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HISTORICAL LINKS: BLUEBIRDS & FOXES

11 March 2013


Richard Shepherd points the spotlight on some historical links between Cardiff City and Leicester City ahead of Tuesday evening’s 7:45pm kick-off.


“HOGGING” THE LIMELIGHT: 1960. The signing was completed live in front of TV cameras in the weekly local sports programme on TWW, forerunner of Harlech TV and now ITV Wales. The following night we played Leicester City in a First Division game at Ninian Park and Hogg scored our winner in a 2-1 victory.thWe signed former Leicester winger Derek Hogg from West Bromwich Albion on Thursday, October 27


WALKING WITH THE KIT: 1922, we travelled to Leicester by train and were met at the station by a charabanc (open coach) for the drive to their former Filbert Street home. The match attracted a record attendance of 35,690 and the streets in the neighbourhood of the ground were so crowded with people on their way to the game that the charabanc could not get through. The players, directors and management had to disembark and walk half a mile to the ground pushing the kit-basket! Cardiff City won the game 1-0.rdWhen we played at Leicester City in the F.A. Cup Second (now Fourth) Round on February 3


“BULLER” TO LEICESTER:Cardiff City full-back Arthur “Buller” Lever was a regular in our 1946/47 Third Division (South) Championship side. In September 1950 he was transferred to Leicester City for a then-large fee of £15,000 and captained them in their 1953/54 promotion from Division Two to Division One (top level).


ARDS’ GOAL: 2005, Cardiff City were in danger of relegation from the Championship with four games remaining, starting with a visit to Leicester City. Midfielder Neal Ardley, signed from Watford a month earlier, scored with an accurately placed free-kick to earn us a 1-1 draw, after which we won two and drew one of our last three games to ensure our safety.thOn April 19


LAST SECOND DIRECT FROM A CORNER: 1925 when we played Leicester City at Ninian Park. With the score at 1-1, we had a left-wing corner at the Grange End. Wales International winger Billy Davies swerved the ball in with his right foot and as it crossed the line, the referee blew for full-time. Some of the players and many of the 50,272 crowd did not know whether it was a 1-1 draw or a 2-1 victory for us. Billy Davies and skipper Jimmy Blair then appeared in the Directors’ Box to indicate to the thousands on the pitch that we had indeed won!thThe rule allowing goals to be scored direct from corner-kicks was brought in by the International Board in the summer of 1924. The first such goal to be scored was by Huddersfield winger Billy Smith in his side’s First Division 5-0 win against Arsenal in October 1924, but it was not a decisive goal. The second such goal was, however. It came in the quarter-final of the F.A. Cup on March 7


CAPTAIN RAMSEY:Former Northern Ireland International midfield player Paul Ramsey joined us from Leicester City in August 1991. The following season he captained us to our 1992/93 Third Division Championship success.


HUGHIE’S DEBUT GOAL AGAINST LEICESTER: 1925. He duly scored in our 5-2 victory in front of a 30,000 attendance which was 12,000 up on the previous home game when we had played Manchester United. The following season Ferguson was credited with our winner in the 1-0 F.A. Cup Final victory against Arsenal.thWhen we signed Scottish centre-forward Hughie Ferguson from Motherwell in early-November 1925 for a club record £5,000 fee, he made his Cardiff City debut against Leicester City at Ninian Park on November 7


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