Cardiff City’s Worst start to a season for more than a decade

Cardiff City’s Worst start to a season for more than a decade

By Dave Sugarman

Sunday 11th Sept 2016

Vincent Tan has been Cardiff City’s owner for seven years.

I was surprised to read on Sky Sports News last night that yesterday’s defeat at Norwich means Cardiff City have made their worst start to a league campaign in eleven years, but I’ve checked the stats this morning and the claim is correct.

The points totals after six league games during the last twelve seasons are as follows (managers in brackets):

2005/06 – 5 points (Dave Jones)
2006/07 – 13 points (Dave Jones)
2007/08 – 7 points (Dave Jones)
2008/09 – 10 points (Dave Jones)
2009/10 – 10 points (Dave Jones)
2010/11 – 13 points (Dave Jones)
2011/12 – 11 points (Malky Mackay)
2012/13 – 13 points (Malky Mackay)
2013/14 – 8 points (Malky Mackay)
2014/15 – 8 points (Ole Gunnar Solskjaer)
2015/16 – 12 points (Russell Slade)
2016/17 – 5 points (Paul Trollope)

It’s a statement of the obvious, but a total of just five points from the first six games is none too clever after what appeared on paper to be a fairly routine set of fixtures by Championship standards (City have so far played only one side who were ranked in the top ten of the division’s pre-season favourites – yesterday’s opponents Norwich).