Three decades of Cardiff City v Manchester United matches

Last updated : 22 December 2018 By Michael Morris

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Another team we’ve not played too often down the years, but the normal six questions with the answers to be posted on here on matchday morning.

60s. The final Cardiff v Manchester United game in this decade was the last one between the teams for eleven years, can you name the City player who was making his tenth successive appearance for the club against Matt Busby’s team that day? Also, in the same match, there were two Cardiff born City players who were making their seventh consecutive start for us against Manchester United, can you name them?

70s. He attended the school from which the nascent Beatles took one of their early names and made his Manchester United debut in a match against Cardiff City during this decade, who am I describing?

80s. The player in this photo made nearly fifty appearances for Manchester United during this decade before he had to retire after being diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, who is he?

90s. Born in Clifton, but no Bristolian, this man, who became a history maker twelve years earlier, made his final appearance for Manchester United early in this decade and marked it with what was a rare event – he scored. United were his third club and, by signing for them, he kept up his record of always playing for sides that wore red. That run ended when he donned blue and white at his fourth club, but he was back in red for his final two teams (one of which he managed) – can you name him?

00s. “The Golden Boy is an award that is given by sports journalists to a young footballer playing in Europe perceived to have been the most impressive during a calendar year. All nominees must be under the age of 21 and play in a European nation’s top tier.”. Which winner of this award during this decade while a Manchester United player shares his name with an ex United player who we once signed?

10s. The player pictured is a member of a City squad to have faced Manchester United during this decade, who is he?






60s. Alan Harrington was in every City side which played Manchester United between a 5-2 defeat at Old Trafford on 9 October 1954 and a 3-0 loss on the same ground on 3 February 1962. Graham Vearnecombe and Colin Baker were both in our side for that game in 1962 as well, having played in the previous six matches between the clubs dating back to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on 10 March 1956.

70s. Steve Coppell attended Quarry Bank High School (the Beatles were called the Quarrymen for a while in the days before Ringo Starr joined them) and made his debut for Manchester United when he came on as a sub for them on 1 March 1975 in a game at Old Trafford against City – it was 0-0 at the time and Coppell was instrumental in helping his team to a 4-0 win.

80s. Billy Garton.

90s. Viv Anderson, who became the first black player to be selected for the England team in 1978, played for Nottingham Forest and Arsenal before joining Manchester United in 1987. He scored for United in a League Cup tie in October 1990 against Halifax which proved to be his last match for the club before he signed for Sheffield Wednesday three months later. From Wednesday, he moved to Barnsley and was appointed their manager for the 1993/94 season – his final club was Middlesbrough for whom he played a couple of games in 94/95 during an injury crisis after becoming Assistant Manager to Bryan Robson.

00s. Anderson won the Golden Boy award in 2008, thirty five years after City paid what was a club record fee for Willie Anderson when they signed him from Aston Villa.

10s. Jo inge Berget was an unused sub for City’s 2-0 loss at Old Trafford in January 2014.