City stories in the press

Last updated : 16 June 2003 By Michael Morris
It's pitch perfect - June 15th

CARDIFF CITY are learning already that the grass IS greener on the other side of the fence.

Having finally clambered over the Division Two barrier, the Bluebirds are finding their elevation opens doors all over the land.

Shortly after clinching their play-off final success against QPR they decided it was time to relay the Ninian Park pitch.

The job was put out to tender and the eventual winner was the firm responsible for laying Anfield, Highbury and White Hart Lane!

Work has already started and already the green shoots of success are showing at Ninian Park.

Stadium manager Wayne Nash said: "We approached the firm (John Hewitt and sons of Leicester) last year and they weren't interested in a small job like ours.

"But with plans for a new stadium and our jumping up into Division One, when we put out for tenders this time around they were straight in.
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Dublin's fair visit to City - June 15th

WITH Cardiff City having been promoted and inevitably looking to strengthen their squad there have been more "flyers" about supposed targets appearing in the press than RAF St Athan.

But Inside Sport will resist the temptation to suggest that Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin could be on his way to Ninian Park, just because one of our intrepid news gatherers happened to see him shopping at Tesco in Penarth Marina last Sunday.

Yep, it's true, Robbie Savage's best pal was in that very store - probably about 15 Neil Alexander goal-kicks from Cardiff City Football Club at around 2.30pm seven days ago.
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Loyal Young set to benefit - June 16th

THE timing was perfect for Scott Young. Cardiff City climbed to their highest status for almost 20 years in time for his testimonial season.

And the central defender opens his First Division year of celebration and fundraising on Friday, August 1, when Premiership Charlton Athletic are visitors to Ninian Park.

Young's match is City's only home pre-season game, following their three-game tour to Denmark and Sweden.

The 27-year-old Wales B international is one of the Bluebirds' most consistent players, although his 2002-2003 season was badly disrupted by injuries and he made only 14 appearances.

Now Young's task is to break into the City first team next season alongside Danny Gabbidon - and he's certain to be given a chance to stake his claim when he plays against Charlton.

Rhondda-born Young, from Trealaw, loves life with the Bluebirds team he supported from the Popular Bank as a schoolboy - and then joined at the age of 14.
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