Tag: Cardiff City

Football’s Values: Unethical, Dishonourable or Ill-Advised?

Currently appearing in the high court are an ex-Pompey director, past owner and recent manager on various charges of tax-evasion. Charged with fraud and unfair trading practices at  court an ex-Cardiff City director and Plymouth chairman, whilst at Wrexham a consortium containing a solicitor debarred on eighteen counts attempts a take over. That’s just so far this month. Not to mention the shenanigans at Port Vale and Plymouth reported by m’colleagues elsewhere on this site. The values demonstrated by the West Ham trio of Gold, Sullivan and Brady with their ‘tactful and understanding’ management style also made interesting reading this week. One comment on Phil McNulty’s blog after the insensitive manner of the sacking of Avram Grant by this conglomerate shows the esteem in which they are held. It suggests that Sullivan’s ‘abuse of the players … is typical and it won’t be long before he gets stuck into the fans who, in his mind, never appreciate his largesse and mastery of the football business.’ I gather fans at Birmingham (what IS going on there?) nurture the same level of affection for their ex-owners. That the largesse so described is derived from the porn industry is a matter often used to deride any team they are involved with and often seems more of a joke than a moral issue. Meanwhile at Pompey in recent times we have had...

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The Twohundredpercent Play-Off Jamboree: Cardiff City 0-3 Reading (0-3 Agg)

For so much of this season, Cardiff City’s promotion to the Premier League has had a feeling of the inevitable about it. Perhaps it was the arrival of Craig Bellamy on loan from Manchester City at the start of the season. Bellamy has matured with age, and had the feel of being a player around which Dave Jones could build a team capable of getting back into the top division of English football for the first time in half a century. In the league, however, Cardiff were edged out of the automatic promotion places in their penultimate league match of the season, a home defeat at the hands of Middlesbrough that radiated shell-shock out from The Cardiff City Stadium to the audience watching at home. The media, meanwhile, is salivating at the possibility of a South Wales derby match being played out at Wembley on the very last day of the domestic season, after Swansea City booked their place in the final with a win against Nottingham Forest. Setting aside the chaos that could be inflicted upon the M4 on a Bank Holiday Monday, any element of presumption regarding this fixture being played out rather overlooks one significant factor: Reading FC. True enough, Cardiff go into this evening’s second leg with home advantage and, arguably, the feeling that they may be the favourites after a drab goalless draw at...

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How Cardiff City Handed Automatic Promotion To Norwich City

A bright, if blustery, afternoon at The Cardiff City Stadium, then, and what should be a routine day at the office for Cardiff City. They are still chasing the heels of Norwich City, but a home match against sixteenth placed Middlesbrough should bring home a comfortable three points today and keep the pressure on the Canaries as they travel to Fratton Park to play Portsmouth this evening. Within the space of twenty minutes, though, what might be a nervous evening for Norwich City becomes a pre-promotion party whilst Cardiff’s expectations of taking this battle to the last weekend of the season disappear in a puff of smoke. At the start play, Cardiff are a point behind Norwich with a superior goal difference of a solitary goal. On three minutes, Leroy Lita heads Middlesbrough into the lead with a goal so soft that the Middlesbrough players seem almost hesitant to celebrate it andthen , ten minutes later, they double their lead with another goal from Barry Robson. Eight minutes after this, Richard Smallwood who, as part of what may be a local May Day custom, seems to have been given the freedom of the Cardiff City penalty area, makes the score a scarcely credible 3-0. Mayday, indeed. The Cardiff City Stadium falls quiet in stunned disbelief. This is not how the script was supposed to play out. The home side...

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Tales From The Sharp End: Cardiff City, Tranmere And Plymouth Argyle

I’ve been off-line for most of the last month – my PC is older than my jokes and I can’t afford a replacement on this money. And I was hopeful that, beyond Plymouth, there wouldn’t be much football financial mess to cover. Some hope. There was good news. The fact that West Ham’s losses were only £20.6m seems to be the starting pistol for a good ol’ Cockney knees-up, especially as they’ve been allowed to ride roughshod over Premier League rules to grab their tenancy of the Olympic Stadium. Wolves look like they’re having a ball, with nearly two years of Premier League survival behind them. But it remains to be seen how either club will cope if relegation beckons. And for every Wolves, there’s at least one club available to remind us that football, mostly, remains in a financial mess. Blimey, even Arsenal lost money between June and November. Take Plymouth, for instance. Administration has seemed pretty inevitable since England’s 2018 World Cup bid went east. The cynics have said, and I have agreed with pace and vigour, that the full horror of the Pilgrims’ situation manifested itself when they ‘had to’ call in Peter Ridsdale for help. But a disturbing number of Argyle fans (‘any’ Argyle fans is a disturbing number in this context) have given Ridsdale credit for what he has done for Plymouth, unpaid, unofficially,...

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FA Cup Replay: Cardiff City 0-2 Stoke City (AET)

One of the sure-fire signs of the arrival of the New Year, along with even guiltier than usual looking smokers, piles of reduced Thorntons chocolate reindeer and streets littered with sad looking, decaying Christmas Trees is that January is the season for the annual obituaries for the FA Cup. This annual debate is unlikely to ever be conclusively resolved (the likelihood of Premier League clubs, say, withdrawing from the competition seems remote and the FA deciding to end the competition remoter still) and it is worth remembering that this tournament remains, for many people that are turned off by the largesse of the Premier League and the Champions League, a shining light that continues to represent something almost indefinably magical about our game. On nights like tonight, however, it can be difficult for even the tournaments greatest zealots to muster much of a smile. On this particular Tuesday night, Cardiff City’s match against Stoke City is competing with the humming of transfer window rumours of varying credibility, what may or may not be the self-destruction of West Ham United and the nagging suspicion that, if you flick through the channels for long enough, you’ll find a match from a European league that is ten times as exotic as this. This is the sort of match that looks enticing on paper, providing you don’t look at said sheet of paper...

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