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Cardiff City Football Club is a professional association football club based in the city of Cardiff, Wales, that competes in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league. Founded in 1899 as Riverside AFC, the club changed its name to Cardiff City in 1908.

They are the only club from outside England to have won the FA Cup, doing so in 1927. The team's longest period in the top-tier of English football came between 1921 and 1929 and they have spent nine seasons in the top-flight since this period.

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When Riverside A.F.C. was formed in 1899, the club used a chocolate-brown and amber checkered shirt. Following the club's name change to Cardiff City 1908, they adopted a blue shirt and white or blue shorts and socks, although for the first nine years black socks were used. Kit changes over the club's history have included all blue kits, the introduction of a yellow vertical stripe during the 1970s and alternating blue stripes.

In 2012, Cardiff controversially changed their home kit colours from the traditional blue, white and yellow to red and black, the first time the club had not worn blue as its primary colour since 1910.
On 9 January 2015, after three seasons playing in the red kit, the club reverted their home kit back to blue with a red away kit in a bid to "unite" the club.


From 1908 Cardiff played in unadorned shirts. This changed in 1959, when they played in shirts with a simple crest featuring an image of a bluebird. The following season their shirts were featureless, and remained so until 1965, when they played in shirts with the word "Bluebirds" embroidered.

A new crest, similar to the one previously used and again featuring a bluebird, was introduced in 1969. Variations on this crest remained until the 1980s, when extra features including words and additional motifs were added. A major change was made in 2012, when owner Vincent Tan attempted to rebrand the club in order to expand the club's appeal outside Wales.

This change gave large prominence to the Welsh Dragon, reducing the bluebird to a minor feature. In March 2015, Cardiff announced a new crest which would predominantly feature the Bluebird once again with an oriental dragon replacing the standard Welsh dragon.

Cardiff City's most significant rivalry is with nearby neighbours Swansea City, known as the South Wales derby, with the two sides having played each other over 100 times in all competitions

  • Second Division/First Division/Championship: 2012–13
  • Third Division (South)/Third Division/Second Division/League One: 1946–47 (South). Play-off Winners: 2003
  • Fourth Division/Third Division/League Two: 1992–93
  • FA Cup: – 1927
  • FA Charity Shield: – 1927
  • Southern Football League Second Division: – 1912–13
  • Welsh Cup: – 1912, 1920, 1922, 1923, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1956, 1959, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1988, 1992, 1993
  • FAW Premier Cup: – 2002
  • The record for the most appearances in all competitions is currently held by Billy Hardy who appeared in 590 matches for the club between 1911 and 1932, including in the Southern Football League.
  • Phil Dwyer has made the most appearances in the Football League era, having played in 575 matches.
  • Len Davies is the club's top goal scorer with 179 goals in all competitions. Seven other players, Peter King, Robert Earnshaw, Brian Clark, Carl Dale, Derek Tapscott, Jimmy Gill and John Toshack have also scored 100 or more goals for the club.
  • Jack Evans became the first Cardiff City player to win an international cap on 13 April 1912 when he represented Wales in a 3–2 defeat to Ireland.
  • The player who has won the most caps as a Cardiff player is Alf Sherwood who won 39 caps for Wales during his spell with the club.
  • The highest transfer fee that the club has paid for a player is £9.5 million for Gary Medel in 2013 from Spanish side Sevilla.
  • A year later, Medel became the most expensive player sold by the club when he joined Inter Milan for £10 million.
  • Cardiff's largest victory was a 16–0 victory over Knighton Town in the fifth round of the Welsh Cup in 1962.
  • Their biggest league victory was a 9–2 victory over Thames on 6 February 1932 and their biggest FA Cup victory was an 8–0 victory over Enfield on 28 November 1931.
  • Frederick Charles Keenor (31 July 1894 – 19 October 1972) was a Welsh professional footballer. A hard-tackling defender, he appeared sporadically for the team in the Southern Football League before his spell at the club was interrupted by the outbreak of the First World War.

  • Alfred Thomas Sherwood (13 November 1923 – 12 March 1990) was a Welsh international footballer. Between 1947 and 1957, he gained a total of 41 caps, the first on his 23rd birthday, against England in 1946. Known as the King of the sliding tacklers, Sherwood was an ex-miner who threw his all into the game. His qualities were pace, sureness of tackle and a great positional sense. Sherwood also captained Wales to a famous win over England in 1955. Sherwood went on to become one of the all-time appearance leaders for the club in all competitions before he could leave the club by manager Trevor Morris, to join Newport County, in 1956 at the age of 33.

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