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UEFA Champions League 2017: an Italian-Spanish-Welsh Cardiff takeover

So, it’s the big comedown after the main event, the weather gods have finally let us have it after holding off all weekend, all the drains on my street are totally blocked. The city is slowly being returned to normal.

Is anyone else sad it’s over?? Big ups to all the police and emergency services and cleaning crews and volunteers and everyone who helped make it happen. It was a brilliant weekend!

Some of our favourite bits:

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Cardiff at its resplendent best.

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We also really like this story from Wales Online: To all the Champions League fans, volunteers and staff – Cardiff says DIOLCH!

Fav bits: over 1 million pints pulled in the city over the weekend, 20,000 half’n’half trays … nice!



PS if you’re interested in the community aspects of the game, we suggest following our pals at Eat Sleep Footy Repeat – they covered the 1600-strong girls match in Llanrumney last week, and report on all the best parts of the sport around here!


“Men, women and children – all aboard the Premier Ship” – Dan


The Ship of Dreams

Men, women and children,
All aboard the Premier Ship.
Made with Malaysian gold,
And souls sold.

We’re the kings of the world.

They call it the ship of dreams,
The hottest ticket in town.
First class to be seen,
Third class where they’ve always been.

Even God himself can’t sink this ship.

In the engine room the coals burn red,
The Bluebird’s wings clipped by ambition.
But lips are bitten and hope is high,
That for this crew the limit’s the sky.

Watch out for the iceberg.

Because when the bottom falls out of the boat,
The gold corrodes.
Empty seats float along the waves,
And the feeling is blue because more could have been saved.

Women and children first.

Even if she’s underwater for a hundred years long,
My heart will always go on.


Dan Tyte is an Executive Director at PR agency Working Word. He’s interviewed rock stars, ghost-written Guardian features, had a Western Mail column where he wrote on anything from stag-dos to the mayoral system of Reykjavik and contributed to a Lord Sugar-approved Amazon No#1 best-selling book on social media. His debut novel Half Plus Seven, comes out on Parthian Books in spring 2014. He’s on Twitter @dantyte and currently lives in Canton. 

He was originally featured on We Are Cardiff in December 2010 – read Dan’s original We Are Cardiff entry

Dan was photographed at Cardiff City Stadium in Leckwith by Doug Nicholls


“Thirty years on, I’m still here, and my identity has changed as much as the city itself” – Dave

The Cardiff I moved to in 1980 was a very different city to the one we know today: no Cardiff Bay, no Millennium Stadium, no St. David’s Centre (1 or 2) etc. etc. My job had relocated from London and, having no Welsh roots or connections, initially I felt like an outsider. But four employers and thirty years on, I’m still here, and my identity has changed as much as the city itself – I now can’t envisage ever living anywhere other than Cardiff, and I feel far more Welsh than English.

It would have been possible to live and work in Cardiff, to bring up a family here, and yet continue to identify with my country (or county) of birth. I know contemporaries who have done just that, whether by choice or by chance. The catalyst for me, though, was sport – football to be precise.

During the eighties, not content with being only a long-distance supporter of my home team (though I will never abandon them), I started visiting some of the local clubs in south Wales. It was the era of the ‘fanzine’, the publishing boom of those pre-internet days, and I contributed the odd article on Welsh clubs to various publications; in time I became a Welsh correspondent for a couple of titles, now long-defunct. Travelling around Wales every Saturday, visiting places and meeting people I would otherwise never have come across, I developed a sense of belonging in Wales.

Twenty years ago, just as Wales was re-asserting its national identity in many walks of life, I was persuaded that Wales needed its own football magazine. Little realising how much of my spare time the project would consume, I was also persuaded to get involved. With our own funds, a few of us launched a modest little publication called Welsh Football in 1991, and 143 issues later it’s still going, a niche, not-for-profit publication admittedly, but our national football magazine nonetheless. It’s just a shame that, nineteen years on, it’s still so hard to raise its profile amidst the blanket coverage of English football here – new readers regularly tell me “I never knew it existed”. And even worse, since Borders bookshop closed, we don’t currently have a retail outlet stocking the mag in the capital city !

As Welsh Football’s unpaid editor, feature writer, photographer and many other things, I still travel around Wales on a regular basis, meeting friends old and new. Though I put in a lot of time (and sometimes money too) what I get out far outweighs it: not just enjoyment of the games, but appreciation of the variety and beauty of Wales, and above all a sense of identity: yes, after spending more than half my life here, I definitely consider myself Welsh now (and I think I’m widely accepted as such by my native Welsh friends and acquaintances, too). And I even pass the acid test: when Wales play England, there is no way I can cheer for the ‘three lions’!

Dave Collins is an IT consultant. He also publishes Welsh Football magazine (‘the National Football Magazine of Wales’), a not-for-profit magazine written by, and for, lovers of football in Wales and published eight times per season. The magazine is available by subscription – see http://www.welsh-football.net or email welshfootball@lineone.net for details. He currently lives in Rhiwbina.

Dave was photographed by Simon Ayre