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Originally founded as Riverside AFC in 1899, they weren’t known as Cardiff City FC until the team’s name was changed in 1908. After joining the Football League in 1920 they gained promotion to the top flight in their first season, finishing second behind Birmingham City. A period of eight years in Division One followed including a second placed finish in 1924, when they narrowly missed out on the title to Huddersfield by goal average. During this time Cardiff City reached two FA Cup finals in succession, winning at the second attempt (in 1927) by a score of 1-0 against Arsenal, they remain the only non-English side to have won the Cup.
After the successes of the 1920s, the Bluebirds’ fortunes continually rose and fell over the next 50 or so years. Despite returning to the top-tier on two separate occasions in the 1950s and 1960s, Cardiff City spent many years struggling in the lower leagues. One particular highlight did come in the 1971 quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup Winners Cup, with a 1-0 victory over the mighty Real Madrid at Ninian Park being cited by many fans as their most famous of wins.
Fast forward to 2013 and Cardiff City won the Championship title and promotion to the Premier League – their first return to top-flight football for 51 years. Although relegation back to the Championship followed at the end of that season, the Bluebirds soared back to the Premier League in 2018, backed by Tan Sri Vincent Tan and under the management of Neil Warnock.
The future once again looks bright for the Bluebirds.