The 1920–21 season was the 20th year of competitive football played by Cardiff City F.C.
and the team's first in the Football League
. In a ballot by members of their new league, Cardiff were voted into the Second Division
and won their first match 5–2 against Stockport County
. Cardiff finished the season tied on points with first-placed Birmingham
, with 58 of a possible 84 points. The winner was therefore decided via goal average
, with Cardiff placing second by a margin of 0.235. The two sides were both promoted to the First Division
.Cardiff also reached the semi-final of the FA Cup
, becoming the first Welsh side to do so and keeping six consecutive clean sheets
in the process. The team caused two upsets
by defeating First Division sides Sunderland
in the first and fourth rounds respectively. They were eliminated from the competition by fellow Second Division side Wolverhampton Wanderers
, losing 3–1 in a replay
at Old Trafford
. In the Welsh Cup
, Cardiff were the holders entering the competition but were eliminated in the third round by Pontypridd
after a fixture clash with a league match against Bristol City
forced them to field a reserve side.
During the season, Cardiff used 29 players in all competitions. Billy Hardy
featured in more games than any other player, being ever present in both the league and FA Cup with 49 appearances. He missed only one senior match for the side, the club's Welsh Cup defeat. Forward Jimmy Gill
, signed at the start of the season, was the club's top goalscorer. He scored 20 times in all competitions, finishing the campaign eight goals clear of the next highest-scoring player, Arthur Cashmore
. The club attracted an average home attendance at Ninian Park
of more than 28,000 for their first season in the Football League, an increase from previous years in the Southern League. Home matches against Coventry City
and Bristol City both recorded season-high league attendances of 42,000, although an FA Cup tie against Chelsea attracted 50,000. (Full article...