LOOKING BACK: THE LAST NIGHT AT NINIAN
3 years 9 months ago
Last week we remembered Cardiff City's 6-1 victory over Derby County - one of six City wins in seven matches against the Rams from 2009 to 2012.
In fact, that run was kicked off in the final match under the Ninian Park floodlights, as the Bluebirds ran out 4-1 winners over Nigel Clough's Derby in April 2009.
Over 18,000 fans cheered City on for a memorable encounter, as Roger Johnson headed home his fifth goal of the season to open the scoring.
Gavin Rae then doubled the home side’s advantage after the interval, rounding Stephen Bywater, who would go on to play for City on loan, before Jay Bothroyd added a third.
Bothroyd was playing in his first season in the Welsh capital, and slotted in from close range to net his eleventh of twelve strikes in his début campaign - before celebrating with the corner flag!
Clough praised City’s ‘outstanding’ defensive duo of Gábor Gyepes and Roger Johnson after the match – but it was Cardiff’s other Johnson who went on to the net the fourth.
City cult hero Eddie Johnson, who recently retired from football, robbed Andy Todd of the ball to sprint clear and convert his second goal for the Bluebirds.
The United States international’s 90th minute own goal from a Gary Teale corner did little to dampen spirits as Ninian's final night game ended with the score at 4-1.
You can watch the fourth goal from Eddie Johnson below, starting from 1:08!