Premier League unplugged [17]

When the home team, Cardiff City FC, rely on their tried and tested agricultural style of playing it pays to be fully aware of the opposition. After all, Chelsea is more often mockingly known for the stylish tractors of its super-rich residents!

So, this particular Sunday afternoon presents a clash of styles, with agricultural machinery favoured by a Juno lookalike representing the home team (Cardiff City FC)

Mr. Midnight Tractor Cat

And an altogether sleeker shinier machine representing the visitors (Chelsea FC)

Chelsea Tractor

Until we speak again, with 10 minutes left on the clock, agricultural endeavour was leading against the urban elite. But, it’s never over until it is over [for the record the final score was Cardiff City 1 Chelsea 2].

[Acknowledgements for the photographs to http://www.farmgirlfare.com and http://www.dailymail.co.uk]

Premier League unplugged [15]

What happens when you mix a bunch of birds with an assortment of toffee?

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The home mascot, Bartley, may well be planning his own raid on someone’s toffees in the crowd…

Bartley at Everton match

Unfortunately, behind him on the pitch the Toffeemen of Everton FC were perpetrating their own raid on the poor unsuspecting Bluebirds.

Until we speak again, the home fans found themselves, not for the first time of late, caught up in the sticky stuff, as the final score read Cardiff City 0 Everton 3.

 

Premier League unplugged [14]

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Well, she could have waited until after we played Watford FC (aka The Hornets)!

Here were the mighty Bluebirds, on the back of a two consecutive Premier League wins and a two week rest. Now ready to take on a good Watford FC team, but one that we need to be winning or at least drawing against, if that is, we have aspirations to be playing them again next season in the Premier League.

Until we speak again, all self-respecting Bluebirds fans should look away now… final score: Cardiff City 1 Watford 5 (yes… FIVE). I can still hear Juno purring with laughter at the thought of a bunch of birds being tormented and played with by a bunch of hornets.

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].

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.

 

Fireworks and handbags

History is waiting to be made… can Welsh rugby achieve its long overdue clean sweep of autumn international victories? South Africa have other intentions. Cue fireworks for the customary gladiatorial entrance under a closed roof…

A few tetchy individuals seemed to bring their handbags onto the pitch with them, as a few minor skirmishes threaten to interrupt a rugby match. But, was there ever going to be any doubt about the outcome as Wales move to a 14-0 lead at an early stage of the match…

There was a brief moment in the second half when South Africa reduce the lead to 14-11, and it seemed as if the handbag-inducing tension was going to subdue home supporters thoughts about any celebratory fireworks.

Until we speak again, a final score of Wales 20 South Africa 11 secures a deserved victory. With 2019 being World Cup year, stow the handbags and light the blue touchpaper!

Premier League unplugged [6]

Enough said in the press across the previous week, so what can possibly be added to the tributes and out-pouring of feelings for five tragic deaths? Well… Bluebirds were out-foxed in the game of grief (i.e. personal loss for the away team, and skill loss for the home team!).

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Until we speak again, apparently Cardiff City FC were reported to be a class act across the previous week in their approach to this emotionally difficult game. Shame that wasn’t converting to the on-pitch performances! For the record the home club were very generous to their grieving competitors bequeathing them a 0-1 win.