Founded 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.
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.