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27 April 2017

Cardiff City welcome Newcastle United to South Wales on Friday night for their final home game of the Sky Bet Championship season.


The Bluebirds will be looking to make it four home wins on the spin against the Magpies, who won promotion to the Premier League against Preston North End on Monday.


Newcastle United, managed by Rafa Benítez, arrive in the Welsh capital still in with a chance of winning the Championship title. The Magpies are four points behind league-leaders Brighton & Hove Albion with two games to play.

United needed a win on Monday against Preston to secure automatic promotion to the Premier League at the first attempt and they clinched the result in style, running out 4-1 winners in front of their home fans.

A double from Ayoze Pérez, combined with a Christian Atsu strike and a Matt Ritchie penalty put Benítez’s men out of sight. The Lilywhites did make it 1-1 through Jordan Hugill but their cause was hampered in the second half due to the dismissal of Paul Gallagher.

The Magpies are bringing a large away following to Cardiff City Stadium but look set to be without their top scorer Dwight Gayle. The striker has scored 22 goals this season but has missed Newcastle’s last three games, due to a hamstring injury picked up against Sheffield Wednesday.


Michael Chopra made his Newcastle debut in 2002 and spent six years on the books of his hometown club. After leaving the Magpies he would go on to have two permanent spells with the Bluebirds, first in the 2006/07 season when he finished as the club’s top scorer with 22 goals.

Chopra returned to South Wales for the Bluebirds’ first campaign at Cardiff City Stadium and took his tally for the club to over 50 goals during the next two seasons.

Other players to represent both the Magpies and the Bluebirds include Wayne Routledge, Craig Bellamy, Haris Vučkić and the late Wales international, Ivor Allchurch.


Cardiff City welcomed Newcastle United to Ninian Park on 22 August 1956 for their first home match of the 1956/57 Division One season.

The Bluebirds, managed by Trevor Morris, had begun the campaign away to Arsenal and returned from Highbury with a point after a 0-0 draw. They played the Magpies in midweek, a few days later, and the game could not have been more different, with City running out 5-2 winners.

Johnny McSeveney got himself on the score-sheet and pair of braces from forwards Trevor Ford and Cliff Nugent completed the rout.

Welshman Reg Davies got the two goals for the Magpies but Cardiff still won the game handsomely. 


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Match Reports


28 April 2017


Cardiff City slipped to defeat against Newcastle United in the Bluebirds' final home game of 2016/17.

Met with an incredible atmosphere from both sets of fans, the game began with each side playing with attacking intent. Looking particularly sharp on the Cardiff flank was Kadeem Harris, until his unfortunate withdrawal due to injury after twenty-four minutes.

The Bluebirds had the ball in the back of the net twice in the first period, but both efforts were disallowed. Firstly, from a Peter Whittingham corner, skipper Sean Morrison headed into the net, only for the referee to adjudge that he had fouled his marker in the process.

Eleven minutes later, City beat the Magpies’ defence to put the ball home again, only for an offside call to rule out the goal. Aron Gunnarsson had made an excellent run into the box, before connecting with the ball in an offside position. Junior Hoilett’s simple tap in was subsequently disallowed for the earlier offence, seeing the teams go in at the break with the scoreline goalless.

The second period began with chances for both sides, with substitute Craig Noone spurring Cardiff’s best opportunity. A floated ball from the overlapping Joe Bennett found the winger at the back post, who could only volley wide of goal. At the other end, Mohamed Diamé went to ground under pressure, but penalty appeals were waved away. Similarly, Kenneth Zohore found himself on the end of a tough tackle inside the box, although the ball was fairly won and play continued.

After fifty-five minutes, a close-range free-kick from Christian Atsu opened the scoring for the visitors. A mazy run from the winger eventually saw him upended on the edge of the box by Morrison, and despite the City man’s appeals a free kick was given. Atsu stepped up, and curled the ball into the right hand corner for his fifth strike of the season.

Ten minutes after the opener, Newcastle doubled their lead through midfielder Isaac Hayden. The former Arsenal youngster picked the ball up in a central position, and fired a powerful strike past Allan McGregor and into the bottom corner.

In an almost immediate response, Anthony Pilkington inadvertently came close with a looping cross, which almost caught out United keeper Rob Elliot. From the resulting Noone corner, Bruno Manga had a golden chance to claw one back. He latched onto the delivery at the back post, but could only direct his header over the bar. Newcastle almost snatched a third through Aleksander Mitrović, who latched onto an under-hit headed backpass. However, ‘City keeper McGregor was alert to it, producing an impressive tackle to deny the Serbian striker.

After seventy-three minutes, another headed chance fell to Zohore, who again couldn’t find the target. Bennett was the provider, with a cross from the left flank. The Danish striker connected powerfully, but couldn’t keep his header down. Showing their impressive attacking talent, the Magpies again went close through Mitrović, A powerful strike from the forward brought a smart save from the feet of McGregor, denying Newcastle a decisive third.

The best Cardiff opportunity of the final quarter fell to Noone, after Zohore passed him the ball in the area. The winger received the ball at the back post, but his effort flew over the ball. The final whistle confirmed a losing end to what has been an impressive season at home for City, with the fans giving Neil Warnock and his team a standing ovation during their end-of-season lap of honour.


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