Scott Younger is prepared for a day of nostalgia as he arrives at Cardiff Metropolis Stadium for the FA Cup match in opposition to Leeds United.
The previous defender, the one membership hero to have made greater than 300 appearances for the Bluebirds, is among the membership’s company because of his conflict with the Premier League facet for a fixture that can evoke all reminiscences of Day 21. years in the past, he scored the profitable purpose in a 2-1 win in opposition to a Leeds workforce that was on the high of the Premier League on the time.
This sport from 6 January 2002 has a particular place in Welsh sports activities folklore and even has its personal Wikipedia web page. Younger, now 46, by no means tires of speaking about his winner that day, however he hopes a brand new hero will emerge in one other Dai vs. Goliath conflict this afternoon.
David O’Leary’s workforce was flying on the high of the Premier League on the time of the draw.
“As quickly because the draw was drawn, I knew everybody would wish to discuss concerning the 2002 sport. The cellphone hasn’t been quiet since,” Younger mentioned.
Powerful instances for Cardiff Metropolis. They scored solely 20 targets in 26 league video games, did not win of their final seven video games, and have been banned from transfers by FIFA in the course of the present switch window.
“We have to shut the hatches and someway get by means of this tough patch.” We’d like new momentum on the membership and possibly beating Leeds can present that,” mentioned Younger.
“The last word purpose is to remain within the league, however as an alternative of continually chopping and altering coaches, we want a correct philosophy and id on the membership.”
A hostile ambiance between the 2 teams of followers broke the third spherical tie in 2002.
Cardiff was beneath the management of controversial proprietor Sam Hammam on the time of the match.
We have to know the place the membership goes subsequent – what are the brief and medium time period targets? The membership wants targets to purpose for and obtain.
“Beating Leeds will certainly assist the membership and shall be a welcome break from the very brutal Championship. They’re at the moment struggling to outlive within the league.’
An area product, Tonypandy-born Younger is delighted to see the Bluebirds academy begin producing extra expertise and appears ahead to watching robust Leeds like Rubin Colwill, Issak Davies and Mark Harris wrestle right now.
Cardiff haven’t gained of their final seven video games and Scott Younger urged them to recover from the present disaster
We have to generate extra native expertise and it is nice to see this beginning to occur. They should be given an opportunity to determine themselves,” he added.
Younger has simply returned from a vacation in Tenerife, having had his first vacation season outdoors of soccer. Regardless of this, he could not assist speaking concerning the inevitable Leeds purpose whereas away.
He is able to spend a day on the sport this afternoon, however hopes to discover a Colwill, Davies or Harris able to steal the thunder and at last depart his nice second within the historical past books.