UK time is: 16:24:21
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

TG On The Pitch, Bluebirds On The Up

Cardiff City face Reading tonight and will be hoping to draw on the experiences of last season, when we faced Leicester City for the chance to appear in the Championship play-off final. That two legged affair saw us bring a 1-0 lead back to CCS courtesy of a Peter Whittingham free-kick. A fraught night of tension followed when Matty Fryatt cancelled out a Michael Chopra opener only for an unfortunate Hudson own goal and Andy King header to put the Foxes in front.

Peter Whittingham again proved key as he blasted a penalty home but more tension was to follow in the form of the penalty shoot-out. It was a nightmare of a game to watch, too unpredictable and frenetic. However, it was a superb way to sign off at home, and the euphoria led to very special memories of that night and the impending trip to Wembley.

The play-offs are both generous and cruel to fans in equal measures. It can be a fantastic occasion, and the delight at winning these crunch games is matched only by the despair in defeat, a feeling we know only too well after Blackpool overpowered us last year. Last season we were even more the underdogs after Peter Ridsdale`s golden ticket fiasco and numerous court dates saw our very existence threatened.

A takeover led by Malaysian`s Dato Chan Tien Ghee (TG) and Tan Sri Vincent Tan followed and has brought stability to CCFC. They are relative newcomers to Bruitish football, but have travelled back and forth to Cardiff over the season, bringing various delegates and distinguished visitors to CCS to share in both our triumphs and dismal defeats (Middlesbrough!). Last season`s hard fought victory over Leicester City turned out to be the highlight of our season, and (FA Cup semi and final aside) the highlight of almost a decade, beaten only by the play-off win over QPR in importance(2003), and the 2002 win over Leeds (in enjoyment) over the past decade.

The win on penalties was greeted by wild celebrations by fans, players and owners alike. Hopefully those memories can be re-created tonight with TG and co. on the pitch, 25000 singing Bluebirds and another trip to Wembley beckoning. Hopefully.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Bluebirdshroom Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 17 2011

Time: 2:03PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Cardiff City Articles

Peltier Joins On (Sunday January 25 2015)

Slade Demands A Big Response (Sunday January 25 2015)

Bo-Kyung Leaves Cardiff (Sunday January 25 2015)

Vital Report: Cardiff 1 Reading 2 (Sunday January 25 2015)

Stats: Cardiff v Reading (Saturday January 24 2015)

Cardiff City v Reading - Team Line-Ups (Saturday January 24 2015)

Slade - FA Cup Win Will Help Us (Friday January 23 2015)

Talks But No Moves Yet (Friday January 23 2015)

Vital Preview: Cardiff v Reading (Friday January 23 2015)

Archived Cardiff City Articles

List All Vital Cardiff Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Norwich 3 - 2 Cardiff
Cardiff 1 - 0 Fulham
Cardiff 2 - 4 Watford
Charlton 1 - 1 Cardiff
Cardiff 2 - 3 Brentford
Bournemouth 5 - 3 Cardiff

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
10. Blackburn 26 9 9 8 1 36
11. Birmingham 26 9 8 9 -8 35
12. Forest 27 8 10 9 -2 34
13. Cardiff 26 9 7 10 -3 34
14. Fulham 27 10 4 13 -7 34
15. Huddersfield 27 9 7 11 -10 34
16. Bolton 25 9 5 11 -4 32

Breaking League News

It's Tight At The Top For Town!
Ipswich : 26/01/2015 16:02:00
Iceland International Set For Trial At The Latics
Wigan : 26/01/2015 15:46:00
Brighton 2 Arsenal 3 (Report)
Brighton : 26/01/2015 15:43:00
No Rhode To Swansea
Blackburn : 26/01/2015 14:46:00
Cardiff City Trip Rearranged
Blackburn : 26/01/2015 14:45:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

FA - Reading MotM
Suggested By:  Site Staff
Moore 34%
Fabio 0%
Morrison 0%
Turner 0%
Malone 33%
Harris 0%
Gunnarsson 0%
Whittingham 0%
Noone 0%
Jones 33%
Revell 0%
Sub - Connolly 0%
Sub - Adeyemi 0%
Sub - Macheda 0%