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Man City owner buys oldest surviving FA Cup trophy

MANCHESTER, England (AP) – The owner of Manchester City has purchased the oldest surviving FA Cup trophy, which the membership gained in 1904 for the primary piece of silverware in its historical past.

The cup – used within the competitors from 1896-1910 – had been faraway from the National Football Museum in Manchester in 2019 and put up for public sale by its then-owner.

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, City’s owner since 2008, purchased the cup at public sale and loaned it again to the museum in a purchase order made “for the benefit of English football,” the membership mentioned Friday.

“We feared we may never see it again and that Britain would be losing the FA Cup for good,” mentioned Tim Desmond, chief government of the National Football Museum, including that loaning it again preserves “our sporting heritage in this country.”

The membership didn’t disclose the value however Bonhams public sale home in London introduced in late September that after “spirited bidding” an nameless purchaser paid 760,000 kilos ($1 million) for the cup.

The trophy is taken into account by England’s Arts Council as an merchandise of worldwide historic significance and was lifted by City’s gamers after a 1-0 win over Bolton within the FA Cup last in 1904.

The membership mentioned the victory helped to ascertain soccer into Manchester’s wider cultural life, with town higher recognized on the time for its rugby.

“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,” Man City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak mentioned.

City has gained the FA Cup six instances, most not too long ago in 2019. The workforce’s newest bid to seize the trophy begins on Sunday when Pep Guardiola’s facet hosts Birmingham within the third spherical.

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