Here are your Cardiff City headlines for Monday, November 29.
A great day for the Colwills
It was quite a day for the Colwill family on Saturday.
Not only did Rubin score the first goal in the senior side’s 2-1 win over Luton Town, but his younger brother, Joel, was on the scoresheet for the under-18s’ 3-0 win over rivals Swansea City.
Joel, 17, was brought down in the area and emphatically slotted his resultant spot-kick to net the last goal of the game.
Another interesting fact is that Japhet Mpadi, the younger brother of Rabbi Matondo, scored the two other goals earlier on in the match. So it was a day for the younger siblings against Swansea on Saturday!
Given the manner in which Rubin has progressed in recent months, fans are now hopeful young Joel can follow in his brother’s footsteps.
In other news, Cardiff’s under-18s will host Watford in the FA Youth Cup third round at Cardiff City Stadium on Wednesday, December 8 at 7pm.
The young Bluebirds beat the Hornets 4-0 in the PDL Cup back in October. Tickets will be £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.
Jones: Most embarrassed I’ve been as Luton boss
Luton Town boss Nathan Jones claimed it was “the most embarrassed he had been” as Hatters manager following their 2-1 defeat by Cardiff City at the weekend.
Colwill opened the scoring before Jordan Clark restored parity during a promising spell for the home side.
However, captain Sean Morrison popped up late on to head home emphatically and take the three points back to the Welsh capital.
And, after the loss, Jones was incredibly candid in his appraisal of himself and his side.
He said: “We didn’t do what we do best, we weren’t aggressive enough, we ducked headers, we weren’t dominant, we let them dominate us, let them be more aggressive than us, fifty-fifty’s in the middle of the park, we lost, we pulled out of it, we didn’t do it.
“All over there were little bits, the margins and we were a mile off, we didn’t deserve anything today and I’m a little bit, if I’m honest with you, this is as embarrassed as I’ve been as a Luton manager.
“I freshened it up, we worked on our play, a mile off. For this game, I accept full responsibility as I picked the wrong team to win a game today, that was my fault.
“They’re a great group, to be where we are, we’re over achieving, let’s not forget that.
“We want to push, want to push, want to push, but fundamentally we have to make sure that we are an established Championship side, that’s first and foremost.
“Today I’m saying, as they’ve been excellent and they are excellent, and they are a great group to work with, and I love working with them, but today against Cardiff City, again, I’ve picked the wrong team to play and to win a game against them and that’s my fault.
“I’m regretting it (team selection) and I do it every time, I make the same errors and I’m learning as a manager, but I pull people out of the team that were excellent in midweek to freshen it up.
“I go big, strong, and ironically, we play three centre halves and they score from two crosses in the box, so I’m better off going a little bit brave, bolder in my selection process.
“I picked certain people today and in my mind, I’m thinking, ‘they’ve done really well this season,’ but against Cardiff they don’t and they haven’t done well against Cardiff.
“We’ve got a poor record against Cardiff here, and other teams enjoy playing against Cardiff at the minute in their run of form.
“We usually kick Cardiff’s run and that’s I think just a lack of bravery all over, whether that’s in the clinches, whether that’s in battle, whether that’s in bravery to get on it and dominate, we didn’t.
“We’ve played Cardiff when we’ve been in good form and we’ve been beaten three times, 4-0, 2-0, 2-1.
“It’s not from anything elaborate, they don’t carve us open, we haven’t had to hold our hands up and go ‘wow, they’re a good side’.
“They just put the ball in our box and we don’t handle it and it wasn’t set-plays today where they were dangerous, and I picked a side to combat set-plays, but I’m not doing that again.”
Borley’s brilliant Burrows story
Cardiff City board member Steve Borley has told a story which brilliantly encapsulates former Bluebirds manager Frank Burrows.
Burrows sadly passed away last week at the age of 77 and is fondly remembered in this corner of the world for his two stints as Bluebirds manager, first during the late 1980s and again between 1998 and 2000.
He was a popular Cardiff manager after taking over with the club in the bottom division of the Football League in 1986.
He went on to achieve promotion to the old Third Division the season after his appointment.
And, when he returned to the club in 1998, he guided the Bluebirds to promotion once again, this time reaching Division Two.
And Bluebirds director Borley has spoken about a board meeting his attended back in 1998 which will certainly bring a smile to many supporters’ faces.
Borley tweeted: “I remember sitting in a board meeting in 1998 when Frank walked in and sat down with a small attaché case and said, ‘Gentleman in here I have the answer to all your problems’. He then opened up the case and produced a revolver and pointed it at the chairman Samesh Kumar!!!”
He then added: “That was the day we signed Andy Legg.”
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Support the Trust’s initiative
Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust has announced it will open a food donation bank ahead of the Bluebirds’ clash with Sheffield United and asked supporters to help feed those in need.
The Trust, whose initiative is supported by Cardiff City, will set up a food bank from 12.30pm near its office by Gate 5 on December 4, with all food collected to be delivered to the Rhondda Foodbank in Tylorstown.
Trust board member Richard Lewis said: “We were inspired by the tremendous work of Liverpool and Everton fans under the initiative, Fans Supporting Foodbanks.
“We want to play our part in ensuring vulnerable families and individuals don’t have to choose between eating and heating. The recent removal of £20 a week top up from those who receive Universal Credit, along with the rising cost of fuel and food, has made an already difficult lives for many people even worse.”
Theresa Thomas of the Rhondda Foodbank explained that in 2020/21 they provided food to 3,564 people, including 1,167 children.
“We issue two tonnes of food a month and the foodbank receives no public funding, relying on donations from churches, supermarkets, organisations and private donations,” she said.
“We kept the foodbank open throughout the pandemic and didn’t close our doors even at the height of the crisis. We are seeing a worrying change in the profile of people using the foodbank and are anticipating a hard winter and will be even more reliant on the generosity of organisations like Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust, Cardiff City FC and the club’s supporters.”
The items most-needed by the foodbank is UHT Milk, Tinned Fish, Tinned Meat, Mashed Potato, Chocolate, Orange Juice, Shampoo and Toothpaste . They say they have enough beans, soup and pasta at present.
Please help out if you can.
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