List of Cardiff City F.C. records and statistics

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This article is about all-time records. For a season-by-season statistical breakdown, see List of Cardiff City F.C. seasons.

This article details records and statistics of Cardiff City Football Club since they joined the Football League in 1920. Cardiff City are a Welsh professional association football club based in Cardiff. The club was founded in 1899 and joined the Football League in 1920 after spending a decade in the Southern League. During their history Cardiff have played in all four professional divisions of the Football League. They currently play in the first tier of the Football League, the First Division/Premier League.

The list details honours won by the club and individual records set by the players. Any attendance records listed here were achieved at Ninian Park which was specially built for the club in 1910 and was replaced by the Cardiff City Stadium in July 2009.[1]

As of 15 May 2014

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

First Division/Premier League (First Tier)

Second Division/First Division/Championship (Second Tier)

Third Division (south)/Third Division/Second Division/League One (Third Tier)

Fourth Division/Third Division/League Two (Fourth Tier)

Cups[edit]

FA Cup

FA Charity Shield

Football League Cup

Welsh Cup

  • 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[2]

FAW Premier Cup

FAW Invitation Cup

FA Youth Cup

  • Runners-up: – 1970–71

FAW Welsh Youth Cup

  • Winners: – 1989–90, 1994–95, 1997–98, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2005–06
  • Runners-up: – 1991–92, 2004–05, 2007–08

Club records[edit]

Football League Record[edit]

Years League Tier Up/Down Notes
1920–1921 Division 2 2
1921–1929 Division 1 1 Increase
1929–1931 Division 2 2 Decrease
1931–1947 Division 3 South 3 Decrease
1947–1952 Division 2 2 Increase
1952–1957 Division 1 1 Increase
1957–1960 Division 2 2 Decrease
1960–1962 Division 1 1 Increase
1962–1975 Division 2 2 Decrease
1975–1976 Division 3 3 Decrease
1976–1982 Division 2 2 Increase
1982–1983 Division 3 3 Decrease
1983–1985 Division 2 2 Increase
1985–1986 Division 3 3 Decrease
1986–1988 Division 4 4 Decrease
1988–1990 Division 3 3 Increase
1990–1993 Division 4/Division 3 4 Decrease changed title due to Premier League being introduced in 1992.
1993–1995 Division 2 3 Increase
1995–1999 Division 3 4 Decrease
1999–2000 Division 2 3 Increase
2000–2001 Division 3 4 Decrease
2001–2003 Division 2 3 Increase
2003-2013 Division 1/Championship 2 Increase League changed it name to Championship in 2004 for sponsorship reasons
2013–2014 Premier League 1 Increase
2014– Championship 2 Decrease

Match records[edit]

Firsts[edit]

Lasts[edit]

Record results[edit]

Season records[edit]

  • Most wins in a season: 30 in 42 games, 1946-47
  • Most Defeats in a season: 27 in 42 games, 1933-34
  • Longest stretch of clean sheets: 8, 7 April 1976 - 21 August 1976[4]
  • Most goals scored in one season: 95, Division Three 2000–01
  • Most goals conceded in one season: 105, Division Three South, 1933-34

Attendance records[edit]

Player appearance records[edit]

Most appearances[edit]

Substitute appearances in brackets

# Name Years League FA Cup League Cup Other[7] Total
1 Wales Dwyer, PhilPhil Dwyer 1972–85 471 (5) 23 (0) 28 (0) 9 (0) 531 (5)
2 Scotland Murray, DonDon Murray 1962–74 406 (0) 23 (0) 21 (0) 33 (0) 483 (0)
3 Republic of Ireland Farquharson, TomTom Farquharson 1921–34 445 (0) 34 (0) 0 (0) 2 (0) 481 (0)
4 England King, PeterPeter King 1960–74 356 (5) 20 (0) 22 (0) 33 (1) 431 (6)
5 Wales Stitfall, RonRon Stitfall 1947–64 398 (0) 20 (0) 3 (0) 0 (0) 421 (0)
6 Wales Keenor, FredFred Keenor 1920–30 371 (0) 42 (0) 0 (0) 1 (0) 414 (0)
7 England Hardy, BillyBilly Hardy 1920–31 354 (0) 53 (0) 0 (0) 1 (0) 408 (0)
8 Wales Harrington, AlanAlan Harrington 1952–66 348 (0) 14 (0) 11 (0) 8 (0) 381 (0)
9 Wales Sherwood, AlfAlf Sherwood 1946–56 354 (0) 18 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 372 (0)
10 England Whittingham, PeterPeter Whittingham 2007 - 296 (31) 15 (1) 19 (5) 10 (0) 340 (37)
11 Wales Davies, LenLen Davies 1920–31 305 (0) 33 (0) 0 (0) 1 (0) 339 (0)
12 Wales Perry, JasonJason Perry 1986–96 281 (3) 15 (1) 22 (0) 20 (1) 338 (5)
13 Wales Young, ScottScott Young 1993–03 277 (20) 22 (1) 14 (1) 20 (3) 333 (25)
14 Wales Baker, ColinColin Baker 1953–66 298 (0) 17 (0) 12 (0) 1 (0) 328 (0)
15 England Gibbins, RogerRoger Gibbins 1982–85 & 1989–92 281 (14) 14 (0) 23 (1) 6 (0) 324 (15)
16 Wales Baker, BillyBilly Baker 1938–54 292 (0) 16 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 308 (0)
17 Scotland McNaughton, KevinKevin McNaughton 2006- 245 (10) 17 (0) 9 (2) 9 (0) 292 (10)
18 Wales Sullivan, DerekDerek Sullivan 1947–61 275 (0) 10 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 285 (0)
19 Wales Searle, DamonDamon Searle 1990–96 234 (2) 13 (0) 9 (0) 22 (0) 278 (2)
20 Guyana Griffith, CohenCohen Griffith 1989–95 234 (29) 16 (2) 9 (0) 16 (1) 275 (32)

Longest run of consecutive league appearances[edit]

Position Player Appearances Years
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

All-Time Starting XI[edit]

The following players have made the most appearances and are placed into default positions, they don't necessarily need to be top 11 players with most appearances.

Player scoring records[edit]

All time leading goalscorers[edit]

Number of appearances in brackets

# Name Years League FA Cup League Cup Other[7] Total
1 Wales Davies, LenLen Davies 1920–31 128 (305) 19 (33) 0 (0) 1 (1) 148 (339)
2 Wales Earnshaw, RobertRobert Earnshaw 1997-04 & 2011-13 89 (193) 10 (14) 10(9) 0 (1) 109 (217)
3= Wales Dale, CarlCarl Dale 1991–98 71 (211) 6 (14) 5 (11) 12 (16) 94 (253)
3= England Gill, JimmyJimmy Gill 1920–25 82 (184) 12 (28) 0 (0) 0 (0) 94 (212)
5 England Clark, BrianBrian Clark 1967–72 & 1975–76 79 (204) 2 (13) 3 (9) 7 (14) 91 (240)
6 England King, PeterPeter King 1960–74 67 (356) 5 (20) 6 (22) 11 (33) 89 (431)
7= Scotland Ferguson, HughieHughie Ferguson 1925–29 77 (117) 9 (13) 0 (0) 1 (1) 87 (131)
7= Wales Toshack, JohnJohn Toshack 1966–70 74 (162) 1 (6) 1 (6) 11 (19) 87 (193)
9 Wales Tapscott, DerekDerek Tapscott 1958–65 79 (194) 2 (9) 3 (5) 2 (5) 86 (214)
10 England Whittingham, PeterPeter Whittingham 2007– 66 (296) 4 (15) 5 (19) 4 (10) 79 (340)
11 Wales Pike, ChrisChris Pike 1986 & 1989–92 67 (154) 3 (10) 2 (8) 2 (9) 74 (181)
12 England Grant, WilfWilf Grant 1950–54 65 (155) 2 (5) 0 (0) 0 (0) 67 (159)
13 England Chopra, MichaelMichael Chopra 2006–07, 2008–09 & 2009–11 56 (142) 3 (8) 2 (4) 4 (8) 65 (162)
14 Scotland Buchanan, JohnJohn Buchanan 1974–81 54 (231) 2 (11) 5 (15) 0 (7) 61 (264)
15 England Evans, TonyTony Evans 1975–79 47 (128) 4 (8) 6 (7) 1 (6) 58 (149)
16 Republic of Ireland McCambridge, JimmyJimmy McCambridge 1930–32 51 (95) 2 (5) 0 (0) 0 (0) 53 (100)
17 Guyana Griffith, CohenCohen Griffith 1989–95 39 (234) 0 (16) 5 (9) 4 (16) 48 (275)
18 England Stevens, GaryGary Stevens 1978–81 44 (150) 0 (4) 3 (9) 0 (0) 47 (163)
19= England Collins, JimmyJimmy Collins 1937–38 41 (76) 4 (10) 0 (0) 1 (3) 46 (89)
19= England Gilligan, JimmyJimmy Gilligan 1987–89 34 (99) 4 (4) 1 (8) 7 (10) 46 (121)
20= Wales Dwyer, PhilPhil Dwyer 1972–85 41 (471) 0 (23) 2 (28) 2 (9) 45 (531)
20= England Bothroyd, JayJay Bothroyd 2008–11 41 (118) 1 (6) 3 (7) 0 (5) 45 (136)
20= Wales Ford, TrevorTrevor Ford 1953–56 42 (96) 3 (5) 0 (0) 0 (0) 45 (101)

Progressive scoring record[edit]

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

Jimmy Gill scored twenty goals in Cardiff's first Football league season. This list charts the top scoring season record for the club on the occasions it has been beat or equaled.

Season League All matches
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 records[edit]

Manager records[edit]

  • First full-time manager: Davy McDougall, August 1910
  • Longest serving manager (time and games): Fred Stewart, May 1911 to May 1933 (22 years and 605 games)[9]
  • Most successful manager: Billy McCandless, win percentage of 53% (53 wins out of 100 games).

Transfers[edit]

First player signed: Jack Evans, 1910 from Cwmparc.[10]

Record transfer fees paid[edit]

Michael Chopra, sold to Sunderland in July 2007 for £5 million, is the most expensive sale by the club, alongside the transfer of Roger Johnson, and later became the most expensive signing on his return in July 2009.
# Name Fee Paid to Date Notes
1 Chile Medel, GaryGary Medel £11m Sevilla 10 August 2013 [11]
2 England Caulker, StevenSteven Caulker £8m Tottenham Hotspur 31 July 2013 [12]
3 Denmark Cornelius, AndreasAndreas Cornelius £7.5m FC Copenhagen 27 June 2013 [13]
4 England Chopra, MichaelMichael Chopra £3m Sunderland 1 July 2009 [14]
5 England Maynard, NickyNicky Maynard £2.5m West Ham United 31 August 2012
6 KoreaBo-Kyung, KimKim Bo-Kyung £2m Cerezo Osaka 27 July 2012
7 England Mutch, JordonJordon Mutch £2m Birmingham City 20 June 2012 [15]
8 England Thorne, PeterPeter Thorne £1.75m Stoke City 13 September 2001 [16]
9 Slovenia Velikonja, EtienEtien Velikonja £1.6m Maribor 12 July 2012
10 England Brayford, JohnJohn Brayford £1.5m Derby County 26 July 2013 [17]

Progression of record fee paid[edit]

Date Player Bought from Fee
1910 Wales Jack Evans Cwmparc 30p
1920 England Jimmy Gill Sheffield Wednesday £750
November 1920 Scotland Jimmy Blair Sheffield Wednesday £3,500
December 1953 Wales Trevor Ford Sunderland £30,000
1970 Scotland Ian Gibson Coventry City £35,000
26 December 1970 England Alan Warboys Sheffield Wednesday £40,000
September 1982 England Godfrey Ingram San Jose Earthquakes £200,000
10 August 2000 Wales Danny Gabbidon West Bromwich Albion £800,000
29 June 2001 Republic of Ireland Graham Kavanagh Stoke City £1,000,000
13 September 2001 England Peter Thorne Stoke City £1,750,000
1 July 2010 England Michael Chopra Sunderland £3,000,000
27 June 2013 Denmark Andreas Cornelius FC Copenhagen £7,500,000
31 July 2013 England Steven Caulker Tottenham Hotspur £8,000,000
10 August 2013 Chile Gary Medel Sevilla £9,000,000

Record transfer fees received[edit]

# Name Fee Paid by Date Notes
1 England Caulker, StevenSteven Caulker £8.5m Queens Park Rangers 22 July 2014 [18]
2= England Chopra, MichaelMichael Chopra £5m Sunderland 13 July 2007 [19]
2= England Johnson, RogerRoger Johnson £5m Birmingham City 25 June 2009 [20]
3 Wales Ramsey, AaronAaron Ramsey £4.8m Arsenal 13 June 2008 [21]
4= England Jerome, CameronCameron Jerome £3m Birmingham City 31 May 2006 [22]
4= Wales Earnshaw, RobertRobert Earnshaw £3m West Bromwich Albion 30 August 2004 [23]

Progression of record fee received[edit]

Date Player Sold to Fee
8 November 1970 Wales John Toshack Liverpool £110,000
November 1982 England Godfrey Ingram San Jose Earthquakes £200,000
October 1989 England Jimmy Gilligan Portsmouth £215,000
30 August 2004 Wales Robert Earnshaw West Bromwich Albion £3,000,000
13 July 2007 England Michael Chopra Sunderland £5,000,000
22 July 2014 England Steven Caulker Queens Park Rangers £8,500,000

European matches[edit]

Cardiff City often qualified for the now defunct European Cup Winners Cup by winning the Welsh Cup until UEFA blocked them from using this route in the early 1990s[24]

Cardiff City scores are shown first in every match

Season Competition Round Country Club Home
result[25]
Away
result[25]
Notes
1964-1965 European Cup Winners Cup 1R Denmark Esbjerg fB 1–0 0–0
2R Portugal Sporting Lisbon 0-0 2-1
QF Spain Real Zaragoza 0-1 2-2
1965-66 European Cup Winners Cup 1R Belgium Standard Liege 1–2 0–1
1967-68 European Cup Winners Cup 1R Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers 2–0 1–1
2R Netherlands NAC Breda 4–1 1–1
QF Russia Torpedo Moscow 1–0 0–1 Cardiff City win replay at neutral ground 1-0
SF Germany Hamburg SV 2–3 1–1
1968-69 European Cup Winners Cup 1R Portugal FC Porto 2–2 1–2
1969-70 European Cup Winners Cup 1R Norway Mjøndalen IF 5–1 7–1
2R Turkey Göztepe A.Ş. 1–0 0–3
1970-71 European Cup Winners Cup 1R Cyprus Pezoporikos Larnaca 8–0 0–0
2R France FC Nantes 5–1 2–1
QF Spain Real Madrid 1–0 0–2
1971-72 European Cup Winners Cup 1R Germany SC Dynamo Berlin 1–1 1–1 Cardiff City lose 5-4 on pens
1973-74 European Cup Winners Cup 1R Portugal Sporting Lisbon 0–0 1–2
1974-75 European Cup Winners Cup 1R Hungary Ferencvaros 0–2 1–4
1976-77 European Cup Winners Cup QR Switzerland Servette Geneva 1–0 1-2
1R Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi 1–0 0–3
1977-78 European Cup Winners Cup 1R Austria Austria Vienna 0–0 0–1
1988-89 European Cup Winners Cup 1R Republic of Ireland Derry City 4–0 0–0
2R Denmark AGF Aarhus 1–2 0–4
1992-93 European Cup Winners Cup 1R Austria Admira Wacker 1–1 0–2
1993-94 European Cup Winners Cup 1R Belgium Standard Liege 1–3 2–5
Key
  • QR = Qualifying round
  • 1R = First round
  • 2R = Second round
  • 3R = Third round
  • QF = Quarter final
  • SF = Semi final
  • F = Final

Total European matches[edit]

Competition Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA
European Cup Winners Cup 47 15 14 18 65 59

Penalty Shootouts[edit]

Date Competition Opponents Venue Score
29 September 1971 European Cup Winners Cup SC Dynamo Berlin Home 4-5
14 January 1997 Football League Trophy Exeter City Home 2-4
24 January 1998 FA Cup Reading Away 3-4
25 August 1999 League Cup Queens Park Rangers Away 3-2
24 August 2004 League Cup Kidderminster Harriers Away 5-4
26 October 2004 League Cup Bournemouth Away 5-4
12 May 2010 League Play Offs Leicester City Home 4-3
21 September 2011 League Cup Leicester City Home 7-6
24 January 2012 League Cup Crystal Palace Home 3-1
26 February 2012 League Cup Liverpool Wembley 2-3

Footnotes[edit]

  • ^ The First Division was the Top tier of English football, when Cardiff gained this honour.
  • ^ The Second Division was the Second Tier of English football, when Cardiff earned these honours.
  • ^ The Second Division was the Third Tier of English football, when Cardiff won the play-off.
  • ^ The Third Division was the Third Tier of English football, when Cardiff won these honours.
  • ^ The Third Division was the Fourth Tier of English football, when Cardiff won this

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