Manchester Football Clubs




Manchester City Football Club

Address: Manchester City Football Club, Etihad Stadium, Rowsley Street, Manchester M11 3FF.
Telephone: 0161 444 1894. Website:
Conference & Events Department - Tel: 0161-438 7656 or email

Please note that tickets for away fixtures are sold via postal application unless otherwise stated.

The City of Manchester Stadium
The Etihad Stadium Images above © Courtesy of MCFC Stadium Tour management

History of Manchester City Football Club

MCFC was originally formed as St Mark's in West Gorton, Manchester in 1880, and played on a piece of waste ground at Clowes Street. Several name changes during the following years (including "Gorton" and "Ardwick") the name Manchester City was adopted in 1894.
Oddly, soccer football was not very popular at that time, Rugby being the most widely supported team sport, and City had difficulties in finding other local teams to play against. However, many successes led to the team reaching the Football League's Second Division in 1892, and finally into the First Division in 1899, when their famous Welsh winger, Billy Meredith scored 29 League Goals.
Major rivals to Manchester's other great football team, Manchester United, local "derby" matches are eagerly supported and competitiveness is always high amongst players and fans alike.
A devastating fire at their Hyde Road ground in 1920 had completely destroyed the stadium and it was this event which prompted the teams move to a new purpose-built ground which was opened at Maine Road in Moss Side, Manchester in 1923.

Site of the old MCFC Maine Road Stadium
Site of the old Maine Road Stadium. A|erial Photo Courtesy of © 2005

The club's fortunes have been erratic, from promotions to the top of First Division and numerous cup championships, to relegation to lower divisions. However, their descents have more often than not been matched with equally meteoric rises and Manchester City can truly be said to be one of the greatest of British football teams, in a city which takes its football very seriously.
Rivalry between City ("the blues") and Manchester United ("the reds") are intense, and, though local football derbys are rare and regarded as virtual public holidays.

The Etihad (City of Manchester) Stadium

The 48,000 seat Etihad Stadium (formerly known as the City of Manchester Stadium) was first occupied by the Manchester City teams at the beginning of the season in August 2003. The stadium had originally been built to host the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. It had been decided that on conclusion, Manchester City Football Club would inherit the stadium as their new home ground to replace the old (but much loved) Maine Road stadium in Moss Side (see above).

City of manchester Stadium at SportCity
Etihad (formerly the City of Manchester) Stadium. Aerial Photo Courtesy of © 2005

After the Games the Stadium was further developed, a new North Stand was installed and the running track was removed and re-laid at other sporting venues.
Many fine new facilities were also added, including six restaurants and purpose-built function rooms which provide bookable on-site hospitality on both match days and non-match days.
There are also over 2000 car parking spaces on site, (a vast improvement over the old street parking at Maine Road), and a further 8,000 accredited car parking spaces in easy reach of the Stadium. The Stadium can also be easily reached by rail and bus, being just a 20 minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly Station and the city centre.

Reebok City

Situated adjacent to the Stadium, Reebok City is home to the City Superstore, City Social and the City Experience

City Superstore
The City Superstore stocks a wide range of Manchester City souvenirs, leisurewear and training gear from kit sponsor, Reebok. The Store is open seven days a week, Monday to Saturday 9.00am-5.30pm and Sunday 11am-3.00pm.

City Social
City Social is a Sports Bar offering drinks, sandwiches and hot food. It has large on-site television screens to allow you to watch the latest matches via Satellite TV. City Social is also available for private hire for meetings, parties and events. For further information telephone 0161-438 7650 or email:

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