City stories in the papers

Last updated : 27 June 2003 By Michael Morris
Danny's Double.
June 26th.

A FIRST Division play-off place and Wales qualifying for the 2004 European Championship is the dream double Cardiff City's influential defender Danny Gabbidon is aiming for this season.

The central defender is champing at the bit for this season like no other as he prepares to do battle on the international front and with the Bluebirds.

For the talented player believes another play-off final and guiding Wales to the 2004 Euro finals in Portugal next summer is well within his sights.

Gabbidon said: "We had a great, but long, season with Cardiff and everything turned out fine.
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Brazier out for a happy return.
June 26th.

MATTHEW BRAZIER is hoping for a good reception from the Cardiff City faithful when he returns to Ninian Park in August - and he reminded followers of the Bluebirds, "I never asked to leave the club."

City were yesterday paired with Third Division side Leyton Orient - the club Brazier joined from the Bluebirds in January 2002 - in the first round of the Carling Cup for an early-season clash.

The 26-year-old joined the East London outfit after being frozen out at Ninian Park by the former City boss Alan Cork.

The August 12 tie will see Brazier returning to the Welsh capital for the first time since his unhappy New Year's Eve departure from the Ninian Park club.
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Bluebirds urged to switch. June 26th.

CARDIFF City should play their First Division home games at the Millennium Stadium instead of Ninian Park.

That is message England and West Ham United goalkeeper David James has sent to Bluebirds owner Sam Hammam.
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Des desperate for a bit of luck. June 25th.

DES Hamilton, one of the Bluebirds unwanted midfield duo, is hoping for a long overdue lucky break to get his faltering career back on track.

Hamilton and Leyton Maxwell were both told by Lennie Lawrence to find new clubs in the summer, but as yet neither has been able to secure a move.

The pair will report back for pre-season training with the rest of the squad on Monday knowing that Lawrence doesn't really want them there, but Hamilton says he will work hard to try to turn his career around.

"I've had a bad time with injuries over the last two years and everybody gets a lucky break at sometime," said Hamilton.

"I hope I get a break this season, I feel like I deserve one, whether it be with Cardiff or elsewhere.
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