Club Profile

Cardiff City

Cardiff City, in a beautiful and historic city, has one of the most passionate fan bases in the country and a truly insane rivalry that is on again for this season.

LOCATION: Cardiff, South Wales, about two hours west of London’s Paddington station by train

CONTACT: cardiffcityfc.co.uk, 0845 365 1115, #CardiffCity

NICKNAMES: The Bluebirds

History

Cardiff City was founded in 1899 as a way to keep cricketers in shape during the winter, a common story among football clubs. They made the Football League in 1920 and had a good run there, making the First Division in 1921 and twice finishing runner-up in the league, once by a goal average of .024 per game. They played in two FA Cup finals,…

Rivalries

Cardiff aren’t fond of either of the Bristol clubs (which is called the Severnside derby, for the local river) or nearby Newport County, but they rarely play the latter. However, the South Wales derby with Swansea is one of the most intense rivalries around—and they are back together in the Championship! There have been some notable events in…

Women's Team

Cardiff City Women play in the Welsh Premier Women’s Football League, with games at the Cardiff International Sports Campus very near the stadium. But a bigger local team, Cardiff City Ladies, which used to be affiliated with the men’s club, is in the Women’s National League Division 1 at tier 4 of the English system. Their games are at the CCB…

Songs

There’s one called “I’ll Be There” that’s an ode to the coal mining days. As near as I can tell, the only part they sing is “With my little pick and shovel, I’ll be there.” They sing “You Are My Cardiff ” to the tune of “You Are My Sunshine.” They also have more than one about Swansea, including one about people there eating…

Stadium

Cardiff City Stadium replaced Ninian Park as the club’s home in 2009. It holds 33,280 and is yet another example of a not-too-inspiring new stadium. However, Cardiff City fans can make a lot of noise. The away fans will be in the corner between the Ninian and Grange Stands, so if you want a good view of them, sit on that side of the Grandstand….

Going to a Game at Cardiff City

GETTING THERE: The closest train station is Ninian Park, which is five minutes away. Trains run there every half hour from Cardiff Central; it’s four minutes and £2 on a train bound for Radyr. You can also walk from Cardiff Central in about 25 minutes or take bus 95. After the game, the club runs a free coach to Cardiff Central; look for it in…

Cardiff City Tickets

In prior years in the Championship, tickets were easy to get and ran from £18 to £32. A membership (£20) will probably guarantee access to all but the derby. We also sell tickets here at Groundhopper Guides.

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