Cardiff City fans set for promotion party on Wednesday
Bluebirds fans have a promotion party at Cardiff City Stadium next Wednesday (February 13) - looking back 30 years rather than celebrating far too early this season.
Malky Mackay's City team are top of the Championship, striving to go up, and there will certainly be talk of past and present at the anniversary celebration.
Roger Gibbins, a key figure in the 1982-83 promotion team, is at all home games as a matchday host, interviewing players for fans on the upper floors at the stadium, and in a perfect position to compare the two teams.
"We had a fantastic season in the early 80s and a great bunch of lads, but Malky's squad simply has to be the best this club has ever had," says Gibbins, 57, who had two spells with the Bluebirds and made more than 280 League appearances.
"Our team had 16 0r 17 first team players and eight or nine of those had to play an awful lot of matches. Malky has good numbers, flexibility in that he has different types of player, top class work ethic and togetherness plus quality in all areas.
"I've been in South Wales for a long time and I cannot recall a squad to match this one. Some critics will say they don't always play great football, but look at the stats.
"Twenty wins in 29 matches is incredible. That's the big factor. A lot of those have been by a single goal, but that's not luck. In previous seasons they would have drawn or lost a lot of those, but Malky has a group who play for each other and the team has great quality throughout."
Gibbins plus eight of his former teammates from the 80s, including captain Jimmy Mullen, will gather at the City Stadium next Wednesday to celebrate promotion success - and they will all be backing Mackay's men to earn their place in Premier League football for 2013-14.
Brothers Dave and Gary Bennett, Jeff Hemmerman, Phil Dwyer, John Lewis, Linden Jones and Paul Giles are the other City players from three decades ago who will be attend the anniversary.
Len Ashurst was the City manager who steered his team to promotion in '83, clinching their place in the old Division Two with a 2-0 win against Leyton Orient on May 7.
The evening is at Cardiff City Stadium on Wednesday (February 13). The bar opens at 7pm with a short quiz at 7.30pm. A question and answer session with the players will start at 8pm.
There are limited tickets, free to Trust members and £5 to non-members, available and information is available via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets must be reserved in advance. Non members who buy a ticket for the event will be able to join the Trust for £7 on the evening.