Here are your Cardiff City headlines for Tuesday, September 7.
Neil Warnock donates money for defibrillator
A new public access defibrillator has been installed at Taffs Well FC after the club thanked former Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock for a generation donation to the cause.
Warnock was central to the Restart a Heart campaign while at Cardiff and also took part in the ‘Save a Life This Season’ video alongside Callum Paterson and Sean Morrison after club doctor Len Nokes’ daughter Claire suffered a cardiac arrest in 2016, tragically leading to her death at the age of just 25.
And it seems that Warnock, whose Cardiff sides played Taffs Well in pre-season both in 2018 and 2019, followed through with his promise to do his bit, with the JD Cymru South side having thanked the now Middlesbrough boss for his donation.
“A new public access defibrillator has been fitted outside of the clubhouse at Rhiw’r Ddar,” the club wrote in a statement. “The new device has been provided by the Club and a generous donation from former Cardiff City manager, Neil Warnock, a good friend of the Club. Thanks go to former Chair, John Newberry for his help securing the donation.
“The defibrillator is situated on the outside wall of the clubhouse, within easy reach. It is also well positioned should it be needed in an emergency for the local community.
“In addition the first team have a defibrillator at every match. In the event of a person suffering a sudden cardiac arrest, there is less than 10 minutes in which to help save their life through CPR and the use of a defibrillator.
“We hope to never use it, but are proud to provide it if the circumstances ever arise.”
Josh Murphy’s message to Cardiff fans as he makes PNE debut
Josh Murphy sent a classy message to Cardiff City fans following his move to Preston North End, but hinted that he intends on returning to the club.
On deadline day, the winger moved to Deepdale on a season-long loan, which would take him to the end of his Bluebirds contract.
It is logical to surmise, then, that his time at Cardiff is virtually over.
But Murphy’s social media post seemed to suggest he might well return.
“Wishing all my team mates & bluebirds fans a good season @cardiffcityfc#seeyousoon,” he wrote.
Murphy was named in Preston under-23s’ league opener against Walsall’s reserves on Tuesday afternoon.
The winger lined up alongside former Bluebirds defender Greg Cunningham for the Central League campaign clash at Preston’s Euxton training ground.
Celtic told to buy Kyle Hudlin
Noel Whelan has urged Celtic to sign reported Manchester City, Middlesbrough and Cardiff City target Kyle Hudlin.
Hudlin is thought to be the tallest professional footballer in English football at 6f 9in and The Athletic had credited the Bluebirds, among others, with having taken a look at the player.
When asked about Cardiff’s interest in Hudlin, though, Mick McCarthy just laughed and said simply: “No.”
Nevertheless, others are thought to be keen. Football Insider claim Celtic are interested in a swoop for Hudlin, while ex-Leeds United, Coventry City and Middlesbrough forward Whelan told the same publication that the Hoops should add the giant striker to their ranks.
“You can play long balls up to him and play off him. He holds the ball up so well and that’s what Celtic want,” he said.
“They have a lot of technical players in and around that one centre forward (Ange) Postecoglou would love to have.
“A player like that can draw out defenders which then frees up space for the players in behind.”
It is thought Celtic are lining up a January swoop for the player.
How Rubin Colwill transformed almost overnight
Rubin Colwill’s emergence this year is nothing short of astonishing. From being on the bench for the under-23s at Christmas to starting against Belarus in a World Cup qualifier this week is a remarkable rise.
His former team-mate at Cardiff Jack Bodenham witnessed Colwill’s evolution first hand and claimed it was almost overnight.
When asked which of his old pals he tipped to go on and make their mark, there was no doubt in the Bodenham’s mind: “I’d have to say Rubin. The transformation in him over six months, wow, I’ve never seen anything like it!
“He couldn’t get in the under-23s before Christmas last season, then by February time, he was unbelievable.
“Every training session he was a level above. Even when we were training with the first team, he was just the standout player. It was crazy.
“Then he got into the Euros squad, bloody hell, I couldn’t believe it from where he was at Christmas. It was bonkers.
“He is a big lad, he is about 6ft 4in and the way he moves with the ball and manipulates it is something special I think.
“I don’t think there are many people that tall who moves the ball like he does.
“He was growing and then came to terms with his body. He went through a phase where he looked gangly, almost like he hadn’t come to terms with it. Then he just became a different player.”
Read the full Jack Bodenham interview here.
Joel Bagan makes Republic of Ireland U21s debut
Cardiff City defender Joel Bagan has made his international debut.
The left back was named in the Republic of Ireland under-21s side for the first time for their game against Luxembourg on Tuesday afternoon.
Bluebirds boss Mick McCarthy told Irish u21s boss Jim Crawford he needed to pick Bagan at his earliest opportunity as he would be a big asset to the young Irish squad.
“This was early on, just as I came into the job last season,” McCarthy said of his chats with Crawford.
“I didn’t know that much about Joel except I had watched him in training.
“He played, then I got a call from Jim Crawford and I said, ‘All day long, mate, if you can get him and he qualifies, do it now and get him in the squad, you’ve got a terrific player’.
“That’s just what he’s done.”
Japhet Matondo on target for Wales
Cardiff City youngster Japhet Matondo was on target for Wales under-17s in their 4-3 triumph over Scotland at the weekend.
The result might have just slipped under the radar owing to the senior team’s heroics against Belarus, but the youngster is just making a name for himself at club and country.
Japhet, the brother of senior Wales international Rabbi Matondo, has been turning some heads at youth level at Cardiff City and he posted a video of his goal on his Instagram account on Monday evening – a cool finish in which he rounded the keeper before stabbing home.
In other news, Bluebirds trio Keen Patten, Isaak Davies and Kieron Evans were named on the bench for Tuesday’s Wales under-21s fixture against their Bulgarian counterparts. Sam Bowen was given the nod to start in the middle of the park.
Taylor Jones started the Wales under-19s game against Turkey, too, with Caleb Hughes named on the bench.
The game kicks off at 4.30pm and is live on S4C online.