The Manchester City 2018/19 home jersey by Nike Soccer has been revealed. The Premier League champions will be going tricolor, inspired by previous kits in club history. Once more, Manchester City’s home jersey has City light blue with navy blue details. The collar is unique, with a single button placket. The back neck stripe is navy, with a City label in navy in the inner collar.
City will use the Fast Fit Vaporknit template, as navy and tonal shades of light blue appear on the dynamic patterns of the sleeves. The chest has a navy swoosh across from the club crest.
The Manchester City Women’s team of the Women’s Super League shares the same design as their male counterparts. The full kit is inspired by the 1937 and 1997-99 kits, with white shorts and navy socks with a light blue trim and City label, a tricolor appearance. Etihad Airways is the main sponsor, with Nexen Tires the sleeve sponsor for men and QNC for women.
Relative newcomers to the Premier League may assume Manchester City FC is a relatively new club, not least because its purchase by Abu Dhabi United Group in 2009 has turned it into one of the most rich and powerful in world soccer. But that masks the truth, that Manchester City is one of the oldest and most storied clubs anywhere in the game.
Founded as St. Mark’s (West Gorton) in 1880, the club was officially named Manchester City in 1894. In 1904, when the club won the FA Cup, ‘City’ became the first Manchester club to win a major trophy. In 1923, the club moved to their own dedicated stadium, Maine Road, and the structure quickly became a fortress for the home side.
City has long had a reputation for its committed fanbase, and that was on display in 1934, when a record 84,569 fans jammed into Maine Road for a sixth round FA Cup tie. Shortly after, in 1937, City won their first top-flight title. They would not win again for another forty years.
When City did win again, in 1968, it heralded perhaps their most successful period for the club. The Sky Blues won the FA Cup in 1969, then the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1970. Things quickly went fallow, however, and City were relegated by crosstown rivals Manchester United in 1974. That triggered a long drought punctuated by periods of success.
More recently, Manchester City has been a club reborn. On the brink of financial collapse in 2008, the Abu Dhabi United Group, led by Sheikh Mansour, announced the purchase of the club. During the summer of 2009, City went on a spending spree, splashing north of 100 million pounds and hiring Italian manager Roberto Mancini. In a flash, Manchester City were competing with the country’s best, reaching their first FA Cup final in 30 years in 2011 -- and winning it.
With the help of world-class players like Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany, City won two titles in three seasons and have solidified their place in the “Top 6” English clubs. Each summer sees them spend freely on some of the world’s best players, and with the backing of the UAE-based Abu Dhabi group, the sky is the limit for the Sky Blues.
The Manchester City FC home jersey has been the same famous sky blue since the bright dawn of the club, way back in 1894, and possibly even further back in time than that. But what of the jersey sponsors? They didn’t appear on the jersey until 1982, when many other English sides were adopting the jersey sponsorship practice. Let’s take a look at Manchester City’s jersey sponsors, through the years.
First Advice (2002-04)
Thomas Cook (2004-09)
Etihad Airways (2009-Present)
In its 137-year history, Manchester City has seen some giants of the game don the sky blue jersey. Here is our list of the best City players of all time, in no particular order:
Sergio Aguero – Manchester City FC Jersey #10
Colin Bell – Manchester City FC Jersey #8
David Silva – Manchester City FC Jersey #21
Yaya Toure – Manchester City FC Jersey #42
Bert Trautmann – Manchester City FC Jersey #1