Geran from ‘3 On 1 Counter’ discusses Cardiff City’s season and the men who played key roles along the way.
As per usual, the Championship has not failed to disappoint with thrills and spills throughout the season. One massive thrill was Cardiff finally reaching the Promised Land and being crowned champions.
Cardiff have been seriously unlucky in the play-offs in recent seasons. It’s almost as if they were jinxed. The Cardiff faithful have suffered heartache on three occasions; losing to Blackpool in the play-off final in 2009-10 season, losing to Reading in the 2010-11 play off semi-final and losing to West Ham in the play-off semi-final just last year. Nothing less than automatic promotion this season would satisfy the long-suffering fans.
A huge moment occurred on May 30th 2011, with Dave Jones being sacked and Malky Mackay appointed as his successor.
Instrumental players such as Ben Turner, Aron Gunnarsson, Craig Bellamy and inspirational captain Mark Hudson have played key roles in this season’s successful promotion push. Summer signings Kim Bo Kuyng and Craig Noone have also played their part.
The Bluebirds failed to possess an out-and-out goalscorer for the first half of the season, but this was rectified in the January transfer window when Mackay took a gamble on former Sunderland and Manchester United striker Fraizer Campbell. The injury-prone forward, who had lacked a lot of playing time, made an impact with six goals in eleven games.
Cardiff have been heavily criticised for the lack of Welsh players in their squad: Craig Bellamy is the only Welshman in the first-team squad.
However, promotion back to the Premier League has seen the Bluebirds linked with a number of top Welsh players: Adam Matthews, Joe Ledley, Jonathan Williams and Hal Robson-Kanu.
Cardiff have made their home. the Cardiff City Stadium, a fortress this season, winning 15 games and losing just twice. Their away form has been decent also, winning 10 and losing 7.
The Welsh club have been at the summit of the championship table for three months now and have had some great wins, culminating in the impressive 3-0 defeat of high-flying Nottingham Forest. Their most successful period saw Cardiff gain fifteen points from a maximum of eighteen in December.
There’s one player in particular that stood out and that’s Craig Bellamy. A player who could easily start for a large number of teams in the Premier League, Bellamy signed for Cardiff to move closer to his family. It was also a dream of his to get his beloved club into the Premier League. He has been an important signing, with four goals and eight assists thus far. His Passion and desire for the club is a joy to watch. He is the player that shouts at his team mates if they make a mistake and even shouts at himself if he makes a mistake. It is great to see that Bellamy will be returning to the Premier League with his local club.
Cardiff have been criticised for controversially changing their home kit from the famous blue (to red). Many fans are bitterly disappointed that the colour of the home kit has been changed, as it takes away from the famous Bluebirds nickname. As well as that, they have ruined a bit of history as Cardiff have worn blue since 1908. Cardiff’s most famous time in a blue kit came in 1927 when the Welsh side won the F.A cup.
Nevertheless, Cardiff have to be congratulated on their promotion to the Premier League. It is a great for the Welsh people, as they join Swansea in the top-tier of English football. This means only one thing: the South Wales derby.
Recently, there have been talks that Cardiff are looking to expand the capacity of their stadium to 50,000. It could be a bit too much but would undoubtedly aid the Welsh national team as they play a large number of their games at the Cardiff city Stadium.
Well done Cardiff, it has been a long time coming but the wait has paid off and the Bluebirds are finally in the English Premier League.
Sport Is Everything. Geran.