Legendary Shirts:Manchester City

manchester city shirt 1970

The Sky Blues of Manchester City and their legendary sky blue shirt,a legendary one from one of the most successfully periods of the club when they ruled English and European football.Founded in 1880 as St.Mark’s and renaming itself in 1894 to their current name Manchester City,the Sky Blues won their first title in 1937 and two FA Cups in 1904 and 1934,but it was the late 1960s and early 1970s that they would go in their own Golden Era when under the management of Malcolm Allison and Joe Mercer and players such as Francis Lee,Colin Bell and Mike Summerbee they conquered England and Europe.First in 1968 they won their first league title,the next year they won the FA Cup by beating Leicester City in the final by a single goal scored by Neil Young and in 1970 they won two trophies-The Football League Cup (now called EFL Cup) and the UEFA Cup Winners Cup which was their first and only European trophy to date.In the 1970 Football League Cup final they beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 in the final,while in the UEFA Cup Winners Cup after defeating Atletic Bilbao,Lierse,Academica and Schalke 04 they faced in the final in Vienna the Poles of Gornik Zabrze which they defeated 2-1 and won their only European trophy to date and with that the Golden Era ended.In the following decades the sky blues trophies would become a rarity such as 1972 when they won the FA Charity Shield and in 1976 they won the Football League Cup.From that moment they would live in the shadow of their more successful neighbor the Red Devils of Manchester United which took in the 1990s and the 2000s England and Europe by storm while the Sky Blues lived in the shadows.However thanks to the investments from the Middle East the Sky Blues returned at the top of English football by winning the Premier League in 2012 and 2014 and the FA Cup in 2011.But the legendary sky blue shirt of the late 1960s and early 1970s became a symbol of their finest moments when they dominated England and a must have for every collector of retro football shirts.

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