It’s been a long time coming, but yesterday evening, Cardiff City finally achieved promotion to England’s Premier Division.
It seems the club’s ultimate re-brand is finally complete. After failing to progress past the play-offs for the past three seasons, the Welsh club have this time taken the automatic route and achieved their ultimate goal.
Tuesday’s scoreless draw with Charlton Athletic, finally secured promotion for the club, after 51 long years.
Full-time sparked a pitch invasion, as Cardiff join Swansea as the second Welsh team in the Premier League. In achieving promotion, the Bluebirds finally buried the ghosts of three successive play-off failures and they can now prepare for the financial rewards and publicity that come with a place in the top flight.
The result came 53 years to the day since a home victory over Aston Villa secured Cardiff promotion from the second tier.
Manager, Malky Mackay, 41, in charge since June 2011, said: “I am very proud of the football club.
“The people here have waited a long time for this moment.
“The owner has put an awful lot of money into this football club.
“They have backed me and the fans who have waited for this club to get into the Premier League. Hopefully this is a bit of pay-back for them.
After leading the club into England’s first division, the Scot has vowed to make Cardiff ‘competitive’ in the Premier League.
Below is a short clip of the event’s following last night’s final whistle.
I’d like to say a big congratulations to all the club’s supporters who have supported their team through the good times and the bad. It’s great to finally see Cardiff in the Premier League after so many years of trying.