Cardiff City travel to Leeds United: A look back at some classic matches

October 28, 2011 1 Comment »

Our Cardiff City blogger Scott Johnson has this week written an article about to classic Cardiff City v Leeds United matches, before the rivals lock horns on Sunday lunchtime in the Championship.

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Cardiff visit Leeds on Sunday and it should be a cracker.

Having lost to Birmingham on Wednesday, Leeds are currently 5th in the table, one point ahead of Cardiff who occupy 9th place.

It will struggle to live up to previous fixtures between the two clubs though, two of which were simply stunning.

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Cardiff’s 4-0 victory at Elland Road last season was the best I have ever seen a Cardiff side play.

It was like the culmination of Dave Jones efforts during his time with the club, encapsulated in 90 minutes and Cardiff were never this good again during the rest of his tenure.

They were in control from the first minute to the last, demonstrating calm and confidence, with a ruthless streak that made a substantial victory inevitable.

Jay Bothroyd scored twice and was at his dominant best, before injury and England derailed his season, Michael Chopra netted and even Lee Naylor got in on the act.

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Craig Bellamy was unplayable on the left, Chris Burke likewise on the right, with Seyi Olofinjana destroying and Peter Whittingham conducting in the centre.

The result saw Cardiff return to the top of the table, alongside early pace setters QPR, the pair looked certainties for automatic promotion at that point, unfortunately, only QPR achieved the feat.

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Eight years previously, Cardiff stunned Leeds in the 3rd round of the FA Cup, while Alan Cork’s Cardiff were in the third tier and Leeds topped the Premier League.

I was sat in the Bob Bank for the game and I’ve never experienced an atmosphere like it, I got to the ground an hour before kick off and Ninian Park was already packed and intense.

The Cardiff side contained the likes of Gabbidon, Earnshaw, Andy Legg and Graham Kavanagh, figures that are fondly remembered.

Leeds boasted the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Mark Viduka, Jonathan Woodgate, Lee Bowyer, Alan Smith and future Bluebird Robbie Fowler, with current Bluebird Stephen McPhail on the bench.

Gavin Gordon kicked Rio Ferdinand out of the game within the first ten minutes, leaving Michael Duberry to line up alongside Woodgate, having recently testified against him in court.

Smith was sent off for giving Andy Legg a smack in the mouth and Cardiff followed Viduka’s opener with a stunning free kick from Kavanagh and Scott Young’s iconic late winner.

Leeds suffered a subsequent downturn in results and have never been the same since, while Cardiff suffered heartbreak in the play off semi-final, losing over two legs to Stoke, who have never looked back since.

Performances of this calibre are few and far between and likely to be beyond Malky Mackay’s young charges, but three points are certainly a realistic possibility and it will take a significant performance in it’s own right to achieve that feat.

What do you remember about that Ninian night? Let us know in the comments box below

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  1. Shinyhead69 October 28, 2011 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    I remember a stadium full of drunken yobs, throwing lighters and spit at our players. I've rejoiced at every play-off failure you guys have had since. MOT

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