A look ahead to Town’s Championship opener
Cardiff City await Huddersfield Town as the Terriers begin their Championship campaign against last season’s League Cup runners-up.
The Terriers didn’t make the best of starts in their first competitive outing of the season, losing 2-0 at Preston. However, Cardiff didn’t do much better than that as they went down 2-1 to npower League 2 Northampton last night.
John Scott and Marc Perry
Cardiff’s latest results:
Northampton (L) 1-2
Newcastle United (W) 4-1
Bournemouth (W) 2-1
Oxford United (W) 2-1
Cheltenham Town (W) 4-0
Forest Green Rovers (L) 0-1
Town’s Team news:
Following the midweek international games Simon Grayson should have a full complement of players to choose from.
The only concern from the Preston match was Danny Ward who suffered a knock to his ankle.
Cardiff’s Team news:
Mackay looks set to be without four first team members for the clash. Experienced midfielder Stephen McPhail picked up a knock against Northampton and is a doubt ahead of the game. Both Kadeem Harris and Rudy Gestede are long term injuries so won’t feature and multi million pound signing Kim Bo-Kyung is still awaiting his work permit following his move from Cerezo Osaka.
Cardiff Manager Malky Mackay:
Mackay was appointed as Cardiff City First Team Manager on Friday 17th June 2011, leaving Watford FC to join the Bluebirds in a three year deal. Born in Bellshill, Scotland (ten miles outside Glasgow), former centre-half Malky began his playing career at Queen's Park in 1990. From there he joined Glasgow giants Celtic in 1993, spending five years at Parkhead before moving to Norwich City in 1998. After clinching promotion to the Premier League with the Canaries six years later in 2004, he then moved to West Ham United with whom he acheived a second successive promotion to the top-flight. A third promotion to the Premier League came in 2006, this time with Watford who he joined at the start of the 2005/06 campaign.
In his first season in charge of the Bluebirds he lead them to the Carling Cup Final where they were beaten by Liverpool on penalties. He also guided them to the Championship Play-Offs where they were well beaten over two legs by West Ham.
Cardiff transfers 2012/13:
Jordan Mutch – Birmingham – signed
Etien Velikonja – NK Maribor – signed
Filip Kiss – S. Bratislava – signed
Kim Bo-Kyung – Cerezo Osaka – signed (£2,500,000)
Heidar Helguson – QPR – signed
Craig Bellamy – Liverpool – free transfer
Joe Lewis – Peterborough – free transfer
Kenny Miller – Vancouver – signed
Scott Tancock – Swansea – signed
Jon Parkin – Fleetwood – free
Tom Heaton – Bristol City – free
Paul Quinn – Doncaster – free
Anthony Gerrard – Huddersfield Town – signed
Aaron Wildig – Shrewsbury - signed
The Cardiff City game is live on Sky so if you can’t make the trip to South Wales you can watch the action from Town’s Training Ground, Canalside Sports Complex, located on Leeds Road.
Key man – Craig Bellamy
Welsh international Bellamy returned to Cardiff for the second time this summer on a free transfer from Premier League Liverpool.
The speedy winger had previously played at the Cardiff City stadium on loan from Manchester City in the 2010/11 season when he scored 11 goals in 35 games. In more recent times Bellamy was a member of the Great Britian Olympic Football team, appearing five times and scoring once.
Although he enjoyed arguably the best times of his career up front for Norwich and Newcastle, Bellamy has been on the wing by managers over the last few seasons exploiting his explosive pace and accurate shooting.
The Welshman has made close to 70 appearances for his country scoring 19 goals.
Directions to the Cardiff City Stadium:
By Car: If you're travelling to the Stadium by car, access from the M4 is easy. Leave the M4 at junction 33 and take the A4232 towards Cardiff/Barry. Exit the A4232 on to the B4267 turn-off, signposted towards Cardiff City Stadium. You'll see us on the horizon as you approach the turn-off!
Follow the slip-road off the B4267 and take the first left at the roundabout - the Stadium will be on your right hand side. Turn right at the second set of traffic lights and follow the appropriate signage for your dedicated parking space.
Tickets are priced at £21 adults; £14 seniors (over 60) and young adults (16-21); £13 under 16s.
Up to eight ambulant disabled seats are available; they should pay the relevant price class, with a carer going free of charge.
Wheelchair disabled tickets, which include a parking permit, are available at £17 adults; £10 seniors (over 60) and young adults (16-21); £13 under 16s.
There are also family tickets available for Cardiff’s family area on a first come, first served basis. Tickets are priced at £16 adults and £4 under 16s. Family tickets, comprising two adults and two under 16s, are priced at £36.
Terriers Travel – seats are priced at £21 per person; coaches will depart the Fantastic Media Stand at 12.45pm.
If you can’t get to the game remember to follow us on @htafcdotcom for match updates and post-match reaction!