NO PLACE LIKE HOME
City smash record set in '46/47
on Tuesday night not only secured another valuable three points, but it also smashed a sixty-five year-old record in the process.The Bluebirds’ 2-1 victory over Watford
in what was then Division 3 (South), the third tier behind the original Divisions One and Two. It was the first normal peace-time season after the Second World War and from 1939 to 1945 we had played in regional league competitions. The ‘45/46 season was a transitional one with no promotion or relegation, and when ‘46/47 began after seven years of war-time football, there was little to choose in standard between First, Second, Third (South) and Third (North). It was generally felt that it would take four to five years before clubs found their proper levels.1946/47 squadOur current performance of six home victories in our opening six League matches betters the previous record of five from five set by our
We did not have a good start in ‘46/47 to what was to be an outstanding season for us, losing our opening two matches, both away from home. But our side soon settled down, and we won our opening five home games against Notts County (2-1), Bournemouth (2-0), Aldershot (2-1), Swindon (5-0) and Exeter (5-0). Our sixth home match was against Queen’s Park Rangers in mid-October and we drew 2-2 in front of 44,010. We went on to win the Championship of Division 3 (South) when only the top club went up to the Second Division and we were unbeaten at home all season with an average home attendance of 28,604.
Our last promotion to top level (the old Division One) was in 1959/60 and that was the last time that we won our opening four home League games – against Liverpool (3-2), Middlesbrough (2-0), Bristol City (4-2) and Derby County (2-1). But there was a shock in our fifth home match when Rotherham United came to Ninian Park and were 4-1 winners.
The class of 2012 have notched wins up against Huddersfield Town (1-0), Wolverhampton Wanderers (3-1), Leeds United (2-1), Blackpool (3-0), Birmingham City (2-1) and Watford (2-1) – with fourteenth placed Burnley our next opponents this coming Saturday.So, an age-old record has now been broken and a new one firmly set.