Thorne, Earnie and Gabbidon in the papers

Last updated : 14 January 2004 By Michael Morris

RED-HOT striker Peter Thorne last night appealed to his adoring Cardiff City public, "Keep singing the Magic Hat song - and I'll keep on scoring!"

The Manchester-born marksman has had no problems finding the net recently, hitting nine goals in City's last nine matches to win a national award.

His latest came in Saturday's thrilling 3-2 home victory over Rotherham - a match the Bluebirds won after clawing back an early two-goal deficit.

And Thorne, who has so far bagged 13 goals this season, admits he gets a massive lift every time 'Peter Thorne is magic, he wears a magic hat' wafts down from the terraces.

"I'd like the fans to know that I really appreciate it when they sing that song about me," said Thorne, now just one short of his 150th career goal.

"I get a massive buzz whenever I hear that song. I love it to bits. Who else has got a song like that?
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ROBERT Earnshaw and Danny Gabbidon are without doubt multi-million pound property in today's transfer market.

But their recent form has taken a dip in fortunes.

So what has gone wrong with the kings of the penalty area over the last couple of months that has seen Cardiff City's brightest stars have their lights dimmed?

Both players are established internationals, who have made their mark at the highest level, Earnshaw hitting a debut winning goal past German great Oliver Kahn and Gabbidon shackling Italian legend Allesandro del Piero in a memorable night at the Millennium Stadium.

They work together, shop together, go on holiday together, room together, are very rarely apart.

And the best of mates have been going through a somewhat torrid time together at City - but with a universal smile.
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