By Ninian Park unofficial viewpoint
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I have been watching Cardiff City regularly since 1975 and the club is unrecognisable from the one I supported in the lower divisions in front of paltry crowds in delapidated stadiums. Our regular attendances are now bigger than they have been for 40 years, the new stadium is now "home" and expectation levels are at fever pitch. As I write we are now within touching distance of runaway leaders QPR, and the win at Coventry City proves that this season we really should grab promotion with both hands.
The last time we played in the top flight was before The Beatles had had a number one record. For a city the size of Cardiff that actually is quite a pathetic fact, however after all the recent financial troubles we have a team that I believe will see us over the line this season.
Wether or not you like your footballers paid more money than most of us will ever see, the simple fact is that to mix with them you have to play by their rules. Dave Jones and his loan signings have transformed things after the debacle of the play off defeat. Crowds are swelled by people who want to watch a winning side and who won't support lower league stuff. The new investors have saved the club from possible administration and even oblivion, so credit where it is due let's enjoy the experience because it may never be repeated again.
Wether you are an old time like myself or one of the many who actually have never seen the Bluebirds play below the Championship level, this season must be the one where after 50 years we take our place in the top division.
It's still early days and we have blown better positions than this before - even in recent seasons under Jones, however I sense a determination about the place and I for one believeI'll be renewing my season ticket next year as one of the cheapest tickets in the premiership! (That is one legacy Peter Ridsdale left I am pleased about!)
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