November 2010 Archives
Debate is raging around South Wales at the moment as to whether Cardiff City can maintain a push for the Championship's top two.
After three defeats in the last five games, fans are starting to question whether this talented team has the bottle to go all the way.
ON the day it was announced Cardiff City fans received more banning orders than any other Championship club last season, it will be interesting to see the plans for the forthcoming FA Cup trip to Stoke City.
The Bluebirds and Potters haven't met since Tony Pulis' team won promotion to the Premier League in 2008 but a harsh history marred the fixture before that.
A decade ago, 12 officers were injured as trouble flared before, during and after Cardiff's first ever visit to Stoke's Britannia Stadium. Along with a frenzy of public outcry, this sparked the Staffordshire constabulary into launching Operation Javelin, in which dozens of fans from both clubs were arrested (even though the force are unable to provide figures on how many of those were actually convicted).
Bluebirds Banter contributor Gareth Rogers attempts to mop up the debris of Saturday's White City washout for Cardiff
EXPECTATIONS surrounding Cardiff's climb towards the Championship summit are sparking mass over-reactions every time the Bluebirds drop points.
The traditional derby day defeat fall-out was followed up by a chorus of half time boos and second period supporter exodus against Nottingham Forest. Madness that was then superseded by knee jerk keyboard warriors, who hadn't been near Loftus Road, calling for the manager's head after a tight defeat at the league leaders.
Let's get some sense of perspective people. The City side is strong, that's why they're still safely tucked in second spot at the end of 'Nasty November' but they have no divine right to beat anyone in this league - especially the top six incumbents, with a defence that is lacking the right mix of pace and power.
It seems to have taken weeks coming around but since Cardiff City joined Queens Park Rangers at the Championship summit in October -this is the game everyone has wanted to see.
Strikers Jamie Mackie and Jay Bothroyd have both taken the division by storm this year, winning international caps in the process while defenders and goalkeeprs in both teams will say they have performed impressively this term.
Add into the mix, Neil Warnock and Dave Jones, two of the division's managerial heavyweights indulging in another tactical dual, this time in front of a packed house at Rangers' ever lively Loftus Road stadium.
All eyes have been on the Ashes this week, but many Bluebirds fans have been alerting Bluebirds Banter about the likeness of star Austalian bowler Peter Siddle to our very own Craig Bellamy.
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