to our October newsletter, and there is so much to report I really don’t
know where to start.
the last few months, we now have a BDU soccer team that plays almost as
good as it looks. Against Notts Forest the team looked very professional
in their matching City away shirts and deserved their 7-7 draw in a match
brilliantly refereed by the totally unbiased Jon (Soul Crew) Watkins. We
now have a great new home at the Kauri Hotel in Glebe. Landlord Tristan
and his team can’t do enough for us and we’d encourage you to
patronise the pub at every opportunity. BDU members led by Treasurer Jim
had a fantastic day out at Ninian Park; they met with Sam, David Temme,
Tony Vidmar and John Toshack, pictures were taken, relationships were built
and just to make their day saw Cardiff give Gillingham a decent hiding.
Look out for Jim’s trip report on the website in the near future.
So, what have
we got to look forward too? Whilst City’s progress will always be our
#1 focus, in Australia at least we can’t help but be distracted by
the Rugby World Cup over the next few weeks. A large number of Bluebirds
supporters will be coming down for the rugby. Over the last couple of weeks
I’ve had e-mails from our lads in Sth Africa, USA, New Zealand, Asia
and of course Wales asking everything from “Which bus do I catch from
Perth to Sydney?” to “Where’s the best beach to spot white
pointers?” We will be doing what we can to make their visit enjoyable.
Here’s a few of the events coming up between now and Christmas.
v CANADA PRE – MATCH GATHERING..
will be the gathering point for BDU in Melbourne prior to the game. Meet
at the pub about midday. BDU website wherewemeet.htm
has a map showing location under “Where we meet” but if you’re
not so good at maps just go to the Queen Victoria Markets and ask. It’s
very close by. Bluebird Jones better half Sonya has arranged for the pub
to provide a decent (and cheap) feed for us and the beer prices (cheapest
in town) will ensure that the lads are well oiled prior to the game which
kicks off at 7pm????? After enjoying the hospitality of the Keepers Arms
we will probably do a pub crawl in the direction of the Stadium arriving
there well in time for the kick-off. Expecting a big turn out so please
come along and enjoy the fun and banter.
13 October - 7pm
will also be the venue for the main gathering on the day after the Wales
match. We will be showing all the very latest Cardiff games courtesy of
Povz back in Cardiff and JimW who (we hope) will be collecting the tape
from Dave at the Crystal Palace game immediately prior to returning home.
We had a great gathering down there last time and with all the visitors
in town we hope that BDU members in Melbourne will be out in force to welcome
two games in Canberra, Tonga on Sunday 19th & Italy on Saturday 25th
October – both evening kick offs. Now, Canberra is NOT the Captains
favourite city in Australia, in fact it could best be described as a Sheltered
Workshop for politicians, bureaucrats and academics. The place is very spread
out, and difficult to get around if you haven’t got wheels. The accommodation
is expensive and over rated. If you like the Arts, Museums and -5deg mornings
then Canberra is just the place for you. If you like decent beer, pubbing,
nightlife and chasing tail it’s a bit of a disappointment. Having said
that, the RWC organisers in Canberra are going out of their way to welcome
Welsh supporters to their city. They have been plying your esteemed captain
with all types of bribes (free tickets, free accommodation and loose women)
to encourage me to recommend the place to you, but I have resisted all temptations.
WHEN IN CANBERRA BLUEBIRDS DOWNUNDER DRINK AT :
TRY THE WELSH/VIETNAMESE CHIPPIE JUST AROUND THE CORNER
YOU CAN BUY ALL THE PORN YOU WANT IN THE SUBURB OF FYSHWICK
only place in Australia where it’s legal…)
the corner from where the pollies live…..what a surprise.
folks, The King O’Malley will be our base in Canberra and although
it’s one of those pretend Irish Bars it’s a good location, great
food and they also have some dormitory and single room accommodation left
at special rates for BDU members. Call them for further details, but get
in quick as the accommodation is going fast.
have received a large number of Canberra Visitors Packs which include great
discount offers and advice on getting around. So see me in Melbourne or
pick up a Pack from behind the bar at The Kauri Hotel. If anyone is after
a lift from Sydney to Canberra for the Welsh games on the 19 or 25 October
please contact me on 0409491867. I will be staying over both nights and
coming back early the following day.
A number of
our members will be attending the Max Boyce concert in Sydney on Monday
27 October. Meet at the Fortunes of War pub in The Rocks from 6pm onwards.
And then back
to Cardiff City. Monday November 3 sees another big night at The Kauri where
we hope to welcome our many overseas visitors and show them a night out
they will remember. Jim will be back with all his stories and goodies, and
there will be a couple of surprises in store, so please BE THERE!!! Faggots
peas chips and mushy peas are on the menu, so don’t eat beforehand.
By the way,
if you do need accommodation in Sydney, the Kauri Hotel has good clean rooms
at $30 a night including breakfast available to BDU members and visitors.
Ring Tristan on 02 9660 2350 at the hotel to book. Say you’re with
yet confirm a gathering in Brisbane, however if Wales do make it to the
Quarter Finals they will probably be playing in Brisbane, so that seems
like a good excuse for a northern gathering. Watch the website for further
details. Dave Sansom our man in Brisbane is keen to organise something if
he thinks it will be well supported.
Sunday 19 October
- Quadrangular Tournament BDU versus Chelsea/Wolves/Notts Forest. Contact
Steve (Buttocks) Hewitson if you want to join the team.
Sunday 9 November
(Suggested date) Backpackers v BDU. We now have 24 registered members in
the team so the suggestion is that we have a game between our regulars and
Backpackers down at Wentworth Park followed by a meal and drinkies at The
I was delighted
to receive a great letter from Sam, recognising us for the support we are
giving the club, and thanking us (in advance) for the BDU shirts he was
going to be presented with at the Gillingham game. Sam has offered to support
us in any logical way he can. Not quite sure what that means, but we’ll
put the hard word on him for a set of old team shirts for the soccer team,
just to see if that’s the sort of thing he had in mind. Sam’s
letter will be posted on the website. see
the letter here
Sale of merchandise
is going well. We have currently sold out of Aussie/BDU keyrings and magnets
(except for a few kiwi ones that we can’t sell, yet) but expect more
to arrive very soon. Mike now has a good supply of BDU shirts. (including
plenty of Fat Bastard and children’s sizes) and is taking orders. They
would make a great gift for people back home, top quality Australian manufactured
LIKE SAM DOES……..ORDER ON THE WEBSITE NOW!!
profits go to the Shirt for a Shirt campaign, which will have us sponsoring
a Cardiff City player’s shirt next season.
has accepted the position of RAMS co-ordinator on the OG. Leigh is also
heading off to New Zealand to live in the next couple of weeks and once
he is established there intends to get a NZ BDU gathering started. (Then
we can sell the rest of the bloody Kiwi key rings and magnets)
We also have
our first lady OG member. Sue Donovan will be our Ladies Representative
and will be working to encourage more ladies to come along to our gatherings.
That’s great news. We already do get a few coming along but the more
the merrier as far as I am concerned.
all the OG members who do a great job organising the club.
We have in
mind a Xmas Family Bar-b-que and sports fun day at Pittwater Reserve in
Palm Beach, up on the beautiful Northern Beaches of Sydney. This will be
happening Sunday 7 December, so please pencil it in your diary. Kayaking,
swimming, bush walking, surfing and generally messing around in the sun.
(Plenty of shade as well though if you need it.)
NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY
Just for a
change of pace, how about a bit of Welsh culture? Your multi-talented captain
and your even more talented Cultural Liaison Officer, Clive Woosnam, will
be appearing in Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas at the Old Chapel Theatre
in Newington College on Sunday 26 October at 2pm. This is a rare chance
to hear this immortal play for voices performed as Dylan originally intended,
with authentic accents from a cast including eleven actors born in Wales.
Call Clive on 02 9997 2019 to book.
you there was a lot going on.
to see you at a BDU gathering very soon.