Cardiff City FC is based in Wales and was first started in 1899. It takes part in the Championship and it holds the distinction of being the only team from outside of England to have won the FA Cup. Its nickname is ‘The Bluebirds’ and the games take place at Cardiff City Stadium. The main rivals for the team include Swansea City and Bristol City.
History of Cardiff City FC
Cardiff City was founded in 1899 and was called Riverside AFC. The reason for starting the club was to keep local cricket players in shape during the offseason. It was in 1900 that the team joined the Cardiff and District League.
It was in 1908 that the club was renamed as Cardiff City after being part of the South Wales Amateur League for a season. It was in 1910 that the team’s new stadium opened and was called Ninian Park. This was the same year that the club went professional and it became a part of the Southern Football League Second Division.
Soon after they got promoted to the First Division and stayed there for about a decade. It was in 1927 that Cardiff City was victorious in the FA Cup final, being the first and only team not from England to win the competition. This was just seven years after the team had entered the league. The homecoming saw 150,000 people line the streets of Cardiff. In the next couple of decades, the team began to decline and got relegated.
It was in 1952/1953 that the team got back to top-flight football for the first time in 23 years. It was in the 1960s that Cardiff City started to take part in some European competitions. For many years in the 1980s and 1990s, the team went around the lower divisions, even nearly getting relegated to Division Four at one stage.
It was in 1995 that Cardiff City was banned from taking part in the Welsh Cup as UEFA didn’t want the team to be playing in two national cup competitions.
New owners took control of the club in 2000 and they attempted to change the name but were met with resistance. There were financial issues for some years, with the plan to build a new stadium not getting approval due to these concerns. It was in 2008 that Cardiff City got back to the final of the FA Cup but lost in the final to Portsmouth.
It was in 2012/2013 that the club won the Championship and made it to the Premier League for the first time in the club's history and the first time it was playing top tier football in 52 years. The team was relegated instantly. The team made it back to the Premier League after the 2017/2018 season before getting relegated again.
Cardiff is a large area and this leads to its decently sized supporter base. Only Newport County and Swansea City are the other teams in South Wales. National identity has always been important for Cardiff City as it is competing in a mostly English league.
The average attendance for Cardiff City games at home in a season is about 20,000. Naturally, this rises when the team is in the Premier League. Cardiff City Stadium was constructed and opened in 2009. It holds almost 27,000 people and cost £48 million to build.
The best finish that Cardiff City has had in a premier division of football is second place in the 1923/1924 season. It has won the title of the second tier, third tier and fourth tier one time each. It has also won the FA Cup on a single occasion, winning the FA Charity Shield in 1927. Its best finish in the League Cup is runner-up in 2011/2012.
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