We are proud to be the driving force behind Cardiff City’s Premier League ambitions as their principal sponsor for the 2008/09 Championship season – the “End of An Era” season. The Vansdirect.co.uk logo adorns both the Cardiff City home and away kit as supplied by Joma.
Peter Ridsdale, Cardiff City Chairman said: “We are absolutely delighted to have secured our new shirt sponsorship deal with Vansdirect.co.uk. They have been corporate sponsors for the last two years including generously supplying a vehicle to football in the community and this new deal is a major step change in their level of commitment to this Football Club. There has probably never been a more exciting time to be associated with Cardiff City and this new partnership confirms this.”
Langley Davies, Vansdirect.co.uk Chief Executive said: “Vansdirect are delighted to be the principal sponsor for the historic last season at Ninian Park. The opportunity to be associated with Cardiff City Football Club aligns with our national growth strategy and we see this partnership as an exciting opportunity to help Cardiff City fulfil their Premier League ambitions.”
A brieft history of Cardiff City Football Club
Cardiff City were founded in 1899 and are the only non-English side to have won any of the three major English competitions. They won the FA Cup in 1927, during a decade when they were one of the strongest sides in the English league, finishing runners-up in 1923/4 and also losing 1-0 to Sheffield United in the FA Cup Final of 1925. They have also been regular winners of the Welsh Cup, and as the winner of the Cup in 1966-67 gained entry to the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, reaching the semi-finals in 1967-68.. They played in old Football League First Division periods of 1921-1929, 1952-1957 and 1960-1962.
Their history in recent years has been less successful but they have made some improvement in the last few seasons. In 1986, they were relegated to the Fourth Division, and over the next 14 years slipped into the league's basement division three times. In 1996 they were the league's third lowest placed team. However; a Football League Second Division playoff triumph in 2003 lifted them into the Football League First Division; and they are now just one promotion away from reaching the Premiership which would make them the first non-English team to do so. In 2008, they reached the final of the FA Cup for the third time before losing 1-0 to Portsmouth.
The front of Ninian ParkCardiff's first ground was at Sophia Gardens recreational park where they played from their founding in 1899 until 1910 when, due to the lack of facilities at the ground and the increasing amount of support for the club, Bartley Wilson contacted Bute Estate, who owned large amounts of Cardiff at the time, in an attempt to find land suitable for building a stadium. They eventually agreed on an area of waste ground on Sloper Road. The land was a former rubbish tip and required extensive work to get a playable surface, but with the assistance of Cardiff Corporation and volunteers the work was completed. The ground was originally to be known as Sloper Park but was instead named after Lord Ninian Crichton-Stuart, who was a large force in helping the club get the ground built, and became Ninian Park.
The stadium was initially built with one stand before the opening of another in 1928 which could hold 18,000 people to replace an earth embankment. The club record attendance in the ground is 57,893 which was achieved during a league match against Arsenal on 22 April 1953. The record has stood for more than fifty years and is unable to be beaten due to the scaling down of the ground throughout the seventies and eighties due to safety fears which have seen the ground capacity fall to 22,000. The ground is also one of the few above League One level that still contains standing areas.
New stadium plans
Cardiff City are currently in the process of building a new state of the art 26,500 seater stadium on the site of the now demolished old Cardiff Athletics Stadium. The project also includes a retail park and requires the rebuilding of the athletics stadium, to be known as Cardiff International Sports Stadium on the opposite side of Leckwith Road in Cardiff.
The plan requires the demolition of the Cardiff Athletics Stadium, which the council are insisting the replacement of is built before the start of construction on the new football stadium. This will avoid the city being without a major athletics facility for up to 11 months between the demolition of the old stadium and the building of a new athletics facility nearby. But developers have said that the main infrastructure work including highway improvements, drainage, gas supply and electricity cables can be carried out in a way that will allow Leckwith to remain open until July 2007.
Work began on the new Cardiff International Sports Stadium in January 2007. Cardiff City F.C.'s stadium is due to open in September 2009.
On 20 September 2007 it was announced that the Cardiff Blues rugby union club are to leave their Cardiff Arms Park home to become tenants of Cardiff City F.C. at the new Leckwith stadium.
Notable fans of Cardiff City
James Fox - Singer, wrote and recorded the 2008 FA cup final 'Bluebirds Flying High.'
Stanley Baker - actor
Jeremy Bowen - BBC News presenter
Neil Kinnock - ex-Labour Party leader
David Davies - swimmer who won Bronze in 2004 Olympics & Silver in 2008 Olympics
Super Furry Animals - rock band
Gareth Thomas - Welsh rugby player
Stuart Cable - ex-Stereophonics drummer
Matthew Pritchard - member of Dirty Sanchez
Dannie Abse - Cardiff-born poet
Ken Follett - Cardiff-born novelist
Roald Dahl - deceased writer
Ryan Giggs - Manchester United and former Wales International captain
Charlotte Church - Welsh pop singer and television presenter, current partner of Gavin Henson
Frank Hennessy - Welsh folk singer and Radio Wales DJ
Andy Fairweather-Low - Musician
Gavin Williams - footballer currently playing for Bristol City
Arron Davies - footballer currently playing for Nottingham Forest
Geraint Williams - current manager of Colchester United
Joe Calzaghe - Undefeated Super Middleweight boxing champion, who wore a Cardiff shirt during the weigh-in prior to his bout against Bernard Hopkins
Tony Pulis - current manager of Stoke City
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