Manchester City played for the first time in 1899 at the top level of the Football League and won in 1904 with the FA Cup its first major honor. Manchester City Live Stream , the League Cup and the Cup of the winners of the European Cup, led by Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison. After losing the final of the FA Cup in 1981, the club experienced a period of decline that fell on the third tier of English football in 1998 for the only time in English football history.