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Watford game to celebrate 125th Anniversary

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Manchester City will celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Club's first official match at this weekend's Premier League visit of Watford.

September marks the historic milestone of our first league game and league win in 1894, and the Club are set to reflect on these significant moments and celebrate the rich heritage of our Football Club with our fans at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

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While City holds a long and rich history, winning our first trophy – the FA Cup – in 1904 and having enjoyed subsequent success thereafter, our fans remain at the heart of our Club. Without your support and dedication, our longevity would have not been possible.

Community spirit has been equally key with the Club founded by the parishioners of St Mark’s Church – inspired by the work of the Connell family, who believed that forming a Football Club could improve the lives of those within their community. Their legacy and spirit lives on with us today.

Fittingly, in May 1894, at the Football League AGM held in Manchester, Manchester City Secretary Joshua Parlby make a passionate speech about Manchester’s need for a Football League Club on same day Queen Victoria officially opened the Ship Canal. Parlby’s eloquence has been remembered for decades as the reason City were accepted.

The following September, City faced Bury on the first of the month in our first league game, before hosting Burton Wanderers at Hyde Road in our maiden home clash.

Our first victory arrived with a 4-1 triumph over Burslem Port Vale on 8 September, and Club hero Billy Meredith signed in October. The legendary Welsh wizard went on to score his first goals for City in the first Football League Manchester Derby the following November.

In commemoration of our first fixtures, special events will take place before, during and after this weekend's game against Watford. Keep your eyes peeled later in the week for more information.

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