1953–54 Cardiff City F.C. season

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Cardiff City
1953–54 season
Chairman Wales John Morgan[1]
Manager England Cyril Spiers
England Fred Stewart
Division One 10th
FA Cup 4th round
Welsh Cup Semi-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Ken Chisholm & Wilf Grant (12)
All:
Wilf Grant (15)

The 1953–54 season was Cardiff City F.C.'s 27th season in the Football League. They competed in the 22-team Division One, then the first tier of English football, finishing tenth.

The season would also be the last time the club was managed by Cyril Spiers who, in his second spell at the club, is still Cardiff City's second longest serving manager of all time. His fourteen years at Ninian Park placing him second only to Fred Stewart.

Season review[edit]

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42
Ground A H A A H H A A H H H A A H A H A H A H A H A A H H A H A A H H A H A H A H A A H H
Result D W L L W D W D W D L D W W L W L L L W L W W L D L L L L D W W W W L W W W L W L D
Position 8 4 13 17 13 13 6 10 5 7 8 10 7 7 7 6 8 8 13 10 11 8 6 11 8 9 12 13 15 16 15 13 11 9 10 10 10 10 10 9 11 10

Source: [2]
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

FA Cup[edit]

After a 3–1 victory over Midland Football League side Peterborough United in the third round, Cardiff were eliminated in round four by Third Division North side Port Vale.[2]

Welsh Cup[edit]

Drawn against Barry Town in their first match, a 1–1 draw lead to a replay with Cardiff advancing after a 4–2 win. After receiving a bye in the sixth round, Cardiff were then drawn against Merthyr Tydfil in the seventh round and advanced to the semi-finals with a 5–3 victory. The club's campaign came to an end in the semi-finals for a second year in a row after a 2–1 defeat to Flint Town United.[3]

Players[edit]

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

No. Position Player
-- Wales GK Ken Jones
-- Wales GK Ron Howells
-- Wales GK Graham Vearncombe
-- Wales DF Colin Baker
-- Wales DF Ron Davies
-- Wales DF John Frowen
-- Wales DF Colin Gale
-- Wales DF Ken Hollyman
-- England DF Jack Mansell
-- England DF Stan Montgomery
-- Wales DF Harry Parfitt
-- England DF Charles Rutter
-- Wales DF Alf Sherwood
-- Wales DF Ron Stitfall
-- Wales DF Derrick Sullivan
-- Wales MF Billy Baker
-- Wales MF Dennis Callan
-- Wales MF Alan Harrington
No. Position Player
-- Wales MF Islwyn Jones
-- Northern Ireland MF Bobby McLaughlin
-- England MF Cliff Nugent
-- England MF Mike Tiddy
-- Wales MF Roley Williams
-- Wales MF John Lloyd Williams
-- England FW Doug Blair
-- England FW Ken Chisholm
-- England FW Frank Dudley
-- Wales FW George Edwards
-- Wales FW Trevor Ford
-- England FW Wilf Grant
-- England FW Tommy Northcott
-- Wales FW Ken Oakley
-- England FW Johnny Rainford
-- England FW Brian Rutter
-- Wales FW Peter Thomas
-- England FW Keith Thomas

Table[edit]

P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 25 7 10 96 56 1.714 57
2 West Bromwich Albion 42 22 9 11 86 63 1.365 53
3 Huddersfield Town 42 20 11 11 78 61 1.279 51
4 Manchester United 42 18 12 12 73 58 1.259 48
5 Bolton Wanderers 42 18 12 12 75 60 1.250 48
6 Blackpool 42 19 10 13 80 69 1.159 48
7 Burnley 42 21 4 17 78 67 1.164 46
8 Chelsea 42 16 12 14 74 68 1.088 44
9 Charlton Athletic 42 19 6 17 75 77 0.974 44
10 Cardiff City 42 18 8 16 51 71 0.718 44
11 Preston North End 42 19 5 18 87 58 1.500 43
12 Arsenal 42 15 13 14 75 73 1.027 43
13 Aston Villa 42 16 9 17 70 68 1.029 41
14 Portsmouth 42 14 11 17 81 89 0.910 39
15 Newcastle United 42 14 10 18 72 77 0.935 38
16 Tottenham Hotspur 42 16 5 21 65 76 0.855 37
17 Manchester City 42 14 9 19 62 77 0.805 37
18 Sunderland 42 14 8 20 81 89 0.910 36
19 Sheffield Wednesday 42 15 6 21 70 91 0.769 36
20 Sheffield United 42 11 11 20 69 90 0.767 33
21 Middlesbrough 42 10 10 22 60 91 0.659 30
22 Liverpool 42 9 10 23 68 97 0.701 28

Fixtures & results[edit]

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers
19 Aug Middlesbrough A 0 - 0
22 Aug Aston Villa H 2 - 1
26 Aug Huddersfield Town A 0 - 2
29 Aug Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1 - 3
2 Sep Huddersfield Town H 2 - 1
5 Sep Sunderland H 1 - 1
7 Sep Sheffield United A 1 - 0
12 Sep Manchester City A 1 - 1
16 Sep Sheffield United H 2 - 0
19 Sep Bolton Wanderers H 1 - 1
26 Sep Arsenal H 0 - 3
3 Oct Portsmouth A 1 - 1
10 Oct Preston North End A 2 - 1
17 Oct Tottenham Hotspur H 1 - 0
24 Oct Burnley A 0 - 3
31 Oct Charlton Athletic H 5 - 0
7 Nov Newcastle United A 0 - 4
14 Nov Manchester United H 1 - 6
21 Nov West Bromwich Albion A 1 - 6
28 Nov Liverpool H 3 - 1
5 Dec Sheffield Wednesday A 1 - 2
12 Dec Middlesbrough H 1 - 0
19 Dec Aston Villa A 2 - 1
26 Dec Chelsea A 0 - 2
28 Dec Chelsea H 0 - 0
2 Jan Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1 - 3
16 Jan Sunderland A 0 - 5
23 Jan Manchester City H 0 - 3
6 Feb Bolton Wanderers A 0 - 3
13 Feb Arsenal A 1 - 1
27 Feb Preston North End H 2 - 1
3 Mar Portsmouth H 3 - 2
6 Mar Tottenham Hotspur A 1 - 0
13 Mar Burnley H 1 - 0
20 Mar Charlton Athletic A 2 - 3
27 Mar Newcastle United H 2 - 1
3 Apr Manchester United A 3 - 2
10 Apr West Bromwich Albion H 2 - 0
16 Apr Blackpool A 1 - 4
17 Apr Liverpool A 1 - 0
19 Apr Blackpool H 0 - 1
24 Apr Sheffield Wednesday H 2 - 2

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Scorers
9 Jan Three Peterborough United H 3 - 1
30 Jan Four Port Vale H 0 - 2

Welsh Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Scorers
Five Barry Town A 1 - 1
Five (replay) Barry Town H 4 - 2
Seven Merthyr Tydfil A 5 - 3
Semi-final Flint Town United N 1 - 2

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ {{Cite book
    Wales Trevor Morris | title = The Cardiff City Miscellany | first = Richard | last = Shepherd | publisher = Pitch books | year = 2007 | isbn= 1-905411-04-9 }}
  2. ^ a b "Cardiff City 1953-54 results". Statto.com. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Welsh Cup 1953/54". Welsh Football Data Archive. Retrieved 13 April 2010.