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City Flashback | Tuesday nights under the lights

Ahead of our Championship clash with Luton Town, we delve into the history books to pick-out four of City’s most famous CCS victories under the Tuesday night lights.
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Jazz Richards
City make a record start to new season  (Tuesday, August 15th, 2017)

During the 2017/18 Sky Bet Championship season, the Bluebirds hosted Sheffield United at Cardiff City Stadium and won 2-0 to secure victory in their opening three league games of a season - the first time in the Championship club's 107-year history.

The Bluebirds came into the game on a high after an impressive 3-0 win over Aston Villa, with manager Neil Warnock relishing the challenge of facing the team he supported as a child, and managed for eight years between 1999 and 2007.

The breakthrough came in the 44th minute, when skipper Sean Morrison headed in Joe Ralls' corner, before Nathanial Mendez-Laing's stunning finish to a sweeping team move in the 55th minute put City firmly in charge, with the forward netting his fourth goal of the season.

City kept their third successive Championship clean sheet with victory, and returned to the top of the divisional standings.

Kevin McNaughton
Bluebirds promoted to the Premier League (Tuesday, April 16th, 2013)

Cardiff City sat top of the Championship table with just four games of the 2012/13 season remaining, and faced Charlton Athletic needing just a point to gain promotion to the Premier League.

Having been at the second tier's summit since November, the Bluebirds did just that as the match finished in a goalless draw at Cardiff City Stadium.

City held out against the Addicks to confirm their fate with three games to spare. After over half a century, the Bluebirds were back in the top-flight for the first time since 1962.

City would travel to face Burnley four days later, becoming champions at Turf Moor with a 1-1 draw.

Cardiff City vs. Crystal Palace, 2012
City defeat Palace on penalties in League Cup Semi-Final (Tuesday, January 24th, 2012)

Tom Heaton proved the penalty shoot-out hero, inspiring the Bluebirds to the Carling Cup Final after victory over Crystal Palace in the Semi-Final second leg at Cardiff City Stadium.  

City trailed 1-0 from the first leg but Palace's Anthony Gardner headed into his own net to level the tie on aggregate, bringing the game to extra-time and then penalties.

Two penalty saves from Heaton against Jermain Easter and Sean Scannell, followed by strikes from Peter Whittingham, Rudy Gestede and Craig Conway, saw City book their fourth trip to Wembley in as many years.

Stephen McPhail
Bluebirds secure fightback over Play-Off rivals (Tuesday, March 30th, 2010)

Ten-man Cardiff City survived a second-half fight back to defeat play-off rivals Leicester City in a controversial clash at Cardiff City Stadium.

Dave Jones’ side came into the fixture on a a four-game unbeaten run, with seven wins from their previous nine at home, and took just 10 minutes to open the scoring, with Ross McCormack slotting home.

On the stroke of half-time, Peter Whittingham doubled the Bluebird's lead after he reacted quickest to McCormack's parried effort, netting his 22nd goal of the campaign.

Leicester were back in the game soon after half-time, though, with Steve Howard making no mistake with a low, right-footed shot from Martyn Waghorn's corner.

Gabor Gyepes then saw red for City after the Hungarian defender made a cynical but goal-saving tackle on substitute James Vaughan.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, the Bluebirds hung on for a fine victory – a win that saw the Bluebirds move three points clear of Swansea City in fourth place.