true faith : HISTORY FILE (Cardiff City)

by • October 1, 2013 • Match previewsComments (5)610

October sees United make the long trip to Wales for the first time in the Premier ColoCardiffLeague and the first time as a top flight fixture since 1961. We first visited Cardiff’s then home Ninian Park back in 1922 when 25,00 people witnessed a 1-0 win for The Bluebirds against a United side containing the likes of Bill McCracken and Frank Hudspeth.  The last time we went to Cardiff was in the summer of last year for the final pre-season friendly before the new season began, we went down 4-1 that day with Shola Ameobi’s penalty only a consolation by the time the men sporting their new red coloured shirts for the first time had blitzed us in the first half hour.

In terms of league games however, the game that will stick out in most fans minds, certainly in recent memory anyway would be the Championship game in 2009 on our first visit to the creatively named Cardiff City Stadium. A Fabricio Coloccini header and a resilient defensive display saw us through in a 1-0 victory even though we had to see out the last few minutes with 10 men after Alan Smith picked up a second yellow card. Indeed, the last time we’d played Cardiff before the Championship fixture also came in a promotion season, that of 83/84 when Kevin Keegan and Peter Beardsley were at the double to give us a crucial three points, two years prior to that United recorded an impressive 4-0 rout of The Bluebirds at Ninian Park with Imre Varadi grabbing the headlines scoring a hat trick that day in a season which the Welshmen were relegated.

Other than the period in the late 70s/early 80s we were also in the Second Division with The Bluebirds for a time in the early 1960s too, the most interesting of our encounters being a 4-4 draw at Ninian Park in August 1962. The two sides also met regularly in the 1950s whilst in the First Division, United often finding the long trek to Wales difficult and came back to Tyneside with back to back thrashings of 4-2 and 5-2 respectively, with the likes of Jackie Milburn, Bobby Mitchell and Vic Keeble appearing in both of those clashes.



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5 Responses to true faith : HISTORY FILE (Cardiff City)

  1. steve McGill says:

    weve got no fucking chance if we play like Monday

    • Here we go again! My guts have sunk lower than the proverbial snakes belly with the perennial feeling of impending doom. After following the Mags for 60 years you’d think I’d have learned by now but I still hope for a miracle or two! Keep on keeping on!

  2. Tom Bates says:

    Start with Williamson and Cabaye and we have a chance, drop Sissoko or Tiote for Cabaye. Jonas gets criticised and he has his limitations but it shows how exposed our full backs are when he doesnt play. We have ability and goals in the side but need to sort out the defence and ork harder as a team.

  3. Horsebuckfast says:

    I wouldn’t put counterfeit cash on us getting anything outta this game we are gash.

    In fact 7/5 for a a home win is looking strangely appealing.

  4. barry goulder says:

    god help us on Saturday. I feel Kinnear will be boss by end of month, if that is the case I for noe will not be following the toon while that clown is in charge.