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Trouble At The City

Posted by archifCLICarchive from National - Published on 12/11/2009 at 17:09
1 comments » - Tagged as People, Sport & Leisure

  • Ninian Park

The mighty Bluebirds of Cardiff City took on Swansea City at Ninian Park on April 5th this year. The South Wales derby is one of the biggest derbies in Britain and one of the worst for trouble. 

Trouble happens every time these two teams meet and they hadn't met in the league for about ten years. The match was live on Sky and trouble started before the match. Swansea's coach came down Sloper Road and some Cardiff fans charged at it. The police were quick to react and surrounded the coaches straight away and pushed fans back. 

When fans got in the ground the atmosphere was intense. I stood in the Grange End with two of my mates, Ryan and Rhys along with all the Soul Crew. There was a big police force standing between the Grange End and the Swansea fans. At some point during the match fans threw coins, one of which hit the ref.

Cardiff went 1-0 down and it started kicking off as the Swansea fans were jubilant. Not long after they scored, we equalised and the atmosphere around Ninian Park was intense.

Towards the end of the match, we went 2-1 down. We were heartbroken. Losing was like losing the FA Cup final, as we did the year before. In the 90th minute, one of our players was brought down in the penalty box and the ref blew for a penalty and we scored. Ninian Park was jumping. We thought we lost but we pulled one back. More than 15,000 Cardiff fans stayed outside at the end, shouting and singing. 

There are loads of videos on YouTube about what happened that day (Sub-Ed note you don’t need me to tell you that most of these videos contain bad language, violence and, well, stupidity).

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Tom_Bevan

Tom_Bevan

Commented 79 months ago - 13th November 2009 - 21:54pm

I love the 'beautiful game' and it has many fine attributes, thuggery not being one of them. So is it worth celebrating like this?
It's this sort of attitude that has tarnished the British game and is childish and pathetic. This article is not, therefore, worth reading- unless you get excited by drunk idiots hurling their weight around and trashing up the streets, in which case you need to get a grip.
Rant over- but come on, grow up

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