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The Road to Europe

SATURDAY 20th AUGUST. Canal Park, blustery showers.
TIGER BAY 2 BLAENAVON BLUES 1 (JD Welsh Cup 1st Qualifying Round)
There seems to be some sort of jinx on the opening round of the Welsh Cup: scheduled for August, it would be reasonable to expect the long list of ties to unfold in pleasant summer conditions, but it rarely turns out that way. Although I'm well used to watching football in all types of weather without (much) complaint, a couple of Welsh Cup qualifying round games played in awful conditions have lodged themselves in my memory - Risca a few years back (cold and wet) and then Penygraig (very, very wet).

And continuing the theme, the weathermen have promised us "an early taste of autumn" today, with high winds and heavy rain. Enough to make me briefly reconsider my chosen tie, at Canal Park, Butetown. Only briefly, though - I decide to don waterproofs and stick with the plan. And, as I walk down towards Butetown from the centre of Cardiff, the weather is every bit as bad as promised.

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Monday, 01 December 2014 07:38


SATURDAY 29th NOVEMBER: Canal Park, sunny and dry.
Welsh Cup Third Round day - a highlight of the season. When the giants of the Welsh Premier League enter the fray, joining the survivors from the early rounds, always a mixed contingent of clubs from various regional competitions, and usually a couple of real 'minnows'. And they don't come any more minnow than Tiger Bay of the Cardiff Combination, whose extraordinary achievement in battling through the qualifying rounds and two main rounds is a home tie with Caersws.

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