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2019/20 Sky Bet Championship Guide: Cardiff City

Part six of our team-by-team guide

1 June 2019

Cardiff City

League Position: 18th (Relegated from Premier League)

Average league attendance: 31,413

Top league goalscorer: Víctor Camarasa / Bobby De Cordova-Reid, 5


The bookies’ tip for relegation, Neil Warnock's team fought admirably but lacked the quality required to stay in the top flight.

A campaign marred by tragedy off the pitch, we will never know if the signing of Emiliano Sala, who died in a plane crash before ever playing for the Bluebirds, would have provided the goals to keep them up.

A promotion specialist, Warnock has every chance of guiding Cardiff back to the Premier League at the first attempt.



Neil Warnock

Neil Warnock was appointed as Cardiff City’s First Team Manager on 5 October 2016.

He guided the Bluebirds to Premier League promotion at the end of his first full season in charge (2017/18).

The 70-year-old has a wealth of managerial experience, having taken charge of 14 other clubs prior to arriving in South Wales. He first made the move into the dugout at Gainsborough Trinity in 1980, following a playing career that saw him make 327 career league appearances at eight different clubs. 

Warnock has now earned promotion on eight separate occasions - a British football record. He famously leading Notts County to successive Play-Off victories to reach the First Division in 1991 and took both Sheffield United (2005/06) and QPR (2010/11) to the Premier League.

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Key Man

Neil Etheridge

The Bluebirds added Neil Etheridge to their goalkeeping ranks on 30 May 2017.

The imposing 'keeper, who has made more than 50 international appearances for the Philippines, began his career with the Chelsea academy, before going on to play for the likes of Fulham, Bristol Rovers, Oldham Athletic and Charlton Athletic.  

He played in all but one of City’s 2017/18 Sky Bet Championship matches, keeping 19 clean sheets en route to Premier League promotion, before signing a new contract in June 2018.

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The Ground

Cardiff City Stadium

Miles from Brentford: 145

Capacity: 33,280

Address: Cardiff City Stadium, Leckwith Rd, Cardiff CF11 8AZ

How to get there


Last Meeting


Head to Head

Brentford wins: 14

Draws: 12

Cardiff City wins: 22


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