Manchester City Footbal Club was founded in 1880 under the name St. Mark’s West Gorton initiative church members St. Mark’s Church of England, West Gorton, Manchester. Amid high unemployment appeared very big social problems as alcoholism and violence among certain gangs. Arthur Connell (rector of St. Mark Church) and daughter Anne Connel were involved in reducing these problems and therefore created a cricket club in 1875. In 1880 two guards of St Mark and Thomas Goodbehere- have -William Beastow and created a soccer team called “St. Mark’s West Gorton”. Sometimes it was called West Gorton (St. Mark’s).
On 13 November 1880 the St. Mark’s West Gorton claimed first football game against the football team of the church in Macclesfield, ended with a defeat (1-2).
In 1884 the club merged with another team Gorthon Athletic, but this merger lasted several months. Gorton West Gorton will be called Association Football Club and Athletic Gorton West Gorton Athletic will become.
In 1887 Gorton A.F.C. He became a professional club move to the stadium Hyde Road, which led to the name change in Ardwick Association Football Club to reflect the new location in the eastern part of the city. The first match on Hyde Road was scheduled to team against Salford A.F.C. on 10 September 1887. In 1891, Ardwick A.F.C. takes cucereacă first team defeating fellow-citizen Cup trophy Manchester Newton Heath L.Y.R. 1-0. As a result Ardwick A.F.C. It is admitted to the Football Alliance. Following the merger of the Football League Football Alliance, Ardwick A.F.C. a founding member of the Football League Second Division.
On 16 April 1894 Ardwick A.F.C. Manchester City Football Club is being registered company.
The club’s most successful period was in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when he won the championship, FA Cup and European Cup Winners Cup, all the trophies under the Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison coaches. Among others on the team were part of Colin Bell, Mike Summerbee and Francis Lee.
Winning the League Cup in 1976, the club has not won any major trophy. Moreover, the club decline recorded in the first echelon and two downgrades in the 1990s, in the 1998-99 season and reaching the third echelon of English football for the first time in club history.
In 2008, the team was bought by a consortium of Abu Dhabi has invested significant sums of money in bringing new players (in summer 2009 were paid 100 million pounds for transfers).
Since 2003, the team evolves City of Manchester Stadium, the arena with a capacity of 47 826 seats.