The demise of Cardiff City

In just ten seasons from 1923-24 to 1933-34 Cardiff City manged the remarkable feat of falling from the top of Division One to the very foot of the Third Division South. 

1923-24: Having led the First Division for much of the season Cardiff went into the last game 1 point ahead of Huddersfield Town.  Playing 14th placed Birmingham City away, Cardiff were held to a 0-0 draw. They (in the shape of top scorer Len Davies) also  missed a penalty (which no one wanted to take).  Huddersfield Town beat Nottingham Forest and became League Champions on goal average. 

Fred Tunstall  scores Sheffield United's winner

1924-25: Cardiff finished 11th in Division 1 and lost to Sheffield United in the FA Cup Final.

1925-26: Cardiff finished 16th in Division 1. On New Years Day they lost 11-2 to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. 

1926-2714th in Division 1 and FA Cup winners.

1927-286th in Division 1

1928-29Finishing bottom of Division 1 having only won 8 (out of 42 games) in the season, Cardiff bizarrely conceded fewer goals than any other team in their division (but scored at least 13 less than every other side).

1929-30Finished 8th in Division 2. 

1930-31: Only 8 wins and an astonishing -40 goal deficit saw Cardiff finish bottom of Division 2. 

1931-329th Division 3 South.

1932-3319th Division 3 South.

1933-34: Cardiff City finished at the very bottom of the Third Division South and sought re election to the football league. 

Special mention to goalkeeper Tom Farquharson who played in the Birmingham City game in 1924  and  also in  City's last game of the Third Division South season against Northampton Town in 1933-34.