Wales Today sends Bluebirds fan to Wembley 81 years on
Cardiff City face one of their biggest challenges in just over 80 years this Sunday when they take on Barnsley in their FA Cup semi-final.
And, thanks to BBC Wales Today, a 97-year-old Bluebirds fan who was at Wembley in 1927 when Cardiff last lifted the FA Cup will be at Wembley again to cheer on his team.
David Morgan, a retired bank manager from Penarth, was featured on Wales Today last year as part of the 80th anniversary celebrations of Cardiff City's 1927 win.
BBC Wales' flagship news programme learned recently that David – who has been a Cardiff City fan all his life – had not got a ticket for the game and so managed to track a ticket down and arrange to send him to the game on Sunday.
David has vivid memories of his trip to Wembley 81 years ago.
He explains to Wales Today that, as a 16-year-old boy, he was home from boarding school in the Easter holidays in 1927 and his father had arranged the ultimate treat – a trip to London to see the final.
David says of the game: "It was tremendous, of course, the excitement was terrific. And when Cardiff scored 15 minutes before the end, I thought that the last 15 minutes were the longest 15 minutes of my life, great excitement."
After waiting 81 years to return to Wembley for a crucial Bluebirds game David is excited at the prospect of Sunday's game.
"It's a great occasion and I'm looking forward to it," he says. "I'm hoping that Cardiff City are going to win and get in the final and I hope I'll be there for the final."
But he says he did not expect to have to wait quite so long: "I certainly didn't, but I expect the longer it is the more exciting it is."
David gave up his season ticket a few years ago but still manages to get along to home games.
"I haven't got a season ticket now, but I sometimes go along with my grandson as he is a keen supporter,"
Cameras will follow David's Wembley adventure on Sunday and viewers can see the results in a special report to be featured in Wales Today on BBC One Wales on Monday 7 April 2008 from 6.30pm.
David will also feature in a special preview of the game on the programme on Friday (4 April), giving his memories of Cardiff's 1927 FA Cup win.
Wales Today Editor Gail Morris Jones says: "We're happy to do our bit for one of Cardiff City's longest serving fans.
"And it's fantastic that David will now be able to experience the excitement of watching his team battle it out in what should be a thrilling semi-final encounter.
"We hope he brings the team luck on Sunday."
For fans who cannot make it to Wembley on Sunday, BBC Two Wales will have extensive highlights of the game in Match Of The Day Wales: Barnsley v Cardiff City from 7.30pm.
BBC Radio Wales will have all the build-up to the big game in a special programme, FA Cup Build-Up, from 12.03pm on Sunday, with Oliver Hides and Owen Money live from Wembley to soak up the atmosphere.
Then from 3pm there's full live coverage with Steve James in Radio Wales Sportstime.
BBC Radio Cymru will also have full live coverage of the game in Camp ar y Sul from 12.25pm.
BBC Wales Press Office