Our final home game of this season sees us welcome the men from the Welsh capital in a match they’ll be desperate to win given their fight against relegation. The omens for them do not look good however, as United have a more than strong record at home against The Bluebirds.
Our first trip down memory lane takes us back to 1947 where a newly promoted Newcastle United containing the soon to be international talents of Jackie Milburn and Len Shackleton beat Cardiff by a convincing 4-1 scoreline with the aforementioned players scoring 3 of our 4 goals; the other one coming from inside forward George Stobbart.
A few years later in 1953 we managed to score the same amount, whilst keeping it tight at the back in a 4-0 victory; the star of the show that day was Ivor Broadis who managed to score twice. Broadis has the distinction of being the first United player to score at a World Cup for England in Switzerland 1954 (George Robledo was the first from any nation, when he scored for Chile in Brazil ’50). In 1955 we gave a decent account of ourselves a few weeks before the cup final with a 3-0 win over The Bluebirds with a double from Liverpudlian George Hannah and there was a blink if you miss it moment as Alf McMichael scored his only goal for United in 433 appearances.
In 1960 we continued our great run of form against this side with a resounding 5-0 victory, goals this time coming from George Luke (2), Len White (2) and a strike from Bobby Mitchell; at this point very much in the twilight of his career at the age of 36. Fast forward to 1978 and both sides are in the second division, United still came out on top despite this being one of our least memorable teams; the match ended 3-0 and the goals came from John Connelly, Peter With and Stuart Robinson.
In 1980 we won again this time by 2 goals to 1 with our goals being a penalty from Alan Shoulder and a strike from striker Ray Clarke, who the smart cookies out there will remember was our chief scout under Graeme Souness; and is credited with the discovery of Tim Krul. In our final season in the second division before promotion, we faced Cardiff for the last time in 25 years; the fixture was true to form with us winning 3-1, goals coming from Chris Waddle and a double for Kevin Keegan.
The next time we welcomed them at NE1 was in 2010 when a Friday night fixture was won in convincing fashion, braces from Andy Carroll and Peter Lovenkrands were supplemented by an own goal to make a final score of 5-1. Finally, we threw away one of our only realistic chances of winning a trophy against The Bluebirds in January, putting in a performance almost as half-arsed as Alan Pardew’s team selection; we were deservedly beaten 2-1.