Manchester’s First Trophy | 1904 FA Cup

Today marks the 117th anniversary of our maiden FA Cup triumph.

Billy Meredith’s solitary strike in the 1904 FA Cup final over Bolton Wanderers ensured that we became the first professional football club from the city of Manchester to win a major honour.

In January 2021, City became custodians of the cup that we lifted all those years ago, when His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed purchased the trophy at auction.

It is the oldest surviving piece of cup silverware in England, and has since been loaned to the National Football Museum in Manchester, to ensure it remains accessible for football fans to visit and enjoy.


This special CityTV film documents and celebrates the importance of the trophy, as well as that famous day back in 1904 with interviews from the National Football Museum and former City FA Cup winners across the years.

Widely heralded as the catalyst for a shift in sporting culture across Manchester from rugby to football, this documentary also explores the significance that lifting our first major trophy would have on the future of the club and the general sporting landscape.

Find out more by watching the CityTV documentary above...

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