Sunday, May 31, 2009
This morning's News of the Screws carries a back page exclusive (aren't they all?) that the consultancy firm WH Sports owned by Cardiff City Chairman Peter Ridsdale has gone bust owing over £400,000 mostly to HM Customs and Revenue.
Ridsdale and his wife set up the company a couple of weeks after he departed Leeds but since being involved with Cardiff City, it is doubtful whether The Riddler has been involved in any consultancy at all.
There are suggestions that its only income in the past 2 years were Cardiff City bonuses of £1 Million in 2007 and a more meagre but still excellent £328,000 in 2008. Quite why 2008 was so much lower when City were so much more successful has never been made clear.
It's hard to make any judgements on this at present. It certainly again doesn't show Ridsdale's business acumen in a good light, some would suggest the company is set up pretty much as a tax vehicle. Whether this has knock-on implications to the football club remains to be seen.
This morning's Wales on Sunday (the newspaper with no news) carries an "exclusive" (of course) that Cardiff City captain Joe Ledley has not been offered any new contract by the club. Ledley is quoted as saying "I haven't turned down a contract, there has been no contract on the table whasoever, I know that and so does my agent".
Ledley's agent, of course, is on record as saying Joe wants away and that he will run down his existing contract and leave for nothing next summer if necessary. It is believed discussions were held to start contract talks but it was made clear Joe wants to leave this summer. All in all, no point if offering any contract then.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
CARDIFF CITY yesterday confirmed opening events to open/test the new stadium ahead of league and cup life beginning at the ground in August.
Friday, May 29, 2009
With an average age of 21, the youngest Welsh side in history beat
It’s also a sign of the time that a relatively meaningless friendly a month after the season had ended passed me by and I didn’t even find out the result until a couple of hours later. For John Toshack and his Juniors, it was arranged ahead of
However, for the record, Wales were deserved winners and put on an excellent passing display captained by
It could have been Egypt, Turkey, Canaries ... but this was Cardiff.
Got to also add Tiger Tiger is a place I tend to avouid but I had a fabulous time. All the food half price and all the drink half price ... I don't think there's anywhere cheaper with offers like that.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
At 29, he would seem to be on the old side stepping up to the Championship but was a success at the Dons last season making 34 appearences and scoring twice. His disciplinary record isn't the best though - 10 yellows and a red card saw him miss a few games.
However he is available on a free unless Dons pin him to a deal in the next month and that has interested Cardiff as well as Doncaster Rovers.
Hardly inspiring, is it?
It's been a while since Dimi and catch featured in the same sentence!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Most of us have handed the club money hand over fist for most of our lives ... they should be giving it to us anyway!
Items in Bluebirds auction stolen
However tuned in tonight to watch Barcelona soundly beat Manchester United 2-0, the Spaniards letting United have the ball for the first 10 minutes and keeping it away from them for the remaining 80.
The next time I watch a Champions League game will be this time next yeat no doubt.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Last Bids for the
Personally, I’m not interested in any
However I’m sure there is plenty of interest in the auctions whose closing bids take place tomorrow.
Hope it picks up though as there’s not much sign the sell off is going to raise a fantastic amount.
See here for details:
Starting in the Premiership, the final league games of the weekend saw Middlesbrough and Newcastle go down providing a North East bonanza for City fans. In what must rank as the worst relegation battle ever, the four sides battling for survival – which also included Hull and Sunderland – collectively won 1 game each in almost 50 games. Suitably, all four sides lost on the final day and the three sides who came down all got 34 points or less … can’t say they don’t deserve it then.
Up from League One, via the play-offs, came Scunthorpe, who grabbed a late and deserved winner over Millwall to triumph in a 3-2 thriller. Millwall not only had 4 times as many fans (taking 45,000 to Wem-ber-lee) but they also featured ex-Bluebird David Forde in goals.
However the ex-Bluebird taking the biggest bow was Steve Thompson. Thommo after falling out with Dave Jones and finding himself surplus to requirements at Cardiff City, left for Burnley in January but became a massive hit getting a double figure goal return and starring into this afternoon’s 1-0 victory over Sheffield United that take The Clarets to the Premiership. Their following of almost 40,000 represented half the population of their town!
Last laugh on Thommo then but what agony for Cardiff City fans recalling how we were cruelly denied victory at Turf Moor this year thanks to a Ropger Johnson own goal while we deservedly gave the Lancastrians a 3-1 beating at Ninian Park at Easter, the only time Burnley lost in the last couple of months. Owen Coyle and his men deserve all the plaudits but. Really, it could/should have been us and Cardiff’s manager and players only have themselves to blame that is wasn’t. How gut-wrenching.
The Championship 2009/10 sides will therefore be:
PRESTON NORTH END
QUEENS PARK RANGERS
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Funny thing is, I was just about to go up in the balloon when the wind picked up.
The balloon shifted side to side with people inside it before wrapping itself around a lamppost and pulling so hard, the lamppost was bending.
The people inside didn’t find it funny, I found it hilarious!!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Parker games, makers of Monopoly, have captured the headlines by announcing it is to launch a Kairdiff version of the game later this year and inviting suggestions for places to includes as well as voting on what represents Mayfair, the most exclusive square in the game.
It's already been announced Caroline Street (Chip Alley) and Cardiff City's new stadium will be included (Ninian Park wasn't before) as well as City Hall, Millennium Stadium, Welsh Assembly and a Tardis with Dr. Who filmed there.
However, it seems everyone has forgotten ther Cardiff Monopoly was luanched about 5 years ago (asee picture above), it's just being re-packaged and updated ... I haven't told you though ok?
(1) Fine: This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.
(2) Five Minutes: If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.
(3) Nothing: This is the calm before the storm. This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in fine.
(4) Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don't Do It!
(5) Loud Sigh: This is actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing. (Refer back to # 3 for the meaning of nothing.)
(6) That's Okay: This is one of the most dangerous statements a women can make to a man. That's okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.
(7) Thanks: A woman is thanking you, do not question, or faint. Just say you're welcome. (I want to add in a clause here - This is true, unless she says 'Thanks a lot' - that is PURE sarcasm and she is not thanking you at all. DO NOT say 'you're welcome' . that will bring on a 'whatever').
(8) Whatever: Is a woman's way of saying F-- YOU!
(9) Don't worry about it, I got it: Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This will later result in a man asking 'What's wrong?' For the woman's response refer to # 3.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Went to a Chinese in Barry - Yang's in Thompson Street - which has a good reputation.
Food-wise, it wasn't bad at all - except dishes were overloaded with onions - but their pricing policy left a lot to be desired. Individual dishes vastly overpriced, it forces punters into the 'All You Can Eat' buffet at £14 each option. Each dish is cooked to order rather than visiting a table where pre-prepared foot has been under hot lights for hours. The menu also warns any dishes unfinished will be added to your bill at full price!
So I enjoyed it but it's clearly not working. Only 2 other people ate there in all the time we were inside so the place and atmosphere was lifeless - this on a Friday night of a Bank Holiday weekend.
The resaurant are now dealing with takeaway orders where, bizarrely, I could have had the same grub for little more than half the price I paid to eat inside. Takeaway deliveries were flying out.
When's it going to hit them that they have their set up wrong??
From the snippets that have circulated, here's a quick update:
A curious lack of speculation at present although I suspect City will have to sell before they buy while season-long loans and getting players out of contract or with contracts running down won't be secured until June/July.
Sammy Clingan - the Northern Irish Norwich midfielder - was linked by the press but Norwich City yesterday confirmed they have not had any approach from any club to date.
Darren Purse - now at Sheffield Wednesday and our loan players were all released but it has now emerged that pacy young striker Jon Brown has not been offered a new contract either.
Brown, 19 later this summer, has arrived on the Wales Under 21 scene, played twice as sub for City in 2007/08 season and had a fairly successful loan spell at Wrexham this year but it wasn't to be with Cardiff.
He still looks a prospect to me but may well have to find a lower level club to get going. I hope he does.
Reading between the lines on news snippets, City are still awaiting approaches/bids from Premiership clubs for Joe Ledley but I hear he remains likely to move to Everton. Despite being in current discussions with Ross McCormack over a 4 year contract, I get the impression he'd be sold if offers came along, the contract always helps secure his value.
It does, though, appear that they will fight to keep Roger Johnson whom they also want to make captain for next season. Will a Premiership club bid for him?
City's other problem is that there are surely a number of players they would like to shift out if at all possible - contenders should include Miguel Comminges, Tony Capaldi, Peter Whittingham, Paul Parry, Steve McPhail to name a few.
However all are contracted to Cardiff and lucratively paid. Most are likely to appeal only to lesser clubs but could they afford them and offer better deals?
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
It's that time of year to take our annual senior citizen test.
Exercise of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles. As
we grow older, it's important to keep mentally alert. If you don't use
it, you lose it! Below is a very private way to gauge your loss or
non-loss of intelligence.
Take the test presented here to determine if you're losing it or not.
The spaces below are so you don't see the answers until you've made
OK, relax, clear your mind and begin.
1. What do you put in a toaster?
Answer: 'bread.' If you said 'toast,' give up now and do something else.
Try not to hurt yourself. If you said bread, go to Question 2.
2. Say 'silk' five times. Now spell 'silk.' What do cows drink?
Answer: Cows drink water. If you said 'milk,' don't attempt the next
question. Your brain is over-stressed and may even overheat. Content
yourself with reading a more appropriate literature such as Auto
World. However, if you said 'water', proceed to question 3.
3. If a red house is made from red bricks and a blue house is made
from blue bricks and a pink house is made from pink bricks and a black
house is made from black bricks, what=2 0is a green house made from?
Answer: Greenhouses are made from glass. If you said 'green bricks,'
why are you still reading these???
If you said 'glass,' go on to Question 4.
4. It's twenty years ago, and a plane is flying at 20,000 feet over
flight, two engines fail. The pilot, realizing that the last remaining
engine is also failing, decides on a crash landing procedure.
Unfortunately the engine fails before he can do so and the plane
fatally crashes smack in the middle of 'no man's land' between
Answer: You don't bury survivors.
If you said ANYTHING else, you're a dunce and you must stop. If you
said, 'You don't bury survivors', proceed to the next question.
5. Without using a calculator - You are driving a bus from
Milford Haven in
get off and 16 people get on. In
five people get on. In Carmathen, six people get off and th ree get on.
You then arrive at Milford Haven.
What was the name of the bus driver?
Answer: Oh, for crying out loud!
Don't you remember your own name? It was YOU!!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
TOM HEATON proved a good shotshopper and has potential but wasn't quite the answer for Cardiff. Although he expressed a desire to stay, it was never going to happen and with Swansea keeper Dorus De Vries in a contract wrangle, he is being seen as a good replacement. I'm sure he would do a good job for them too but he needs development.
Dimi The Drop on the other hand was only denied being the worst Cardiff City goalkeeper in my lifetime by the never to be forgotten solitary performance of Peter Zois.
Zero at Cardiff, Dimi is a Swansea hero for his failures with us but also strong loan showings with the Swans. A touted loan move next season to lower league Hartlepool seemed appropraite but Swans may step in. On the evidence of what I saw, I hope the Swans get him!
Search the web to see how wide and varied his talents lie and his influence is but, for me, he’s DEVO’s lead singer more than anything.
I love this vintage pic courtesy of Hilobrow.com though. It seriously looks like it was taken after MM was caught in the act. Good work fella!!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
In a move that may produce some heated reaction, the Football Association of Wales have decided to take no action against Cardiff City following the Mike Dean coin-throwing incident that marred a live Sky tv howitzer of a derby versus Swansea City. The incident was magnified and blown out of proportion by being beamed nationwide but is no action at all appropriate???
“We have had full and written confirmation from the FAW there will be no further action,” said Bluebirds chairman Peter Ridsdale, probably relieved and clearly happy at that outcome after the FAW acknowledged City took all possible steps they could reasonably take to ensure that type of incident did not occur.
Swansea will have a moan - they can't stop themselves, can they? - but they had no action or investigation into the naughtiness at their place this season which I would argue was worse when Cardiff went there.
The club acted immediately and banned the thrower for life and saw him convicted and are still working to do the same with others - I'm not even sure Swansea took any action against their pitch invaders for example.
However a ref was still injured, it was an ugly incident and overshadowed a fantastic game. Think there could have been a suspended fine or warning - in line with what happened to Newport a couple of years ago. It's as if the FAW have lost sight of that.
Overnight it has been confirmed that Purse - who was at a Ninian Park Friday night function - has agreed a new deal with the Owls and officially becomes their player on July 1st when his Cardiff City contract expires.
SWFC boss Brian Laws was delighted and commented, "My main priority this summer is to sign players with quality and experience. In Darren Purse we have secured the services of someone with both of those qualities in abundance. He has experience of getting promoted from this division and of playing at the very top level but most importantly he is a leader on the pitch. We already have some excellent young players at Sheffield Wednesday and Darren will help bring out the best in the other defenders around him."
It has been apparent for many months that despite his own desire to stay, Purse was not going to be offered a new contract by Jones. He his a genuine Mr Nice Guy and showed more desire and commitment to see City make the play-offs that many of his under-performance passion-drained team-mates when it mattered.
However while he can still produce man of the match displays, he has lost pace, can be clumsy and is not going to be a first team regular so a move to a club offering that for the 32 year old suits Purse as well as Cardiff it seems.
In 4 years at Ninian Park, Purse - signed by City for £750,000 -played 119 times and scored 12 goals - a mix of penalties and being in the end of set pieces. Some will remember how he also scored a couple of spectacular own goals and got sent off 6 times although a couple were rescinded under appeal.
Purse is a terrific leader, personality and deserves to play and do well. Good Luck Darren.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
After the shambles of the last league game celebrations, the club actually orgainsed things very well this time with all food and drink half price, tours of the stadium, fans allowed to go where they wished, taking penalties at the Grange End, kids games in sealed off areas of the pitch and a stage where singers snag, footballers waved and some legends dropped by as well.
The weather was poor but it didn't stop a big turn out so much so that when I turned up, queues stetched all along Sloper Road. Thankfully, they died down later so I popped in for half hour as the pictures below will show.