By Paul Jones Under-fire Cardiff City boss Mick McCarthy will be hoping to halt an alarming run of six straight Championship defeats, when his side travel to Craven Cottage to face third place Fulham this evening (Wednesday). This is Cardiff’s worst league return since 1985 and the fans are stunned that the veteran boss is yet to receive his marching orders. Former Cardiff players, Bobby Decordova-Reid and Harry Wilson now play their football at Fulham and could inflict further pain on their former club tonight.
Joel Piroe plans to add to his Welsh derby goal with another at home to West Brom on Wednesday night to provide more updates for his next chat with Ruud van Nistelrooy. The Swans’ young Dutch striker – who has already been compared to a rookie Van Nistelrooy – still has one of the greatest Premier League strikers of his generation on speed dial, even though they stopped working together directly when Piroe left PSV Eindhoven this summer. Former Manchester United star Van Nistelrooy is now a coach at the Dutch club where he made his name and took a hand in shaping Piroe’s progress.
By Alex Bywater Cardiff Rugby and Wales full-back Hallam Amos caused a shock last week when he announced he was retiring from professional rugby at the end of the season aged just 27. Amos has been studying to become a doctor alongside his career at the highest end of the sport but will call it quits on his on-the-field career come the summer. Amos won 25 caps for Wales scoring six tries and he featured in two Rugby World Cups in 2015 and 2019 after making his debut against Uruguay in Cardiff in the first of those two tournaments.
Newly appointed Newport County manager James Rowberry could end up working alongside current caretaker boss Wayne Hatswell. County’s dramatic 2-2 draw at home to Carlisle on Tuesday night was the last match in charge for Hatswell, who stepped up after the resignation of Michael Flynn at the start of the month. Flynn’s former assistant is in talks about whether to stay on as Rowberry’s assistant after the Cardiff City coach was confirmed as County’s new boss just before the game.
By Tom Prosser Welsh football star Jess Fishlock says “It’s Heart-breaking to see the abuse aimed at female footballers who are playing purely for their love of the game”- this has led to The Football Association of Wales and the Welsh Government joining forces to tackling online hate towards girls and women. “Trying to put someone down because of something they love, is not big, smart or funny,” explains Fishlock, who is Wales’ most capped footballer. “I always say that people should think about how the person receiving the abuse could be affected before sharing and I’m glad to have worked with my Cymru teammates and the FAW to further educate others on what is and isn’t acceptable online."
Meirion Evans had to admit that you can’t win them all, although it speaks volumes for his driving ability and competitive nature that he feels slightly disappointed to have finished second on a rally in Ireland – beaten only by a former Irish Tarmac rally champion.
New Boy Jamal Lowe Says Swansea City Were Premier League Pioneers . . . And He Wants To Help Them Get Back
New Swansea City signing Jamal Lowe has claimed he was attracted by the club’s “game-changing” achievements in the Premier League. The 26-year-old winger has completed a move from Wigan for a fee believed to be around £800,000 and signed a three-year deal with an option for a fourth. He becomes... Read More
Merthyr Town manager Gavin Williams pits himself against one of the most experienced men in football at the MetCoaches Stadium on Tuesday evening. Former Crystal Palace, Birmingham City, Portsmouth and Leicester striker Steve Claridge brings his Salisbury FC team to South Wales for a BetVictor Southern League Premier South match (7.30pm). Claridge,... Read More
Marlon Pack’s first visit to Wembley Stadium came when he was a first year scholar at his home city club, Portsmouth FC, and they faced Cardiff City in the FA Cup final. Nwankwo Kanu scored the only goal for manager Harry Redknapp’s Pompey, who battled to a 1-0 win against Dave... Read More
New Mexico United 1, Cardiff City 1 Omar Bogle reminded Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock what he has to offer by scoring a stunning goal in North America. The Bluebirds were 1-0 down against New Mexico United when Bogle whipped a free-kick into the top corner. Former Wigan Athletic forward Bogle, aged 26,... Read More
Scouser Ben Tollitt struck gold for Wrexham, scoring the goals which took them top of the Vanarama National League table. “It was perfect, simply perfect,” said the 24-year-old former Portsmouth player. “I love playing football and I love playing for Wrexham.” The Dragons have won four successive League matches, keeping three clean... Read More
Bluebirds past, present and future - a weekly Dai-Sport football column by Terry Phillips Past . . . . . Merthyr Tydfil-born Derek Showers, who often attends Bluebirds matches, will surely be at Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday when two of his former clubs clash. Former Wales international Showers, now aged 65, started... Read More