season is upon us, with Cardiff City now playing in a difficult and highly
competitive Division. I don’t usually make too many comments about
football (because basically what I know about soccer could be written on
one side of a postage stamp) but I think this is going to be a tough season
where our supporters and players will be severely tested. When the times
get tough, and I think they will, we will need to remember the extreme satisfaction
we got from supporting the team last season and hope that will get us through.
No predictions, but if we finish in the top half of the division I will
be more than happy. So, a draw away against Rotherham was a good start.
that’s the last time you’ll get my views on football this season.
Promise. From now on it’s all about Bluebirds DownUnder.
Venues Organiser Nic Mather has been busy finding a better venue for future
gatherings. The main problem with the Bayview Tavern is it’s location.
Also, the fact that the management isn’t really that interested in
helping us out, although they are happy to take our beer money. Nic has
found the Kauri Hotel, a smaller pub in Glebe, and it may better meet our
needs. The landlord Justin is keen to do anything within reason to have
us make it our new home, and he is currently working on getting Brains Beer
imported. (seriously) The Italian chef is learning how to make faggots,
mushie peas, chips and gravy, and we are currently in contact with SA Brains
in Cardiff to get beer mats, posters, t shirts and other Brains merchandise.
So, that’s where we’ll be having our next Sydney gathering. We’ll
check the hotel out, see what you think of it, and see if it meets our very
high standards. Can’t promise the Brains and the faggots will be in
place by then, but it should be a great night.
2 Bridge Rd (Nr Pyrmont Rd)
(02) 9660 2350
18 August 2003
Check out our
website for more location details. http://www.bluebirdsdownunder.com/wherewemeet.htm
then Melbourne, now Brisbane. Monday August 4 saw our first gathering at
the Pig & Whistle in beautiful downtown Brisbane. What the gathering
lacked in quantity was certainly made up for by the quality of those attending,
all long-term avid City supporters who were in Brisbane for a variety of
reasons. Big thank you to DaveS for organizing it.
of the evening came when we were joined in the bar by ‘Jacks’
Carl and Sarah Morris from Swansea and Ystalyfera. The couple were just
off a plane that day direct from Heathrow and after a few hours ‘kip’
in a Brisbane hotel had decided to go walkabout. First bar they found was
the Pig & Whistle. “F@ck Me!!! “ was all Carl could yell as
he spotted the Bluebird revellers. “I’m a cop from Swansea and
I’ve come out here on my holidays to get away from you Cardiff bastards!!!!
First boozer I get into and it’s full of bloody City supporters celebrating
promotion.” Carl and Sarah soon put it behind him and joined in with
the fun. Sarah secretly admitted to Club Captain Rich later that deep down
she was actually a Cardiff supporter but that she also went for Swansea
just to keep Carl happy. For pictures and more information go to http://www.bluebirdsdownunder.com/
or SEE PICTURE ATTACHED
Shirts now available
A big thank
you to Mike Daughton who has funded and organised the Bluebirds DownUnder
T shirts production. Available in any colour you want as long as it’s
either blue or white, these high quality Australian manufactured shirts
can be ordered NOW by contacting Mike at email@example.com
At Aus$35 each (shipping extra) they will make a great addition to your
wardrobe. Mike will have them available for delivery at our next gathering
in Sydney on August 18, so to be sure of getting yours ORDER NOW. All profits
from the shirts will go to BDU and will be used mostly to sponsor a Cardiff
City away team shirt. SEE PICTURE ATTACHED
Thanks to Paul
Sims in Cardiff for all the great work he does to keep our website current.
We have now had more than 3000 ‘hits’ on the site and it has hardly been going more than three months. Paul and his wife have recently had a
little girl Natasha so life for Paul has a number of new challenges. Nevertheless,
his commitment to our club is undaunted and we get a lot of positive comments
from visitors to our site. One of the best features of the site is the Message
Board. It’s a great way to communicate with other Bluebirds DownUnder.
So, please check it out and COMMUNICATE!!! http://www.bluebirdsdownunder.com/message%20board.htm
forget Pauls main website, Worldwide Welsh, for a great read on everything
that’s currently happening in Wales http://www.f-n-f.net/expatlasintro.htm
flag goes on the road
wizkid that is Dave Povall has now got a Bluebirds DownUnder flag made up
and appearing at games in UK. Look out for it on any TV footage you see
of Cardiff City, and of course, if you are lucky enough to be at one of
the games, introduce yourself to Dave. (He won’t be hard to spot.)
Povz hopes that any Sth Wales based Bluebirds DownUnder will make contact
with him and get across to our Cardiff home, the Victoria Park in Canton
for drinks with him before and after the game. Contact Dave on firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, if you are home for any of the games, make sure you catch up with
him. He’d be devastated if you didn’t.
We now have
over 70 registered members in the club, and a mailing list of people interested
in the club which is too long to even count. All registered members receive
a Contact List to enable them to keep in touch plus honorary membership
of Valley Rams. This is a reciprocal arrangement and allows you to book
seats on their buses to away games if you are ever back in Wales.
about it really. We will be having an Organising Group meeting on 18 August
at 6pm at the Kauri Hotel, (that’s just before the gathering starts
at 7pm) and after that we’ll give you a full report on what’s
coming up, including details on Wales v Italy function and other future
events. Let’s make our first Kauri Hotel gathering a big success, and,
if your there, it will be.