I went to my first City game at Ninian Park back when I was six years old and ever since I’ve been hooked. I have seen the club gain one promotion and reach three Wembley finals, but we’ve fallen short every time we come close to reaching the big time.
By this I mean reaching the Premier League or winning either the FA or Carling Cup, and all three of these we’ve come so close to doing in the last four years. We lost the FA Cup final to Premiership Portsmouth by a single goal. Again against Blackpool in the playoff final we lost by one goal and in this year’s Carling Cup final the mighty (or at least once mighty) Liverpool could only just beat us on penalties.
My Cardiff tickets in the shape of the Bluebirds badge sent by my creative mum which looks great to be fair. I would have at least another hundred if it wasn't for those new cards
For a Championship club to reach these finals is itself amazing but when will we actually stop knocking on the door and step over that elusive line. This season we look set to finish in the playoff places for a third consecutive year but for the first time I honestly cannot see us winning the playoffs. I don’t think we’re playing well enough and the other three teams will be favourites ahead of us.
Will we be playing at Wembley for the second time this season come the playoff final?
But will this help us? For some reason Cardiff always seem to raise their game against the ‘bigger’ clubs and the underdog status may benefit us. I hope this is the case anyway as I would love to see us losing 4-0 to Manchester City next year, and that is no word of a lie. First of all we have to not lose our last game of the season against Palace on Saturday to guarantee ourselves a place in the top six. Hopefully we can at least do that.
Here’s a link showing ticket prices for the game at Palace on Saturday, I’ll be there to support the boys.
All pictures are my own
Mark Hudson’s screamer on Tuesday is right up there in regards to my favourite Cardiff City goal. However my number one has to be Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s strike against Wolves in the FA Cup at Ninian Park.
Jimmy’s dummy and shot was along the way to us reaching the Wembley final in 2008. He started the move with a diagonal ball that Ben Turner would have been proud of before emphatically firing into the net. I was in the Bob bank that day and as soon as the ball left his foot I knew it was going in. Here’s a video of my favourite City goal.
Not only is the finish world class but the whole build up play for the goal is quality. Definitely my favourite Bluebirds goal. Chwarae teg Jimmy.
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My favourite ever Cardiff City game has to be the 2-1 win against Leeds in the FA Cup at Ninian Park in 2002.
Leeds at the time were the kings of British football. Top of the Premiership and playing in Europe, while we were two leagues lower in the old Division Two (now League One). The atmosphere at a rammed Ninian Park was insane in what was a giant killing at the time.
Below is a video of highlights of the game.
Leeds took the lead in the first half through Mark Viduka before my favourite ever Bluebirds player, Graham Kavanagh, equalised. The skipper scored a curling 25-yard free-kick to draw us level and send me and everyone else in the stadium wild.
The Premier League leaders then had Alan Smith sent off for a foul on Andy Legg before things got even more crazy when Scott Young scored the winner three minutes from time, invoking a pitch invasion from the Cardiff fans at full-time.
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