We are now just two days away from the football league kicking off and 25 days until the transfer window closes but July and August for Cardiff City have been the busiest yet.
Firstly the Bluebirds set out to buy new players, after losing club captain Darren Purse to Sheffield Wednesday, Dave Jones thought Anthony Gerrard, Mark Hudson and former Motherwell captain Paul Quinn would be good replacements. Then the Bluebirds flew out to Portugal to play two pre-season matches against Fatima and The Presidents XI. After beating both teams 1-0 and 3-0 they flew back home to Cardiff and four days later played in the grand opening of Cardiff City Stadium against Scottish champions Celtic.
Although Tony Mowbray’s side had a good few chances, the F.A Cup finalists of 2008 held on to draw 0-0 in a fantastic match. With one more game before the league starts on Saturday 8th August, Dave Jones thought his team needed a new look to it, so he signed goalkeeper David Marshall from Norwich City, striker Michael Chopra from Sunderland, gave first team contracts to youngsters Erwin Sak, Adam Matthews, Aaron Morris and Josh Magennis and gave a trial to Vincent Pericard who was recently released from Stoke City, and also sold winger Paul Parry to Preston North End.
So with a new look to Cardiff City Football Club they went in to play their last pre-season game of 2009 against Spanish giants Valencia C.F. Although Cardiff had a fair few chances - one of them being a penalty miss - and having some dubious decisions given against them, they lost 2-0 with goals from Nikola Zigic and Joaquin securing the win for Valencia. So with pre-season over it was back to the training ground for the Bluebirds to prepare for the start of the 09/10 season in the Coca Cola Championship, and after finishing one place out of the play-offs, expectation this season will be to finish in at least the automatic promotion place. I bet all the players and staff are looking forward to the visit of teams like Newcastle, Middlesbrough, West Brom and are also looking forward to visiting magnificent stadiums like St. James’ Park, The Riverside Stadium and also The Hawthorns, so why don’t you be with them every step of the way and buy a season ticket!
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