Never doing the double

One of the more interesting facets of the South Wales derby is that neither Cardiff City or Swansea have ever managed to “do a league double” over the other side. Craig Bellamy’s wonder-strike on Sunday afternoon ensured that Cardiff City not only left the Liberty Stadium with all three points, but also left without the inigmany of being the first side to lose two league games against their bitter rivals in the same season (Swansea won the derby fixture at Cardiff last November)

I thought it might be interesting to take a look at the other fixtures that haven’t produced a league double for either side and the results were (in my opinion) very surprising. Cardiff City and Swansea City have shared a division on 27 separate ocassions without either ever recording a league double. The only fixture that comes close is (coincidentally) Cardiff City once more against Manchester City, a fixture that hasn’t produced a double in the nineteen occasions that the two sides have shared a division.

List of league match-ups that have never produced a league double between the two sides, and the number of seasons that the two clubs have now spent in the same division. All stats are based on fixtures up to and including the 2009/2010 season (unless otherwise stated).

Swansea City vs Cardiff City – 27*
Cardiff City vs Manchester City – 19
Sunderland vs Coventry City- 16
Barnsley vs Wrexham- 16
Reading vs Peterborough United- 16
Southend Unitedvs Bradford City- 13
Chelseavs Bristol City- 12
Darlingtonvs Macclesfield Town – 12
Tranmere Roversvs Charlton Athletic – 12
Coventry Cityvs Bradford City – 11
Notts Countyvs Norwich City – 11
Grimsby Townvs Torquay United – 11
Exeter Cityvs Hereford United – 11
Gillinghamvs Hereford United – 11
Halifax Townvs Workington – 11
Blackburn Roversvs Leyton Orient – 10
Birmingham Cityvs Tranmere Rovers – 10
Birmingham Cityvs Reading – 10
Bradford Cityvs Watford – 10
Barnetvs Shrewsbury Town – 10
Wimbledonvs Newcastle United – 10
Plymouth Argylevs Peterborough United – 10
Doncaster Roversvs Sheffield United – 10
Wrexhamvs Wigan Borough – 10

* – includes 2010/2011 season.