Cardiff City’s plans for the summer are starting to take shape as we prepare for the 2018/19 Premier League campaign...
We're pleased to announce that City will host Real Betis at Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday, 4th August 2018 - 5:15pm kick-off. Scroll down for more.
For the second year running, Neil Warnock's and his men will kick off their preparations against Taff's Well FC. Having faced the Wellmen in a successful match last summer, City will return to Rhiw'r Ddar at 7pm on Friday 13th July.
The Bluebirds will then head down to Cornwall and Devon, renewing acquaintances with a number of sides that welcomed us this time last year.
A total of seven matches will be played during the trip - with three first-team fixtures and four outings for our U23 side. However, several of the U23 fixtures are set to include representation from City's first-team squad.
Cornwall & Devon
(All matches kick off at 7pm, unless otherwise stated. Subject to change)
Sunday 15th July – Truro City vs. Cardiff City (U23), Treyew Road (12pm)
Monday 16th July – Tavistock AFC vs. Cardiff City (FT), Langsford Park
Tuesday 17th July – AFC St. Austell vs. Cardiff City (U23), Poltair Park
Wednesday 18th July – Bodmin Town vs. Cardiff City (FT), Priory Park
Thursday 19th July – Porthleven FC vs. Cardiff City (U23), Gala Parc
Friday 20th July – Torquay United vs. Cardiff City (FT), Plainmoor
Saturday 21st July – Liskeard Athletic vs. Cardiff City (U23), Lux Park (2pm)
The Millers and the Brewers
Cardiff City will then continue their pre-season preparations with a training camp at Champneys, Leicestershire - taking on both Rotherham United and Burton Albion during that time.
Wednesday 25th July – Rotherham United vs. Cardiff City (FT), New York Stadium (7:45pm)
Saturday 28th July – Burton Albion vs. Cardiff City (FT), Pirelli Stadium (2pm)
U23 at Hereford & Wealdstone
Our U23 side will visit National League North side Hereford on Saturday, 28th July. The two teams faced off at Edgar Street before the start of the 2017/18 season, recording a 5-1 victory. They will then visit Wealdstone, Ciaron Brown's former team, three days later.
Saturday 28th July – Hereford vs. Cardiff City (U23), Edgar Street (3pm)
Tuesday 31st July – Wealdstone vs. Cardiff City (U23), Grosvenor Vale (7:45pm)
City in Scotland
In midweek, our first team squad will visit Scottish Championship side Greenock Morton at Cappielow Park.
Tuesday 31st July – Greenock Morton vs. Cardiff City (FT), Cappielow Park (7:45pm)
We return to CCS
Neil Warnock's men are set for a tough challenge on August 4th as they host La Liga side Real Betis in South Wales. Los Verdiblancos finished sixth in the Spanish top flight in 2017/18.
Saturday 4th August – Cardiff City (FT) vs. Real Betis, Cardiff City Stadium (5:15pm)
Stay tuned to cardiffcityfc.co.uk and our social media channels for further updates, with more pre-season fixtures to be confirmed.
"I'm expecting even more of our fans to come down..."
Neil Warnock spoke to us following the confirmation of City's trip to Cornwall and Devon, and matches against Rotherham & Burton, saying: "After last summer, we decided to continue my lovely relationship with Cornwall for a week. This time, the U23s will be playing every other night along with the first-team, so that everyone in the squad can get enough minutes under their belt that week.
"Last year was a success and I'm expecting even more of our fans to come down for a holiday and what will be a great, family-oriented week!
"We're then going up for a few days to catch two of my old sides, Rotherham United and Burton Albion, which will give us good tests as we step up our fitness programme."