As with every Premier League club, Cardiff City betting odds are incredibly popular. Cardiff have a history of sliding in and out of divisions, so odds on Cardiff to be relegated can be popular. Equally, though, Cardiff City promotion odds can also offer value.
In big clashes, such as the South Wales derby, bookmakers can offer promotions such as enhanced odds or money back specials. Paddy Power enhanced odds can be particularly appealing when looking at games such as Cardiff City v Swansea City odds.
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Cardiff City are a professional football club located in the city of Cardiff, Wales. They are the only club from outside of England to win the FA Cup. The club currently play in England’s top tier, the Premier League.
The history of Cardiff City begins in 1899. Like many other football clubs founded around that period, members of the Riverside Cricket Club were looking for a sport to play during the winter months, so Riverside AFC were formed.
For their first few months of existence, Riverside played mainly friendlies against local clubs around Cardiff. The club’s first ground was Sophia Gardens.
In 1900, Riverside joined the Cardiff and District League. Cardiff was given city status in 1905 and the club wanted to change its name. This request was refused as the club weren’t play at a high level and so the club moved to the South Wales Amateur League. The following season, the club name changed from Riverside to Cardiff City.
The club’s Sophia Gardens ground was beginning to hold Cardiff City back. They had to refuse an offer to play in the Southern League Second Division because of the poor facilities at Sophia Gardens.
The club continued to play friendlies during this time, but used various different stadiums in Cardiff and the surrounding area. In 1910, the club moved to Ninian Park.
Now, Cardiff City could accept the invitation to join the Southern League Second Division. Their first year in league football was good, finishing the season in fourth place.
In 1920, Cardiff were invited to join the Football League, an offer they accepted. In the 1920’s Cardiff City began to challenge for trophies. In 1924, Cardiff finished second in the Football League First Division behind Huddersfield Town, and then reached two FA Cup Finals. In 1925, the team lost to Sheffield United. In 1927, Cardiff City beat Arsenal and became the only non-English team to win the FA Cup.
Cardiff also won the Welsh Cup in 1927, giving Cardiff a new record. They became the only team to win the national cup of two countries in the same season. They then beat Corinthians in the FA Charity Shield.
The 1927/1928 season the club performed well in the league once more. The club finished in the top six, a success, although at one stage Cardiff were on course to win the title.
From a top six finish to a relegation, Cardiff fell through the relegation trapdoor in the 1927/1928 season.
The club didn’t settle from that relegation, and two years later the club were relegated once more. Cardiff City started the 1931/1932 season in the Third Division South.
During this season, Cardiff City achieved their biggest ever win, 9-2 against Thames, but results generally didn’t improve. Fred Stewart, who had spent 22 years in charge, resigned at the end of the 1932/1933 season.
Stewart’s replacement was Bartley Wilson, but results still didn’t improve. In 1934, Ben Watts-Jones took charge and the club’s fortunes took a further turn for the worse. Cardiff City finished bottom of the division, and had to apply to be re-elected.
Three years later, Bill Jennings became the Cardiff City manager, being promoted from club trainer.
In 1937, the Ninian Park Centre Stand was destroyed in a fire. Members of the board, players and fans had to work together to make sure the club didn’t go under. This sense of community spirit seemed to rejuvenate the squad. Results improved, and attendances grew.
Despite this, the club still finished mid table. A new chairman had come in, Herbert Merrett, and Merrett brought in Cyril Spiers and Jennings was fired. A dip into the transfer market followed, with a variety of players joining Cardiff, but the Football League calendar was postponed for the duration of the Second World War.
In the first season since the Football League resumed, Cardiff won the Third Division South. Back to back promotions were in order, a second place finish saw Cardiff return to the top flight.
Cardiff City and Torquay United developed ties. The two clubs struck a deal where Cardiff would offer players not good enough for First Division to Torquay, and in return Cardiff would be offered Torquay players who had the potential to be good First Division players.
This deal broke off in 1954. Cardiff sold Harry Parfitt to Torquay, but on the basis they buy him back when they wanted to. Parfitt was sold for £2500, but when Cardiff wanted to buy him back, Torquay wanted double the money. Eventually, Cardiff paid the £5000, but never dealt with Torquay in this way again.
The 1960’s saw Cardiff qualify for a European competition for the first time in Cardiff City history. The club won the Welsh Cup, and entered the European Cup Winners Cup in the 1964/1965 season. Cardiff reached the quarter finals, where Real Zaragoza knocked them out of the tournament.
Cardiff City couldn’t replicate their European form in the league. Jimmy Scoular, the manager of Cardiff City at that time, couldn’t lead his side to a finish higher than 20th.
Two years later, Cardiff were back in Europe. This time, they went one step further and reached the semi-finals of the European Cup Winners Cup, eventually beaten by German giants Hamburg. This time, the momentum gained from that cup run transferred to the league too, and the strike force of John Toshack and Brian Clark helped Cardiff to a 13th place finish.
In the 1970/1971 season, Toshack was sold. His sale and the resulting lack of goals cost Cardiff City promotion. However, they reached the quarter finals again in the European Cup Winners Cup where they met Real Madrid. One of the most famous wins in Cardiff City history was to follow. The first leg was at Ninian Park, and courtesy of a Brian Clark header Cardiff won the match 2-0. Despite Real overturning that defeat in the second leg, it’s still one of the most famous wins in the history of Cardiff City.
The late 1980’s saw Cardiff City yo-yo between the Third and Fourth Divisions. The 1985/1986 season saw the club drop into the fourth tier, only to bounce back and earn promotion at the first attempt. They were relegated once more two seasons later.
In 1992, following the introduction of the Premier League, the Football League divisions were renamed. The Second Division became Division One, the Third Division Division Two and the Fourth Division Division Three.
In 1993, Cardiff City won the Division Three title but two years later were relegated once again. In 1996, Cardiff finished in 22nd place, their lowest ever finish in their history.
The following season, Cardiff performed better and reached the semi-final of the play-offs. In 1999, the club finished third and gained automatic promotion back to Division Two.
Cardiff’s time back in Division Two was short lived. In the 1999/2000 season the club finished in 21st position and were relegated. The club immediately won promotion back the following season.
Sam Hammam bought control of Cardiff City in 2000. He stated he wanted to rename the club the ‘Cardiff Celts’ and changing the colours to red, white and green. After a fan protest, these plans were shelved but a new Cardiff City football badge was designed.
Lennie Lawrence became Cardiff City manager and led the club to promotion. Cardiff beat QPR in the play-off final and the club found itself playing second tier football once again.
Cardiff made steady progress in Division One, though financial difficulties had hit the club. Cardiff Council had turned down new Cardiff City stadium plan with doubts hanging over the club’s financial future. Peter Risdale led a consortium that launched a takeover bid to buy the club from Sam Hammam, which eventually went through in December 2006 after Hammam raised the price.
Some of the best Premier League players of the 1990’s and early 2000’s joined the club in 2007. Trevor Sinclair, Robbie Fowler and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink all signed Cardiff deals and helped the club reach the FA Cup Final, although Cardiff were beaten by Portsmouth.
Sam Hammam left the club in financial dire straits. A loan that was taken out by him when he was the controlling stakeholder was being chased by the Langston Corporation. It was alleged that Hammam himself was the man behind the company.
In the 2008/2009, the club finished seventh, just missing out on promotion. Michael Chopra became Cardiff’s record signing that summer, with a host of other players joining him.
Peter Risdale tried to find a solution to Cardiff’s financial issues by travelling to the Far East to find investment. With the club heavily in debt, Datuk Chan Tien Ghee became chairman in 2010 and Vincent Tan invested in the club, joining the board of directors.
Another play-off loss followed, and Malky Mackay was appointed to try and lead Cardiff into the Premier League. The club again reached the play-offs, but again were knocked out. The club also reached their first ever League Cup final in this season too.
To the dismay of the majority of Cardiff City supporters, the home colours of Cardiff City changed from blue to red and black in exchange for investment from Vincent Tan.
In the 2012/2013 season, Cardiff won the Championship title and finally gained promotion to the Premier League. They won their first ever Premier League game at Ninian Park, beating Manchester City 3-2, but this was the highlight of their season. Mackay was sacked by Vincent Tan.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was announced as Cardiff manager shortly after, but he couldn’t stop Cardiff’s relegation back to the Championship.
After a poor start, Solskjaer was fired and Russell Slade was brought in. In 2015, a record low crowd of 4194 fans watched Cardiff play Colchester. With the crowd so low, the board held an emergency meeting which resulted in the home colours to return to blue in the hope that it would appease Cardiff’s angry support base.
Success came in the 17/18 season. Under Neil Warnock, Cardiff finished in second place in the Championship table and earned a spot in England's top flight.
The first Cardiff City football crest didn’t appear until 1959. This first Cardiff City badge featured an image of a blue bird inside a crest.
In 1965, the Cardiff City shirts featured the word ‘Bluebirds’, embroidered onto the shirts. A new badge was created in 1969. Similar to the 1959 crest, this featured a bluebird inside a shield.
In the 1980’s more additions were made to this crest, including banners featuring the name of the club and the club nickname.
In 2012, Vincent Tan created a new badge designed to attract fans from across the world. This featured a red dragon inside a red and white shield, and the iconic image of the bluebird was reduced in size.
In 2015, another new Cardiff City FC badge was created. The bluebird was given more prominence and an oriental dragon was included at the bottom of the shield.
When the club was first formed as Riverside AFC, the kit colours were brown and gold. In 1908, following the name change, the Cardiff City colours changed to blue.
The typical Cardiff City kit colours featured a blue shirt, white or blue shorts and white or blue socks. For decades, these kit colours remained the same, with just the style of the shirts and socks alternating.
In 1965, Cardiff wore all blue colours. Over the next 20 years, the kits changed from blue to white shorts and socks. 1975 saw the Cardiff City home kit feature yellow and white stripes. Minor alterations happened to every shirt release until 1996, when the club wore all blue.
Cardiff City changed their kit colours from blue and white to red and black. This was due to sponsorship reasons and to try to appeal to the mass market. Fans were angered, and caused many to stay away from the matches. After a particularly low crowd, the Cardiff board decided to return to their blue and white kits to get the fans support again.
The Cardiff ground is called the Cardiff City Stadium. Built in 2009, it has undergone an expansion that has seen the Cardiff City Stadium capacity reach almost 34,000. This capacity makes the stadium one of the largest grounds in the Championship
The Cardiff City Stadium layout features four main stands - the Grandstand, the Ninian Stand, the Grange Stand and the Canton Stand.
Cardiff City supporters tend to hail from the city of Cardiff and its surrounding areas. Ther are however many different Cardiff City supporters clubs across the country and beyond. One is the CCSC, one of the biggest supporters groups.
Cardiff City’s biggest rivals are Swansea City. When these two meet, the occasion is known as the South Wales derby. Cardiff supporters also enjoy a rivalry with the two Bristol clubs, City and Rovers.
Cardiff and Leeds United have bad feeling between them following a match at Ninian Park. Cardiff won 2-1 and objects were thrown from the crowd. Members from both sets of fans met outside the stadium and had a stand-off. Three years later when the teams met again, both sets of fans were involved in more trouble, with a number of Leeds fans getting banning order.
The Cardiff City owner is Vincent Tan. Tan owns the majority shares in the club. He’s never been a popular chairman with the Cardiff fans, however, when he changed the club’s kit colours from blue to red.
Tan became owner in 2010 when he was part of a consortium that bought out the then owner Sam Hammam.
It’s been reported that Vincent Tan now owns over 90% of Cardiff City shares.
The Cardiff City stats begin with their record appearance maker. Billy Hardy holds that record, making 590 appearances for the club between 1911 and 1931.
Four other players have made over 500 appearances for Cardiff City. These are Phil Dwyer, who made 575 appearances between 1972 and 1985; Don Murray, who played in 532 games from 1962 to 1974; Tom Farquharson, who made 518 appearances from 1921 to 1934; and Fred Keenor, who made 507 appearances between 1912 and 1930.
Len Davies is Cardiff City’s all time leading goalscorer. Davies scored 179 goals in 371 appearances from 1919 to 1931.
Seven other Cardiff City players have scored 100 or more goals for the club. These are Peter King (111 goals); Robert Earnshaw (109 goals); Brian Clark (108 goals); Carl Dale (103 goals); Derek Tapscott (102 goals); Jimmy Gill (101 goals); and John Toshack (100 goals).
Gary Medel is Cardiff City’s record transfer signing. Cardiff paid Sevilla £11 million for Medel in 2013.
Gary Medel is also the subject of Cardiff City’s record transfer fee received. Inter Milan paid £10 million for Medel in 2014.
Cardiff City’s record win is 9-2, in a game against Thames in the Third Division South in 1932. The club’s record defeat came in 1926 when Sheffield United beat Cardiff 11-2.
Cardiff City players past and present have included some of English football’s most famous names.
Three former Cardiff City players made the list for the Football League 100 Legends. These are Ivor Allchurch, John Charles and Trevor Ford.
Seven former Cardiff players have been inducted into the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame. These are Ivor Allchurch, John Charles, Trevor Ford, George Latham, Fred Keenor, Alf Sherwood and John Toshack.
The current Cardiff City players list consists of 24 first team players, 18 members of the Cardiff City Development squad and members of the Cardiff City Academy.
The current Cardiff City manager is Neil Warnock. Warnock joined the club as manager in 2016, replacing Paul Trollope. When Warnock was appointed, he became the club’s ninth manager in ten years.
Fred Stewart is the club’s longest serving manager (in terms of matches played ) taking charge of 605 games between 1911 and 1933. Stewart led his club to victory in 244 of his games.
Out of the Cardiff City managers who have managed over thirty games, the manager with the highest win percentage is Neil Warnock. Up to September 2018, Warnock has took charge of 87 games, winning 44 of them for a win percentage of 50.57%.
The Cardiff City honours list includes one FA Cup win (1927); 22 Welsh Cup wins; one Charity Shield win (1927); one second tier title (2013); one third tier title (1947); and one fourth tier title (1993).
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