Historian Richard Shepherd looks back at City's past visits to St James's ParkThe Bluebirds return to the northeast on Saturday to face Newcastle United whom we last played on January 4th when City ran out 2-1 winners in the F.A. Cup Third Round at St. James Park.
Our league record however shows seven consecutive defeats between 1964/65 and 2009/10 when the Bluebirds last travelled to the Magpies’ famous home
The Bluebirds have played league matches at St. James’ Park on twenty-four occasions between 1921/22 and 2009/10, and have won three times. The last victory came back on November 9th 1963 in the old Division Two when Peter King (2), Ivor Allchurch and John Charles scored in a stunning 4-0 away success.
City’s two previous victories came in the 1920s – on October 5th 1924 Len Davies scored twice in a 2-1 Division One victory, while Hughie Ferguson scored in 1-0 win in Division One on April 3rd 1926.
Back when teams played each other twice over the Christmas holidays, the Bluebirds met The Magpies on Christmas Day in 1952 in the old Division One at St. James’ Park and in the return two days layer. City would lose the first 0-3 before both teams travelled together by train back to Cardiff - The Magpies were the F.A. Cup holders and a 52,202 attendance saw a 0-0 draw at Ninian Park.
The first-ever meeting between the two clubs was on April 1st 1922 in the old Division One – 50,000 saw a 0-0 draw at St. James Park.
WATCH HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BLUEBIRDS' LAST VISIT TO NEWCASTLE, A 2-1 WIN IN THE FA CUP BELOW