Baggies & Bluebirds | Memorable Meetings
The Bluebirds travel to face West Bromwich Albion at Hawthorns on Wednesday night (8pm KO).
Over the years, City have had many memorable meetings with the Baggies. From league clashes to Goal of the Season-contenders and more, we look at some of the highlights from these historic fixtures...
Paul Parry’s solo goal
One of the most iconic goals scored at the Hawthorns to date, Paul Parry’s strike in City's 3-3 draw with West Brom in January 2008 is something that the 22,325 present on that day - whether a Bluebird or Baggie - would not forget for some time.
His first of the evening was an impressive strike from distance, stunning the home fans inside the opening minute. But Parry's second effort was even better.
Receiving the ball just outside the box, the No.11 took a touch to control before skilfully beating a number of players and curling a sumptuous strike towards the Baggies goal.
With Republic of Ireland international Dean Kiely in the net that night, his fingertips were unable to stop the club’s joint top goalscorer’s effort from long range.
However, goals from Roman Bednar, Martin Albrechtsen, Joe Ledley and an own goal from Roger Johnson saw the game end in a six-goal thriller.
City end 52-year Hawthorns hoodoo
Without a league victory away from home against West Brom in over 50 years, the Bluebirds arrived at the West Midlands club in December 2009 in the Play-Off positions, following a fine win over Preston North End just three days earlier.
Chris Burke broke the deadlock with 18 minutes played, scoring his second goal in successive games with a left-footed strike with flew past Albion shot-stopper Scott Carson.
And City completed a superb 2-0 victory when captain Carson was dismissed for a headbutt on Michael Chopra late on. Referee Paul Taylor awarded the Bluebirds a penalty after the foul, in which Peter Whittingham had the chance double the Bluebirds’ advantage.
Whittingham, at the second attempt, converted his 14th goal of the season in all competitions to move him to the top of the Championship's top-scorers list as Cardiff City celebrated their first win at the Hawthorns in the league since February 1957.
Two points clear in the Play-Off places following the final whistle, the Bluebirds would remain in that spot throughout the remainder of the campaign.
Which Peter struck it?
When City got a free-kick and a certain number 7 was on the pitch, very rarely did anyone else get a look in. But on an enjoyable day in December 2013, two Peter's took aim.
The Bluebirds were facing off against the Baggies in their first-ever top tier meeting at Cardiff City Stadium.
City made a blistering start in the tie and bombarded Boaz Myhill's goal in the opening 10 minutes, included the aforementioned set piece.
Whittingham and Odemwingie both stepped forward to hit the ball, with an ongoing discussion immediately afterwards in the press box on who actually forced Myhill into the fine stop. City played well throughout, but struggled to open the scoring.
Despite the visitors growing into the game in the second period, it was the Bluebirds who took the lead in the 65th minute courtesy of that man Whittingham. The impressive Craig Noone found Whitts at the far post and the midfielder headed into the corner for his third goal in as many appearances against the Baggies.
This fixture proved to be Steve Clarke’s last match in charge of West Bromwich Albion.