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Man City owner buys FA Cup for $ 1 million

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

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

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

“The trophy is a forerunner of the FA Cup used today, and is one of the most important works of art in world football and the oldest surviving piece of FA Cup silverware in England.”

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

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

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