City vs. Stoke City | Five Familiar Faces
As the Bluebirds prepare to face the Potters at Cardiff City Stadium on Wednesday night, we take a look at five players to have represented both clubs.
Jones first played in the English pyramid for Southampton, where he netted 19 league goals in 71 appearances between 2004 and 2007.
During his time at the Saints, the striker was loaned to Sheffield Wednesday before his first spell at Stoke City, where he made 13 league appearances for the Potters in 2005.
After spending three years at Sunderland, Jones returned to Stoke, where he became a regular feature in the side.
Having scored 13 league goals for the club, the former Trinidad and Tobago international became a Bluebird in 2014, scoring the winner in a 2-1 victory over Norwich City in his debut, and spent two seasons in the Welsh capital.
The deal to sign Jones in January 2014 was a swap-deal, with fellow striker Odemwingie going the other way.
After prolific spells at Lille and Lokomotiv Moscow, the former Nigeria international moved to West Bromwich Albion in 2010.
Odemwingie continued his goalscoring form at the Hawthorns and was named Premier League Player of the Month on three occasions during his time at the club.
Following the Bluebirds’ promotion to the Premier League, Odemwingie was brought to Cardiff City Stadium, signing a two-year contract.
The striker spent half of the 2013/14 campaign in the Welsh capital before joining the Potters, scoring his only league goal for City in a defeat to Newcastle United.
Promising winger Matondo came through the ranks at the Cardiff City Academy, making an impression at a number of youth levels during his ten years at the club.
The Wales international soon attracted the interest of Premier League giants Manchester City, for whom he signed in 2016.
Matondo, who made his full international debut in November 2018, later joined Bundesliga side Schalke 04, but moved to Stoke on loan in January 2021.
During his time with the Potters, the winger netted one league goal in ten appearances and is currently having a positive season in Belgium with Cercle Brugge.
Fellow winger Lawrence is another player to have represented both the Potters and the Bluebirds.
Having started his career with Mansfield and Sunderland, Lawrence made his loan spell at Stoke City permanent in 2007, going on to make over 100 league appearances for the club and winning the Potters' Player of the Year Award when they won promotion to the top flight in 2008.
After signing for Portsmouth in 2010, the winger joined the Bluebirds on a loan deal in January 2012, and recorded an assist on his debut against Brighton & Hove Albion.
During his time at CCS, Lawrence scored his only goal in a 1-0 win over Barnsley, going on to sign for Greek side PAOK the following summer.
Midfielder Olofinjana first played in the English pyramid for Wolverhampton Wanderers, signing for the club in 2004 from Norwegian side Brann.
After making over 100 league appearances for Wolves, the Nigerian signed for Stoke City in 2008 after their promotion to the Premier League, but spent just a single season with the Potters prior to his move to Hull City.
Following Hull's relegation to the Championship, Olofinjana moved on loan to the Welsh capital for the 2010/11 season, and made a positive impression in City's central midfield.
Making 39 league outings for the Bluebirds, the midfielder scored on six occasions, including a memorable strike against Coventry City on Boxing Day in 2010.