St. david's press - Football

November 2018

160pp + 32pp photo section



978 1 902719 757


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The Fall and Rise of Cardiff City

Aled Blake

‘Cardiff City has always been something of a soap opera for us long-suffering fans, but even the most creative scriptwriters would have struggled to conjure up the implausible storylines we've seen unfold in recent times. Aled Blake perfectly captures the astonishing tale of the fight for the heart of the football club and the unlikely messiah who  delivered a dream and united a city.’
David Owens, City fan and journalist with WalesOnline

‘Aled Blake examines in detail how the manager transformed [Cardiff’s] fortunes with a modest budget, when it felt like many people had given up on City’s dream.’
Danny Gabbidon, from the Foreword


Bluebirds Reunited is the incredible story of the renaissance of Cardiff City: how a club in turmoil transformed its fortunes to win the unlikeliest of promotions, and how its loyal fans fell back in love with their beloved Bluebirds.

Essential reading for every Cardiff City fan, Aled Blake, charts the   Bluebirds’ roller-coaster ride from the humiliating Premier League relegation in 2014 and the fierce protests from disillusioned supporters against the club’s controversial rebranding, through a series of dismal seasons as the team struggled in the Championship, to the return to blue and the appointment of Neil Warnock.

Featuring revealing fan insights and exclusive interviews with Warnock, Bluebirds Reunited tells the story of Cardiff City’s rebirth from the fans’ perspective and explains how a club, its fans and a city were reunited in an euphoric promotion back to the Premier League.


Aled Blake is a Pontypridd-born journalist, writer and lifelong Cardiff City fanatic who’s been following the Bluebirds since his father took him to Ninian Park to watch them lose, in the old Fourth Division, to Southend in 1986. He worked at the club briefly as media officer during the Sam Hammam era before  going on to become a reporter and then news editor as well as weekly columnist at the Western Mail, South Wales Echo and WalesOnline for 17 years. Bluebirds Reunited is his first book. Aled lives in Cardiff with his wife and son.



Foreword by Danny Gabbidon

1. A Siege Mentality

2. We’ll Always Be Blue

3. Europe and All That

4. Red Adair

5. A Quiet Summer?

6. Hot Streak

7. The Blip

8. Money Talks

9. New Year Blues

10. Our Time

11. Forward Cardiff




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