A fitting tribute to City's incredible Fourmidables campaign, the Tour began in style, taking over Atlanta, Georgia between 9 and 11 August.
Coinciding with the start of the Premier League season - and a 5-0 victory for City at West Ham - hundreds of fans streamed through a series of events for both our Official Supporters Clubs and the general public.
The original spark for the weekend’s festivities came courtesy of Chris Green, head of ATL Cityzens - Atlanta’s Official Supporters Club -- and Jacob Lackey, head of MCFC Knoxville in Tennessee.
The two envisioned a regional meet-up for Supporters Clubs throughout the south - from Florida to Georgia, to Alabama to Tennessee, to the Carolinas.
When the opportunity arose for the trophy tour, everything aligned. Man City and ATL Cityzens worked together to create a special watch party to fete the start of the season at ATL Cityzens’ home bar, the Brewhouse Cafe.
Luckily the bar offered plenty of coffee and a full breakfast - the game kicked off at 7:30am local time!
Members from more than 18 Official Supporters Clubs from across the southeast - as well as Texas, the midwest, and even Sydney, Australia - turned up in numbers.
No matter though! Hordes of happy fans enjoyed photos with all six of the Club’s trophies from the 2018/19 season, along with an intimate meet-and-greet and Q&A session with club legend Shaun Wright-Phillips.
Later that day, after the match, City then partnered with local nonprofit Soccer in the Streets for a day-long football festival.
The organization specializes in building accessible football pitches in urban areas, particularly under MARTA (local transit) train stops.
One of these served as the venue for the day, where Soccer in the Streets participants - as well as the general public - enjoyed a day of free clinics from Man City coaches, as well as more trophy photos, meet-and-greets with Wright-Phillips, giveaways, music, and food.
Free t-shirt station at our Atlanta trophy tour festival happening right now... yours may or may not be made by an alien 👽 pic.twitter.com/DxgtjpEjin— Manchester City US (@ManCityUS) August 10, 2019
Along the way, the crew stopped by a few key scenic spots in the city - and just outside.
📍Centennial Park vibes pic.twitter.com/EAu6iE9xLW— Manchester City US (@ManCityUS) August 8, 2019
On the evening of Thursday 9 August, the City crew traveled to Soccer in the Streets’ pickup game and training pitch in nearby Clarkston, Georgia.
The town is known for hosting a diverse community of recent arrivals to the country, and the football program there helps them meet other people and integrate into the community.
Read more about the visit on the FIFA web site - but it’s safe to say the kids, ranging in ages from elementary-school to 18 years old, loved a surprise visit by the trophy and autographs with Wright-Phillips.
The trophy tour moved on to Sao Paolo, Brazil from Atlanta, and moves on to Lagos, Nigeria from 29 August to 1 September.
For the full trophy tour schedule, or for updates on the tour, visit mancity.com/trophytour or check your Cityzens news feed.
Thanks for a great weekend, Atlanta! 💙 pic.twitter.com/3mj3fQav2q— Manchester City US (@ManCityUS) August 11, 2019
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