Cardiff Corinthians F.C.

Cardiff Corinthians F.C. are a football club from Cardiff, Wales. They play in the South Wales Alliance League Premier Division.

Cardiff Corinthians
Full nameCardiff Corinthians Football Club
Nickname(s)The Corries, Alpha, The Cards
Founded1897
GroundThe Riverside Ground
Station Road
Radyr
ChairmanHowie Smith
ManagerPaul Evans
LeagueSouth Wales Alliance League Premier Division
2019–20South Wales Alliance League Division One, 3rd (promoted)

HistoryEdit

The club was formed in 1898 when players from the Alpha Cricket Club decided to form a football team to keep in touch during the winter months. With their base at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff for the first six years the team only played friendlies but then joined the Rhymney Valley League. It was in cup competitions that the team made its mark and in 1914 they won the Welsh Amateur Cup beating Holywell 1–0 at Newtown. They have several nicknames including The Corries, Alpha or The Cards (shortened version of Cardiff).

After the war, the club moved to Pengam Farm. Tremorfa and in 1921 took the bold step of joining the professional Western League, but because travelling expenses were so high in 1924 the club opted to join the Welsh League. In 1921 the club played a series of friendly matches against FC Barcelona, losing 4–0, 2–1 and 2–1.

The outbreak of the Second World War interrupted Welsh League football but the Corries continued to play friendlies using a number of grounds. They finally settled at Llandaff Road, Cardiff, a ground which became a permanent home thanks to a loan from former player and patron, Fred Dewey.

In the sixties and seventies the team went up and down the divisions, although the late seventies they finished as Runners Up in the Premier Division and repeated the feat again in 1982. More glory came when in 1985 the club won the Premier Division as well as the Welsh Intermediate Cup.

In the late sixties, the club made a frantic quest for another permanent home as the ground at Canton was lost when the club defaulted on the original loan. For one season the team played on an unenclosed pitch at Pontcanna followed by a season at Maindy Stadium and a couple at Fidlas Avenue in Llanishen. In 1974 the club negotiated a ground share with Radyr Cricket Club and this has been their permanent home since.

The club were relegated at the end of the 2013–14 season.[1]

The club has a long-standing rivalry with fellow Cardiff side Cardiff Grange Harlequins A.F.C. which dates back to the 1980s, when both clubs were fierce cross-city rivals and took part in some mouth-watering fixtures. Both clubs are rarely in the same division, so the long-standing rivalry has not continued over recent seasons. The 2014–15 season saw both teams in the same division so the rivalries were resumed.

Honours[2]Edit

  • Welsh Amateur Cup
    • Winners: 1914, 1929, 1930, 1934, 1962
  • South Wales Football Association Amateur Cup
    • Winners: 1923
  • South Wales Amateur League
    • Division One Champions: 1924–25
    • Division Town Champions: 1970–71
  • Welsh Youth Cup
    • Winners: 1955, 1974
  • Welsh League
    • Premier Division Champions: 1984–85
    • Division One Champions: 1970–71, 1977–78
    • Division Two East Champions: 1955–56, 1959–60
    • SA Brains Challenge Cup Winners: 1976
  • Corinthian Cup
    • Winners: 1973
  • Welsh Intermediate Cup
    • Winners: 1985

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