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Manchester is a very large city in the north west of England.  For many of us, it is famous for football, and as well as two very large clubs, it is also home to the National Football Museum.  There are also many other big art galleries and museums in Manchester.


The city is a large industrial and financial centre.  Over the last thirty years there has been significant redevelopment of old industrial areas, with many tall buildings rising above the city and many new homes being built around the waterfront.

Manchester is a large city, with many large towns and smaller cities that surround it, creating a large metropolitan area*.  

Football clubs in and around Manchester and the average crowd size:

Manchester United    72, 726 (largest in England)

Manchester City     54,391 (5th in England)

Burnley  20,260

Blackburn Rovers  13,873

Preston North End  13,579

Bolton Wanderers  15,511

Rochdale  3,632

Oldham Athletic   3,466

Salford City    2,997

Bury - went out of business last year


*A metropolitan area can cover many miles, with separate cities and towns that consider themselves to be linked.  In our area, the metropolitan area of Bristol is often counted to include the surrounding towns such as Weston-Super-Mare, Portishead, Yate, Clevedon, and so on, as well as Bristol.  It often also includes the city of Bath.  In the United States, the reason that some cities are so large is because they cover huge areas that we would consider to be separate places.