Cardiff City’s Di­vi­sion Three run­ner­sup from 1975-76

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Neil Fissler

CARDIFF CITY had just been rel­e­gated from the Sec­ond Di­vi­sion and boss Jimmy An­drews had one sim­ple re­mit – to get pro­moted at the first at­tempt.

The Scot had been a winger in the decade af­ter the Sec­ond World War with Dundee, West Ham, Ley­ton Ori­ent and QPR.

He had taken over at Ninian Park in 1974 af­ter Frank O’Far­rell was sacked but was un­able to pre­vent rel­e­ga­tion in his first sea­son in charge.

An­drews brought in two goalscor­ers – Pre­ston-born Aus­tralian in­ter­na­tional Adrian Al­ston from Lu­ton and Tony Evans from Black­pool.

Al­ston, who played for Australia in the 1974 World Cup in Ger­many, scored 14 and Evans was lead­ing scorer with 21.

Al­ston got a brace on his de­but against Ch­ester­field on Oc­to­ber 31 in a 4-3 win, while Evans got one of the oth­ers, along with Wil­lie An­der­son, and the part­ner­ship never looked back.

Vet­eran Welsh in­ter­na­tional Mike Eng­land was brought in from Tot­ten­ham to shore things up at the back and the three sign­ings played a ma­jor part in the suc­cess.

Derek Showers had to watch pro­mo­tion un­fold from the side­lines af­ter los­ing his place in the side to the new hit-men.

Showers, who is a regular at the Cardiff City Sta­dium, ad­mits that he still en­joyed the pro­mo­tion­win­ning cam­paign that saw Cardiff fin­ish sec­ond, six points be­hind Here­ford.

“It was be­cause Jimmy signed Tony and Adrian that we won pro­mo­tion that sea­son,” he said. “Jimmy saw what needed to be done and brought them in.

“But it was also the sign­ing of Mike Eng­land at cen­tre-back. Mike was top class. I know that he was com­ing to­wards the end of his ca­reer, but he still did a good job.


“He re­ally or­gan­ised ev­ery­thing at the back and was a still a very, very good player.

“I was frus­trated hav­ing to sit on the bench, or even play in the re­serves, but I still en­joyed that sea­son be­cause I’d been there for nine or ten years. I was al­most a lo­cal lad com­ing from Merthyr, so I was happy to be at the club.” 1. Phil Dwyer: A Blue­birds leg­end, he be­came a po­lice­man for 15 years and now works as a free­lance legal rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Cardiff. 2. Doug Liver­more: He went into coach­ing with Cardiff and worked for a num­ber of clubs, in­clud­ing Tot­ten­ham and Wales. His last job was at Le­ices­ter City. He lives in Rom­ford, Es­sex. 3. John Buchanan: Re­turned to his na­tive Ding­wall. Has man­aged Ross County and Brora Rangers and has worked as a butcher. 4. Fred­die Pethard: Set­tled in Torquay and joined the Devon Pro­ba­tion Ser­vice. Sub­se­quently, be­came the manager of the Tor­bay Youth Of­fend­ing Team. 5. Richie Mor­gan: Went on to man­age the Blue­birds, Barry Town and Cardiff Cor­ries. Af­ter a spell as Cardiff’s gen­eral manager, ran Gre­mer Chem­i­cals in Tre­morfa. 6. Brian Clark: He worked as a sales rep for a safety equip­ment com­pany and lived in re­tire­ment in Cardiff un­til his death in Au­gust 2010, aged 67. 7. Ron Healey: Af­ter work­ing in a se­ries of fac­to­ries, he went to work in Stya Pri­son in Cheshire and runs a goal­keep­ing school with son Scott in Manch­ester. 8. Adrian Al­ston: A Pre­ston-born Aus­tralian who has man­aged a host of clubs Down Un­der. Cared for peo­ple with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties in Wol­lon­gong, New South Wales. 9. Bill Ir­win: Set­tled in the United States and worked along­side for­mer Cardiff team-mate Clive Charles at Uni­ver­sity of Port­land, where he has been since 1987. Is cur­rently head coach. Also bosses the USA un­der-23 women’s team. 10. Keith Pon­tin: A Wales in­ter­na­tional de­fender, he was the as­sis­tant manager of Barry Town and has been work­ing as a post­man in the Cardiff area for many years. 11. Martin Mor­gan: He is living in the Port Tal­bot area and has worked lo­cally af­ter leav­ing for the semi-pro­fes­sional game. 12. Derek Showers: A Wales in­ter­na­tional who worked as a youth team coach at Cardiff be­fore go­ing to work for the Royal Mail in his na­tive Merthyr Tyd­fil. 13. Al­bert Lar­mour: A for­mer welder who set­tled in Torquay. Worked as a sales rep for Wel­bro and then be­came a direc­tor of Ex­eter-based Parkin’s Industrial Sup­plies. 14. Wil­lie An­der­son: Moved to Ore­gon,USA, to work as an ex­ec­u­tive with a lo­cal ra­dio sta­tion. He is also coach­ing BSC Port­land. 15. Ken Whit­field: As­sis­tant manager un­der his for­mer QPR team-mate Jimmy An­drews. He re­mained in South Wales un­til his death in 1995. 16. Gerry Byrne: Af­ter hang­ing up his boots, he be­came a post­man in Cardiff un­til re­tir­ing for a sec­ond time. 17. Peter Sayer: The Welsh in­ter­na­tional worked as com­mer­cial and com­mu­nity as­sis­tant at Pre­ston North End. Is now bar manager for a golf club in the town. 18. Tony Evans: Set­tled in the Black County where he be­came a so­cial worker and ran the com­mu­nity scheme at one of his for­mer clubs, Wolves. 19. Gil Reece: Ran a plumb­ing and heat­ing busi­ness be­fore own­ing a ho­tel in Cardiff, where he died in De­cem­ber 2003, aged 61, fol­low­ing a long ill­ness. 20. Jimmy An­drews: Coached at QPR, Chelsea and Tot­ten­ham and later scouted for Southamp­ton. Lived in Cow­bridge un­til his death in Septem­ber 2012, aged 85. 21. Mike Eng­land: Ran an an­tique shop in Seat­tle be­fore man­ag­ing Wales. Af­ter leav­ing the game, he ran a nurs­ing home in his na­tive North Wales. 22. Clive Charles: Set­tled in the United States where he held a num­ber of coach­ing posts and also worked in tele­vi­sion un­til his death from can­cer in Au­gust 2003, aged 51. 23. David Giles: Man­aged Ebbw Vale and worked as a dou­ble glaz­ing sales­man, then as a tele­vi­sion pun­dit and jour­nal­ist in South Wales. 24. Tony Vil­lars: An ap­pren­tice elec­tri­cian, he left foot­ball at 25. Be­came a milk­man for 17 years. Now lives in Hen­llys, Cwm­bran, and has been a driver for de­liv­ery firm DHL. 25. Brian At­t­ley: The nephew of Len, who played for Cardiff in the 1930s, is living in Barry and has worked for a floor tiling com­pany.


























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