Manchester is one of the most important cities in the English football world. The “Greater Manchester” region has no fewer than 4 big football clubs, including the two Premier League top clubs Manchester United and Manchester City. There are also twoclubs based in Manchester that play in lower English leagues: Charlton Athletic in the Championship and Bolton Wanderers in the League One.
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1. Clubs in Manchester on the map
2. Clubs from Manchester playing in the Premier League
At the moment there are two football clubs in Manchester that play at the highest level, Manchester United and Manchester City. There is great rivalry between these clubs, the match between Manchester United and Manchester City is called the Manchester Derby. In addition, Manchester has two clubs that act on the second level (the Championship), these are Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic.
2.1 Manchester United
Manchester United was founded in 1878. However, the club wasn’t founded under the name Manchester United, the clubs first name was Newton Heath LYR FC. Only in 1902 was the club named Manchester United with the nickname “The Red Devils”. Manchester United is currently the most successful club in the history of English football. In the national competitions, United has so far won a total of 20 league titles, 12 FA Cups, 21 Community Shields and 5 League Cups. Also, in Europe Manchester United had some successes over the years. They won the Champions League twice, 1 Europa League, 1 UEFA super cup and several other European prizes.
The most successful season of the club was the season of 1998/99. In that season Manchester United with top players such as Jaap Stam, Peter Schmeichel and David Beckham won the national title, the FA Cup and the Champions League that season.
Since 1910, Old Trafford has been home to Manchester United. Old Trafford, also called “Theatre of Dreams”, is the second largest stadium in the whole of England with a capacity of 76,000. The easiest way to reach Old Trafford is by metro, bus or taxi. The purple metro line (Altrincham) runs most frequently towards Old Trafford, you need to get off at the “Old Trafford” stop. In addition, it’s possible to take bus line 263 towards Altrincham. If you use this bus line you need to get off at Warwick Road, this stop is a few minutes’ walk from the stadium.
2.2 Manchester City
Manchester City was founded a little later than Manchester United, as Manchester City was founded in 1880. The football club was founded under the name St. Mark’s, in 1887 it was named Ardwick Association Football Club and in 1894 the club was eventually renamed Manchester City. The first big prize the club won was the FA Cup, which was won in the 1903/04 season. The first period that the club was really successful came in the 60s, when Manchester City won the league title, the FA Cup, the League Cup, the Super Cup and the European Cup II. However, the club was unable to continue these successes and Manchester City even relegated to the third division of England. At the beginning of 2000, Manchester City was promoted to the Premier League again. Not much later, in 2008, the club was bought by the Abu Dhabi United Group for £210 million. Since this takeover, a lot of money has been invested in the club, making it one of the most successful clubs in the Premier League.
The stadium where Manchester City plays its home games is the Etihad Stadium. The stadium owes its name to a sponsorship deal with Etihad Airways. Manchester City moved to Etihad (originally City of Manchester Stadium) in 2003, before the clubs played their games on Maine Road. The stadium is mainly easily accessible by public transport. For example, you can travel to the stadium with bus line 216. It is also possible to take the blue metro line towards the Etihad Stadium. Furthermore, it is even possible to walk from the city centre to the stadium, which takes about 25 minutes.
3. Clubs playing in the Championship
This season, one club from “Greater Manchester” is active on the second level, the Championship: Wigan Athletic.
3.1 Wigan Athletic
Wigan Athletic is the youngest club in this list, the Greater Manchester club was founded in 1932. The biggest success of Wigan Athletic was the FA Cup win in the 2012/13 season.
In the FA Cup final, Wigan Athletic beat Manchester City with 1-0. The FA Cup win allowed Wigan to make her UEFA Europa League debut in the 2013/14 season. Wigan played in the Premier League between 2005 and 2013 but then relegated to the Championship. In the 2015/16 and 2017/18 seasons, the club even competed in League One (third level) because they relegated from the Championship twice.
The stadium of Wigan Athletic is the DW Stadium, the stadium is named after the largest sponsor of Wigan DW Sports Fitness. In addition, it’s also the place where rugby club Wigan Warriors plays its rugby matches. The stadium has a capacity of just over 25,000. The stadium is easily accessible by bus. There are several bus lines that run between the centre of Wigan and the DW Stadium. The buses you need to take to reach the stadium are: 10, 3 and 5.
4. Clubs playing in the League One
This season, one club from “Greater Manchester” is active on the third level, League One: Bolton Wanderers. After 73 seasons in the Premier League, the traditional English club has subsided.
3.1 Bolton Wanderers
The Bolton Wanderers football club was founded in 1874 under the name Christ Church Football Club. Three years after the establishment, the name of the club was changed to the current Bolton Wanderers. In 1888 the Football League was founded by various English clubs, one of them was Bolton Wanderers. The Football League was the highest division in English football until 1992, after 1992 it became the Premier League. The most successful period of the club took place in the 1920s, between 1922 and 1929 Bolton Wanderers won no less than 3 FA Cups. Although the club played for a long time at the highest level, it never managed to win a national title. In 2012, Bolton Wanderers relegated to the Championship, since then they have been unable to promote to the Premier League.
The place where Bolton Wanderers plays its home games is the University of Bolton Stadium. For sponsoring reasons, the stadium had different names in previous years, it was called the Reebok Stadium between 1997 and 2004 and the Macron Stadium between 2014 and 2018. The stadium has approximately 29,000 seats. It is very easy to reach the Bolton Wanderers stadium. For example, on competition days you can take bus number 575 from the city centre. You can also travel by train (Northern) to Horwich Parkway, which is approximately a 5-minute walk from the stadium.
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