Manchester City, one of the richest club in the world of football, has known many ups and downs since it was established in late 19th century, including long periods of playing in the second and third divisions. And, unlike now days, the club was nowhere near being a worthy opponent of city rivals, powerhouse Manchester United. It was only during the last decade that City has established itself as one of the leading, trophy-winning clubs in the Premier League.
Manchester City Football Club was founded 1880 as St. Mark’s, only to change the brand name two more times – first to Ardwick Association Football Club three years later, and then, in 1894, finally to Manchester City. The club had to wait over 40 years until First Division title in 1937 and another 30 years for a second, in 1968.
The 60’s and the 70’s were a period of relative success, as City challenged for the title a few times and won English domestic Cups.