Six decades of Cardiff City v Chelsea matches

Last updated : 16 September 2018 By Michael Morris

Six questions about Chelsea going back to the 1960s.

60s. Can you identify this player from these clues. This member of a Chelsea side heavily defeated at Ninian Park during this decade never ventured outside of West London in terms of clubs played for during a ten year career mostly spent at Stamford Bridge, but it was a different story when he became a manager. He started off at the port city of Athens, before a spell at another port, this one much closer to home where Victory was never far away. His best days came when he made Eagles soar to Championships ten years apart in two separate spells and there were also cup wins in successive years for him there. He then crossed the border to take charge of one of City’s pre season opponents this year, there was a year with a club nicknamed “the pastries”, before he had a spell as joint caretaker manager at a now defunct small valley near trees – he later became President of this English club.

70s. This question may be hard to fathom for a while, but you should get it in the end. In February 1972, Chelsea beat Leicester City 2-1 at Stamford Bridge, but who bedazzled the crowd when they attempted to invade the pitch during the game while trying to attract the attention of Peter Osgood?

80s. City were on their way to relegation when they visited Stamford Bridge for a Division Two match watched by a crowd of just 9,710 during this decade. The game was lost 1-0, but who was our unused sub that day who would depart for Newport YMCA three months later with a sub’s appearance at Newcastle and a start at Bolton the sum total of his first team experience in the Football League?

90s. Eddie Newton has to be a candidate for our best ever loan signing following his successful stay with us in 91/92, but this question relates to players who made their debuts for us in matches in which Newton played. First, Newton made his debut for us in a 4-0 home win over Chesterfield, who was also making his first City start that day? Who was the midfielder from the north east who debuted for us in Newton’s twelfth game, the locally born striker who made his first appearance in the following match, the centreback from a Staffordshire club who was there for the next match alongside an experienced left winger from some Shrews  who was also starting his City career?

00s. Who is this Chelsea player from this decade?

10s. Can you identify the following players who all featured in the last match between us and Chelsea? First, this player’s first two clubs were  El Mokawloon and Basle, second, he was replaced by someone who was born in the Hague and now plays for a side on the south coast. Third, another one who came on as a sub – he went home and joined the Wolves after leaving Chelsea, but now he’s back with a team close by. Finally, who is the player, now with our last Championship opponents for a season at least, who made his  senior debut that day when he came on for Eden Hazard in the eighty ninth minute?


60s. Chelsea centre half John Mortimore scored one of City’s goals in our 5-2 win in September 1961, he made nearly two hundred and fifty matches for them before moving on to QPR for a short while. His management career started off at Ethnikos Piraeus, then a season at Portsmouth, while he won Portuguese titles in 76/77 and 86/87 in his two spells with Benfica. Real Betis and then Belenenses were his next clubs, before he returned after  a five year break to help out Southampton as joint caretaker manager in 1994 – he later became President of that club.

70s. Raquel  Welch, chaperoned by Jimmy Hill, was out on the pitch before kick off, but when the game started, she stood on the touchline shouting at Chelsea centre forward Peter Osgood (who scored both of their goal in a 2-1 win that day).

80s.Alan Sanders.

90s. Gerry Harrison, on loan from Bristol City, made his debut in Eddie Newton’s first match for us. Gary Gill, ex Middlesbrough and Darlington, made his debut for us in a 1-0 loss at Scunthorpe almost two months after Newton arrived at Cardiff. Tony Bird got his first taste of senior team action in a 0-0 draw with Maesteg Park in the Welsh Cup ten days later and it was also goalless when City visited Northampton four days after that as Gary Bellamy, on loan from Wolves, and Allan Walsh,  signed from Shrewsbury, made their debuts.

00s. Slaviša Jokanovi?.

10s. The match in question was played on the final day of the 2013/14 campaign. Mo Salah signed for Chelsea from Basle, having started off with Cairo based El Mokawloon was replaced by. Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake with ten minutes to go and shortly before that, Fulham’s André Schürrle, who signed for Wolfsburg after leaving Chelsea came on for John Obi-Mikel – Reading’s Jon Swift is the player who made his Chelsea debut that day.