Congratulations to Trust Member Anthony Holloway. Many 100% correct answers were received to the quiz in the recent Trust magazine “Moving to a Different Beat”. He was the lucky member whose name was drawn out of the hat and he wins the prize of £50. Here are the answers to the questions set in the magazine
1 This Republic of Ireland international signed for the City for a club record £1m in July 2001 – who is he?
The run unto the 2001/02 season saw a bit of a spending spree with a number of players arriving to reinforce our effort to get out of the 3rd Division. Two notable signings were Neil Alexander and Spencer Prior but the most significant was the arrival of Graham Kavanagh from Stoke City for a club record fee of £1m. A highlight of that season was his superb free kick for the first goal in the memorable FA Cup victory over Leeds United. He undoubtedly became our most influential player and a firm favourite. However, whilst the big spending could be seen to have paid off when we were promoted the following season it was not financially sustainable. By 2004/05 club financial problems had mounted with wages not being paid and, as a result, Kavanagh reluctantly departed, by helicopter, to Wigan for a fee of £600,000 which enabled wages to be paid in the short term but was not an end to our problems.
2. During the 2012/13 Championship promotion season David Marshall was ever present in league games but which keeper played in the 2 cup games that season?
We signed Joe Lewis on a Bosman in May 2012 to replace Tom Heaton who departed for the Wurzels. It was always going to be the case that Joe would be back up for first choice David Marshall and in his 1st season only played the 2 games including the forgettable FA Cup defeat at Macclesfield. Loans to Blackpool and Fulham followed and in 2016 he signed for Aberdeen where, in 2019, he was appointed club captain.
3. A remarkable example of club loyalty, this player was at Cardiff City between 1966 and 1977 only playing 68 league games before being promoted to a more senior role – who was he?
In terms of loyalty they don’t make players like Ritchie Morgan any more. Signed from Cardiff Corries in 1966 he made his league debut at home to Blackpool in April 1968 and for most of his career was understudy to Don Murray. His busiest season in terms of games was 1974/75 when he played 35 league and cup games after the departure of Don Murray. Unfortunately that season saw us relegated to Division 3. The following season saw him returning to the role of second string behind the likes of Mike England and Albert Larmour in a team that gained immediate promotion back to Division 2. He retired from playing in 1977 and the following year, after the departure of Jimmy Andrews he, very surprisingly, became the youngest manager in the club’s history at the age of 34. He was, controversially, relieved of his managerial duties in November 1981 with City 9th in Division 2. He assumed the role of General Manager with Graham Williams appointed as first team coach but, effectively, as manager. A run of 11 games resulting in 2 draws and 9 defeats saw Williams sacked and, unjustly, Morgan too. Len Ashurst’s appointment in March did not prevent our relegation. Ritchie went on to manage Barry Town with some success.
4. In the 2002/03 – play offs who did Cardiff City beat in the semi-final before memorably beating QPR at the Millennium Stadium to gain promotion?
Andy Campbell’s extra time goal at the Millennium Stadium will always live in the memories of those who were there but it should not be forgotten that we were there following a more than satisfying semi final win over 2 legs against the Wurzels. I remember not feeling very optimistic as they had done the double over us in the league with Christian Roberts and Brian Tinnion getting a goal each in 2-0 defeats. However, a good 1-0 win at home in the 1st leg with a goal from the man wearing the magic hat set up a tense 2nd leg at Ashton Gate. Predictably they threw the kitchen sink at us but Prior and Gabbidon stood firm and a memorable save from Neil Alexander resulted in a 0-0 draw and a place in the final.
5. This England International striker, on loan to Cardiff City from Leeds in the 2005/06 season has a surname that suggests a Vitamin D deficiency – who is he?
Michael Ricketts features in the list of England “One Cap Wonders”. He won his cap whilst at Bolton Wanderers where his his goal scoring got him noticed, in particular a high profile winning goal at Old Trafford in the Premier League. However, the wheels seemed to come off his career. A £3.5m transfer to Middlesbrough resulted in a meagre 4 goals in 38 games and a free transfer to Leeds 17 months later where he failed to score in 25 league games. Loan spells with other clubs then commenced and, after zero goals for Stoke he came to us on loan. With a record like that you could understand why there was not much enthusiasm amongst the Cardiff following at his arrival. His goal in a 1-0 win against Leicester in his 2nd game was his first league goal for the best part of 2 years. His return of 5 goals from 17 games for us was quite good in the context of his career and I recall being a bit optimistic after a good start. However, that feeling quickly disappeared which is what happened to his career after he left us.
6. His father holds the record for the most appearances in a career for Manchester City, we signed him from Wolves and he was in the matchday squad for the 2008 FA Cup Final – who is he?
In 2007/08 we seemed to be all over the shop with goalkeepers with Peter Enckleman, Ross Turnbull, Kaspar Schmeichel, David Forde and Michael Oakes featuring in the first team. Come the FA Cup Final, painful memories bring back the fact that Enckleman started and Michael Oakes was on the bench. I remember Michael Oakes’s father, Alan, as a seemingly permanent feature in the midfield of Manchester City through thick and thin for many years- 680 first team appearances speaks for itself. I remember the excitement of us beating Barnsley in the semi final and the fact that we had actually reached an FA Cup Final brought a tear to my eye. The build up from the 6 April to 17 May 2008 was wonderful but come the game…………… ? I still haven’t forgiven Enckleman. Would Michael Oakes have made a difference ?
7. Which former Cardiff City player scored for Reading in the disastrous 2nd leg of the 2010/11 play off semi final?
More nightmare memories to be dredged up. It started with a creditable draw at Reading but at the very heavy cost of a Bellamy hamstring which kept him out of the second leg. The absence of such a totemic player certainly dampened my expectations somewhat but I was not prepared for what happened on the night. Defensive calamities, Keinan trying to remove Matt Mills’s shirt in the penalty area with the inevitable result, Bothroyd, in his last game for us, bottling a challenge on Reading keeper Adam Federici and, say no more, Stephen Bywater – all features of the evening that come back to haunt me. A 3-0 home defeat is not good under any circumstances but this was too much to bear and the 3rd goal was put away by Jobi McAnuff, a player I much admired during his short spell with us 6 years earlier.
8. In the summer of 2000 German side VfL Osnabrück signed which Cardiff City player at a knock down price compared to the £110,000 we paid SV Waldhof Mannheim?
Jörn Schwinkendorf. At the time I don’t think I could recall another 6’ 5” player in a City shirt before, particularly one who, so tall, seemed to unable to get his head to the ball. He cost us £110,000 we could ill afford, only made 8 first team appearances and we eventually gave him away.
9. In 2018 which former Cardiff City player assisted Usain Bolt’s first official goal for Australian team Central Coast Mariners?
I don’t think Aston Villa look upon the £12m they paid Fulham for Ross McCormack as money well spent as it was here that his career seemed really to have nosedived. Cardiff City fans wondered what in earth the club had done when they let a player go for comparatively modest fee when he subsequently was transferred for fees of £11m and £12m with admirable scoring records at both Leeds and Fulham. However, perhaps his drink driving ban in Cardiff in November 2009 was indicative of how his private life may not have been compatible with that of someone playing at the highest level. Much to the annoyance of Villa fans he earned a £1m contractual promotion bonus despite not playing for them in that season. Whilst on loan to Central Coast Mariners he found himself laying on a goal for Usain Bolt. Ross, not one for keeping himself out of the news, was criticised in the Press recently for allegedly hosting a party on 31 March during the lockdown after which Jack Grealish crashed his car.
10. He scored 34 goals for the City between 1993 and 1995 and also served in the Armed Forces in the Falklands Campaign – who is he?
Ooh aah ! After Fred Keenor, who was wounded at the Battle of the Somme, Phil Stant is possibly our most famous soldier. One thing that sticks in my mind about him is 2 hat tricks in the Welsh Cup in 1993, the first against the mighty Maesteg Park Athletic and the second against the no less mighty Rhyl. However, the latter was in the Final at the National Stadium (rugby!) and in a long career in somewhat modest levels of football, he regarded this as one of his great achievements.