1976–77 Cardiff City F.C. season

The 1976–77 season was Cardiff City F.C.'s 50th season in the Football League. They competed in the 22-team Division Two, then the second tier of English football, finishing eighteenth.

Cardiff City
1976–77 season
ManagerJimmy Andrews
Football League Second Division18th
FA Cup5th round
League Cup2nd round
European Cup Winners Cup1st round
Welsh CupWinners
Top goalscorerLeague: Tony Evans (15)
All: Tony Evans (24)

The season also saw the arrival of Robin Friday who, although it would be his only full season at the club, made such an impression that he was voted as the club's all-time cult hero.[1]

PlayersEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
-- GK   ENG Ron Healey
-- GK   NIR Bill Irwin
-- DF   WAL Bryan Attley
-- DF   ENG Clive Charles
-- DF   WAL Phil Dwyer
-- DF   NIR Albert Larmour
-- DF   WAL Richie Morgan
-- DF   WAL Freddie Pethard
-- DF   WAL Keith Pontin
-- DF   ENG Paul Went
-- MF   ENG Willie Anderson
No. Pos. Nation Player
-- MF   SCO John Buchanan
-- MF   SCO Alan Campbell
-- MF   WAL David Giles
-- MF   ENG Steve Grapes
-- MF   ENG Doug Livermore
-- MF   WAL Peter Sayer
-- FW   AUS Adrian Alston
-- FW   ENG Tony Evans
-- FW   ENG Robin Friday
-- FW   WAL Derek Showers

League standingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
16 Burnley 42 11 14 17 46 64 −18 36
17 Fulham 42 11 13 18 54 61 −7 35
18 Cardiff City 42 12 10 20 56 67 −11 34 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1977–78 First round[a]
19 Orient 42 9 16 17 37 55 −18 34
20 Carlisle United 42 11 12 19 49 75 −26 34 Relegated
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ Cardiff City were runners-up in the Welsh Cup final, and since winners Shrewsbury Town are an English club, Cardiff City were awarded the right to participate in Cup Winners' Cup.

Results by roundEdit

Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930313233343536373839404142
GroundAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAAHHAHHAHAAHAAH
ResultWLWLLLDLWDDLWWLLDDLWWDDLWLLWLLLLDDLWWLLWLD
Position35111719192019201920191316171817181714111416141516141516191918192019171721181818
Source: Competitive matches
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Fixtures and resultsEdit

Second DivisionEdit

21 August 1976 (1976-08-21) 1 Charlton Athletic 0–2 Cardiff City London
15:00   59' Derek Showers
  65' Derek Showers
Stadium: The Valley
Attendance: 9,762
Referee: Alan Robinson (Fareham)
25 August 1976 (1976-08-25) 2 Cardiff City 1–2 Bristol Rovers Cardiff
19:30 Clive Charles   77' (pen)   29' Alan Warboys
  49' Bruce Bannister
Stadium: Ninian Park
Attendance: 12,680
Referee: Leslie Burden (Dorset)
28 August 1976 (1976-08-28) 3 Cardiff City 2–1 Blackburn Rovers Cardiff
15:00 Adrian Alston   60'
Derek Showers   71'
  82' Bob Mitchell Stadium: Ninian Park
Attendance: 11,871
Referee: Lester Shapter (Paignton)
4 September 1976 (1976-09-04) 4 Oldham Athletic 3–2 Cardiff City Oldham
Dave Irving   11'
David Shaw   25'
David Shaw   34'
  8' Tony Evans
  47' Doug Livermore
Stadium: Boundary Park
Attendance: 8,503
Referee: Brian Martin (Keyworth, Nottingham)
11 September 1976 (1976-09-11) 5 Cardiff City 2–3 Notts County Cardiff
15:00 Derek Showers   64'
John Buchanan   85'
  79' David Needham
  81' Mick Vinter
  87' Mick Vinter
Stadium: Ninian Park
Attendance: 11,988
Referee: Ken Burns (Stourbridge)
18 September 1976 (1976-09-18) 6 Orient 3–0 Cardiff City London
Laurie Cunningham   22'
Laurie Cunningham   44'
Alan Whittle   77'
Stadium: Brisbane Road
Attendance: 5,743
Referee: Reg Robinson (Norwich)
24 September 1976 (1976-09-24) 7 Cardiff City 0–0 Millwall Cardiff
19:30 Stadium: Ninian Park
Attendance: 10,352
Referee: Alex Lees (Somerset)
2 October 1976 (1976-10-02) 8 Chelsea 2–1 Cardiff City London
Kenny Swain   6'
Ray Lewington   56'
  85' (pen) Clive Charles Stadium: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 28,409
Referee: Brian H Daniels (Rainham)
9 October 1976 (1976-10-09) 9 Cardiff City 3–2 Bolton Wanderers Cardiff
15:00 Adrian Alston   45' (pen)
John Buchanan   78'
Tony Evans   84'
  3' (pen) Paul Jones
  41' Steve Taylor
Stadium: Ninian Park
Attendance: 11,007
Referee: Don Biddle (Bristol)
16 October 1976 (1976-10-16) 10 Plymouth Argyle 2–2 Cardiff City Plymouth
Paul Mariner   6'
Brian Hall   48' (pen)
  10' Tony Evans
  52' Phil Dwyer
Stadium: Home Park
Attendance: 14,198
Referee: Ron Crabb (Exeter)
23 October 1976 (1976-10-23) 11 Cardiff City 2–2 Blackpool Cardiff
15:00 Tony Evans   28'
Tony Evans   74'
  53' Derek Spence
  88' Bob Hatton
Stadium: Ninian Park
Attendance: 12,178
Referee: Derek Lloyd (Worcester)
30 October 1976 (1976-10-30) 12 Cardiff City 0–2 Sheffield United Cardiff
15:00   50' Simon Stainrod
  60' Simon Stainrod
Stadium: Ninian Park
Attendance: 12,056
Referee: Ken Ridden (Shrewsbury)
6 November 1976 (1976-11-06) 13 Fulham 1–2 Cardiff City London
George Best   81'   25' John Buchanan
  63' Tony Evans
Stadium: Craven Cottage
Attendance: 12,336
Referee: Ron Challis (Tonbridge)
10 November 1976 (1976-11-10) 14 Cardiff City 1–0 Southampton Cardiff
19:30 Phil Dwyer   42' Stadium: Ninian Park
Attendance: 15,190
Referee: John Yates (Redditch)
20 November 1976 (1976-11-20) 15 Luton Town 2–1 Cardiff City Luton
Dixie Deans   6'
Ron Futcher   31'
  75' Tony Evans Stadium: Kenilworth Road
Attendance: 8,845
Referee: John Homewood (Sunbury-On-Thames)
27 November 1976 (1976-11-27) 16 Cardiff City 0–3 Nottingham Forest Cardiff
15:00   42s' Peter Withe
  43' Sammy Chapman
  87' Tony Woodcock
Stadium: Ninian Park
Attendance: 12,770
Referee: Jack Taylor (Wolverhampton)
4 December 1976 (1976-12-04) 17 Burnley 0–0 Cardiff City Burnley
Stadium: Turf Moor
Attendance: 8,959
Referee: Pat Partridge (Middlesbrough)
11 December 1976 (1976-12-11) 18 Cardiff City 1–1 Hull City Cardiff
15:00 John Buchanan   49'   81' (pen) Peter Daniel Stadium: Ninian Park
Attendance: 8,310
Referee: Dennis Turner (Cannock)
18 December 1976 (1976-12-18) 19 Carlisle United 4–3 Cardiff City Carlisle
George McVitie   38'
Billy Rafferty   83'
Billy Rafferty   88'
Billy Rafferty   89'
  50' Peter Sayer
  54' John Buchanan
  60' Tony Evans
Stadium: Brunton Park
Attendance: 5,934
Referee: Ken Walmsley (Blackpool)
27 December 1976 (1976-12-27) 20 Cardiff City 3–1 Hereford United Cardiff
15:00 David Giles   39'
Tony Evans   63'
Tony Evans   79'
  83' Terry Paine Stadium: Ninian Park
Attendance: 14,465
Referee: Eric Read (Bristol)
1 January 1977 (1977-01-01) 21 Cardiff City 3–0 Fulham Cardiff
15:00 John Buchanan   12'
Robin Friday   43'
Robin Friday   67'
Stadium: Ninian Park
Attendance: 20,368
Referee: Morris Baker (Wolverhampton)
15 January 1977 (1977-01-15) 22 Bristol Rovers 1–1 Cardiff City Bristol
Alan Warboys   32' (pen)   57' Tony Evans Stadium: Eastville
Attendance: 9,272
Referee: Ron Crabb (Exeter)
22 January 1977 (1977-01-22) 23 Cardiff City 1–1 Charlton Athletic Cardiff
15:00 Paul Went   56'   3' Keith Peacock Stadium: Ninian Park
Attendance: 11,153
Referee: Lester Shapter (Paignton)
5 February 1977 (1977-02-05) 24 Blackburn Rovers 2–1 Cardiff City Blackburn
John Waddington   30' (pen)
Bobby Svarc   79'
  64' Peter Sayer Stadium: Ewood Park
Attendance: 9,516
Referee: Roger Kirkpatrick (Leicester)
12 February 1977 (1977-02-12) 25 Cardiff City 3–1 Oldham Athletic Cardiff
15:00 Robin Friday   63'
Tony Evans   70'
Peter Sayer   87'
  12' Graham Bell Stadium: Ninian Park
Attendance: 12,708
Referee: Ken Burns (Stourbridge)
19 February 1977 (1977-02-19) 26 Notts County 1–0 Cardiff City Nottingham
Les Bradd   64' Stadium: Meadow Lane
Attendance: 9,401
Referee: John Hough (Macclesfield)
2 March 1977 (1977-03-02) 27 Cardiff City 0–1 Orient Cardiff
19:30   24' Laurie Cunningham Stadium: Ninian Park
Attendance: 9,857
Referee: Derek Nippard (Bournemouth)
5 March 1977 (1977-03-05) 28 Millwall 0–2 Cardiff City London
  26' Tony Evans
  79' Tony Evans
Stadium: The Den
Attendance: 9,479
Referee: Leslie Burden (Dorset)
8 March 1977 (1977-03-08) 29 Sheffield United 3–0 Cardiff City Sheffield
Alan Woodward   54'
Keith Edwards   57'
Gary Hamson   87'
Stadium: Bramall Lane
Attendance: 12,907
Referee: Neville Ashley (Nantwich)
12 March 1977 (1977-03-12) 30 Cardiff City 1–3 Chelsea Cardiff
Phil Dwyer   83'   70' Ian Britton
  80' Kenny Swain
  90' Gary Stanley
Stadium: Ninian Park
Attendance: 20,194
Referee: Derek Civil (Birmingham)
26 March 1977 (1977-03-26) 31 Cardiff City 0–1 Plymouth Argyle Cardiff
15:00   85' Terry Austin Stadium: Ninian Park
Attendance: 9,587
Referee: Darryl Reeves (Uxbridge)
2 April 1977 (1977-04-02) 32 Blackpool 1–0 Cardiff City Blackpool
Paul Hart   86' Stadium: Bloomfield Road
Attendance: 7,531
Referee: Keith Styles (Barnsley)
6 April 1977 (1977-04-06) 33 Cardiff City 2–2 Hereford United Cardiff
Peter Sayer   74'
Peter Sayer   85'
  33' John Layton
  67' Peter Spiring
Stadium: Ninian Park
Attendance: 7,672
Referee: Bert Newsome (Broseley Salop)
9 April 1977 (1977-04-09) 34 Cardiff City 2–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers Cardiff
15:00 Peter Sayer   89'
Paul Went   92'
  49' Steve Daley
  69' Kenny Hibbitt
Stadium: Ninian Park
Attendance: 15,445
Referee: Tony Glasson (Salisbury)
11 April 1977 (1977-04-11) 35 Southampton 3–2 Cardiff City Southampton
Ted MacDougall   30'
Mick Channon   53'
Mick Channon   62'
  70' Robin Friday
  88' Tony Evans
Stadium: The Dell
Attendance: 22,674
Referee: Bryan James (South Croydon)
16 April 1977 (1977-04-16) 36 Cardiff City 4–2 Luton Town Cardiff
15:00 Peter Sayer   9'
Robin Friday   22'
Robin Friday   38'
Phil Dwyer   82'
  11' Ron Futcher
  68' Brian Chambers
Stadium: Ninian Park
Attendance: 10,460
Referee: Alex Lees (Somerset)
23 April 1977 (1977-04-23) 37 Nottingham Forest 0–1 Cardiff City Nottingham
  25' Peter Sayer Stadium: City Ground
Attendance: 20,646
Referee: Ray Chadwick (Darwen)
26 April 1977 (1977-04-26) 38 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4–1 Cardiff City Wolverhampton
Geoff Palmer   57'
Alan Sunderland   71'
Martin Patching   89'
Kenny Hibbitt   90'
  80' Peter Sayer Stadium: Molineux
Attendance: 21,234
Referee: Allan Hughes (West Kirby)
30 April 1977 (1977-04-30) 39 Cardiff City 0–1 Burnley Cardiff
15:00   5' Peter Noble Stadium: Ninian Park
Attendance: 11,064
Referee: Derek Lloyd (Worcester)
7 May 1977 (1977-05-07) 40 Hull City 1–2 Cardiff City Hull
Peter Daniel   31' (pen)   19' (pen) John Buchanan
  43' John Buchanan
Stadium: Boothferry Park
Attendance: 3,511
Referee: Trelford Mills (Barnsley)
10 May 1977 (1977-05-10) 41 Bolton Wanderers 2–1 Cardiff City Bolton
Neil Whatmore   29'
Garry Jones   81'
  89' (pen) John Buchanan Stadium: Burnden Park
Attendance: 22,060
Referee: Gordon Kew (Leeds)
14 May 1977 (1977-05-14) 42 Cardiff City 1–1 Carlisle United Cardiff
15:00 Alan Campbell   17'   19' Les O'Neill Stadium: Ninian Park
Attendance: 12,801
Referee: John Homewood (Sunbury-On-Thames)

League CupEdit

14 August 1976 (1976-08-14) 1 (1st Leg) Cardiff City 2–1 Bristol Rovers Cardiff
19:30 Tony Evans   60'
Adrian Alston   87' (pen)
  10' (pen) Bruce Bannister Stadium: Ninian Park
Attendance: 8,496
Referee: Trevor Spencer (Wootton Bassett)
17 August 1976 (1976-08-17) 1 (2nd Leg) Bristol Rovers 4–4
(5–6 agg.)
Cardiff City Bristol
David Williams   5'
Bruce Bannister   33' (pen)
Bruce Bannister   48'
Frankie Prince   53'
  23' Tony Evans
  30' Tony Evans
  68' Tony Evans
  81' Tony Evans
Stadium: Eastville
Attendance: 5,592
Referee: Derek Nippard (Bournemouth)
1 September 1976 (1976-09-01) 2 Cardiff City 1–3 Queens Park Rangers Cardiff
19:30 Tony Evans   88'   34' Stan Bowles
  38' Dave Thomas
  62' Dave Clement
Stadium: Ninian Park
Attendance: 23,618
Referee: Alex Hamil (Wolverhampton)

FA CupEdit

8 January 1977 (1977-01-08) Round 3 Cardiff City 1–0 Tottenham Hotspur Cardiff
15:00 Peter Sayer   6' Stadium: Ninian Park
Attendance: 27,868
Referee: Alex Lees (Somerset)
29 January 1977 (1977-01-29) Round 4 Cardiff City 3–2 Wrexham Cardiff
15:00 David Giles   20'
Peter Sayer   56'
John Buchanan   90'
  60' Graham Whittle
  89' Billy Ashcroft
Stadium: Ninian Park
Attendance: 28,953
Referee: John Hunting (Leicester)
26 February 1977 (1977-02-26) Round 5 Cardiff City 1–2 Everton Cardiff
15:00 Tony Evans   10'   51' Bob Latchford
  63' Duncan McKenzie
Stadium: Ninian Park
Attendance: 35,582
Referee: Alf Grey (Great Yarmouth)

European Cup Winners CupEdit

4 August 1976 (1976-08-04) Prelim Round (1st Leg) Cardiff City 1–0 Servette FC Cardiff
Tony Evans   90' Stadium: Ninian Park
Attendance: 10,266
Referee: Alexis Ponnet (Belgium)
11 August 1976 (1976-08-11) Prelim Round (2nd Leg) Servette FC 2–1
(2–2a agg.)
Cardiff City Geneva
Lucio Bizzini   63'
Hansjorg Pfister   86'
  34' Derek Showers Stadium: Stade des Charmilles
Attendance: 21,500
Referee: Heinz Aldinger (West Germany)
15 September 1976 (1976-09-15) 1st Round (1st Leg) Cardiff City 1–0 FC Dynamo Tbilisi Cardiff
Adrian Alston   74' Stadium: Ninian Park
Attendance: 11,181
Referee: Ole Amundsen (Denmark)
29 September 1976 (1976-09-29) 1st Round (2nd Leg) FC Dynamo Tbilisi 3–0
(3–1 agg.)
Cardiff City Tbilisi
Vladimir Gutsaev   22'
David Kipiani   72'
Piruz Kanteladze   80' (pen)
Stadium: Central Stadium
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: B Spiegel (Austria)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Cardiff City's cult heroes", BBC Sport, 2004-10-14 .Retrieved on 17 October 2007
  • Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-462-0.
  • Vernon, Leslie; Rollin, Jack, eds. (1977). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1977–78. London: Macdonald and Jane's. ISBN 0-354-09018-6.
  • "Football Club History Database – Cardiff City". Archived from the original on 30 December 2008. Retrieved 13 December 2008.
  • Welsh Football Data Archive