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Promotion! Escape from the Third! Huzzah!
(young girl feels the Ninian glow. 1st May, 1999)
Cardiff City 0 Scunthorpe 0
After what has seemed an eternity trapped in the Basement, Cardiff City finally clinched promotion at Ninian Park after a 0-0 draw with Scunthorpe.
The game was, frankly, arse dull, but in the end, who cares? We're out of the Third which means: no more Barnet away!
A big 12,500+ crowd packed into Ninian Park, proving yet another reminder of the blinkin' obvious: with investment and success, Cardiff could go a lot higher and pull substantial crowds. Trouble is, every time we go up, managers and directors have a habit of flogging off all our best players, leaving us to struggle for a couple of seasons before the inevitable drop.
Still, all that didn't seem to matter to the joyous crowd at Ninian Park who celebrated on the pitch at full time, after the club announcer wisely decided to stop trying to deter the fans from joining in the traditional - and entirely peaceful - celebrations.
The afternoon was slighly marred by City's ghastly new policy of deafening fans with hideous 80s tunes mid-game, presumably in an attempt to whip us into a sonic frenzy. Wisely, the fans ignored shite offerings like 'The Eye Of The Tiger' and 'You Ain't Seen Nuthin' Yet', preferring more traditional City songs. I've no idea which sad, outdated PR buffoon dreamt up this ridiculous idea, but I trust he will have learnt by its frosty reception. If we want to hear dodgy rock songs being belted out of a shit PA, we'll go to the Tonypandy Naval Club...
(mass pitch invasion at full time marks City's promotion to Div Two. Huzzah!)