Fa­mous Names in Foot­ball

Evergreen - - Contents - Alan Robin­son

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.

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