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Thursday, November 10, 2005

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 1: CARDIFF CITY 3; Blues reach highest league positon for 35 years

Yesterday was me first away trip with the city this season, Sheffield Wednesday.

Got picked up around the corner from the house, which is quite handy, at 2pm, but before we had even got out of the valleys the bus toilet was overflowing, which was not handy.

Travelling away with the Valley R.A.M.s, one of the two Cardiff city Supporters clubs is quite an experience; you can get away with all sorts of things you would never get away with travelling with the ‘official’ supporters club. Being a predominantly male organisation, the banter on the bus can get quite blue on times and the sense of humour varies from dim witted to incredibly sharp, but you very rarely go 5 minutes without laughing your head off at something someone has said.

By the time we get to Tamworth, even the RAMs with the most hardy of stomachs are complaining about the toilet and the driver is forced to do something about it. Unfortunately, because he had not sorted it when first asked there is now a three inch deep lake of p*ss on the toilet floor which the driver can do nothing about, but a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do, so by the time we eventually get home it is six inches deep.

We arrive at Hillsborough and find our seats literally seconds before kick of and we are quickly treated to a bit of a goal fest from the highflying City. In the first half Koumas bangs in the first goal right in front of the 600 travelling bluebirds, followed by two from Jerome, leaving us 3-0 up at half time. The second half was by comparison dreadful and we were lucky to get away with only conceding one goal. For more detailed review click here

At full time we had dragged our selves up to 5th in the division, the highest city have been in the league for 22 years (although that was only two games into the season, if you look back to a time when we have been in this position with 18 games under our belt you will have to look back 35 years). Not bad considering all the ‘stars’ we sold last year due to debts. This means we are now in the ‘play off zone’, but there is long way to go yet before the end of the season.

After the game it was back on the mobile p*ss bucket for the journey home. No matter how many times I go through it, there is something quite exciting about being in a convoy, especially when you have a police escort stopping all traffic mixing with the convoy and you drive straight through all red lights. Despite all the security one of the busses had its window put through when it pulled into the services out side of Sheffield.

The journey home was pretty much the same as the journey up, although one or two did start to flag and drop off to sleep on the 5 hour journey… a journey which was extended by the driver insisting on having breaks. I can appreciate why these breaks are necessary but taking a half hour break when we were almost home was a little frustrating.

Eventually arrived home at 3am, half cut, half tired but completely happy with the result.

Picture above, Jeromes first and City’s second goal.


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