On This Day | 100 years since City's first Football League match

Today marks the centenary of Cardiff City's first ever Football League match on 28th August 1920.

Under the stewardship of the Club's longest serving manager, Fred Stewart, City had been elected into the Football League's Division Two alongside Leeds United, having spent a decade in the Southern Football League.

They were handed an opening-day away fixture at Stockport County, with City considered underdogs against an experienced side firmly fancied at their home ground.

However, Stewart's men ran out comfortable winners against his former side at Edgeley Park.

New signing Jimmy Gill scored a brace, with further goals from Jack Evans, Billy Grimshaw and future FA Cup-winning skipper, Fred Keenor, as City recorded a 5-2 win.

The Cardiff City squad pictured in August 1920

It was to be an eventful first season in the Football League for the Bluebirds. That emphatic result spurred them on to gain promotion to Division One at the first time of asking – finishing runners up to Birmingham City on goal average only.

City also enjoyed a significant FA Cup run that year, bowing out to Wolves in a replayed Semi-Final at Old Trafford, having drawn the first clash at Anfield four days earlier. In doing so they became the first Welsh side to reach the Semi-Finals of the competition. 

Of course, it was just the start of a successful decade, with the Bluebirds soon reaching two Finals and going one step further...

More on City's 'roaring twenties' here