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Glory years to Ghee fears: The history of Cardiff City

Updated 1451 GMT (2251 HKT) July 19, 2012
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In 1927, for the first and only time in its history, the FA Cup was taken out of England when Cardiff City (captained by Freddie Keanor, right) beat Arsenal 1-0. The goal scored became known as '"the howler" but Arsenal goalkeeper Dan Lewis blamed the sheen of his recently-washed jersey for the ball slipping under his body and into the net. Getty Images
On April 25, 2009 Cardiff City played their final game at the stadium which had housed the club for almost a century. Unfortunately Cardiff could not commemorate the occasion, slumping to a 3-0 defeat against Sunderland. Getty Images
Following the demolition of Ninian Park, the club moved into a $75 million new home -- the Cardiff City Stadium. Designed by the world-reknowned Arup Associates, who designed such other stadia as Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena and Valencia's Nou Mestalla, the 22,000-capacity ground was inaugurated with a friendly match against Scottish giants Celtic on July 22, 2009. Getty Images
At the climax of the 2009-2010 season, Cardiff suffered a third playoff loss in as many years, missing out on promotion to the top flight after a 3-2 loss against Blackpool. Record signing Michael Chopra (pictured) played, but failed to score. Getty Images
On May 27, 2010 Malaysian businessman Dato Chan Tien Ghee (pictured) became Cardiff's new chairman, bringing with him $1.3 billion worth of cash. Fans greeted the club's new owner with reactions varying from apprehension to outspoken anger, as Ghee announced controversial new plans to rebrand the club for the 2012-2013 season -- complete with a new crest and a red kit. Getty Images
With 2008's FA Cup final loss in still fresh in the minds of many fans, Cardiff once again defied all expectations in reaching the 2012 League Cup final against Premier League side Liverpool. Despite taking the lead through an early Joe Mason strike, Cardiff fell 2-1 behind with only two minutes remaining. Defender Ben Turner scored a dramatic equalizer, but Liverpool went on to win 3-2 in the penalty shootout.
Despite the team being known as "the Bluebirds," Cardiff's players will now wear red shirts bearing a dragon on the club crest. Getty Images