Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour has bought the oldest surviving FA Cup trophy, won by the club in 1904.
It was the first trophy won by City – 116 years ago – when they beat Bolton Wanderers 1-0.
The trophy is now going to be loaned back to the National Football Museum, where it has been housed since 2005.
“This cup is a visible reminder of the rich and long history of English football,” said City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak.
“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.”
The 1904 success was regarded as a significant moment in turning Manchester as a city towards football rather than rugby, for which it was better known at the time.
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