List of Cardiff City F.C. records and statistics

A football team celebrating and lifting a trophy
Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock (holding trophy right) and Sean Morrison (left) lift the 2017–18 EFL Championship runner-up trophy

Cardiff City F.C. is a Welsh professional association football club based in Cardiff, Wales. The club was founded in 1899 and initially played in local amateur leagues before joining the English football league system. After spending a decade in the Southern Football League, Cardiff joined the Football League in 1920. Since then, the club has played in all four professional divisions of the Football League, spending 17 seasons in the top tier since its formation.[1] Cardiff have also reached the final of the FA Cup on three occasions, winning the trophy in the 1927 final, and the League Cup once. The team currently play in the second tier of the English league system, the EFL Championship.

Billy Hardy is the club's record appearance holder having played in 590 first team matches between 1911 and 1931. Phil Dwyer made the most appearances for the club in the Football League with 471. The club's goalscoring record is held by Len Davies who scored 179 times between 1919 and 1931. Davies is one of only eight players to have scored 100 or more goals in the club's history.

The list encompasses the major honours won by Cardiff City, records set by the club, its managers and players, and details of its performance in European competition. The player records section itemises the club's leading goalscorers and those who have made most appearances in first-team competitions. It also records achievements by Cardiff City players on the international stage, and the highest transfer fees paid and received by the club. Attendance records at Ninian Park and the Cardiff City Stadium, the club's home grounds since 1910 and 2009 respectively, are also included.

HonoursEdit

Cardiff City was originally founded in 1899 as Riverside A.F.C., initially playing in local amateur competitions. The club won its first trophy under the guise by winning the Bevan Shield, an amateur cup competition, in 1905.[2] The club changed its name to Cardiff City in 1908 and entered the Southern Football League in 1910.[3] The club was the first side based in South Wales to win the Welsh Cup after defeating Pontypridd in the 1912 final.[4] The side won its first league honour by winning the Southern Football League Second Division title the following year, in the 1912–13 season.[5] Cardiff entered the Football League in 1920 and enjoyed the most successful period in its history. Cardiff finished as First Division runners-up in the 1923–24 season and reached two FA Cup finals, losing the first in 1925 before becoming the only non-English side to win the cup two years later in 1927, defeating Arsenal 1–0.[3][6] The club reached a third FA Cup final 82 years later in 2008 but suffered a 1–0 defeat to Portsmouth.[7] The club is the second most successful side in the history of the Welsh Cup having won the competition on 22 occasions, one fewer than Wrexham.[8] The most recent honour won by the club was the Championship title during the 2012–13 season.[9]

Cardiff City's list of competition victories includes:[10][11]

League titlesEdit

Southern Football LeagueEdit

Champions: 1912–13

Football LeagueEdit

Runners-up: 1923–24
Champions: 2012–13
Runners-up: 1920–21, 1951–52, 1959–60, 2017–18
Champions: 1946–47
Runners-up: 1975–76, 1982–83
Play-off Winners: 2003
Champions: 1992–93
Runners-up: 1987–88, 2000–01

CupsEdit

Winners: 1926–27
Finalists: 1924–25, 2007–08
Winners: 1927
Finalists: 2011–12
Winners: 1911–12, 1919–20, 1921–22, 1922–23, 1926–27, 1927–28, 1929–30, 1955–56, 1958–59, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1975–76, 1987–88, 1991–92, 1992–93
Finalists: 1928–29, 1938–39, 1950–51, 1959–60, 1971–72, 1974–75, 1976–77, 1981–82, 1993–94, 1994–95
Winners: 2001–02
Finalists: 1997–98[a]

Match recordsEdit

FirstsEdit

Record resultsEdit

Season recordsEdit

Attendance recordsEdit

Player appearance recordsEdit

 
Aaron Ramsey is the youngest player in the club's history.

Most appearancesEdit

Competitive matches only, appearances as substitute in brackets and included in totals.[d]

No. Name Years League[e] FA Cup League Cup Other[nb 1] Total
1 Billy Hardy 1911–1931 497 (0) 56 (0) 0 (0) 37 (0) 590 (0)
2 Phil Dwyer 1972–1985 471 (5) 23 (0) 28 (0) 53 (0) 575 (5)
3 Don Murray 1962–1974 406 (0) 23 (0) 21 (0) 82 (0) 532 (0)
4 Tom Farquharson 1921–1934 445 (0) 34 (0) 0 (0) 39 (0) 518 (0)
5 Fred Keenor 1912–1930 432 (0) 42 (0) 0 (0) 33 (0) 507 (0)
6 Peter King 1960–1974 356 (5) 20 (0) 22 (0) 79 (1) 477 (6)
7 Peter Whittingham 2007–2017 413 (42) 18 (1) 19 (5) 7 (0) 457 (48)
8 Ron Stitfall 1947–1964 398 (0) 20 (0) 3 (0) 31 (0) 452 (0)
9 Jack Evans 1910–1926 354 (0) 42 (0) 0 (0) 28 (0) 424 (0)
10 Alan Harrington 1952–1966 348 (0) 14 (0) 11 (0) 32 (0) 405 (0)
  1. ^ The "Other" column constitutes goals and appearances (including those as a substitute) in the FA Charity Shield, the European Cup Winners' Cup, Welsh Cup, FAW Premier Cup, Football League Trophy and the Division Three South Cup.

Longest run of consecutive league appearancesEdit

Defender Don Murray holds the record for the longest unbroken spell of appearances for the club, playing in 146 consecutive matches between May 1968 and November 1971.[26]

No. Player Appearances Dates
1 Don Murray 146 May 1968 – November 1971
2 Damon Searle 126 October 1990 – September 1993
3 David Carver 117 October 1968 – September 1971
4 Arthur Lever 114 August 1946 – March 1949
5 Roger Gibbins 108 August 1982 – December 1984

Player scoring recordsEdit

All time leading goalscorersEdit

Number of appearances in brackets

Figures correct as of end of 2018–19 season[f]

No. Name Years League[g] FA Cup League Cup Other[nb 1] Total
1 Len Davies 1919–1931 128 (306) 19 (33) 0 (0) 31 (32) 179 (371)
2 Peter King 1960–1974 67 (356) 5 (20) 6 (22) 33 (79) 111 (477)
3 Robert Earnshaw 1997–2004 & 2011–2013 89 (193) 10 (14) 10(9) 0 (1) 109 (227)
4 Brian Clark 1967–1972 & 1975–1976 79 (204) 2 (13) 3 (9) 24 (42) 108 (268)
5 Carl Dale 1991–1998 71 (211) 6 (14) 5 (11) 21 (32) 103 (269)
6 Derek Tapscott 1958–1965 79 (194) 2 (9) 3 (5) 18 (25) 102 (234)
7 Jimmy Gill 1920–1925 82 (184) 12 (28) 0 (0) 7 (8) 101 (220)
8 John Toshack 1966–1970 74 (162) 1 (6) 1 (6) 24 (34) 100 (208)
9 Peter Whittingham 2007–2017 85 (413) 4 (18) 5 (19) 2 (7) 96 (457)
10 Hughie Ferguson 1925–1929 77 (117) 9 (13) 0 (0) 6 (9) 92 (139)
  1. ^ The "Other" column constitutes goals and appearances (including those as a substitute) in the FA Charity Shield, the European Cup Winners' Cup, Welsh Cup, FAW Premier Cup, Football League Trophy and the Division Three South Cup.

Progressive season scoring recordEdit

 
Robert Earnshaw holds the record for most goals scored in a single season

Richard Peake scored 19 goals in Cardiff's first season in the Southern Football League. This list charts the top scoring season record for the club on the occasions it has been beaten or equalled.[13][30]

Season League All matches
1910–11 Richard Peake (17) Richard Peake (19)
1920–21 Jimmy Gill (19) Jimmy Gill (20)
1921–22 Jimmy Gill (21) Len Davies (30)
1923–24 Len Davies (23)
1926–27 Hughie Ferguson (25) Hughie Ferguson (31)
1931–32 Jimmy McCambridge (26)
1946–47 Stan Richards (30)
1968–69 John Toshack (31)
2002–03 Robert Earnshaw (31) Robert Earnshaw (35)

International recordsEdit

Manager recordsEdit

TransfersEdit

Record transfer fees paidEdit

 
Michael Chopra, sold to Sunderland in July 2007 for £5 million, was the most expensive sale by the club at the time, and later became the most expensive signing on his return in July 2009.[37]
No. Name Fee Paid to Date Ref.
1 Emiliano Sala[h] £15m Nantes 19 January 2019 [39]
2= Gary Medel £11m Sevilla 10 August 2013 [40]
2= Josh Murphy £11m Norwich City 12 June 2018 [41]
4 Bobby Reid £10m Bristol City 28 June 2018 [42]
5 Steven Caulker £8m Tottenham Hotspur 31 July 2013 [43]

Record transfer fees receivedEdit

No. Name Fee Paid by Date Ref.
1 Gary Medel £10m Inter Milan 9 August 2014 [44]
2 Steven Caulker £8.5m Queens Park Rangers 22 July 2014 [45]
3 Jordon Mutch £6m Queens Park Rangers 5 August 2014 [46]
4= Michael Chopra £5m Sunderland 13 July 2007 [47]
4= Roger Johnson £5m Birmingham City 25 June 2009 [48]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The competition was known as the FAW Invitation Cup during the 1997–98 season.[12]
  2. ^ Joint Football League record[19]
  3. ^ A match against Swansea Town on 27 August 1949 sold 60,855 tickets prior to the match but only 57,510 attended the match.[21][22]
  4. ^ Appearances sourced from Hayes (2006), Shepherd (2002) and Grandin (2010) to dates of publication. From 2010 onwards, appearances are sourced from Soccerbase.
  5. ^ League appearances between 1910 and 1920 were made in the Southern Football League, appearances from 1920 onward were made in the Football League.
  6. ^ Goals sourced from Hayes (2006), Shepherd (2002) and Grandin (2010) to dates of publication. From 2010 onwards, goals are sourced from Soccerbase.
  7. ^ Goals scored between 1910 and 1920 were scored in the Southern Football League, goals scored from 1920 onward were scored in the Football League.
  8. ^ Sala was killed in a plane crash days after signing for the club and never played a match for Cardiff.[38]

ReferencesEdit

Bibliography

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  • Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Breedon Books. ISBN 978-1-85983-462-6.
  • Lloyd, Grahame (1999). C'mon City! A Hundred Years of the Bluebirds. Seren. ISBN 978-1-85411-271-2.
  • Shepherd, Richard (2002). The Definitive: Cardiff City F.C. SoccerData Publications. ISBN 978-1-899468-17-1.
  • Shepherd, Richard (2007). The Cardiff City Miscellany. Pitch books. ISBN 978-1-905411-04-7.
  • Stead, Phil (2013). Red Dragons – The Story of Welsh Football. Ceredigion: Y Llofa. ISBN 978-1-84771-468-8.

Specific

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  2. ^ Lloyd 1999, p. 24
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  4. ^ Stead 2013, p. 83
  5. ^ Shepherd 2002, p. 16
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  11. ^ a b c d Shepherd 2002, p. 3
  12. ^ Shepherd 2002, p. 97
  13. ^ a b c Shepherd 2002, p. 14
  14. ^ Shepherd 2002, p. 22
  15. ^ a b Shepherd 2002, p. 60
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  17. ^ Shepherd 2002, p. 64
  18. ^ a b Shepherd 2002, p. 3
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  20. ^ Shepherd 2002, p. 34
  21. ^ Shepherd 2007, p. 91
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  25. ^ Shepherd 2002, p. 22
  26. ^ Hayes 2006, p. 220
  27. ^ Shepherd 2002, pp. 21–29
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  29. ^ Glanville, Brian (20 June 2008). "Obituary: Derek Tapscott". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  30. ^ a b Hayes 2006, p. 221
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  38. ^ "Emiliano Sala: Body identified as Cardiff City footballer". BBC News. 8 February 2019. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  39. ^ Abbandonato, Paul (19 January 2019). "Cardiff City announce signing of goal ace Emiliano Sala in club record £15m deal". WalesOnline. Media Wales. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  40. ^ "Cardiff City sign Chile midfielder Gary Medel from Sevilla". BBC Sport. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  41. ^ Coleman, Tom (8 February 2020). "Celtic plotting summer move for £11m Cardiff City winger Josh Murphy - reports". WalesOnline. Media Wales. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  42. ^ "Bobby Decordova-Reid: Fulham sign Cardiff City forward on permanent deal". BBC Sport. 24 January 2020. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  43. ^ "Steven Caulker joins Cardiff from Tottenham for record fee". BBC Sport. 21 August 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  44. ^ "Cardiff City's Gary Medel joins club for £10m". BBC Sport. 9 August 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  45. ^ "Steven Caulker joins QPR from Cardiff on a four-year deal". BBC Sport. 22 July 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  46. ^ "Cardiff midfielder completes £6m QPR move". BBC Sport. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  47. ^ "Chopra's fond farewell to Cardiff". BBC Sport. 14 July 2007. Retrieved 20 March 2008.
  48. ^ "Johnson completes Birmingham move". BBC Sport. 25 June 2009. Retrieved 25 June 2009.