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BDU flag at NP on 16-08-2003 - the flag now has its very own page click on flag to go there



Another 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.


Ok, that’s the last time you’ll get my views on football this season. Promise. From now on it’s all about Bluebirds DownUnder.

Since all the excitement of the Play-off Final, we’ve had;

· Bluebirds DownUnder soccer team kicking off with a 2-2 draw against NSWolves
· A possible new home in Sydney
· Celebration Nights in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane
· BDU shirts now available for sale, plus key ring and fridge magnet merchandise
· Our BDU flag attending most home and away games in UK
· Our very own website address at http://www.bluebirdsdownunder.com/
· Over 70 Registered Members
· Our own bank account

all thanks to a great effort from all the members of your Organising Group.

BDU Soccer Team

We’ve posted the reports on the Wolves game and the Brisbane gathering on the website. Both events were highly successful and seem to have been greatly enjoyed by all those involved. Check them out. The CCSC Shop has been great in providing us with a full kit for the team at a greatly reduced price. They even went to the trouble of getting ‘Bluebirds Downunder’ embroidered on the shirts, which are last seasons’ away strip. Thanks to all our mates in CCSC, and also to Nat White for bringing them from Wales for us.

Next match is against Nottingham Forest on 24 August at Centennial Park. We want to make this one a bit of a social event, with a barbeque and picnic after the game. So, even if you are not playing, bring the family and come along for a great Sunday afternoon out in Centennial Park. Contact Steve (Buttocks) Hewitson for more details. steveh@pmpartners.com.au New players always welcome. SEE PICTURE ATTACHED

New Sydney Venue

Our 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.

Kauri Hotel
2 Bridge Rd (Nr Pyrmont Rd)

Glebe 2037 NSW
(02) 9660 2350

7pm Monday 18 August 2003

Check out our website for more location details. http://www.bluebirdsdownunder.com/wherewemeet.htm


First Brisbane Gathering

First Sydney, 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.

Funniest moment 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

Bluebirds DownUnder 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 mdaughton@gresham-computing.com.au 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

Bluebirds Downunder goes dot.com

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

Also, don’t 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

Bluebirds DownUnder flag goes on the road

The indestructible 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 povzboy@yahoo.com 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.

Registered membership grows

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.

That’s 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.


Richard (Sydney Blue)


Mobile 0409491867

Fax 02 99731396

Check out our website http://www.worldwidewelsh.net/bluebirdsdownunder.htm