24 April

 

On this day in1968 Cardiff City travelled to Hamburg to play in an European Cup Winners Cup Semi Final.

Cardiff progressed through the competition with wins against Shamrock Rovers, NAC Breda and Torpedo Moscow, and set up a semi final tie with SV Hamburg, whose squad contained a number of German internationals including Uwe Seeler.

Fortunately for Cardiff the striker, who was a beaten World Cup finalist two years earlier, missed the game due to injury.

Cardiff changed their travel plans for the trip to West Germany, they used a scheduled flight from Heathrow and contrary to previous trips into Europe no fans or press were permitted to travel with the team, but 50 Cardiff city fans did make the trip independently.

It was a dream start for the Welshmen, as they scored with their very first attack. Peter King sent Malcolm Clarke away and he threaded a diagonal ball through to Norman Dean who squeezed a shot between the post and Hamburg’s Turkish goalkeeper Ankos Oezcan.

Cardiff hung on to their lead until mid way through the second half when Helmut Sandeman headed in from a corner to level the score.

The Bluebirds struggled in the second half, weathering a number of Hamburg attacks and relied mostly on breakaways to relive pressure on their goal.

Despite Hamburg’s late pressure, Cardiff held on for a historic draw in the first leg, with Hamburg travelling to Ninian Park a week later.

Hamburg: Oezcan, Sandeman, Kurbjhn, Dieckmann, Horst, Hellfitz, Schulz H, Kraemer, Libuda, Hoenig, Doerfel G.

Cardiff: Wilson, Carver, Ferguson, Dean, Murray, Harris, Jones, Clarke, King, Toshack, Lea.

Attendance: 65.000