Cardiff City F.C.


Cardiff City F.C.

Infobox Football club
clubname = Cardiff City FC


current = Cardiff City F.C. season 2008-09
fullname = Cardiff City Football Club
nickname = The Bluebirds
founded = 1899 (as "Riverside A.F.C.")
ground = Ninian Park
Cardiff
capacity = 22,008 (16,000 seated)
chairman = flagicon|ENG Peter Ridsdale
manager = flagicon|ENG Dave Jones
league = The Championship
season = 2007–08
position = The Championship, 12th
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Cardiff City Football Club ( _cy. Clwb Pêl-droed Dinas Caerdydd) is a football team based in Cardiff, Wales. Cardiff are currently playing in the Football League Championship. They play their home games at Ninian Park.

Cardiff are Rubbish. Cardiff City were founded in 1899 and are the only non-English side to have won any of the three major English competitions. They won the FA Cup in 1927, during a decade when they were one of the strongest sides in the English league, finishing runners-up in 1923/4 and also losing 1-0 to Sheffield United in the FA Cup Final of 1925. They have also been regular winners of the Welsh Cup, and as the winner of the Cup in 1966-67 gained entry to the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, reaching the semi-finals in 1967-68. [http://www.cardiffcityfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/HistoryDetail/0,,10335~61933,00.html] . They played in old Football League First Division periods of 1921-1929, 1952-1957 and 1960-1962.

Their history in recent years has been less successful but they have made some improvement in the last few seasons. In 1986, they were relegated to the Fourth Division, and over the next 14 years slipped into the league's basement division three times. In 1996 they were the league's third lowest placed team. However; a Football League Second Division playoff triumph in 2003 lifted them into the Football League First Division; and they are now just one promotion away from reaching the Premiership which would make them the first non-English team to do so. In 2008, they reached the final of the FA Cup for the third time before losing 1-0 to Portsmouth.

History

Foundation

Cardiff City was formed in 1899 by Bartley Wilson as a way of keeping players from the Riverside Cricket Club together and in shape during the winter months. Their first season saw them playing friendlies against local sides at their Sophia Gardens ground, but in 1900 they joined the Cardiff & District League for their first competitive season. In 1905 Cardiff was granted city status by King Edward VII and so the club put in a request to change their name to Cardiff City, but the request was turned down as they were deemed to be not playing at a high enough level. To combat this they arranged to join the South Wales Amateur League in 1907 and the following year they were granted permission to change the name of the club to Cardiff City.

Interest in the club began to rise but they were forced to turn down the opportunity to join the newly formed Southern League Second Division due to the lack of facilities at their Sophia Gardens ground. Over the next two years Cardiff welcomed many of Britain's top sides to Cardiff, including Middlesbrough, Bristol City and Crystal Palace, with the matches being played at various grounds in Cardiff and nearby towns. Encouraged by the support the club had received Bartley Wilson contacted Bute Estate, who owned large amounts of Cardiff at the time, in an attempt to find land suitable for building a stadium. They eventually agreed on an area of waste ground on Sloper Road. The land was a former rubbish tip and required extensive work to get a playable surface, but with the assistance of Cardiff Corporation and volunteers the work was completed. The ground was originally to be known as Sloper Park but was instead named after Lord Ninian Crichton-Stuart, who was a large force in helping the club getthe ground built, and became Ninian Park. The club made its first signing the following year with the accquisition of Jack Evans from Cwmparc.

With the new ground Cardiff joined the Southern League Second Division and Bartley Wilson was quick to hire the clubs first manager in Davy McDougall who became player-manager. Their first match was a 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa with new signing Evans scoring their only goal. They went on to finish in an impressive fourth place in their first year in the league. They stayed in the division for the next decade, apart from when the league was suspended due to the outbreak of World War One. [ [http://www.cardiffcityfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/ClubHistory/0,,10335~61928,00.html "The Foundations and early years"] Cardiffcityfc.co.uk Retrieved on 19 February, 2008]

Early glories

Cardiff are one of a handful of Welsh sides to play in the English football league system, rather than the Welsh system. The other teams are Swansea City, Wrexham, Newport County, Merthyr Tydfil and Colwyn Bay. Their most successful period so far was the 1920s in which they finished runners-up to Huddersfield Town F.C in 1924 in the old Football League First Division on Goal Average, followed by two FA Cup Finals in 1925 against Sheffield United and 1927 against Arsenal. The Final against Arsenal saw Cardiff become the only team to have taken the FA Cup out of England with a 1-0 victory over Arsenal. The final was also notable as it was the first to be broadcast to the nation by BBC Radio. Cardiff City and Swansea City are the only Welsh football clubs to have played at the highest level of English football. The last season they spent in the First Division was 1962.

Cardiff ended the 1914–15 season third in the Southern League table, before league football was suspended during the First World War. On the cessation of hostilities, Cardiff spent one final season in the Southern League, finishing fourth, before being invited to join the Football League Second Division as the strongest team in Wales, with the remaining Southern League clubs forming the new Football League Third Division.

On August 30, 1920, Cardiff City played their first Football League match at Ninian Park, when 25,000 supporters showed up to watch a scoreless draw with Clapton Orient. The first ever Football League victory for Cardiff City, at Ninian Park occurred only 5 days later, when Stockport County were beaten 3-0.

This early Cardiff City team showed more than enough class to match others in the League, and they were promoted to the top flight of English Football at the first attempt. In fact the Champions, Birmingham City only pipped Cardiff City to the title on Goal differential. The average gate for this season was a very impressive 29,000. They also had a great run in the FA Cup reaching the semi-final stage, where they went out to Wolverhampton Wanderers after a replay.

Cardiff City now found themselves in the top tier of the Football League (at this time known as the First Division). On January 21, 1922, Len Davies scored the Clubs' first ever top-flight hat-trick in a 6-3 win over Bradford City.Even though their first taste of top-flight football got off to a miserable start, recording only 3 points from the first 7 matches, Cardiff City's form improved fantastically and they eventually finished in fourth position.

1923-24 has proved to be the best ever in the league for Cardiff City. After a dramatic season in which themselves and Huddersfield Town tussled for the Championship title, Cardiff went in to the last game of the year, one point ahead of second placed Huddersfield.

Huddersfield eventually beat their opponents on the day, Nottingham Forest by a scoreline of 3-0, meaning for Cardiff City to lift their first ever league title they would have to overcome Birmingham City. With the scoreline deadlocked at 0-0, Cardiff City were awarded a penalty. Top scorer Len Davies took the spot kick, however missed form 12 yards and Birmingham City held out for a draw, meaning Cardiff would have to settle for 2nd spot on goal average. Although having scored 1 more goal than Huddersfield during the season, Cardiff also conceded 1 more meaning they had a worse scoring to conceding ratio of 1.794 compared with Huddersfield's 1.818 which eventually meant Huddersfield went on to be the First Division champions of the 1923/1924 season.

The following season was the first time Cardiff City appeared at Wembley Stadium (1925). In the first round of the FA Cup (then known as the English Cup) Cardiff City beat Darlington and this was then followed by a 1-0 home win against Fulham F.C. in round two. The Bluebirds then traveled to Meadow Lane in Round 3 where they defeated Notts County 2-0 before an epic Quarter Final tie between Leicester City almost dashed Cardiff hearts. With the scorelines locked at 1-1, Welsh international Willie Davies scored directly from a corner with the last kick of the game to send Cardiff through to the Semi-Finals against Blackburn Rovers. Cardiff City tore the Rovers defence apart and raced away with a 3-1 victory to set up a final against Sheffield United. After a dour final played out in front of 91,763 fans, the game was decided by an England International Fred Tunstall who scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory for Sheffield United.

The 1926-27 season was Cardiff's worst performance in the top tier of English Football since they had entered via promotion six seasons prior. They had a fairly miserable time in the league, by their high standards, finishing in 14th position.However the 1926-27 season did not go down in the history books as another year, in which Cardiff City ended it without a major trophy to show for their efforts.

Cardiff entered the competition in the 3rd round, where they met and defeated Aston Villa 2-1 at Ninian Park. Trips to Darlington and subsequently to Bolton Wanderers in the 4th and 5th rounds respectively, both finished with the same scorelines; 2-0 wins for Cardiff City.

In the Quarter-Finals, Cardiff met a youthful and promising side, in another away fixture, this time against Chelsea. A goalless draw was played at Stamford Bridge, in front of a massive 70,184 people. At the replay at Ninian Park another 47,854 people crammed in. Having led 2-0 thanks to goals by Sam Irving and Len Davies, Cardiff City allowed Chelsea to get back into the fixture, and soon after half-time the scores were once again level at 2-2. As the tie began to look destined for another draw, Hughie Ferguson netted the winning goal from the penalty spot. At the Semi-Final stage, Cardiff City met Reading at Molineux and Cardiff ended up as comfortable 3-0 victors.

The final

On St George's Day, April 23, 1927, Wembley Stadium, London; The FA Cup was taken out of England for the first and only time when Cardiff City beat Arsenal thanks to a goal by Cardiff City cult hero, Hughie Ferguson.

In the 74th minute, collecting a throw from the right, Ferguson hurried a tame shot toward the Arsenal goal. Dan Lewis, the Arsenal goalkeeper, appeared to collect the ball but, under pressure from the advancing Len Davies, clumsily allowed the ball to roll through his grasp; in a desperate attempt to retrieve the ball, Lewis only succeeded in knocking the ball with his elbow into his own net. [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/walesonair/database/facup.shtml BBC - Wales On Air - The 1927 FA Cup ] ] . Ernie Curtis, the 19 year old centre-wing said of the goal:

It is believed that this cup final, attracted one of the highest audiences ever, as it was the first to be broadcast by BBC Radio. Captain Fred Keenor received the FA Cup trophy from King George V only 7 years after Cardiff City had entered the Football League, and six seasons since they had been promoted to the top division.

Ferguson still features on the record books for Cardiff City, having scored five goals in the First Division fixture with Burnley on September 1, 1928 (his 32 goals in all competitions in 1926-27 stood until Robert Earnshaw overtook it in March 2003). He scored the first in the 2-1 victory over the Corinthians in the 1927-28 Charity Shield and his two goals won the Welsh Cup later that same season for Cardiff against Bangor; but despite a healthy return of 77 goals during his four seasons there his days at Ninian Park were numbered.

The next few years

That FA Cup Final win, was not the end of their cup exploits this season; as they also won the Welsh Cup defeating Rhyl FC by a scoreline of 2-0, and would go on to win the Charity Shield after beating the Corinthians 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.

The following season 1927/1928 once again resulted in a top flight, top 6 finish for Cardiff City. Having led the Championship for a brief spell during mid-season, their performances began to tail off, and they had to settle for 6th place.

In the 1928/1929 Season Cardiff City were relegated from the First Division of the Football League, despite conceding the least amount of goals of all teams in the division that year. However, this was only a sign of things to come for the Bluebirds, and after two seasons in the Second Division, they were once again relegated in 1931 into Division 3 South having played 42 league matches, and only managing to win 8. During this time in the lowest division of recognised League Football; Cardiff City were once again able to show some promise, and in fact they recorded their biggest ever win in the Football League, when they destroyed Thames A.F.C. by a scoreline of 9-2. Results however continued to be below what was expected by the City faithful, and therefore in May 1933, Fred Stewart resigned after 22 years in charge of the club.

Bartley Wilson was chosen to replace Fred Stewart; however the results continued to be extremely disappointing, and in March 1934, Ben Watts-Jones, was given the opportunity to manage the club he had supported as a youngster. However, he was unable to turn the clubs' fortunes around by the end of the season; meaning Cardiff City were forced to apply for re-election after finishing bottom of the division. Watts-Jones remained in charge for another three years until he was replaced by Bill Jennings, a former Welsh international who had been brought to the club originally as trainer four years previous.

To add to the club's woes, in January 1937 the centre stand at Ninian Park was destroyed by fire. However; this caused the fans and club members to pull together, in order to save the club. Suddenly, there were signs that the worst was over both on and off the field. The teams' results began to improve over the next two seasons, and in turn; this meant that more fans were coming to Ninian Park in order to see their beloved team's revival. The 1938-39 season saw the debut of a resourceful Winger who would be a prominent member of future City sides; Billy Baker, however a final league position of 13th in the division was not thought to be good enough by new chairman Herbert Merrett, and he appointed Cyril Spiers as secretary-manager to replace Jennings for the 1939-40 season. That season; Spiers set about changing the personnel, bringing in a number of new faces including Forward Trevor Morris from Ipswich and also young centre forward Wilfred Wooller, a Welsh Rugby union International who was also to captain Glamorgan at Cricket.
World War II caused the suspension of the Football League in September 1939; and this suspension continued until the 1947 Season. They crowned as champions of Division 3 South and returned to Second Division in 1946-47 season.

Following the return of the Football League Cardiff chairman Sir Herbert Merrett established close links with Torquay United after being a regular visitor to a hotel owned by the Torquay chairman. The arrangement saw any players Cardiff thought not good enough would be offered to Torquay and Cardiff would get first refusal on any players who were thought good enough to make it in higher leagues. A number of players joined Cardiff from Torquay, the most successful being goalkeeper Phil Joslin, winger Mike Tiddy and forward Tommy Northcott. However the relationship became sour after Cardiff allowed Harry Parfitt to join the Devon based side in the understanding they could have him back when required. In 1954 Cardiff offered £2500 to bring him back but Torquay demanded £5000. Despite the Torquay chairman willing to let him return to Cardiff for £2500 several members of the clubs board decided to block the move until a higher price was agreed. Cardiff eventually paid the £5000 asking price but subsequentley broke off ties with Torquay. [You scratch my back..." The Cardiff City Miscellany pg.32]

During the 1960s Cardiff began qualifying for European competition for the first time through the Welsh Cup. Their first ever match in European competition was in the European Cup Winners Cup during the 1964-65 season against Danish side Esbjerg fB, winning 1-0 on aggregate over the two legs, the only goal being scored by Peter King. They went on to reach the quarter-finals before being knocked out by Real Zaragoza. Despite their exploits in Europe, the club were still struggling in league competition under the stewardship of Jimmy Scoular, finishing in 20th position in Division Two. One high point at this time was the emergence of a 16-year old striker named John Toshack who would go on to become an important part of the team for several years, along with his strike partner Brian Clark, before a high profile switch to Liverpool.

Two years later the club would go on to reach the semi-final of the Cup Winners Cup, the furthest the club has ever gone in European competition. Wins over Shamrock Rovers, NAC Breda, and Torpedo Moscow set up a tie with German side Hamburg, whose squad contained a number of German internationals in the likes of Uwe Seeler. After a 1-1 draw in the first leg, just over 43,000 fans turned out at Ninian Park to watch Hamburg triumph with a 3-2 victory. Despite their defeat, the cup provided inspiration for the side and they managed to finish in a more stable 13th position, with their strike partnership of Clark and Toshack finishing the season with 39 goals between them. Defeats against FC Porto and Göztepe A.Ş. saw them knocked out in the opening rounds of the tournament during the next two seasons.

At the start of the 1970-71 season the club paid £35,000 to sign midfielder Ian Gibson from Coventry City to provide support for Clark and Toshack up front, but the strikeforce was broken up three months later when Toshack was sold to Liverpool for £110,000. The club paid £40,000 to bring Alan Warboys in from Sheffield Wednesday as a replacement but missed out on promotion by finishing third. Although the sale of Toshack did hamper the progress of the team, the club did manage to reach the quarter-finals of the Cup Winners Cup where they faced Spanish giants Real Madrid. The first leg of the tie was held at Ninian Park where 47,000 fans watched one of the most famous victories in the clubs history when Brian Clark headed in to give Cardiff a 1-0 win. Despite going out after losing the second leg 2-0 the result would still go down in the clubs history. [ [http://www.cardiffcityfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/ClubHistory/0,,10335~61933,00.html "The Scoular Years"] Cardiffcityfc.co.uk Retrieved on 2 September, 2008]

Since 1985

1985-2000: A barren era

Between 1985 and 1993, Cardiff were continuously in the lower two divisions of the league after being relegated to the Third Division. They relegated to Fourth Division once in 1985-86 season. They promoted to Third Division in as runner-ups in 1987-88 one. Two years later they dropped into twice the Fourth Division. Cardiff won the new Division Three championship in 1993 but were relegated two years later, and in 1996 finished in their lowest-ever league position - 22nd of 24 in Division Three, with only Scarborough F.C. and Torquay United below them. They did better the following season, finishing seventh (although they lost in the playoff semi finals), but suffered a setback and slipped into the bottom half of the table in 1998. They finished third in Division Three in 1999 and won automatic promotion to Division Two.

Cardiff struggled in Division Two throughout the 1999-2000 season and were relegated in 21st place. They finished Division Three runners-up the following season and have made impressive progress since then, helped by the investment of Lebanese businessman Sam Hammam.

Revival and promotion: 2000-2003

Having sold his interests in Wimbledon F.C., Sam Hammam purchased control of Cardiff City in August 2000, for a sum believed to be in the region of £11.5 million. Sam Hammam quickly picked up where he left off with the Crazy Gang. Shortly after taking over at Cardiff, Hammam controversially pledged to get the entire Welsh nation to support Cardiff by renaming the club "The Cardiff Celts" and changing the club colours to green, red and white. However, after lengthy talks with senior players and fans, Sam Hammam decided that the best policy was not to change the name of the club; however the club crest was redesigned. This new design incorporated the Cardiff City mascot "Bartley the Bluebird", in front of the Flag of Saint David; and featured the Club's nickname superimposed at the top of the crest.
Lennie Lawrence guided Cardiff to promotion via a Division Two playoff triumph in 2003 against Queens Park Rangers F.C. Cardiff City finished in 6th position and played Bristol City in the Division Two playoff semi-finals. On May 10th 2003; Cardiff City beat Bristol City 1-0 on aggregate, having won the match at Ninian Park 1-0 , and drawing the away leg 0-0 on 13 May 2003. Queens Park Rangers drew with Oldham Athletic away from home 1-1 on 10 May 2003, before claiming the advantage at Loftus Road on 14 May 2003; going through to the playoff final with a 2-1 aggregate victory.

On 25 May; the Millennium Stadium, in Cardiff, hosted one of the most unforgettable playoff finals in history. Both Cardiff City and Queens Park Rangers had been set up with defence minded formations. The game was comparatively scrappy with only occasional glimpses of class shown by both sides. However after a nerve-wracking final, substitute Andy Campbell came off the bench to guide Cardiff past Queens Park Rangers with a spectacular lob after 114 minutes of play.

The former Middlesbrough F.C. striker, who had replaced Robert Earnshaw in the second half, shrugged off Danny Shittu and then calmly lobbed Chris Day, the Queens Park Rangers Goalkeeper to ensure Cardiff returned to Division One after an 18-year absence. Chances had been few and far between in normal time, but as both sets of players tired, the game opened up in those nail-biting final 30 minutes. No more so than when Day made a superb one-handed save from a Spencer Prior header after Graham Kavanagh's in-swinging free-kick.

ince 2003: The Premiership dream

Cardiff City have remained at Championship level ever since. However, Lawrence was relieved of his duties to make way for David Jones in 2005.

The Bluebirds established themselves in Division One during 2003-04 season as they finished it off in an impressive 13th position. They struggled to a 16th position finish at the end of the 2004-05 campaign and saw renewed hope as they were impressive in the 2005–06 season with an eleventh position finish

The record transfer paid by Cardiff City for a player is £1.7 million to Stoke City for Peter Thorne in 2001. The previous record was £1 million for Graham Kavanagh, also from Stoke, set only a few weeks earlier. The club have also paid fees in excess of £1m for Defender Darren Purse from West Bromwich Albion, £950,000 for striker Andy Campbell from Middlesbrough and £850,000 for another striker, Alan Lee from Rotherham United.

The record transfer fee received is up to £5 million for Michael Chopra which activated a release clause in his contract. This transfer occurred on the 13th of July during the summer transfer market of 2007 - 2008 when he transferred to newly promoted Premiership side Sunderland A.F.C. In 2006 the club received £3 million for Cameron Jerome when he transferred to Birmingham City. Cardiff also received a similar amount for the sale of Welsh International striker Robert Earnshaw and a combined £3.5m fee from West Ham United for the services of Welsh International defenders Danny Gabbidon and James Collins.

After failing to get the new stadium plans agreed by Cardiff Council due to concerns over financial security in 2006, Hammam agreed to a £27 million takeover by a consortium led by new chairman Peter Ridsdale and including the lead developer of the new stadia Paul Guy. However, the takeover was in doubt until Friday 22 December, 2006 with the club in threat of administration until the consortium agreed to pay Hammam's company Rudgwick an extra £500,000 and £90,000 to Hammam's brother. Ex-Wales rugby captain Mike Hall said after the deal was completed: "That was money which would have been spent on players. But instead it's gone into Sam's pocket. It was the only way the deal was going to be done. I know people say he's a complex character, but at the end it was total greed and self-interest. It was amazing, but football is a murky world." [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/cardiff_city/6205951.stm BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Cardiff City | Hammam accused of Cardiff 'greed' ] ] In 2008 Cardiff made it to the FA Cup Final, where they lost to Premiership Portsmouth. They finished their Football League Championship campaign as 12th with 64 points in the 2007-2008 season.

They have started the 2008-2009 season well and the attendances are with in the region of 18,000 for the last season at Ninian Park.

Cardiff City had many fine players at their disposal at the start of the 21st century, including Robert Earnshaw, Jason Koumas, John Robinson, Graham Kavanagh, Darren Purse, Danny Gabbidon, Chris Gunter and Aaron Ramsey

New ownership

The new ownership has brought a degree of stability back to the club. After being £40 million in debt, most of which has been cleared, Cardiff City will hopefully be playing for years to come. Despite a promising start to the 2006 - 2007 season, when Cardiff were early season pace-setters, a miserable run of form towards the end of the season was responsible for causing Cardiff to plummet down the table; finally finishing with 64 points and 13th position.

The Cardiff City manager, Dave Jones promised a clear-out during the summer holidays, with around 17 players being shown the exit door, either by contract termination, transfer to another club or no contract extension. Although many may have considered Cardiff to be worthy promotion contenders, their lack of top-class training facilities, an over reliance on Michael Chopra and a small squad cost them dear.

The club added several big name signings in the likes of Robbie Fowler, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Trevor Sinclair for the 2007-08 season but a mediocre start to the season saw them hovering above the relegation zone by mid November, before they managed to pull themselves out of the possible relegation battle to become one of the form teams in the division by January as they sat on the brink of a play-off place, settling into a mid-table place by early March. The season was boosted by Cardiff reaching the semi-final of the FA Cup for the first time in 81 years after beating Middlesbrough 2-0 on 9 March, after coming through their semi-final against Barnsley with a 1-0 win at Wembley Stadium on April 6 with a goal from Joe Ledley, [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/fa_cup/7326118.stm Barnsley 0-1 Cardiff City(FA Cup Semi-final)] ] eventually lost 1-0 to Portsmouth in the final.

Throughout that season the club were involved in a court case with financial backers Langston over the repayment of a £31m loan taken out by former chairman Sam Hammam in 2004. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/cardiff_city/6948498.stm "Cardiff chief rejects debt claim"] BBC Sport Retrieved on 19 May, 2008] The Langston Corporation claimed that the club had broken its agreement with the company and began legal proceedings in order to force Cardiff to repay the loan back immidiatley. In March the two parties attended a meeting at the High Court as Langston sought a summary judgement meaning that the club would be forced to pay back the loan without a full trial, but the claim was rejected by the High Court judge. During the procedures the club told the High Court it believed that former chairman Hammam was behind the company. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/7290681.stm "Hammam named in Cardiff loan case"] BBC Retrieved on 19 May, 2008] Chairman Peter Ridsdale has called for talks with Langston in an attempt to prevent the case going to a full trial in the future. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/cardiff_city/7306324.stm "Ridsdale calls for Cardiff talks"] BBC Retrieved on 19 May, 2008]

Possible alternate route to European competition

In recent years, with Cardiff on the verge of a place in the Premiership, doubts have been cast on the opportunities for Welsh clubs playing in the Football League to qualify for European competitions. The FA had previously stated that they would not nominate Cardiff for a place in Europe should they earn one on the grounds that they don't have the option. However their words were contradicted by a UEFA spokesman saying that Cardiff could play in Europe as European countries are allowed to nominate teams even if they don't play within its boundaries, UEFA president Michel Platini later pledged his support to Cardiff should the FA refuse them entry to European competition, commenting: "If England don't do anything, we will." [cite news|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/cardiff_city/7292287.stm |title=Platini makes Cardiff FA cup vow |publisher=BBC Sport |date=2008-03-12 |accessdate=2008-03-12]

Following Platini's statement the FA announced that they would be reviewing their stance on the situation. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/cardiff_city/7294461.stm "FA to review Cardiff's UEFA case"] BBC Sport Retrieved on 18 March, 2008] UEFA also commented on the possibiltiy of the club being given a wild card entry into Europe, [cite news|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/c/cardiff_city/7294461.stm |title= Uefa offers Cardiff Euro lifeline |publisher=BBC Sport |date=2008-04-07 |accessdate=2008-04-07] but the FA eventually backed down from their previous statement and confirmed that it would allow the club to play in Europe should they win the FA Cup final. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/cardiff_city/7350681.stm "FA approves Cardiff for UEFA cup"] BBC Sport Retrieved on 25 April, 2008] However, Cardiff lost the FA Cup final 1-0 against Portsmouth.

Rivalry

Cardiff City's most significant rivalry over the last 25 years was with neighbours Newport County and Swansea City; though traditionally there is also plenty of ill-feeling between the club's supporters and followers of Bristol City, known as the Severnside Derby, (and Bristol Rovers to a lesser extent). In April 2006 relationships between Cardiff City supporters and Swansea City supporters were not helped after Swansea won the Football League Trophy final against Carlisle United 2-1 in the Millennium Stadium Cardiff. During their celebrations, Lee Trundle and Alan Tate brandished a Welsh flag with an anti-Cardiff obscenity written on it in huge black writing. As well as carrying the flag, Trundle was also seen wearing a T-shirt with an image of a Swansea City player urinating on a Cardiff City shirt. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/cardiff_city/4873644.stm BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Cardiff City | Swansea insults disappoint Hammam ] ] The Football Association of Wales (FAW) said the images paraded at the match, which took place at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on 2 April, were "of an extremely offensive and insulting nature and such behaviour is totally unacceptable". After committing these deeds the two players in question were arrested by the Police on suspicion of section four public order offences, fined £2,000, and handed one match suspensions. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/swansea_city/4871362.stm BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Swansea City | Swans pair arrested over insults ] ] Lee Trundle now plays for Cardiff's Severnside rivals Bristol City.

Over several previous meetings between Cardiff City and Wolverhampton Wanderers fighting has broken out between the two sets of supporters resulting in 17 arrests during one meeting last season. This has led to the most recent meeting between the two sides 20/01/07, being moved forward to 1.00pm with no Cardiff City fans allowed to attend the match. This decision, which was taken by Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club Chairman, Jez Moxey and was met with widespread criticism from many supporter groups throughout the UK, including the FSF (Football Supporters' Federation) [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/6216229.stm BBC NEWS | Wales | Call for Cardiff fans' ban U-turn ] ] A peaceful protest, organised by the FSF, took place in Wolverhampton on the day of the game and was attended by fans of many clubs who wished to show their opposition to such a ban. An FSF statement read: "We are appealing to all football supporters who can make it to be there to show their opposition to all away fan bans. It could be your club next. Time to reclaim the game!" [http://cardiffcity.rivals.net/default.asp?sid=927&p=2&stid=8434448]

Stadium plans

Cardiff City are currently in the process of building a new state of the art 26,500 seater stadium on the site of the now demolished old Cardiff Athletics Stadium. The project also includes a retail park and requires the rebuilding of the athletics stadium, to be known as Cardiff International Sports Stadium on the opposite side of Leckwith Road in Cardiff.

The plan requires the demolition of the Cardiff Athletics Stadium, which the council are insisting the replacement of is built before the start of construction on the new football stadium. This will avoid the city being without a major athletics facility for up to 11 months between the demolition of the old stadium and the building of a new athletics facility nearby. But developers have said that the main infrastructure work including highway improvements, drainage, gas supply and electricity cables can be carried out in a way that will allow Leckwith to remain open until July 2007.

Work began on the new Cardiff International Sports Stadium in January 2007. Cardiff City F.C.'s stadium is due to open in September 2009.

On September 20, 2007 it was announced that the Cardiff Blues rugby union club are to leave their Cardiff Arms Park home to become tenants of Cardiff City F.C. at the new Leckwith stadium. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/wales/7002590.stm BBC SPORT | Wales | Cardiff teams agree ground share ] ]

Club Logo History

*2007-08 Crest

*2008-09 Crest

The club crest featuring a daffodil and dragon was resurrected for the 2008/2009 season and onwards after being selected by a fan vote organised to decide the clubs badge and style of kit for their final season at Ninian Park.

Backroom staff

As of 16 April, 2008 [ [http://www.cardiffcityfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/Management/0,,10335~420056,00.html "Cardiff city fc management"] Cardiffcityfc.co.uk Retrieved on 16 April, 2008]

* Manager: Dave Jones
* Assistant manager: Terry Burton
* Reserve team manager: Paul Wilkinson
* Club doctor: Dr Leonard Noakes
* Club physio: Sean Connelly
* Fitness coach: Alex Armstrong
* Goalkeeping coach: Martyn Margetson
* Kit Manager: Ian Lanning
* Performance Analyst: Enda Barron
* Masseur: Steffan Burnett

Current squad

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Out on loan

Notable former players

Former managers

*Record Attendance: 62,634. Wales vs. England. October 17 1959
*Club Record Attendance: 57,893. vs. Arsenal
*Year Formed: 1899 (as Riverside F. C.)
*Previous Names: 1899 Riverside F. C.; 1902 Riverside Albion; 1908 Cardiff City
*Previous Grounds: Riverside, Sophia Gardens, Old Park and Fir Gardens until 1910

Honours

*English F.A. Cup winners 1927
*English F.A. Cup runners-up 1925, 2008
*English F.A. Cup semi-finalists 1921
*FA Charity Shield Winners 1927
*Second Division Runners-up 1921, 1952, 1960
*Third Division South Champions 1947
*Third Division Champions 1993
*Third Division Runners-up 1976, 1983
*Fourth Division Runners-up 1988
*Welsh FA Cup Winners 1912, 1920, 1922, 1923, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1956, 1959, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1988, 1992, 1993
*FAW Premier Cup Winners 2002
*Division Two Play-Off Winners 2003
*FAW Invitation Cup Runners-up 1998

Minor Honours

*Centenary Cup 1999 - beat Shamrock Rovers 5-0 at Ninian Park.
*Algarve Challenge Cup 2008 - finished top of a four-club group ahead of Vitória de Guimarães, Celtic and Middlesbrough.
*VansDirect Cup 2008 (shared winners) - drew 0-0 with AFC Ajax at Ninian Park.

Notable fans

*James Fox - Singer, wrote and recorded the official Cardiff City Football club single for the 2008 FA cup final 'Bluebirds Flying High.' [ [http://www.cardiffcityfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10335~1284740,00.html OFFICIAL SONG RELEASED | Cardiff City | News | Club News | Club News ] ]
*Stanley Baker - actor
*Jeremy Bowen - BBC News presenter
*Neil Kinnock - ex-Labour Party leader
*David Sullivan - porn baron and current chairman of Birmingham City
*David Davies - swimmer who won Bronze in 2004 Olympics & Silver in 2008 Olympics
*Super Furry Animals - rock band
*Gareth Thomas - Welsh rugby player
*Stuart Cable - ex-Stereophonics drummer
*Matthew Pritchard - member of Dirty Sanchez
*Dannie Abse - Cardiff-born poet
*Ken Follett - Cardiff-born novelist
*Roald Dahl - deceased writer
*Ryan Giggs - Manchester United and former Wales International captain
*Charlotte Church - Welsh pop singer and television presenter, current partner of Gavin Henson
*Frank Hennessy - Welsh folk singer and Radio Wales DJ
*Andy Fairweather-Low - Musician
*Gavin Williams - footballer currently playing for Bristol City
*Arron Davies - footballer currently playing for Nottingham Forest
*Geraint Williams - current manager of Colchester United
*Joe Calzaghe - Undefeated Super Middleweight boxing champion, who wore a Cardiff shirt during the weigh-in prior to his bout against Bernard Hopkins
*Tony Pulis - current manager of Stoke City

Sources

*Born Under a Grange End Star: David Collins ISBN 1-85058-787-6
*The Definitive Cardiff City FC 1910/2001: Richard Shepherd ISBN 1-899468-17-X
*C'mon City! A Hundred Years of the Bluebirds Graham Lloyd ISBN 1-85411-271-6

References

External links

* [http://www.cardiffcityfc.co.uk Cardiff City F.C. Official website]
* [http://www.bluebirds-shop.co.uk/ Official Online-shop]
* [http://www.cardiffcityprints.co.uk Cardiff City F.C. Official Picture Website]
* [http://www.ninianpark.com/fans Cardiff City F.C. Official Forum]
*BBC Football Info|BBClinkname=c/cardiff_city
* [http://www.gtj.org.uk/en/item10/32142 A collection of items relating to Cardiff City Football Club's historic victory against Arsenal in the 1927 FA Cup]
* [http://www.fchd.info/CARDIFFC.HTM Cardiff City stats]

Fansites

* [http://www.ninianpark.com/fans Cardiff City Official Fansite]
* [http://www.cardiff.vitalfootball.co.uk VitalCardiff Fans Discussion & News Site]
* [http://www.valleyrams.co.uk Valley RAMS]
* [http://www.bluebirdsdownunder.com/index.asp Bluebirds DownUnder - Australasian Supporters Club]
* [http://www.urban75.org/cardiff Photos, Reports and Games Previewd at Urban75's CCFC site]
* [http://www.urban75.org/comics Bluebird Jones, Comic Strip Celebrating Life as a Cardiff City fan]
* [http://www.ccfcsleepinggiant.com CCFC Sleeping Giant]
* [http://www.sportnetwork.net/main/s120 Bluebird to the Bone]
* [http://www.ccfc1927.com CCFC 1927]
* [http://www.cardiffcityfcyears.com Cardiff City FC Site]
* [http://www.cardiffcity.com Cardiff City Online]
* [http://cardiff-city.blogspot.com Cardiff City, Clarks Pie and Curry - It's all about Football]
* [http://www.bluebirdsfans.co.uk BluebirdsFans.co.uk! For the fans, written by the fans]
* [http://www.cardiffnorway.com Cardiff City Supporters of Norway]


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