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Banner removed after City success

The famous banner hanging from the Stretford End of Old Trafford showing the number of years since Manchester City last won a trophy has been removed.

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The "ticker'' had reached 35 prior to City's 1-0 FA Cup final win over Stoke at Wembley but there had been some confusion about whether it would remain, even after the Blues' weekend triumph.

It had been suggested it would be wound on to 43 to mark the last time City won the league title, or even stay at 35 as the Eastlands outfit had "bought'' their trophy.

That always seemed a far-fetched notion and there are plenty at Old Trafford who felt the banner should simply be "retired''.

And the banner has now been taken down, although it is not known what replacement will be in place prior to Sunday's final Premier League game against Blackpool.

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