000’s with close games, but also ones where they crushed their opponents. In 2001-02, City broke their club record in the Division One championship of points gained and the goals scored.

Even though there were many victories after that, it’s clear that Manchester City has one major aspect riding for them: the overwhelming support of their fans.

The Support

Everyone needs support obviously, but Manchester City is an interesting example of overwhelming support. Ever since the team moved to City of Manchester Stadium, their average attendance ranks them in the top six in England. Their average is usually upwards to 40,000 people.

By 2005, research was conducted by Manchester City to figure out their fan base. It was estimated to be 2 million people strong worldwide, with roughly 886,000 of them being in the UK. What certainly helped the team was the creation of recognized supporters clubs too. They created a support club in 1949, however that club merged with the Official Suppers Club and Centenary Supporters Association by 2010.

What also solidifies their fan base is the The City fans’ song of choice. It’s a rendition of “Blue Moon”, a rather melancholic tune, but the fans make it sound like a heroic anthem. There is also their unwavering support in seeing the team’s unpredictability as “typical City” actions. Some examples of these was their rein in English football despite being relegated in 1938, the only team to ever beat Chelsea in 2005-05 Premier League, amongst many others.

Regardless it’s clear that their fans are massive supporters and Manchester City owes a lot to their fans.

Liverpool Football Club

Liverpool Football ClubSince the inception of the club it has been known to correlate with glory and fame internationally. A giant in its own right the club did not depend on one given player to rise to freedom but was a consistent winner in many of the leagues by tactical prowess. Liverpool was founded in the year 1892 and has won many trophies and leagues since then. Most football English clubs were named after the city in which they were founded and Liverpool is no different. The club was however formed in peculiar manner. After Everton moved on to new home grounds in 1892 the president of the club found himself with the rights to an entire football ground but no team to play there. The practical leader took it upon himself to start his own club- Liverpool.

After forming the club it would go on to enter first division after just one season of playing in second division. The club players were a force to reckon with as they went into win several league titles in the years to follow of 1901- 1923. This would see it rise the ranks to one of the most revered clubs in England. Despite the clubs popularity it did not survive we after the post WW2 Era which would see a mediocre performance cause the team to be relegated in the year 1954 back to second division. This would take a turn for better tidings after they hired Shankly as manager.

Shankly Era

Though most football clubs would like to think that their players are the reason for all their success the coach behind the wheel is more suited for that praise. Shankly saw the team rise up from the ashes like a phoenix to be back on top of the table in the English football world. His methods were somewhat unorthodox and did not sit well with most people. He did however deliver results which cannot be said about most people in this situation. His first order of business was to lunch the entire Team A off. Starting from scratch and building a team that would bring success to Liverpool. After they made their way back to first division the team won the division league title in 1964. The team went on to win two more league titles in 1966 and 1973. The most impressive feat was winning their first European cup- the UEFA Champions league in 1973. Shankly retired the next year due to personal issues. He left the club to his assistant to manage.  Paisley the assistant did not fail the team as heed them to victory after winning three league cups and six league titles. They went on to win more UEFA CUPS and 3 European Cups.

Tragedy

In one if the Liverpool matches with Juventus, some unruly fans caused a walk to collapse in the stadium. Since Al the fault was placed on the Liverpool fans English clubs were banned from playing in European matches for 5 years. At least 39 fans died on that fateful day.

Since they could no longer play in the European games they focused on domestic titles but tragedy seemed to follow them. In a game against Nottingham Forest, more than 90 fans died in a crowd rush Less than 6 minutes after the start of the game. This is the worst stadium accident to date in English Football. The game was an FA cup semifinals.

Manchester United

Manchester UnitedManchester United is one of the most prominent clubs in the history of English football. It is also one of the biggest clubs in the country. The team has acquired several accolades over the years. They are the most decorated club in the entire country when it comes to national achievements. They together with Liverpool are some of the most awarded clubs in this century.

Founding

The club was formed in the year 1878 in Manchester, England. Back then the team was not known as Manchester United but was renamed in 1902.  The team was not as superb at playing in the English league from the start, in fact 2 years after being formed they were relegated. Their growth was mostly seen after they were taken under the management of Matt Busby in 1945. Busby was a visionary leader who pushed the team both by practicing and proper strategy playing that saw them win the league twice. The first was in 1955-1956 and followed by their win in 1956-1957.

Home ground

Manchester United became the first English club to win the league. They we’re decorated and nicknamed the red devil’s for their tactical prowess on the field. Their home ground was originally North Road. This is where they would play their home games. The soon moved to Bank Street in 1893 but did not stay long there. Their final move to Old Trafford has been quite a permanent one since they reside there to date. The club moved to their new home in the year 1910.

After the reign of Matt Busby and him surviving a team plane crash that saw 8 players pass on, he was replaced by Tommy Docherty. The team went in to produce massive success under his leadership. Tommy was however sacked and replaced by the ever cautious Dave Sexton. Later on the club fired him and hired Ron Atkinson. The Atkinson era was not too shabby but could not compare to the clubs most prominent manger to date, Alex Ferguson!

It is said that the Manchester United player is by far one if the greatest coaches in the history of English football. Under his leadership, Manchester United became the first English club to win a Treble. This means that they won the FA Cup title, the UEFA champions’ league and the Premier League. This is what made Manchester United a force to reckon with. In the field. Alex Ferguson saw the team win at least 25 titles in his reign of twenty years managing the team. 11 of those were league titles. So good was their playing that between 1999 and 2001 they successfully won all three league titles in the year.

Post Alex

In the year 2003 Alex Ferguson permanently departed from his post as Manchester United’s manger. The Ferguson era was now over. He became one of the top board members of the club but no longer actively worked on the field. No manger after that has been able to duplicate the success output that was Alex Ferguson. David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal and Ryan Giggs are some of the coaches who took on the role without much success. In the year 2016/2017 Jose Mourinho was appointed manager in an effort to better the team. He is still on a 3 year contract with the club.

 

Everton FC

Everton FCEver since it was founded in 1892 the club has seen many ups and downs but never a fall from Grace that left them permanently stumped. In its more than 100 years in football Everton has only dropped from the top for 4 of those years. The club has a very humble beginning as the result of a church Sunday school. After two years as the St. Domingo FC the club’s name was changed to Everton which was a district in Liverpool. Everyone did not waste time in becoming one of the biggest clubs of its era. It was even among the first 12 clubs that formed the European league. It would move on to become the winner if the league’s title in 1891 and then further to win the FA cup in 1893.

This was however a very low moment afterwards with the team only winning one FA cup in the years to follow. This went in until 1915. They were then fortunate enough to win the league title in this year. The team had immense support from its fans and city people. They would soon however return to the football map by acquiring Dixie Dean. This spectacular striker was just the boost that Everton needed back then to make it in the European games.  With their secret weapon in hand everyone win their 3rd league title. They would then soon win the 1932 league and the FA cup in 1933. Dixie had the tactical prowess needed to score goals in the league games that would add points to the team. He also had the speed required to maneuver the attacking team defenders. Dixie was the breath of fresh air that Everton needed to make it to the top.

The post-war period was however not so kind to Everton. They struggled to say the least in an effort to go back to their former glory. The appointment of Catterick as their new manager was soon to be their saving grace. This only further proofs that’s manager could make or break a team. Under his leadership they moved to win the league title in 1963. This was a memorable event but not as great as the one that occurred in 1966. The team went into win quite gloriously in the FA cup final in 1966.

The last if he clubs good years came in 1984 when they won the league title. Soon after they won their first double after that by securing the FA cup and a Winners Cup in the following year. Since then the club has had its ups and downs. The Premier League is kit one of its strong areas but they did manage to stay in the top half of the table over several years.

A small resurgence was felt under the management of David Moyes where they made it to an FA cup final and fourth position in the premier league in 2005.

Chelsea FC

Chelsea FCFounded in 1905, the Chelsea Football Club is based out of London England (their home ground being Stamford Bridge). Much like the Arsenals FC, they too compete in the Premier League.

Reporting revenue of $524.3 million, Chelsea FC has had a steady roll during last years seasons, winning the 2016-17 Premier League championship. But there is still a lot of hope for this team, after all they have a good boost in revenue from a sponsorship deal with Carabao, a drink firm.

History

In 1904, Gus Mears managed to purchase the Stamford Bridge athletics stadium. With the intention to turn the stadium into a football ground, Chelsea FC began its debut there, founded in March 1905.

Since the beginning, the club was promoted to the 1st Division in only their 2nd season. From that point they alternated between Divisions in the early years, going from First to Second Division. By 1915, they got into the FA Cup Finals only to lose out to Sheffield United, despite building a reputation of signing up big name players.

Still success eluded them until Arsenal’s Ted Drake stepped away from the team and became Chelsea FC’s manager in 1952. With an overhaul of the team, the team saw success at last in their first major trophy in 1954-55, the League championship. That success was short lived though as shortly after that their successes stifled. Drake was sacked in 1962 and was then replaced by Tommy Docherty.

From there, Docherty built the team off of Drake’s selection of young and amateur league players. By the 1964-65 season, they were on their way to achieve a treble in the League, the League and FA Cup. They got the League Cup, yet were late to the other two.

From there, the team took a turn for the worse through the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Trouble with finances, losing star players, and even losing the stadium, things were looking bleak. Things started to finally turn around for the team though by 1996 with the appointment of Ruud Gullit. Adding many top international players to the team, the club won the 1997 FA Cup. This gave them the chance to reclaim their title of “one of England’s top sides”.

From this point, the team started to win cup after cup, bringing themselves back up. Over the years, the team had different managers, and with these new managers brought them victories. Gullit was replaced by Gianluca Vialli in 1998. Vialli then brought the team many victories in 1998 and 2000, resulting in the team making an appearance at last in the UEFA Champions League.

There were some stalling points, like when in 2003, Ken Bates (who acquired the team in 1982), sold the team to a Russian billionaire. The billionaire, Roman Abramovich, struggled with getting trophies to the team and was replaced swiftly by José Mourinho, who brought a string of victories.

After years of switching through manager so frequently, it’s clear to see why this team’s success have stalled. Even though they have victories, the shift in leadership can put a hamper on the team. The team is currently being guided under Antonio Conte, who brought Chelsea a sixth English title.