Enjoy a Newspaper History of the Bluebirds
Cardiff City FC formed when Riverside FC and Riverside Albion amalgamated in 1902. The Bluebirds were one of the greatest sides in the English league during the 1920s and finished as runners-up of the First Division in 1924. Three years later, Cardiff City became the first non-English side to win the FA Cup. London-based Cardiff fans turned out to support the team at Wembley and they have since been known as “The 1927 Club". The Bluebirds also enjoyed years of success in the Welsh Cup, winning the trophy over twenty times. These triumphs enabled Cardiff City to qualify for European competition during the 1960s and 1970s. The highlight of the Bluebird’s European run was reaching the semi-final of the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1967. Cardiff City’s most recent success has included defying the odds to reach the FA Cup final in 2008.
Personalised Cardiff Football Books – Inspired Gifts
A Cardiff City Gift Book can be an inspired present for a fan of the Bluebirds. It is unique, smartly presented and filled with fascinating newspaper reports on the history of the club. Being able to personalise this Cardiff Football Book makes the gift even more special and shows the thought that has gone into buying it. The present will also prove to be a terrific addition to a supporter’s Cardiff City memorabilia collection.
Cardiff Football Book Coverage
This Cardiff City Football Book opens with coverage of Cardiff’s 1921 FA Cup tie with Wolves. It goes on to cover many of the great games through the decades of the 20th Century and the present era.
Top stories in the Cardiff City Football Book include the 50th FA Cup Final versus Sheffield United in 1925 and the glorious defeat of Arsenal to win the FA Cup in 1927. Relive the excitement of the successful post war period, including gaining promotion to Division One in 1952 by beating Leeds United 3-1, the fantastic 4-1 away win against Manchester United in 1953 and the 5-2 defeat of Newcastle United in 1956. The Gift Books also contain the exciting 2-1 defeat of Aston Villa in 1960, when 55,000 tense Welshman watched as their team came from behind to clinch victory and promotion back to the First Division. The Cardiff City Book features a selection of European games, including the 8-0 defeat of Larnaca in the European Cup Winners Cup in 1970 and the 1-0 defeat of Real Madrid in the 1971 Quarter Final. Additionally, you can read about Toshack's £100,000 move in 1970, Cardiff's defeat of Chelsea in the 1980 and 1986 League Cups and the amazing 2003 Play-Off Finals at the Millennium Stadium, where Cardiff gained promotion to the Championship.
More recent coverage in our unique Gift Book includes the spectacular FA Cup run of 2008, which culminated in a trip to Wembley Stadium and a place in the final against Portsmouth.
Newspaper coverage continues right up to the end of last season. This unique insight into Cardiff City’s history makes these books truly memorable gifts and a great addition for a collector of Cardiff City memorabilia.
Cardiff City Memorabilia
If you are a collector of Cardiff City memorabilia or looking for other Cardiff City gifts, why not consider our Cardiff Calendar or Cardiff Diary? Each month features a newspaper headline on one of the Bluebirds’ key games. The presents can be personalised with the recipient’s name to make them even more special and both items make great gifts for Cardiff City fans. Other Cardiff presents include Framed Reprints and special Cardiff City Mugs.
Finally – Did You Know?
- It took six years for the club to be granted permission to use the name Cardiff City FC. The Bluebirds had been asked to prove that they were good enough to use the city’s name.
- The Bluebirds joined the Southern League Second Division in 1911 and finished their inaugural season in fourth place.
- Cardiff City missed out on the First Division title in 1924 due to an inferior goal average. Huddersfield Town won the championship.
- Hughie Ferguson scored the only goal in the victorious Cup final of 1927. Ferguson ended the season with thirty-two goals in all competitions. This was a club record until Robert Earnshaw beat it in 2003.
- Cardiff City shares a rivalry with other Welsh sides, such as Newport County and Swansea City. The club also has a significant rivalry with Bristol City; matches between the two teams are known as Severnside Derbies.