Cardiff City are getting ready for a champions' party tonight as they need to take only one point off Charlton to secure the title. The message from Cardiff is 'let the good times roll': Cardiff City. All 20,000 season tickets for next season have sold out.
I think that the Welsh capital deserves to be represented in the Premier League, albeit a substantial injection of funds and some controversial re-branding has been involved. When I started watching Charlton, Cardiff were a top flight club. In 1953/4 they finished one place below us on goal average. We lost 5-0 to them in the away fixture that year, but ended the game with only five fit players.<.p<
I remember the 3-2 home win against them on 20th March very well because, unusually, Marsh was playing in goal Bartram having been 'injured in training'. Quite how that happened is unclear given that training in those days mostly consistently of running up and down the East terraces under the watchful eye of a white coated Jimmy Trotter. The philosophy was that players had to be starved of the ball so they were hungry for it on Saturday, but I think the keeper may have trained with the ball. Anyway, according to Colin Cameron, it was a 'foul-strewn' match. Cardiff president Sir Herbert Merrett was left with a bloody nose after a hoofed clearance by Campbell hit the stand roof and bounced on to his nose.
Charlton are currently 1st in the form table and Cardiff are 5th. Their home record is formidable having won fifteen, drawn four and lost two. We have lost six away matches and could well add to that tally tonight. They are, however, without striker Herdar Helguson who pulled a hamstring in the 3-0 win over Notts Forest: Helguson
Odds (Coral) are 8/11 Cardiff; 11/4 draw; 7/2 Charlton. In the second tier we won there 2-0 in 2007/8 and lost by the same margin in the following season. Whatever happens tonight, I doubt whether it will be a nine goal aggregate.