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BLUEBIRDS DOWNUNDER
- MELBOURNE BRANCH -


BLUEBIRDS DOWNUNDER
TAKE IT TO THE STREETS

 

Over 50 loyal City fans crammed into the small Keepers Tavern prior to the Canada game to meet their fellow members who until then for many had been e-mail contacts only.

 

A serious drinking session started early at midday when Newbridge lad and NZ resident Will Purnell made the acquaintance of BDU Melbourne’s pin up boy and ‘fixer’ Bluebird Jones.

 

Right up there with the early starters were Phill & Helen Lewis from Cardiff with their daughter Siobhan who had travelled down from Brisbane for the gathering and the game. Oh, we are a beautiful race of people!!!!

 

Another group that had traveled a long way were Geraint (Taffy) Jones and his mates from Perth in WA but originally from Porth in Sth Wales. They told your Captain that they couldn’t wait for Andy Allan to arrive in Perth later this year to get the Bluebirds DownUnder gatherings started there.

After making a heavy dent in The Keepers Arms stocks of Kilkenny and VB, the lads decided it was time to take it to the streets and show Melbourne how City boys could make some noise.

 

It was a short march down to the Queen Victoria Markets where the sound of ‘BLOOOOOBIRRRDSSS’ echoed through the old alleyways.

 

Now most Melburnians hardly knew that the RWC was even on so what they made of our lads is anybody’s business. Here Crickhowell lad Phil Ware does his best to make sure Melburnians get the message, and the message is WE ARE CITY!!!.

 

In his element was Cardiff regular and recent arrival in Australia Shyam Gharial from Llanishen. Shyam still hadn’t got over finding so many City supporters so far away from Ninian Park, and his up-to-date news on club happenings was appreciated by all.

 

Now one of the difficulties with organizing a march through the main street of any city is that Welsh lads have great difficulty walking past a pub, especially when that pub is The Celtic Club in downtown Melbourne.

 

Here the Barry lads with their inspirational leader Steve (Buttocks) Hewitson (that’s him at the back with his Bluebirds DownUnder football shirt peeping out from under his Welsh shirt) make sure that they are well-oiled prior to the start of the game.

 

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So we decided to turn the march into a pub crawl but the Celtic was such a great pub we didn’t ‘crawl’ any further than that. The place was going off with a Welsh choir (bit of culture lads) and the place was a smokey sea of red. Lovely!!!

The rest of the day was a bit of a blur and the photos cannot be shown here as they are being used as police evidence. However, on the following day, a smaller reflective crowd met up again to watch recent City games (courtesy of DavePovz – our man in Sth Wales.)

 

A great day out, and thanks to Peter (Keepers Arms landlord and his team and of course Gar (Bluebird Jones) for making it so successful. THE MEXICANS DID US PROUD.

 

C h e e r s !

Rich
(Sydney Blue)

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