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Cardiff City Football Club is a professional football club based in Cardiff, Wales, who currently compete in the SkyBet Championship, which is the second tier of English football.

They are one of only two non-English clubs to compete in any of England’s top four divisions alongside arch rivals Swansea City and now play their games at the Cardiff City Stadium, having originally played their matches at Ninian Park. Nicknamed the Bluebirds, they moved into their new home in 2009, which holds a capacity of 33,280 and has also become the home of the Wales National Football Team.

Vincent Tan has been the club’s owner since May 2010, while Mehmet Dalman is the Cardiff City Chairman. Neil Harris is the current first team manager at Cardiff, having taken the role in November 2019 following a successful spell at Championship rivals Millwall.

Cardiff City have spent the majority of their history playing in the second tier of English football, as they currently do, whilst also having spells where they have dropped as low as the fourth tier. The Welsh outfit have played 15 of their last 17 seasons in the Championship, with the other two being single campaigns in the Premier League that have resulted in instant relegations back to the second tier.

Cardiff controversially switched their traditional colours in 2012, moving from blue to red following a decision made by owner Tan, who later returned the home strip back to blue in January 2015. This was made as a decision to unite the Cardiff fans once again.

No player has played more games for Cardiff than Billy Hardy, who featured 590 times for the club between 1911-1931. One of his teammates, Len Davies, is also the club’s record goalscorer with 179 goals to his name scored over a 12-year spell with the club.

Gary Medel remains Cardiff’s record signing, with the Chilean international midfielder moving to the Welsh capital in the summer of 2013 for £11m from Spanish club Sevilla.

Arguably Cardiff’s most famous day came back in 1927 when they defeated Arsenal 1-0 in the FA Cup Final thanks to a Hugh Ferguson goal, with it being the only major cup competition that they have won in their history. The Bluebirds have twice reached major cup finals this century, getting to the FA Cup Final and League Cup Final once apiece in 2008 and 2012 respectively. In the former, they were defeated 1-0 by Portsmouth at Wembley and took Liverpool to penalties in the latter, only to lose to Kenny Dalglish’s team in the shootout.

Cardiff City Honours

League

First Division (As first tier)

  • Runners-up: 1923–24

Second Division / Championship (As second tier)

  • Champions: 2012–13
  • Runners-up: 1920–21, 1951–52, 1959–60, 2017–18

Third Division South / Third Division (As third tier)

  • Champions: 1946–47 (South)
  • Runners-up: 1975–76, 1982–83

Fourth Division / Third Division (As fourth tier)

  • Champions: 1992–93
  • Runners-up: 1987–88, 2000–01

Cup

FA Cup

  • Champions: 1926–27
  • Runners-up: 1924–25, 2007–08

FA Charity Shield

  • Champions: 1927

Football League Cup

  • Runners-up: 2011–12

Southern Football League Second Division

  • Champions: 1912–13

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Cheltenham Festival is a hugely prestigious event and despite the vast amount of prize money there is to be won, a price can not be put on the honour and pride that comes with winning any of the illustrious races. With 28 races taking places in total across the four-day event, there are
plenty of opportunities for jockeys to win, but this is not an easy task as they are up against some of the toughest competition that the sport has to offer.

The most sort-after races that take place in during this festival are the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase and Stayers' Hurdle. These events attract the largest crowds and are the most desired races to be won by the jockeys, with huge cash prizes and prestigious awards available.


To be crowned the top jockey of the festival you must be the jockey who wins the most amount of races over the course of the four-day event. The top jockey of the latest Cheltenham Festival in 2019 was Nico de Boinville who achieved three race wins over the course of the festival, including a win at the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Before Nico, Davy Russell rode four winners to be nominated top jockey and won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2014.

By far the most successful jockey to have ever graced the Cheltenham Racecourse is none other than Ruby Walsh, which is a name you are sure to have heard no matter if you follow horse racing or not. Not only has Ruby Walsh recorded the most amount of race wins during a single festival with seven to his name in 2016 and 2009, but he has also earnt the title of ‘Top Jockey’ a total of eleven times. Ruby Walsh was named the top jockey for a record four times in a row from 2008 to 2011 and then broke his own record achieving five consecutive top jockey titles from 2013 to 2017. In total the Irish jockey has won a total of 42 races at Cheltenham Festival.

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