CITY v RAMS: THE FACTS
City travel to Pride Park in search of more away joy on Tuesday.
It was in the mid-1920s that Cardiff City and Derby County first met.
The Rams had been founder-members of the Football League in 1888, but Cardiff City did not enter League football until the 1920/21 season and went up from Division Two that year as Derby came down. But Derby were back at top level as runners-up in Division Two at the end of 1925/26 and the two clubs first met at The Baseball Ground, Derby’s former home, on October 2nd 1926 when a 21,508 attendance saw Derby defeat us 6-3. But we gained revenge the following March when Hughie Ferguson’s goals gave us a 2-0 win.
The 1927/28 matches were certainly high-scoring affairs – it was a 4-4 draw at Ninian Park in mid-November 1927, and when we went to The Baseball Ground in late-March 1938 we lost 7-1! We parted company at the end of 1928/29 when we were relegated from top level and next met in the F.A. Cup Fifth Round in February 1949 when we lost 2-1.
Roley Williams. and Tommy Northcott scored for us in a 1-1 draw at The Baseball Ground in October 1952, and the return match at Ninian Park in March 1953 attracted a 38,670 attendance for our 2-0 win with goals from Ken ChisholmOur next League meetings were in the old Division One during 1952/53 when we had returned to top level. Former Coventry forward
took charge at Derby in 1967.Peter Taylor and his assistant Brian Clough joined Derby – he was to achieve the heights with them after Alan DurbanDerby went down that season and we next came across them in 1957/58 when we were both in Division Two. Over those three seasons (‘57/58, ‘58/59, ‘59/60) before our return to top level, we won five and drew one of our six meetings. There were regular encounters between 1962 and 1969 in Division Two, and in the summer of 1963 our midfield player
scored for us, and a 2-0 defeat at The Baseball Ground at the start of February 1969, a match that we could well have won.Brian ClarkThe two City-Derby meetings of 1968/69 when The Rams went up were outstanding games – a 1-1 draw at Ninian Park in November when
scoring four times.Michael Chopra gave us a 4-1 win. Apart from the 2007/08 season when they were in the Premier League, we have played them regularly in the npower Championship, one of the most memorable matches being on September 29th 2009 at Cardiff City Stadium when we were 6-1 winners, James Collins and Robert Earnshaw (penalty), Alan Lee, Graham KavanaghBy the end of the 1970s Derby’s reign at top level was over and we played them regularly in Division Two between 1980 and 1984 (Division Two) and then in Division Three (1985/86). But then our paths differed and we would not meet again until 2003/04 when we were back in the higher divisions. Derby were at Ninian Park for the first time in eighteen years on August 25th 2003 when goals from
Recent records show City as having won six out of the last nine meetings with Derby. How crucial could another away win this evening be in establishing our slender lead at the top of the pile?
scoring in our 2-0 victory. Mark Hudson and Joe Mason. The return match in April 2012 saw Peter Whittingham, Kevin Kilbane (o.g.) and Filip KissLast season it was a double for us as it had been the previous year, with a 3-0 win at Pride Park on November 2nd 2011 and goals from