We’re counting down to the kick-off of the 2016/17 campaign by taking a look back at memorable moments, matches and players featuring the numbers 1-11.
With that in mind, we’ve looked back at the THREE City players who have topped the division’s scoring list at the end of a season…
JOHN TOSHACK – 1968/69
After bursting onto the scene in 1965, the teenage striker worked his way into the first team, and formed a formidable strike partnership with another City great, Brian Clark.
In the 1968/69 season, Toshack opened his account away at Bury in a 3-3 draw, before netting twice in the 4-0 defeat of Birmingham City. Further braces followed against Hull City, Blackpool, Oxford United and Portsmouth, as the Bluebirds looked to push into the promotion places.
In the end, Cardiff finished in fifth position, but Toshack did take a personal achievement – the top scorer in Division Two, with twenty-two strikes. He also found the back of the net seven times in the Welsh Cup, which the Bluebirds went on to win, as well as scoring twice against Porto in the European Cup Winners’ Cup, taking his tally in all competitions to thirty-one. John left Cardiff in 1970, moving to Liverpool, where he would star alongside Kevin Keegan at Anfield.
ROBERT EARNSHAW– 2002/03
In a similar story to that of Toshack, Earnshaw also scored on his Cardiff début, before becoming a first team regular, and then broke goal scoring records a few years later.
In the 2002/03 season, the pacey striker netted thirty-one times, as the Bluebirds were promoted to Division Two. Amongst the Earnie goals were consecutive September braces against Plymouth and Crewe, before a hat trick versus QPR at Loftus Road. Another hat-trick earned a point in a 3-3 draw with Tranmere Rovers later on in the campaign.
As well as scooping the league’s top scorer award, Earnshaw also added a League Cup hat-trick at Boston United, and an FA Cup strike against Coventry, taking his Cardiff season total to thirty-five. Like Toshack, Earnie also moved on soon after his scoring run, joining Premier League West Bromwich Albion, before returning to Cardiff in 2011/12.
PETER WHITTINGHAM – 2009/10
Of our three top scorers, Peter Whittingham’s haul was made even more impressive by his position as a midfielder.
In our first season at Cardiff City Stadium, Whitts netted twenty-two league goals, with twenty in the regular season, and two in the Play-Offs, including the memorable curled free-kick in the first leg against Leicester City.
Along the way, there were some other important strikes, including a hat-trick in the 4-3 away victory at Sheffield United, and a brace at Watford’s Vicarage Road. As well as scoring, City’s number 7 also supplied ten assists – the most of any Cardiff player that year.
One FA Cup and two League Cup strikes took Whitts’ total in all competitions to twenty-five – a remarkable feat to achieve from the left side of midfield. Whittingham was named in the Championship team of the year, as well as scooping the CCSC Player of the Year award.