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Ridsdale Unites Cardiff City & Leeds Utd

Cardiff City and Leeds United have a good rivalry, and have seen a fair few battles in the past decade. Whilst the Bluebirds have soared through the leagues and appear to harbour realistic promortion hopes, the Whites fell from grace but are now progressing well and should do well in the Championship.

However, both sets of fans now share one common feature in that both clubs were brought to the edge of oblivion by one man: Peter Ridsdale. We laughed off the warnings from Leeds Utd fans when Ridsdale joined, after all - he made a good impression initially and stabilised the club.

We even sang his name when the Leeds fans jeered him. We complained at the arrogance and petulance when our Chairman was banned from the Leeds United directors box. I was firmly amongst those that thought Ridsdale's role in Leeds' demise had been exaggerated, or at least that he had learnt lessons.

Gradually, Ridsdale's dealings caught up with him and it became clear he had not been entirely honest with us. Behind the scenes, the club was in dire financial trouble and the debts had spiralled out of control. This ended with creditors issuing winding-up petitions, not least the HMRC who far from 'cage-rattling' as Peter Ridsdale initially suggested, were pursuing all avenues to liquidate CCFC's assets and reclaim the owed monies.

Significant unrest, fan protests and a Malaysian-led takeover made Ridsdale's position untenable. He even tried to hold the club to ransom over his departure, demanding an exorbitant pay-off despite his lucrative salary and shares gifted to him. It seems, he was dealt short thrift by TG and colleagues and was forced to leave with his tail between his legs and reportedly suffering his own financial worries.

I stress that Cardiff City have been incredibly lucky. The one legacy Ridsdale did leave was a new stadium, albeit millions over budget and lacking the undersoil heating, grass growing lights and internal fittings. That, and Dave Jones' assembled squad left us an attractive proposition to new investors who have been nothing short of amazing in their handling and commitment thus far.

Peter Ridsdale is currently looking for another British football club to take him on. Anybody associated with any such unfortunate club should take heed of the united voices of Leeds United, Cardiff City and the majority of Barnsley fans. Few will have any positive virtues to extol, unlike the man himself: Positive Publicity Pete. Thankfully no longer involved with the running of Cardiff City Football Club.

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Writer: Bluebirdshroom Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 22 2010

Time: 3:15PM

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Good article 'shroom. Onwards and upwards for you guys then?
kid charlemagne
I pity any club he gets involved with and would suggest you slam the door in his irritatingly smug fat face!
Hopefully kid charlemagne - bit too early to tell so far, but its looking promising!
"tis true" said the yorkshiremen "that theer risdales a rate thieving bar stool"
got to admit I was hoping he would buy Liverpool or Newcastle just so we could then take all their players for no money
I am not an apologist for Risdale but despite his faults he saved us from administration and got us the stadium (the lack of suitable lighting etc is hardly relevant). To say that he brought us to the edge of oblivion is ridiculous. Sam did that and he also demanded and got a large sum of money to let go. Risdale is a chancer but without him there would be nothing for the Malaysians to invest in. From the tone of the article he might as well be blamed for global warming.
Fair point - but i disagree. I was very much a Ridsdale apologist, and defended him frequently for the stadium project and his intial job on the finances. HOWEVER, we still dont know the full extent of the damage and the mis-management is only becoming clear. PR made sure he and his cronies were paid (and then some) shile the club was bled dry. How we ever justified signing Paul Quinn (350k) and Sol Taiwo (300k) (plus over 7k per week in wages) is unbelievable - just months before ending up in court! In some ways I hope some of the sordid details are made public, then again I'd rather concentrate on the future and will back TG and co all the way

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