All-Time Premier League Record (upto 11th September 2018)
|Played||Won||Drew||Lost||Scored||Conceded||Goal Difference||Points||No of Seasons|
Most Premier League Appearances
Most Premier League Goals
Biggest Premier League Victories
|Cardiff City 3-1 Fulham||8th March 2014||2013-2014|
|Cardiff City 3-2 Manchester City||25th August 2013||2013-2014|
|Fulham 1-2 Cardiff City||28th September 2013||2013-2014|
|Cardiff City 2-1 Norwich City||1st February 2014||2013-2014|
|Cardiff City 1-0 Swansea City||3rd November 2013||2013-2014|
Worst Premier League Defeats
|Cardiff City 0-4 Hull City||22nd February 2014||2013-2014|
|Sunderland 4-0 Cardiff City||27th April 2014||2013-2014|
|Cardiff City 3-6 Liverpool FC||22nd March 2014||2013-2014|
|Chelsea 4-1 Cardiff City||19th October 2013||2013-2014|
|Cardiff City 0-3 Arsenal||30th November 2013||2013-2014|
|Manager||No of Seasons managed||Left the Club|
|Malky Mackay||1||27th December 2013|
|Ole Gunnar Solskjaer||1||18th September 2014|
Highest Home Attendances
|Cardiff City 2-3 Arsenal||2nd September 2018||32,316||2018-2019|
|Cardiff City 0-0 Newcastle United||18th August 2018||30,720||2018-2019|
|Cardiff City 3-6 Liverpool FC||22nd March 2014||28,018||2013-2014|
|Cardiff City 2-2 Manchester United||24th November 2013||28,016||2013-2014|
|Cardiff City 0-3 Arsenal||30th November 2013||27,948||2013-2014|
Cardiff City defied the expectations of many experts to earn promotion back to the Premier League for the 2018-2019 season, four years after their one-season dalliance in the top-flight which ended with a swift return to the Championship. Their sole full season did have a few highs but their relegation was unsurprising after a controversial decision was made by owner Vincent Tan to sack the manager, Malky Mackay. This time round, it is the experienced Neil Warnock in-charge and he will make the Bluebirds tough to beat.
Popular Scot Malky Mackay guided Cardiff City into the top-flight for the first time in the Premier League era as champions of the Championship. Mackay spent big to acquire the services of defensive midfielder Gary Medel and centre-back Steven Caulker. Both impressed but the overall quality of the squad wasn’t quite good enough to ultimately avoid an instant return to the second-tier.
Cardiff started well enough and no supporter will ever forget their first-ever Premier League home game at The Cardiff City Stadium. Big-spending Manchester City arrived and were expected to turn the Bluebirds over. However, Cardiff dominated the aerial battles and two headers from Fraizer Campbell helped the newcomers to a shock 3-2 victory. Unseen at the full-time whistle was a frosty reception given by owner Vincent Tan towards Mackay. It was already the beginning of the end for Mackay.
Cardiff did beat Swansea City 1-0 in the maiden Welsh Derby at Premier League level and drew at home with reigning champions Manchester United. However, hours before a trip to Anfield, an e-mail was leaked into the press from Tan telling Mackay to resign as boss or face being sacked. Mackay came out fighting after the 3-1 defeat to a Luis Suarez-inspired Liverpool FC side but a 3-0 home beating by Southampton on Boxing Day was the final blow. A day later, Tan sacked Mackay, much to the fans’ disgust. The real reasons for his sacking weren’t fully revealed until his application and sudden withdrawal for the vacant managerial position at Crystal Palace eight months later.
Ex-Manchester United scoring legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as new manager but the club were in a tailspin and he couldn’t guide them out of it either. Poor business in the January transfer window, including a swap deal with Stoke for Kenwyne Jones to arrive in-exchange for Peter Odemwingie didn’t help matters. Cardiff’s Premier League flame was extinguished on the final Saturday of the season when they lost 3-0 to Newcastle United. They finished bottom of the table with just seven wins to their name and 30 points. Solskjaer achieved just two league wins during his five-month reign as boss.
After a four-season absence, Cardiff returned to the top-flight and despite not winning any of their first four games, will scrap for every point possible. Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge has already shown his penalty-saving instincts, saving efforts from Callum Wilson and Kenedy in the season’s early weeks. The save from the latter in stoppage-time earned Cardiff a goalless draw with Newcastle United for their first point back in the big time.
The Bluebirds came from behind twice in their last match against Arsenal before being narrowly beaten 3-2 by the Gunners but Neil Warnock’s side will battle throughout and will win plenty of admirers throughout the season for the never-say-die attitude that the manager will demand from his players.