With Cardiff back at the Bridge for the first time in five seasons, past meetings with the Bluebirds are recalled by club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton…
Cardiff were the first Welsh club to play a competitive match at Stamford Bridge in the 1920/21 season. Their west London visits have been sporadic since and Chelsea have won 10 of the past 12 league meetings, including both Premier League meetings in the 2013/14 campaign.
The home match that season in October 2013 pitted Jose Mourinho against Malky Mackay. Mourinho’s ‘Little Horse’, as he called his team, galloped up to second in the table with a 4-1 win, Eden Hazard opening and closing the scoring, with other goals from Samuel Eto'o and Oscar.
Relive the action here...
This part of west London is not a happy hunting ground for the Bluebirds: they have scored just three goals in their past seven league games at Stamford Bridge.
It was worse back in the Sixties, when the Welshmen were whacked for six twice in three seasons. The first, on April Fools’ Day 1961 ended 6-1, with Ron Tindall’s brace augmented by strikes from Mike Harrison, Jimmy Greaves, Bobby Tambling and an own-goal from Harrington.
Two seasons later in October 1962 the Blues hit half-a-dozen without reply, Tambling with two and Frank Upton, Terry Venables, Bert Murray and Barry Bridges completing the tally.
In between those thrashings came Cardiff’s last top-flight victory on the Fulham Road: a 2-3 defeat that helped bring a close to 1954/55 title-winning manager Ted Drake’s reign.
It was a dismal return for the Pensioners’ larger-than-life goalie Willie Foulke at the Bridge on 15 September 1906. His Bradford side were turned over 5-1 in Division Two, skipper Davey Copeland beating his former team-mate twice.
The Bluebirds’ last victory at Stamford Bridge in April 1981 was in the old Second Division, the only goal scored by Gary Stevens.
Biggest league win at Stamford Bridge for each team
Chelsea 6-0 Cardiff - 06/10/1962 (old Second Division)
Chelsea 0-2 Cardiff - 08/11/1952 (old First Division)
Last meeting at Stamford Bridge
19 October 2013 Premier League
Chelsea 4 Cardiff City 1
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, David Luiz, Terry (c), Bertrand (Torres 63); Ramires, Lampard; Willian, Mata (Oscar 58), Hazard; Eto’o (Azpilicueta 68).
Manager Jose Mourinho
Scorers Hazard 32, 82, Eto’o 66, Oscar 77
Cardiff City (4-4-2): Marshall; Theophile-Catherine, Caulker (c), Turner, Taylor; Cowie, Gunnarsson (Gestede 80), Medel (Kim 56), Whittingham; Odemwingie (Campbell 67), Mutch.
Manager Malky Mackay
Scorer Mutch 10