Originally formed as a church team known as St Mark's (West Gorton), the club turned professional in 1887 and moved to Hyde Road in the Ardwick district near the centre of Manchester. To reflect their new staus, they changed their name to Ardwick AFC. Their first success came in 1891 when they won the Manchester Cup for the first time, beating Newton Heath (now Manchester United) 1-0 in the final. Because of this success, they were admitted to the Football Alliance for the 1891-92 season and, the following year, became founder members of the Second Division when the Alliance merged with the Football League. In 1894 the club was re-formed as Manchester City FC.
Our shirt is a replica of the ones worn in that important 1890-91 season that marked the start of City's climb from regional obscurity to the national stage and is, as far as we know, the first time that the now famous light blue and white colours were worn. Manufactured in the UK in 100% drill cotton and finished to the highest standards, this historic shirt is a must for every dedicated City fan and comes in a handsome presentation box.
Please note that, for copyright reasons, a reproduction postcard is not included with this item.
Size Guide: XL 50"/127cm chest: L 48"/122cm chest: M 46"/117cm chest
£30.00 £15.00 + pp