Facts and Figures You May Not Have Known, Pt. 1: Manchester City

True BlueCorrespondent IJanuary 12, 2009

I am consistently vexed by the lack of knowledge (that is fact based understanding of a subject matter for those not sure) when it comes to sports reporting.

In truth, I blame the lack of imagination on a journalistic press that has been working to the same script for years, utilizing an ever decreasing amount of journalistic ability.

But I had better stop before I go into full rant mode.

In any case, I hope you find the following facts about Manchester City interesting, and please feel free to add your own.

Maine Road, Manchester City's home from 1923-2003 was an 80,000 capacity stadium and the country's largest club ground. The only stadium larger was Wembley.

Maine Road holds the attendance record of 84,569 for any game other than Wembley, a record that is unlikely to be broken.

At its peak, the capacity of Maine Road was officially 88,000

The drop from a capacity of 88,000 to 31,000 is the greatest reduction in capacity for any club.

Maine Road also boasted the largest playing surface in the country.

The ground share between City and United created a unique period as Maine Road had more paying customers in a season than any other venue in any sport. Again, a record that it is unlikely to be bettered.

Manchester United paid City £5,000 per year for the use of the stadium (plus a share of gate receipts), which is probably the best investment United ever made and the worst decision City ever made?!

Manchester City were the first club to be brought low by a financial scandal and had 17 players suspended and forcibly sold for low fees in 1906. Valuable City player and Captain, Billy Meredith signed for Manchester United FC.

City were once relegated whilst defending their title. They did so whilst scoring more goals than any other club.

City were the first team to have won a European trophy and subsequently play in the third tier of their league.

City were also the first club to hold three trophies in a single season.

City have provided five keepers for the English national side.

City fans have been Voted the Most loyal fans in the English Premiership by the BFFA (British Football Fans Association).

Contrary to common belief, Manchester City have only twice held the British transfer record, once for Steve Daley and latterly, Robinho.

Manchester City are likely to be the first team to win four trophies in a single season: Premiership, League Cup, FA Cup and Champions League—scheduled for the 2011 season.