Looking ahead to Saturday's match away to Wolves, Club Historian, Richard Shepherd, remembers our famous FA Cup encounter in 2008...It was against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup Fifth Round at Ninian Park on February 16th 2008 that 35 year-old former Dutch International forward Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink scored a memorable goal.
Hasselbaink was heavily involved in the Bluebirds' first goal of the match inside ninety seconds, as his flick-on put Peter Whittingham through to open the scoring past Wolves 'keeper Wayne Hennessey.
Then, less than ten minutes later, came one of City's numerous magic moments in that season's Cup run. This time, Whitts turned provider, passing inside to Hasselbaink from the right wing. Jimmy Floyd shaped up for the shot but dummied, evading Karl Henry in the process, before curling a superb left-footed effort into the top corner.
That goal was voted the best in the 2008 FA Cup competition, and saw him nominated as “Player of the Round”, proving that he was still a force with which to be reckoned.
We went on to reach the Final against Portsmouth and Jimmy played for us at Wembley, having already been there several weeks earlier when he was in our side that beat Barnsley in the semi-final. Suriname-born Jimmy (his actual name was Jerrel) came to us in mid-August 2007 after leaving Charlton Athletic. Capped twenty-three times for Holland, he had a great career with Dutch clubs Telstar and AZ Alkmaar, Portuguese sides Campomaiorense and Boavista, Leeds, Atlético Madrid, Chelsea and Middlesbrough before joining Charlton. So, he was a big name when Dave Jones brought him to South Wales. Jimmy made 44 League and Cup appearances for us in 2007/08, scoring nine goals, and he left us in the summer of 2008.
He then had coaching-spells with Woking, Chelsea and Nottingham Forest before becoming manager at Royal Antwerp in May 2013. Jimmy-Floyd led Burton to the summit of League One this season, having taken over back in 2014, and then joined Queen’s Park Rangers as manager in December.
City's line-up v. Wolves in that FA Cup tie of February 2008:
Cardiff City: Peter Enckelman, Kevin McNaughton, Tony Capaldi, Gavin Rae, Roger Johnson, Glenn Loovens, Peter Whittingham (Darcy Blake 90), Paul Parry, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Steve Thompson 76), Steve McPhail (Trevor Sinclair 90), Aaron Ramsey.
Subs not used: Michael Oakes, Darren Purse.