Vital Football

Latest Manchester City News

From The Humblest Beginnings

From The Humblest Beginnings


VMC member, mcfcirish sent us the following.

Manchester City, as the worlds media will tell you are now the worlds richest club. However, every story must have a beginning and our beloved club may not have got off the ground had it not been for a humble rector's daughter from Mallow, County Cork.

The rector in question, a man by the name of Arthur Cornell was born in 1821. Some time in his mid teenage years he decided that his life's work would be devoted to the man upstairs - spreading his word and helping those less fortunate than himself. He was based in Clones, Co.Monaghan. In 1861 he fathered a daughter, Anna. Anna would go on to earn her footnote in history as the only woman to be seriously involved in the founding of a football club.

Anna was 14 when she, her father and mother were sent to West Gorten, to a Batpist church called St. Marks. That area of the city was, to quote a newspaper clipping at the time 'an area of tremendous depravation'. Anna was originally involved in the setting up of a soup kitchen which was set up to distract the local men from resorting to violence.

After a while Anna realised that soup alone could not keep the locals from, as we say here in Ireland 'knocking the seven shades of shite' out of each other. So, in an effort to offer help she held a series of meetings and eventually she got some of the soup kitchen regulars involved in St.Marks cricket team. Her good work did not go un-noticed. It was a great source of encouragement to see how Miss Cornell took up her movement, no man could have done better. Fine words indeed coming from the Archdeacon of Manchester, after attending one of Anna's meetings.

Although City historians argue about whether the cricket team pre-dated Anna's arrival, there's no doubting her role in setting up of St.Marks Football club. The said club came into being in the winter of 1880, founded by three members, Anna and two male workers at her fathers church. Over the next decade, St.Marks became, Gorton, Ardwic and then in 1894 they decided on a name that still stands today, Manchester City FC.

A inclusive name deliberately chosen to give all Manchunians, regardless of social status a team to cheer for. By 1899, when City won its first major honour, Anna had moved out of Manchester - her father had been taken sick and the whole family moved to Southport. When Arthur died his body was taken back to Manchester and his photograph now appears in City's club history.

Anna herself passed away in 1924 and although her contribution to the giant that is now Manchester City FC, her role has not been forgotten by the club hence City have named an annual award for off-field activities in her honour.

So there you have it, one persons small contribution DOES make all the difference. Anna and her father, Arthur may not be familiar to most City fans, but without them, MCFC's founding may never have happened.

Bookmark and Share





Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:mcfcirish
Date:Wednesday November 11 2009
Time: 10:15PM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Conor Benn Wins on Points

Comments

0
Great piece, pal - I read about her a long time ago, and I will be forever in her debt.
BlueWolfie
13/11/2009 19:20:00
0
thanks wolfie,suprised the article came out as well as it did,i wrote the final draft of it at around half eleven at night!
mcfcirish
13/11/2009 21:13:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester City Articles

Johnny On the Spot - Swansea City 1 Manchester City 3

Two tests imminent...

The Ped Report Swansea City 1-3 City

Swan Ride for City..Eventually

Manchester City Women Could Clinch League Title Today

Manchester City Women need just a point from their match against Chelsea Ladies later this afternoon to lift the FA WSL trophy for the very first time.

Stats: Swansea City v Manchester City

All the stats from Swansea City (1) vs (3) Manchester City, The Liberty Stadium, 24/9/16 15h00 BST Att: 20,786

Archived VMC Articles

VMC articles from

Site Journalists

Tudor (VMC Editor)
Editor email
Profile
Johnny Baguette
no email
Profile
Pedmachine
no email
Profile
Skoorb
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Your Favourite Goal From Win Number 10 @ Swansea?
Suggested By: Shaun Gloater
Aguero 951%
Aguero 6512%
Sterling 7737%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 6 6 0 0 18 13
2 Spurs 6 4 2 0 14 7
3 Arsenal 6 4 1 1 13 8
4 Liverpool 6 4 1 1 13 7
5 Everton 6 4 1 1 13 6
6 Man Utd 6 4 0 2 12 5
7 Crystal Palace 6 3 1 2 10 3
8 Chelsea 6 3 1 2 10 1
9 Southampton 6 2 2 2 8 1
10 WBA 6 2 2 2 8 1
11 Watford 5 2 1 2 7 1
12 Leicester City 6 2 1 3 7 -3
13 Hull City 6 2 1 3 7 -5
14 AFC Bournemouth 6 2 1 3 7 -5
15 Middlesbrough 6 1 2 3 5 -3
16 Swansea 6 1 1 4 4 -5
17 Burnley 5 1 1 3 4 -5
18 West Ham 6 1 0 5 3 -9
19 Stoke 6 0 2 4 2 -11
20 Sunderland 6 0 1 5 1 -7
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Manchester City Results (view all)

Manchester City Fixtures (view all)

Oct 2 2016 2:15PM : Tottenham Hotspur (a)
Barclays Premier League
Oct 15 2016 3:00PM : Everton (H)
Barclays Premier League
Oct 23 2016 1:30PM : Southampton (H)
Barclays Premier League
Oct 26 2016 8:00PM : Manchester United (a)
Capital One Cup
Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : West Bromwich Albion (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 5 2016 3:00PM : Middlesbrough (H)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Buzz Lightyear477
2.Johnny Baguette359
3.Skoorb313
4.Rising161
5.Tudor133
6.Bluedub130
7.Colin Is The King105
8.citizhun94
9.johnkelv60
10.kennyclementstache56