Cardiff City are the only team to have taken the F.A. Cup out of England. No club has come closer (0.024 of a goal) to winning football's top division and they took part in the first Cup Final to be broadcast live on radio, as well as the first closed-circuit television transmission of a League game. Their 1927 Wembley win guarantees Cardiff City a place in the record books and in every pub quiz.
C'mon City! A Hundred Years of the Bluebirds is the club's official centenary celebration. It reveals, for the first time, the remarkable struggle of their founder, Bart Wilson, to set up a professional soccer team in a Welsh rugby stronghold. The book is a tribute to the disabled lithographic artist who never lost sight of the big picture. It charts Cardiff City's progress from public park to Ninian Park, from formation in 1899 to their ninth promotion a century later.
Exciting cup runs and floodlit European nights are also recalled by some of City's most loyal supporters. Writers Dannie Abse and Peter Corrigan, former players Brian Clark and Phil Dwyer, superfan Sue Goodfriend, ex-chairman Tony Clemo and current manager Frank Burrows explain their attachment to this unique club.
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"An absorbing account of the development of the Bluebirds" Western Mail
"An informative centenary history...a worthy story" Daily Telegraph
"This is one for City fans like me and I enjoyed it. The book is made better by having each chapter in the chronological history revolve around a City personality, be they player, manager or even famous fan " Total Football
"The joy of this book lies in its recognition that football has always been as much about the dreamers as the doers, about the little clubs as well as the big" Sport First
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ISBN 1-85411-271-6 hardback pp288 with 16pp b+w