A new Cardiff City book – The Journey Back – Cardiff City’s rise through the divisions 1991 to 2013



Trust member Paul Evans writes about the new Cardiff City book which will be published next  month.

Some of you may have seen something about our book in the Trust column in Sunday’s Spurs programme – it was said there that the Newcastle game on October 5 had been pencilled in as a launch date.

However, since that piece went to press, we have been informed by the printers that it’s virtually certain that they won’t be able to meet the deadline for publication on that date and so it will go on sale from the Trust Office before the Swansea match on November 3

As there is a good chance that we will have the books some time before that, we are looking at possible alternative ways of selling it at earlier dates than that and there will be the chance to purchase it through a PayPal link which will be put on my blog in the next two weeks.


As for the book itself, it is called “The Journey Back- Cardiff City’s rise through the divisions 1991 to 2013”. It was originally conceived as a follo- up to John Crooks’ excellent “Official History of the Bluebirds” published in 1992. Although it was later decided that we wouldn’t look for “official” accreditation, it is still, in many ways, a Part 2 to that book in that it begins where the original ended (the end of the 1990-91 season) and the format used consists of reviews of each season followed by a statistical breakdown of that campaign.

The book will have around 400 pages, including a colour section featuring team groups for 18 of the 22seasons covered and there are black and white photographs throughout. I have written the season reviews and Richard Holt has provided the stats. I must say as well that I think he has done a great job in providing clear and easy to understand team line ups (including the opposition) for every competitive match we’ve played during the period covered – we have a very hard act to follow, but I’m of the opinion that, in this area at least, we’ve improved on the original.

Above is the provisional cover for the book – there may well be some small changes made, but, essentially, this is what it will look like.