Manchester United : An Introduction
One of the leading football clubs of the world, Manchester United (ManUnited as the fans call it) was founded in 1878 by workers of the Lancashire railway company. Originally known as the Newton Heath LYR Football Club in 1878, the club changed its name to Manchester United in 1902 and moved to Old Trafford in 1910. The club did not start too well, both professionally and financially. Professional Struggle : They started by playing games against other departments and rail companies, but in 1880, moved to play their first recorded match against Bolton Wnaderers. They went on to lose that match 6-0. After starting to play in the club season from 1892-93 in the First Division, the club was relegated to the Second Division in after 2 seasons. Financial Struggle : In January 1902, with debts of £2,670 – equivalent to £250,000 as of 2013 – the club was served with a winding-up order and nearly went bankrupt, and had to be saved by a last minute intervention of a local businessman that kept the club alive. Four local businessmen, each invested £500 in return for a direct interest in running the club, attaining direct interest and thus the club was born. The club, thereafter, staged a fight-back, making it again to the First Division and actually winning it twice in 10 years, 1908 and 1911. The club followed a topsy-turvy ride until the Second World War, seeing highs of the title winners and facing lows of relegation. The history of the club is full of successes, especially in the 1950’s, the 1960’s and the 1990’s. The club over the years had some exceptional managers in the form of Matt Busby and Alex Charles Ferguson. Busby led the team to second-place league finishes in 1947, 1948 and 1949, and to FA Cup victory in 1948. In 1952, the club won the First Division, its first league title for 41 years. Under Alex Ferguson, the club reached new highs. Sir Alex Ferguson won 25 major honors, and 38 in total, from November 1986 to May...
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