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It was in 1899 that members of the Riverside Cricket Club in Cardiff formed a football section. A year later they joined the Cardiff and District League before joining the South Wales Amateur League in 1907 and changing their name to Cardiff City. In 1910 the club moved into a stadium at Ninian Park, turned professional and were admitted to the Southern League’s Second Division.
After winning promotion three years later, Cardiff joined the Football League’s Second Division in 1920 and won promotion at their first attempt. There then followed probably the club’s best years: in 1924 they were denied the League Championship on goal average and the following season reached the FA Cup Final only to lose to Sheffield United ( 0- 1). In 1927 they became the only club to take the FA Cup out of England after beating Arsenal by the only goal in the final. However, Cardiff’s demise was swift and in 1933- 34 they suffered the humiliation of finishing bottom of the Third Division South.
Happily, by 1952 the “Bluebirds” were back in the First Division and spent seven of the next 10 seasons in the top flight. However, after relegation in 1962 it would be over 50 years before they enjoyed life at this level again, this being for one season only in the Premier League ( 2013- 14).
Cardiff reached the semi- finals of the European Cup Winners Cup in 1967- 68, and were defeated by Portsmouth in the 2008 FA Cup Final by one goal to nil.
Cardiff City ( 1927) Back row ( players only): J. W. Thirlaway, J. Nelson, L. Davies, T. Farquharson, T. Sloan, T. Watson, E. Curtis. Front row W. Hardy, H. Ferguson, F. Keenor, S. Irving, T. Pirie, G. McLachlan.