Premier League unplugged [13]

Another classy evening at the Cardiff City Stadium. It’s just a shame that it takes serious adversity to bring out the best in the football family. First it was dealing with the first match following the death of the Leicester City FC Chairman and others in a tragic helicopter crash; now it is even closer to home with the disappearance 12 days previously of the plane carrying the pilot and Cardiff City’s record transfer signing striker, Emiliano Sala.

Welsh men and women came together to show their grief at the loss of a young Argentinian man. The flowers outside the stadium were magnificent, the minutes silence before kick-off was impeccably observed, and it was accompanied by a tremendous visual display across the Canton Stand of blue and white colours of the Argentine flag with Sala in yellow.

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Until we speak again, even the team upped their performance to provide the occasion with a well deserved 2-0 home win against a confident AFC Bournemouth team.

Premier League unplugged [12]

“It’s a funny old game…” is probably one of the most used cliches about football. So, here we are, it’s January, and the two teams that have been odds on favourites to be relegated from the Premier League from before the season started meet at the Cardiff City Stadium, in what most pundits believe will be a game from the…

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Not much to laugh about when Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town met in Yorkshire back in August… and two teams firing plenty of blanks so far suggests a repeat result of…

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Until we speak again, funnier things have certainly happened, and surprise surprise as it ends Bluebirds 0 Marker Pens 0!

Premier League unplugged [11]

Sometimes, if you stand around for too long like dustbins you get what you deserve! For most of this game the home team made a good impression of the dustbins for Tottenham Hotspur to play around. At 26 minutes, with the score standing at 0-3, clearly Spurs were too hot for the dustbins in front of them…

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Until we speak again, thanks go from the home fans to Spurs for treating the remaining 64 minutes of this non-contest as a training ground kick about, thus avoiding the inevitable humiliation that would have ensued from a more deserved cricket score! The biggest shock of the day was the score at the final whistle still being Cardiff City 0 Tottenham Hotspur 3.

Premier League unplugged [10]

It’s the return of the…

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As Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a former Cardiff City manager and Manchester United player returns to the Cardiff City Stadium as the temporary Manchester United manager. Most of the locals probably wished he had stayed in a Norwegian fjord for a week longer…

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Until we speak again, this Christmas will be enjoyed more by the baby-faced assassin than the cadavers of Cardiff! The less said about the final score the better [1-5].

[Acknowledgements to ‘the beer boy blogspot’ for the can image, and whatsnew2day.com for the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer photo].

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The heavens opened, as so often happens in the vicinity of Cardiff City FC. The Saints came marching in, as Southampton FC fans like to claim. But the angels today were in blue!

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Until we speak again, this particular religious experience finished Bluebirds 1 Saints 0.

Premier League unplugged [8]

First half summary of the Cardiff City FC performance went something like: “No movement off the ball, poor passing, and a lack of composure on the ball. Apart from that we are doing alright!”

Well, David Coleman wasn’t far wrong with the ultimate football cliche “it’s a game of two halves!” Despite Wolves having spent probably about 6 times as much on players as Cardiff have in the last eighteen months, they were left in a familiar pose at the end…

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Until we speak again, money isn’t everything in the moment, but it certainly helps in the longer-term, and the mighty Bluebirds achieve a third Premier League win of their season… Cardiff City 2 Wolves 1.

 

Premier League unplugged [7]

On this special anniversary, the centenary of the First World War armistice, the most important message is “Lest we forget…”

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And, in the current context of the Cardiff City Stadium this may well be a reference to “… football used to be played here!” 

Until we speak again, for the record Cardiff City FC won 2-1, only just, in the last few minutes, having struggled against a reduced 10-man Brighton for over an hour!