Programme from Cardiff City v Grasshoppers Zurich friendly game played on the 5th October 1960 to mark the official opening of the floodlights at Ninian Park. The lights had been used for the first time in the Bluebird’s opening league game of their 60/61 first division campaign against Sheffield Wednesday. A match the visitors won 1-0 on their way to the league runners-up spot behind double winners Tottenham Hotspur.
Uruguayan club Rampla Juniors embarked on a huge global tour in 1956. Over the course of 71 days they played 24 games in 8 countries. They visited Brazil, Spain, France, Germany, Denmark, Israel, Turkey as well as England. They recorded 11 wins, 6 draws and only 7 defeats, a quite remarkable record given that they averaged a game every 3 days.
The English leg of their tour saw them take part in a number of floodlit friendlies. The programme cover above shows their game at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday 10th April. The day after, on the Wednesday, they played Portsmouth at Fratton Park & became the first Uruguayan club to record a victory on British soil with a 3-1 win.
The following week they visited Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday the 18th & then Watford on the Thursday. I’ve not been able to find the scores from these two games. They also played Leeds, Mansfield, Southampton & possibly Burnley but I haven’t been able to confirm the dates these games were played.
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