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Memories of Ninian Park

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Ninian Park has been home to Cardiff City for 99 years but this summer the Bluebirds will move to their new state-of-the-art stadium.

What are your memories of the famous old Ninian Park?

Tell us about your your favourite goal? And what is your most memorable game?

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posted Apr 21, 2009

Does anyone know for certain what is going to happen to Ninian Park now? Is it going to be turned into houses (in the typical lazy way that all old grounds get knocked down) or could it be turned into an outdoor arena for gigs, etc, seeing it has held some in the past?

I don't know the locale well enough, so not sure if there are residents who would complain, but it seems that it would be a better use for it whilst preserving some of the history at least. You could even open a Cardiff museum and sell patches of turf to raise cash to help pay off the new ground maybe?

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posted Apr 21, 2009

Assuming the playoff semi's aren't also at Wembley (everything else seems to be) it looks like you'll have one more game at Ninian yet Cardiff fans.

What better way to send off the old place by winning there and using that as a cornerstone into the Prem for yext year?

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posted Apr 21, 2009

Worst moment was when the tanoy anouncer said "please can the fans stay off the pitch so the players can do a lap of honour" in about the 85th minute of the stoke play-off game some years back. Stoke went on to equalise before full time and win it in extra time!

Best moment was watching Chris Pike step up to take a penalty with most fans waiting for him to miss then slotting it in the net.

Games this season against Swansea and Burnley remind you what we'll miss in the new stadium.

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posted Apr 21, 2009

I remember Leighton Phillips running 70 yards with the ball through a sea of Ninian mud to score against Sunderland. Followed Jim Eadie's car up Sloper Road after the match with the exhaust tied up with string. Happy days.

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posted Apr 21, 2009

if you look at the other championship sides who moved to sterile new stadiums, you can't help but think this may be a very big, and expensive, mistake

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posted Apr 21, 2009

Remember Ninian Park as crumbling yet charming, a bit like Windsor Park in Belfast.
To add to the recollections, Scotland fans will of course remember the old ground as the place where the great Jock Stein passed away, right after he had taken Scotland a giant step further on the road to Mexico '86.
10th September 1985, sad memories.
Another piece of football history passes on....

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posted Apr 22, 2009

I notice all the acts of hooliganism aren't mentioned on here, like Mike Dean getting coined during the latest South Wales derby - which the FAW still haven't acted on. That place should be closed for the last game of the season as a punishment

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posted Apr 22, 2009

Memories of Ninian Park should be about football so I'd axe the Pope & Howard Winstone.

Generally an uncontroversial list but I'd also drop the Sporting Lisbon one for a league game - how about beating Villa to go up in 1961?

Also 2 FA Cup matches - swap 1 for a league game. The last floodlit game v Derby when Eddie scoredwinkeye

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posted Apr 22, 2009

Nice article but the 1976 Quarter Final against Yugoslavia was not a great day: rather it was one of the worst in our history. We had two goals disallowed and we missed a penalty in the closing minutes. Worse were the two pitch invasions which led to us having to play home games at least 100 miles away from Ninian Park. The FAW, in their wisdom, took our crunch World Cup Qualifier to Anfield and then sold the majority of the tickets to the Scots. I think we all remember what happened next.

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posted May 18, 2009

Classic old style stadium but in the end it was a complete hole. I'm sure of course it was only allowed to disintegrate simply because the club knew it would be leaving anyway.

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