In May 2013, Cardiff City were promoted to the top flight of English football to end an 84-year exile. They’d given the sense of a club on the verge of great things for several years, prone to sudden collapses at key moments, but when promotion was finally achieved, it didn’t come with quite the sense of fulfilment they had expected. By then Cardiff were owned by Vincent Tan, who had changed the badge and the kit and had little respect for history, or what had traditionally made Cardiff the club it was. Bartosz Nowicki captured the emotions of the 2012-13 season for his book, City - The Season, from which this essay is drawn.