In 2012, the Cardiff City ownership moved away from 104 years of blue home shirts to switch to red.

The decision has since been reversed, it meant that the club’s sole season in the Premier League – their first in the top flight in 51 years – was spent looking very familiar, in red shirts, black shorts and red socks.

For the game away to Fulham in August, white change shorts were used and they were also called into action for the third round of the FA Cup away to Newcastle United.

This was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first game in charge of the club and perhaps it was his decision to go with white socks at St James’ Park too, given the success he enjoyed in such an outfit.


Maybe the decision had nothing to do with the new boss, but the kit combination worked a charm as second-half goals from Craig Noone and Fraizer Campbell earned Cardiff a 2-1 win after Papiss Demba Cissé had put Newcastle in front.

While they would go on to beat Bolton Wanderers in the fourth round, they exited the cup to holders Wigan Athletic in the fifth, and the win proved to be a high point for Solskjaer’s tenure, with Cardiff winning just three games in the league from then until the end of the season, finishing bottom of the table.

Against Bolton and away to Tottenham in March and Newcastle in May in the league, the white shorts were again worn but the white socks were like a butterfly – seen for just one day, but oh, what a day.