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Cardiff City, nicknamed the Bluebirds, have a fierce rivalry going with Swansea City. The two teams contest what is known as the South-Wales Derby, and those matches are always loaded with tension. It hasn’t been too bad before 1970, but then, hooliganism became a sad part of supporters’ behaviour, leading to extremely violent clashes.
In 1993, an extremely violent incident broke out, later to be referred to as “The Battle of the Ninian Park”, and it resulted in away fans being banned from attending any fixtures between Cardiff and Swansea for four years. Upon the lifting of the ban, police escorted away fans for a while to and from the stadiums, and the measures were therefore called “the bubble trips”. Even referees have been known to seek medical assistance when the Bluebirds and the Swans met.
Cardiff also have a rivalry with Bristol City and Bristol Rovers, as well as Newport County, but to a far lesser extent.
Similar to the way a number of football clubs in Britain were founded, this club came to be after those in charge of the Riverside Cricket Club decided they needed a way of keeping the team together and fit through the winter periods, as Riverside A.F.C. They sought permission to change the name to Cardiff City upon Cardiff being awarded the city status in 1905, but they were denied and had to join the South Wales Amateur League in 1907 for the request to be granted the following year.
The club’s first home was the ground at Sophia Gardens, but its lack of proper facilities held them back for a long time before they finally completed and moved into their own stadium at Ninian Park in 1910. That enabled them to join the Southern Football League’s Second Division, and their journey through the system began. In 2009, it was abandoned in favour of the newly completed Cardiff City Stadium which is their home today, as well as the place where Wales play most of their international matches.
They moved up relatively quickly and reached the English top flight division in 1921, remaining there through the decade, but they fell back just as quickly after that and staying in the southern section of the Third Division until after World War II.
Their long-term second-tier status began after they won promotion in 1947, and it lasted for most of the years between then and the 1980s which, together with the 1990s and the early 2000s, constituted a rather turbulent period in which the Bluebirds often changed leagues.
Cardiff City have never been crowned champions, but there were the top-tier runners-up in 1924. Their only major trophy is the 1927 FA Cup, though they reached the final of the competition in 1925 and 2008, as well as that of the League Cup in 2012.
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