Man City owner buys FA Cup for $1million

Manchester City owner, Sheikh Mansour, has purchased the Football Association Challenge Cup used from 1896 to 1910, which incidentally was the first piece of silverware won by the club.

City won it in 1904, when they beat Bolton Wanderers 1-0 in the final.

“City are delighted to announce we are now the proud custodian of the 1896–1910 Football Association Challenge Cup (FA Cup) following the recent purchase of the trophy at auction by club owner, His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed,” read a club statement.

“A forerunner of the FA Cup in use today, the trophy is one of the most significant artefacts in world football and the oldest surviving piece of FA Cup silverware in England,” it added.

Sheikh Mansour, who reportedly paid more than £750,000 ($1 million) for the trophy, is loaning it to the National Football Museum in Manchester.

“Winning this actual trophy in 1904 was a turning point for the club and for the city of Manchester in that it firmly cemented football in the heart of its community,” said club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak.

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