When Newcastle play Cardiff City next Saturday afternoon in their final pre-season game, they will find Cardiff in unfamiliar red strips – and we suppose they’ll not have the nickname The Bluebirds any more?
Malky Mackay – Cardiff City manager
Cardiff City have confirmed they will change their shirts from blue to red with a new dragon crest as part of the major investment being made by Malaysians Tan Sri Vincent Tan and Dato Chan Tien Ghee, known as TG.
The move was objected to by the fans when it was first proposed earlier this summer, which is hardly surprising – it’s almost like Newcastle changing to red and white strips, but there goes the tradition, and it’s not surprising Cardiff City fans are not pleased.
The new Cardiff City Crest
Newcastle will likely play their top side at Cardiff City Stadium next Saturday, and we hope we can get on the goals track, because in six pre-season games we’ve scored only five goals, and failed to score yesterday against Den Haag, although the Magpies were well on top in the 0-0 draw.
The Cardiff manager Malky Mackay played for West Ham in 2004-2005, while Alan was manager of the London club, and they are good friends, and Alan even tried to get Malky to Newcastle as Assistant Manager when Malky was still at Watford, but the move failed.
Malky talked about the upcoming game next Saturday afternoon against the Magpies:
“It is a smashing game for us.” “Alan is a good friend of mine and I’m delighted he’s agreed to bring his side down here.”
“It’s going to be a very tough test because they were fantastic last season, they were a real surprise package.
“It’s the last game for both of us before the season starts proper and by then you usually go with what you are ready to roll with.”
Before the Newcastle game Cardiff travel to Bournemouth on Tuesday, and Newcastle will send an eleven to play at Hartlepool United on the same evening.
It should be a good game next Saturday, and it will be on a good pitch against a good side, and that’s a fitting test for the last game of pre-season.
Comments and other viewpoints always welcome.