12 January

On this day in 1929 Cardiff City’s Billy Hardy appeared in his 55th consecutive F.A. Cup tie for the club when they faced Aston Villa in the third round.

The incredible run had started on 12 October 1912 when Cardiff City beat Merthyr Town in the first qualifying round and took in two FA Cup Finals.

He was a member of Cardiff’s losing side in 1925 when City lost 1-0 to Sheffield United and was also a member of the famous 1927 cup winning side which beat Arsenal by a single goal.

Hardy arrived at Cardiff for the princely sum of £25 from Stockport County as the Bluebirds prepared for their first season in the Southern League, and when City were accepted into the Football League, Hardy was the club’s only ever present player in their first season in the Third Division (South).

He made a total of 585 first team appearances for Cardiff, playing his last ever league game for City in March 1932 at the age of 41.