Souled Out

There are some sights that you simply don’t see very often, and the game is a lot better off for many of their absence. Excess amounts of sand on the pitch were a staple of the groundsman’s armoury against matches being called off in the early 1970s, but this short term measure ruined pitches and many a match at the same time. With this in mind, there was something of a retro feel to the match between Cardiff City and Spurs on Sunday afternoon. It wasn’t just the rustic environment of Ninian Park, though this is clearly a ground that hasn’t had an enormous amount done to it over the last twenty minutes or so. It was the extraordinary, baying crowd, who added so much to the occasion but also over-stepped the mark into behaviour that we have to condemn as unacceptable. Now, first off, let me briefly point out that I am no great expert on football hooliganism, and I don’t have a great deal of special interest either way in the fortunes of Cardiff City, so the majority of what follows is conjecture and musings. If you’re looking for hard-hitting analysis, you’ll be best off going elsewhere (no surprises there, then). It strikes me, though, that there may be something different about Cardiff City and its supporters – something which suggests that they still haven’t shaken off...

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