List of Cardiff City F.C. records and statistics

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

Cardiff City is a Welsh professional association football club based in Cardiff, Wales. The club was founded in 1899 and joined the Football League in 1920 after spending a decade in the Southern Football League. During their history Cardiff have played in all four professional divisions of the Football League, spending eleven seasons in the top tier since their formation.[1] They currently play in the second tier of the Football League, the Football League Championship.

The list encompasses the major honours won by Cardiff City, records set by the club, their managers and their players, and details of their 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 notable 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.[2]

As of 15 May 2014

Honours[edit]

Cardiff City claimed their first silverware by winning the Welsh Cup in 1912 by defeating Pontypridd Town.[3] Their first honour in the English league system was the Southern Football League Second Division title the following year in the 1912–13 season. The club entered the Football League in 1920 and enjoyed the most successful period in their history, finishing as First Division runners-up in the 1923–24 season and reaching two FA Cup finals, losing the first in 1925 before becoming the first and, to date, only non-English side to win the cup two years later in 1927, defeating Arsenal 1–0.[1][4] The club reached their third FA Cup final 82 years later, in 2008.[5]

Cardiff City's list of competition victories include:[6]

Southern Football League[edit]

Champions: - 1912–1913

Football League[edit]

Runners-up: - 1923–24[7]
Champions: - 2012–13
Runners-up: - 1920–21, 1951–52, 1959–60
Play-off Runners-up: - 2010
Champions: - 1946–47
Runners-up: - 1975–76, 1982–83
Play-off Winners: - 2003
Champions: - 1992–93
Runners-up: - 1987–88, 2000–01

Cups[edit]

Winners: – 1926–27
Runners-up: – 1924–25, 2007–08
Winners: – 1927
Runners-up: - 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[7]
Winners: – 2001–02
Runners-up: – 1997–98[a]

Match records[edit]

Firsts[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
  • 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]

Competitive matches only, appearances as substitute in brackets.[1][17]

# Name Years League[b] FA Cup League Cup Other[nb 1] Total
1 England Hardy, BillyBilly Hardy 1911–1931 497 (0) 56 (0) 0 (0) 37 (0) 590 (0)
2 Wales Dwyer, PhilPhil Dwyer 1972–1985 471 (5) 23 (0) 28 (0) 53 (0) 575 (5)
3 Scotland Murray, DonDon Murray 1962–1974 406 (0) 23 (0) 21 (0) 82 (0) 532 (0)
4 Republic of Ireland Farquharson, TomTom Farquharson 1921–1934 445 (0) 34 (0) 0 (0) 39 (0) 518 (0)
5 Wales Keenor, FredFred Keenor 1912–1930 432 (0) 42 (0) 0 (0) 33 (0) 507 (0)
6 England King, PeterPeter King 1960–1974 356 (5) 20 (0) 22 (0) 79 (1) 477 (6)
7 Wales Stitfall, RonRon Stitfall 1947–1964 398 (0) 20 (0) 3 (0) 31 (0) 452 (0)
8 Wales Evans, JackJack Evans 1910–1926 354 (0) 42 (0) 0 (0) 28 (0) 424 (0)
9 England Whittingham, PeterPeter Whittingham 2007– 375 (33) 18 (1) 19 (5) 10 (0) 422 (39)
10 Wales Harrington, AlanAlan Harrington 1952–1966 348 (0) 14 (0) 11 (0) 32 (0) 405 (0)
11 Wales Sherwood, AlfAlf Sherwood 1946–1956 354 (0) 18 (0) 0 (0) 9 (0) 381 (0)
12 Wales Davies, LenLen Davies 1919–1931 306 (0) 33 (0) 0 (0) 32 (0) 371 (0)
13 Wales Perry, JasonJason Perry 1986–1996 281 (3) 15 (1) 22 (0) 43 (3) 361 (7)
14 Wales Baker, ColinColin Baker 1953–1966 298 (0) 17 (0) 12 (0) 32 (0) 359 (0)
15 England Gibbins, RogerRoger Gibbins 1982–1985 & 1989–1992 281 (14) 14 (0) 23 (1) 27 (0) 345 (15)
16 Wales Young, ScottScott Young 1993–2003 277 (20) 22 (1) 14 (1) 20 (3) 333 (25)
17 Wales Baker, BillyBilly Baker 1938–1954 292 (0) 16 (0) 0 (0) 17 (0) 325 (0)
18 Wales Sullivan, DerekDerek Sullivan 1947–1961 275 (0) 10 (0) 0 (0) 24 (0) 309 (0)
19 Guyana Griffith, CohenCohen Griffith 1989–1995 234 (29) 16 (2) 9 (0) 40 (3) 299 (34)
20 Wales Searle, DamonDamon Searle 1990–1996 234 (2) 13 (0) 9 (0) 41 (0) 297 (2)
  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.
  • Bold indicates player still at club

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

Player scoring records[edit]

All time leading goalscorers[edit]

Number of appearances in brackets[1][17]

Figures correct as of ed of 2015–16 season.

# Name Years League[c] FA Cup League Cup Other[nb 1] Total
1 Wales Davies, LenLen Davies 1919–1931 128 (306) 19 (33) 0 (0) 31 (32) 179 (371)
2 England King, PeterPeter King 1960–1974 67 (356) 5 (20) 6 (22) 33 (79) 111 (477)
3 Wales Earnshaw, RobertRobert Earnshaw 1997-2004 & 2011-2013 89 (193) 10 (14) 10(9) 0 (1) 109 (227)
4 England Clark, BrianBrian Clark 1967–1972 & 1975–1976 79 (204) 2 (13) 3 (9) 24 (42) 108 (268)
5 Wales Dale, CarlCarl Dale 1991–1998 71 (211) 6 (14) 5 (11) 21 (32) 103 (269)
6 Wales Tapscott, DerekDerek Tapscott 1958–1965 79 (194) 2 (9) 3 (5) 18 (25) 102 (234)
7 England Gill, JimmyJimmy Gill 1920–1925 82 (184) 12 (28) 0 (0) 7 (8) 101 (220)
8 Wales Toshack, JohnJohn Toshack 1966–1970 74 (162) 1 (6) 1 (6) 24 (34) 100 (208)
9 Scotland Ferguson, HughieHughie Ferguson 1925–1929 77 (117) 9 (13) 0 (0) 6 (9) 92 (139)
10 England Whittingham, PeterPeter Whittingham 2007– 78 (375) 4 (18) 5 (19) 4 (10) 91 (422)
11 Wales Pike, ChrisChris Pike 1986 & 1989–1992 67 (154) 3 (10) 2 (8) 12 25) 84 (197)
12 England Grant, WilfWilf Grant 1950–1954 65 (155) 2 (5) 0 (0) 6 (9) 73 (168)
13 Wales Evans, JackJack Evans 1910–1926 58 (354) 6 (42) 0 (0) 4 (28) 68 (424)
14 Scotland Buchanan, JohnJohn Buchanan 1974–1981 54 (231) 2 (11) 5 (15) 6 (29) 67 (286)
15 England Chopra, MichaelMichael Chopra 2006–2007, 2008–2009 & 2009–2011 56 (142) 3 (8) 2 (4) 4 (8) 65 (162)
16 England Evans, TonyTony Evans 1975–1979 47 (124) 4 (8) 6 (7) 3 (13) 60 (152)
17 Wales Ford, TrevorTrevor Ford 1953–1956 42 (96) 3 (5) 0 (0) 14 (9) 59 (110)
18 England Hitchens, GerryGerry Hitchens 1955–1957 40 (95) 1 (4) 0 (0) 16 (9) 57 (108)
19= Republic of Ireland McCambridge, JimmyJimmy McCambridge 1930–1932 51 (95) 2 (5) 0 (0) 2 (8) 55 (108)
19= England Stant, PhilPhil Stant 1993–1995 34 (79) 4 (7) 2 (2) 15 (18) 55 (106)
  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 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)[19]
  • 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.[20]

Record transfer fees paid[edit]

Michael Chopra, sold to Sunderland in July 2007 for £5 million, was 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 by Date Notes
1 Chile Medel, GaryGary Medel £11m Spain Sevilla 10 August 2013 [21]
2 England Caulker, StevenSteven Caulker £8m England Tottenham Hotspur 31 July 2013 [22]
3 Denmark Cornelius, AndreasAndreas Cornelius £7.5m Denmark FC Copenhagen 1 July 2013 [23]
4 Gabon Ecuele Manga, BrunoBruno Ecuele Manga £5.5m France Lorient 1 September 2014 [24]
5 England Chopra, MichaelMichael Chopra £4m England Sunderland 4 July 2009 [25]
6 England Morrison, SeanSean Morrison £3m England Reading 15 August 2014 [26]
7 England Maynard, NickyNicky Maynard £2.8m England West Ham 31 August 2012 [27]
8 England Le Fondre, AdamAdam Le Fondre £2.7m England Reading 28 May 2014 [28]
9 Norway Moller Daehli, MatsMats Moller Daehli £2.7m Norway Molde 1 January 2014 [29]
10 South Korea Bo-Kyung, KimKim Bo-Kyung £2.7m Japan Cerezo Osaka 27 July 2012 [30]

Record transfer fees received[edit]

# Name Fee Paid by Date Notes
1 Chile Medel, GaryGary Medel £10m Italy Inter Milan 9 August 2014 [31]
2 England Caulker, StevenSteven Caulker £8.5m England Queens Park Rangers 22 July 2014 [32]
3 England Mutch, JordonJordon Mutch £6m England QPR 5 August 2014 [33]
4 England Chopra, MichaelMichael Chopra £5m England Sunderland 13 July 2007 [34]
5 England Johnson, RogerRoger Johnson £5m England Birmingham City 25 June 2009 [35]
6 Wales Ramsey, AaronAaron Ramsey £4.8m England Arsenal 13 June 2008 [36]
7 Wales Earnshaw, RobertRobert Earnshaw £4m England West Brom 30 August 2004 [37]
8 England Jerome, CameronCameron Jerome £4m England Birmingham City 31 May 2006 [38]
9 Denmark Cornelius, AndreasAndreas Cornelius £3m Denmark Copenhagen 31 January 2015 [39]
10 Netherlands Loovens, GlennGlenn Loovens £2.5m Scotland Celtic 16 August 2008 [40]

European record[edit]

Cardiff City regularly qualified for the now defunct European Cup Winners' Cup by winning the Welsh Cup. When the League of Wales was founded in 1992, Cardiff along with several other Welsh clubs in the English football pyramid, refused the opportunity to move into the league and were subsequently blocked from entering the Welsh Cup by UEFA.[41] The club made their debut in European competition in the first round of the European Cup Winners' Cup on 9 September 194, drawing 0–0 with Danish side Esbjerg fB,.[42] winning the second leg 1–0 at Ninian Park.[43]

Cardiff City scores are shown first in every match

Season Competition Round Country Club Home
result[44]
Away
result[44]
Notes
1964–65 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

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The competition was known as the FAW Invitation Cup during the 1997–98 season.[1]
  2. ^ League appearances between 1910 and 1920 were made in the Southern Football League, appearances from 1920 onward were made in the Football League.
  3. ^ Goals scored between 1910 and 1920 were scored in the Southern Football League, goals scored from 1920 onward were scored in the Football League.

References[edit]

General
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  44. ^ a b Cardiff City score is given first in each result.