Founded in 1899,
Cardiff City FC has a long and colourful history during
which the club has won its fair share of cups and titles.
In 1927 City, known affectionately in the Welsh capital
as the Bluebirds, became the only club
outside England to win the FA Cup after being runners-up
in 1925 and semi-finalists in 1921.
Although the club has never had the honour of lifting
the European Cup Winners’ Cup they
have plenty of experience playing in Europe during the
1960s, 70s and 90s.
In addition to this the team has won the Welsh
Cup a staggering 22 times and the Charity
Shield once in 1927.
But it’s in the league competitions where Cardiff
City has excelled, being Division One runners-up in the
1923/4 season, Division Two runners-up in 1920/1, 1951/2
and 1959/60, and Division Three champions in 1992/3.
These days the club plays in the newly created Coca
Cola Championship and is expected to do well
in the next season.
The club is based at Ninian Park [map] in Cardiff and the current team manager is Lennie Lawrence,
a firm favourite with the 20,000 supporters who pack into
the stadium for home matches.
Over the years Cardiff has been home to many first class
footballers but it’s the ones who score goals that
most fans remember, such as Stan Richards who scored
30 goals in the 1946/7 season – the most goals one
player has ever scored in a season at Ninian Park.
And the hero of the 1920s was Len Davies,
who notched up no less than 128 goals in the league between
1920 and 1931. This is a record still yet to be beaten
at Cardiff City FC.
If you’re hoping to see some football during in your stay in Cardiff we’re sure you won’t be disappointed. With a Coca Cola Championship club, the fantastic Millennium Stadium and plenty of public pitches, the Welsh capital has a lot to offer football fans.
If you want to see Cardiff City FC in action then you’ll need to head down to their stadium at Ninian Park [map] when there is a home match on. The club plays in the newly created Coca Cola Championship (previously Nationwide League Division One) so you could get to see them play the likes of Leeds United and Leicester City.
There is a shop at Ninian Park where you can buy Cardiff City replica football shirts and other team merchandise. You can also pick up a football shirt from one of the many sports shops, such as JJB Sports, in the city centre shopping area.
For those of you who want to see some international football then the Millennium Stadium – which has the first retractable roof in the UK – is the perfect venue for you.
As well as being home to the Welsh Rugby Union team and the Welsh football team, the 74,500 seater stadium has also played host to a number of FIFA World Cup qualifiers and FA Cup finals while the new Wembley stadium is built in London.