In a recent auction, Manchester City bought the Football Association Challenge Cup trophy, the ancestor of the FA Cup. This Cup was presented to winning teams between 1896-1910, when the original was stolen from a Birmingham store after Aston Villa’s final victory.
It is also the first trophy Manchester City won over a century ago by defeating Bolton Wanderers (1-0) in the 1904 final, ahead of Manchester’s first professional football club to win a title. major. “This Cup is a visible reminder of the rich and long history of English football to which City is inextricably linked, Manchester City president Khaldoon Al Mubarak said in a statement. Winning this trophy in 1904 was a turning point for the club and for the city of Manchester in that it firmly anchored football in the heart of its community. Sheikh Mansour’s opinion (the club owner) is that a trophy of such cultural significance should be shared with the people of Manchester, the English football family and those who love English football. “
A trophy sold for 844,000 euros
West Ham United co-owner David Gold, the former owner of the trophy, sold it for 760,000 pounds (around 844,000 euros) at an auction in September 2020, with the winning bidder remaining anonymous. Gold had bought the trophy in 2005 for 478,000 pounds while he was president of Birmingham City.
Manchester City said the trophy was on loan to the National Football Museum in Manchester, where it has been housed since 2005.