THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

Football League Division Two, 1964

CardiffvNewcastle35019 September ~ Cardiff had started the season poorly with five draws and two defeats, while Newcastle were just one point off the top. Today's prosaic 1-1 scoreline gave little hint of the successful seasons ahead for both teams. Cardiff retained the Welsh Cup, and were narrowly eliminated 3-2 on aggregate by Real Zaragoza at the quarter-final stage of the Cup-Winners Cup, having knocked out holders Sporting of Lisbon the round before. Newcastle, meanwhile, went up to Division One as champions, a point ahead of Northampton Town (Cardiff finished 13th).

The Bluebirds' imminent debut campaign in Europe, however, was of no interest to the programme's columnist Tom Lyons of the Daily Mirror, who wondered what had happened to the game's great headers of the ball. Claiming it was now "a lost art", he wrote that players he'd seen as a youngster such as Ted Drake and Dixie Dean "put more punch into their headers than many present-day forwards do with their boots". Meanwhile, "continental footballers have never gone in for heading in the same way as our players... they prefer the dazzling dribble". Obviously because they don't eat sausage, bacon and eggs for breakfast.

The programme also profiles 17-year-old Gerald King, who'd recently made his senior debut. The "engaging teenager" is an apprentice painter and decorator, and therefore "a handy young man to have around any house". He also "lives and breathes soccer, so much so that he has very little time for other interests, although following the current trend, he is a keen pop music enthusiast". You'll note the hint of regret in that final clause, and you can almost hear his Great Aunt Glenys saying: "We asked Gerald to paint the spare bedroom, and he seemed keen enough, but next thing we knew he was off down the Victoria Ballroom dancing to Dr Rock. Can't head the bloody ball, either."

Targeting the fan demographic "J Gorman Tyres. Have Your Tyres Fitted while at the Game." Nice idea – save on parking too.  

Result Cardiff 1 (Allchurch) Newcastle 1 (Cummings)

Crowd 12,016

Cardiff City Wilson, Rodrigues, Peck, Williams, J Charles, Hole, P King, Lloyd, Coldrick, Allchurch, Farrell (as per programme)

Newcastle United Marshall, Craig, Clark, Anderson, McGrath, Moncur, Hockey, Hilley, Cummings, McGarry, Taylor

Ian Plenderleith

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