In fact, no Whites side had suffered defeat against the Bluebirds since 1970.
Pictures from two of the most resounding victories are printed here – with, left, Peter Reid celebrating a goal at Burnden Park in 1977 (a moustachioed Sam Allardyce also holding arms aloft).
That game ended 6-3 with Paul Jones also scoring twice, and Neil Whatmore, Mike Walsh and Willie Morgan netting once each. The team that day was: McDonagh, Nicholson, Clements, Dunne, Jones, Allardyce, Morgan, Whatmore, Walsh, Reid, Worthington. Sub: Train.
The photograph on the right shows Asa Hartford in action during a 5-0 thumping of Cardiff in 1986.
The goals that day came from Warren Joyce, Mark Came, Phil Neal, George Oghani and Tony Caldwell.
The team was: Felgate, Scott, Phillips, Sutton, Came, Joyce, Neal, Oghani, Cadlwell, Hartford, Bell. Sub: Rudge.