Why the Exploits of Cardiff City will be one to remember

For any football team or player, the pinnacle of one’s career in the English game surely must be reaching the top flight?

For Cardiff City, after a few years of being around the playoffs and a series of new misses, this was finally made a reality after a 0-0 draw with Charlton.

What is all the more significant, however, is that this will be Cardiff’s first ever time in the Premier League, and as a Welsh club they will be only the second team behind Swansea to do this.

The story of Cardiff is somewhat heart-warming. A new owner has brought in increased finances after years of difficulty as well as an extremely debatable decision to change the traditional kit from blue to red.

In recent years, Cardiff have become a big side in the Championship and came close to an FA Cup win in 2008; losing to Portsmouth in the final.   

A changed stadium from Ninian Park to the Cardiff City Stadium further increased the incentive from Cardiff to go up one more step.

A League Cup penalty defeat to Liverpool brought more heartache for the fans but a new light for the following season saw Cardiff-boy Craig Bellamy signed on a permanent basis, perhaps giving Cardiff the boost they needed.

Having led the table since November, promotion has finally been confirmed and the famous South Wales derby will be contested in England’s top division where a tenth of the team’s are Welsh.


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Bradford Story Leaves Nothing but Admiration

So the Bradford fairytale has come to an end at the hands of Swansea, who, after a history of 101 years, recorded their first major trophy win at Wembley on Sunday.

Unfortunately for Bradford, the score was 5-0, with The Bantams only having a shot on target five minutes before the end alongside the perhaps harsh sending off of keeper Matt Duke; one of the many heroes of the Bradford outfit during their cup campaign.

Despite the strong Swansea result for Bradford it draws to a close an emphatic cup-run which saw them see off three Premier League sides. Whichever way you look at it, all the players and fans can feel proud as they represented the Football League at Wembley in front of a sell-out crowd.

Normality will be somewhat restored with a game against Dagenham & Redbridge on Wednesday in a League Two match, but Bradford can keep hold of their experiences in their challenge for promotion.

It may seem that the occasion was just too far, but the custom suits and memories of the hallowed Wembley turf will be one that the Bradford City players will never forget.

For a team, assembled for under £10,000 – their heroics may never be repeated again. In their recent history, the city of Bradford has seen their stand burnt to the ground in a blaze alongside severe financial difficulties.

For a team that had just lost 5-0 in a cup final, it is the memories and the journey that will never be forgotten, as well as those who lost their lives supporting their club in a fire.

I for one, can only offer admiration for a club like Bradford City after their exploits.