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CLAIMS TO FAME CARDIFF CITY

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1 CLEAN LIVING

Cardiff won the 1927 FA Cup and remain the only non- English club to do so. Hughie Ferguson was the hero in a 1- 0 defeat of Arsenal, though the last touch came off Gunners gloveman Dan Lewis, who blamed his slippery new woollen jersey. The error inspired a lasting Arsenal tradition of washing their keepers’ kits before every game.

2 REAL RATTLED

The Welsh Cup offered a handy route into the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1971 – leading to victory over Real Madrid in their quarter- final first leg, as Brian Clark’s goal saw off Miguel Munoz’s giants at Ninian Park. They lost the return 2- 0, but hey: still sounds good 50 years on.

3 IRANIAN INFLUENCE

Cardiff fans regularly implore their players to ‘ do the Ayatollah’, a celebratio­n of head- patting with both hands. The curious greeting first came to Ninian in 1990 and allegedly owes its roots to Welsh band U Thant, who were inspired by grievers doing it at the funeral of 1979 Iranian Revolution leader Ayatollah Khomeini. Obviously.

4 EARNIE’S ACCOLADE

Robert Earnshaw bagged 109 goals in 227 games for City, putting him third on the club’s all- time top scorers list. Earnie is also the only man to have netted a hat- trick in all three Football League divisions, the League Cup and FA Cup ( each for Cardiff), as well as the Premier League and for Wales. Busy boy.

5 RUDY AWAKENING

Cardiff are responsibl­e for bringing Rudy Gestede to English football from Metz in 2011… then crushing his hopes. The striker has only ever played three seasons in the Premier League, all of which have ended in relegation: first with the Bluebirds ( 2013- 14, though he was quickly sent on loan), before two doomed spells at Aston Villa ( 2015- 16) and Middlesbro­ugh ( 2016- 17). Give the guy a break.

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