Two short weeks remain until the new season kicks off and the the club’s pre-season preparations start to reach the business end of proceedings!
The club’s results so far include a win, a defeat, and most recently on Thursday a decent draw at home with established Premiership side Stoke City, fielding the likes of Delap, Beattie and Sadebe.
All three games have seen new manager Craig Short give a runout to a number of new signings and trialists in a number of positions across the field. The club have most recently concluded deals for Jon Harley and Liam Chilvers, whilst the likes of Krystian Pearce, goalkeeper David Grof and Kevin Smith appear to be on the verge of contracts with the club…assuming they haven’t been tied up behind the scenes!
Our two new goalkeepers who have signed in the meantime have had a mixed bag of performances so far, having both (as far as i know) played three halves of football each. But let’s be patient. After all, replacing a Schmeichel was a problem Sir Alex struggled with for many a season!
Incidentally, Kasper’s Leeds debut on British soil saw him concede as many goals as he did in his last 17 games for Notts last season. Sad times indeed!
Three pre-season friendlies down now and Cardiff City are the visitors to Meadow Lane today in what could prove to be our tightest warmup so far. It’s a match that truth be told, i’m almost just as excited as i was for any of our games last season!
Having lived just 30 minutes outside of Cardiff for most of my life this game is huge for me. Yes it is just a friendly at the end of the day, that’ll inevitably be riddled with countless substitutions from both sides…but i don’t often get to challenge for any bragging rights amongst friends so i’ll take what i can get!
Cardiff arrive finding themselves in a similar position to that which Notts found themselves in just a few short months ago. The club have bounded in and out of the High Court over tax issues, evaded winding up orders, and have now had their preparations for the coming term disrupted thanks to a transfer embargo imposed by the Football League over unsubmitted documentation. Sounds familar right?
As far as their personnel goes, in stark contrast to Notts who’s off the field struggles only brought out a siege mentality in the squad, Cardiff appear at a loose end. Arguably one of Cardiff’s biggest hitters Joe Ledley has left the Welsh capital for a role at Glasgow Celtic, and just this week Michael Chopra has threatened to walk out on the club if no transfers are forthcoming before the big kick off in two weeks!
The Bluebirds’ pre-season form includes a 2-0 win against non-league Bath City and a 3-0 defeat to Portugese top-flight outfit Portimonense which isn’t too dissimilar to our recent games really. Regardless, this fixture could offer both sides an indication of where their squads stand.
Of course, the real business of the nPower League One begins in just two short week’s time, with the visit of Huddersfield Town to Meadow Lane. The perfect opener for the season against a team who’ll certainly be looking to move out of the third tier of English football this season. Huddersfield just this week took an impressive 1-0 vistory over their Premiership visitors Blackburn Rovers so it’s as tough an opener as we could’ve expected!