R's on the Road.............. To Cardiff City.
On Saturday Rangers' could seal their place in the Premier League if they beat a Cardiff City side that are in a rich vain of form and with a strong home record in their favour. The R's have the ideal opportunity to put Monday night's 0-0 draw with Derby behind them and give the club the result that the fans are desperate for as sweet revenge for THAT play off final in 2003.
Incidentally, when Neil Warnock took Sheffield United to the Premier League in 2006 it was a win against Cardiff, at Cardiff.......... will history repeat itself????
Nearly 2000 R's supporters travel to the game and many more watching at home as the game is Live on the BBC at lunchtime.
Here's a quick preview of what to expect ahead of Saturday's game.
Current Capacity – 26,828
Having had Ninian Park as home for t 99 years the club embarked on their move across the road to their new home on the opening day of last season. Normal service was soon resumed as they left off, with a 4-0 thrashing of Scunthorpe United.
Since then only two goals have been conceded, both in the League Cup. Also they have never scored less than three in all competitive games at their new home, that was until their 1-0 defeat at home to Newcastle the previous Sunday.
The new stadium cost £48 million pounds to build and also has foundations set ready for expansion, if needed to, to become a 60,000 all seater stadium.
This design is very much a new style bowl, lacking with any distinctive features but the finish to the stadium is very clean and tidy.
R’s fans will be housed in the corner between the Ninian Stand and Grange Stand, so I would expect an exciting yet intimidating reception, that is of course if the atmosphere from Ninian Park has been carried across the road.
The History between the teams.
At Cardiff City (33)
Friday 17th November 2006 will always hold a place in Rangers hearts. The game was at Ninian Park and with the Sky cameras there one of our bright prospects enjoyed what was his finest moment, and all his last goal in the famous blue and white hoops. Yes you've guessed it, the day that Ray Jones scored a dramatic 88th minute winner for the Superhoops and secured what would prove to be a vital 3points in a relegation threatened season.
Rangers have enjoyed mixed fortunes at this ground in recent years having won 4, lost 2 and drawn 3 in the previous 9 meetings (not including the play off final) in South Wales, could this be another win on the board for the Superhoops?
How to get there.
By Car:- For those of you with the benefit of having sat nav the all important post code is CF11 8AZ
To avoid driving through the centre of Cardiff, leave the M4 at junction 33 and take the A4232 towards Cardiff/Barry. Keep on the A4232 towards Cardiff and then leave the dual carriageway at the B4267 exit, signposted 'Cardiff (Leckwith) Athletics Stadium'. Follow the signs for the stadium and after about half a mile you will see the Cardiff City Stadium over on your right.
By Train:- The closest train station to the ground is just around the corner and is called Ninian Park Halt station. This is a local line service only. You can catch trains for this from Cardiff Central. The ground is only five minutes’ walk away from the stadium.
Pubs 'n' Grub.
Most of the pubs near to the ground can be quite intimidating for away supporters and are not recommended. However there is the Lansdowne Hotel on Beda Road which is a ten minute walk away from the stadium.
There are no nearby restaurants or take aways nearby (from what I remember) so you may have to settle for a burger van or food inside the ground.
I haven’t got a list of food prices for inside the ground but I can inform you that it is £3 a pint inside the ground, a rare treat for a Cardiff visit.