A look at our rivals in Division 1 (part 1 B - N)

Last updated : 03 June 2003 By Michael Morris
Bradford City
The Bradford and Bingley Stadium (Valley Parade).

Last met 28/03/1995. Cardiff City 2 - 4 Bradford City. Division 2.

A dream return for Gareth Whalley. The City midfield has played at first division and Premiership level with the Bantams and will be looking forward to playing his old team again.


Turf Moor

Last met 01/04/2000. Cardiff City 1 - 2 Burnley. Division 2.

It wasn't that long ago that the two teams were in the 2nd Division. Cardiff were relegated to the third soon after defeat at Ninian Park to Burnley in April 2000, the last meeting of the clubs. Burnley came up to Division 1 while Cardiff bounced straight back to Division 2 and now the 1st Division.

Coventry City
Highfield Rd

Last met 15/01/2003. Coventry City 3 - 0 Cardiff City. FA Cup 3rd rd replay.

City last visited Highfield Rd earlier this year when they were knocked out of the Cup. Despite a fair performance from the Bluebirds it was Coventry's ability to finish well that saw them progress to round 4. I feel Cardiff will fair much better in the league this coming season.

Crewe Alexandra

Gresty Rd

Last met 03/05/2003. Crewe Alexandra 1 - 1 Cardiff City. Division 2.

Earnie's record breaking 31st goal came at Gresty Rd early in May. City celebrated that while Crewe celebrated promotion. We had our turn though, and we will be remembered for our promotion a lot more that Crewe will.

Crystal Palace

Selhurst Park

Last met 05/09/2000. Cardiff City 0 - 0 Crystal Palace. League Cup.

A draw at Ninian Park was not enough for City as Palace had won the first leg by two goals to one. Set in the South London suberbs Palace can be a nightmare to get to but when you do it's a nice ground. An easy one for the 1927 club members.

Derby County

Pride Park

Last met 01/03/1986. Derby County 2 - 1 Cardiff City. Division 3 (old).

One of the first away games that City fans will scour the fixtures for. A chance to visit the impressive Pride Park. I actually went there last season when our trip to Peterborough was cancelled. Derby v Sheff Weds was on offer after the disappointment of the big freeze at London Rd. The away end rises high above the pitch for superb views. It's been 17 years since the teams last played. Then it was at the Baseball Ground which has just ceased being a football ground. (Derby reserves have been using it).


Priestfield Stadium

Last meeting 02/05/2000. Gillingham 4 - 1 Cardiff City. Division 2.

No happy memories from the Priestfield. That 4 - 1 defeat for City in 2000 condemned the Bluebirds to relegation to Division 3. An early lead for City could have been doubled by Kevin Nigent but the chance went begging and on a night that saw Andy Legg sent off, City capitulated and waved goodbye to Division 2. That was then.

Ipswich Town
Portman Rd

Last meeting 07/01/1984. Cardiff City 0 - 3 Ipswich Town. FA Cup Rd 3.

Nearly 20 years since we have played Ipswich, that was a cup game. In the league we've not played them since 1968. Back to the cup game. City were beaten by an Eric Gates hat trick, remember him? Also in that Ipswich era was Paul Mariner, John Wark, Russel Osman, George Burley and keeper Paul Cooper. They are currently managed by well travelled Joe Royle.

The New Den

Last met 21/08/2001. Millwall 2 - 1 Cardiff City. League Cup.

City had a fairly sterile visit to the New Den in 2001. A far cry from the lively events in the league during the 1999/2000 season. There is history and reputation between the clubs fans and I understand that this coming season the movement of away fans will be closely monitored with only official coaches etc allowed. Sad in today's day and age but this is a fixture that I'd like to see out of the way asap. A shame for true supporters but probably for the best.

Norwich City
Carrow Rd

Last met in 1983. Cardiff City 0 - 0 Norwich City. League Cup.

Incredibly like their rivals Ipswich we've not played Norwich since a cup game in the 1983/84 season. Norwich were in Cardiff last year when they lost in the play off final to Birmingham City. Another long trip to a ground we've not seen for two decades.

Nottingham Forest

The City Ground

Last met 23/04/1977. Notts Forest 0 - 1 Cardiff City. Division 2 (old).

Can you believe it. We beat a team in red 1 - 0 on the 50th anniversary of our FA Cup win on 23/04/1927. Not Arsenal but Nottingham Forest and that visist to the City Ground was the last time we played them. What a fantastic fact. City fans have had some great trips to Nottingham in the last few seasons, this time we cross the Trent and visit the fine looking City Ground rather than County's Meadow Lane (ML is still one of my favourite away stands - and kids are allowed in for free).

Forest were promoted that season. Cardiff survived in Division 2 by 1 point. This was a golden era for Forest just 1 year after losing to Cardiff City Brian Clough and Peter Taylor led Forest to the Divison 1 title in 1978 and 12 months after that the European Cup (1979). A trophy they successfully defended in 1980.