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Blues News | 29th May 2020


Cardiff Blues have joined up with OneCom to ensure we Stay Connected during these uncertain times.

We asked to hear YOUR story about how your love for Cardiff Blues and Cardiff Arms Park has grown over the years.

Over the next few days we will be rolling out some of the best entries as we hear about the first time you witnessed match day at the iconic Arms Park, your favourite heroes over the years and, of course, your highlights as a supporter.

IWAN JONES

How long have you been watching Cardiff Blues?

11 years

When was your first game at Cardiff Arms Park and what can you remember about the occasion?

Playing the Scarlets in the 2009-10 season. I can't remember much other than being excited and happy to be back watching a good level of professional rugby and finding the whole experience and atmosphere at the CAP just what I wanted.

Who was your first Cardiff Blues idol?

Martyn Williams

What is your all time favourite game?

Blues v Toulon 2013. Incredible atmosphere against a star-studded side that no-one expected us to win. The whole game was electric and tense until we could all blow up when Gareth Davies crashed over the line.

Which season stands out as your favourite?

2017/18, Danny Wilson's last (sadly) but ended with that European Challenge Cup win. Just felt like the region was back where it belonged and finally showing just how good the squad is and was.

MARK ROBERTS

How long have you been watching Cardiff Blues?

Coming from Pembrokeshire originally, I remember watching Cardiff on TV a lot. Gareth Thomas was my favourite player so I ended up supporting Cardiff RFC, which then turned to Cardiff Blues. When I went to university in Cardiff, it pretty much sealed the deal.

When was your first game at Cardiff Arms Park and what can you remember about the occasion?

As stated I grew up in Pembrokeshire so I never really got to go to the Arms Park due to money. My first Cardiff Blues game was actually in Stradey Park stood in the uncovered North terrace during a storm. But didn’t care a bit because I got to see the Blues and S4C kept filming me and my Scarlets supporting friend as we were only ones stupid enough to be in that stand. Having gone to Uni in 2010 my first Arms Park game was the "one off" Connacht game in 2012. My over-riding memory of it was simply how much bigger the crowd seemed and how happy everyone in the stands seemed to be.

Who was your first Cardiff Blues idol?

Gareth Thomas and Nicky Robinson

What is your all time favourite game?

The obvious cup run games were great. But the most special to me was Edinburgh vs Blues in 2017. We had gone up to Edinburgh for both Blues and Wales games. We won in the final minutes to make standing in -3C worth it! Before the game we chatted to a few people, most of whom were polite but not really interested. Then met this guy called John (or as he put it, "the bloke with the drum"). We got on brilliantly and he invited us to find him and his pals with the drum the next home game. We did and now spend every game down in the corner with the drum gang. It sound minor but the welcome John and the rest of them gave us was fantastic and better than anything before (and we were supporters club members of 5-6 years by this point) and it has made the rugby so much more for us to have a group of friends to chat to about rugby anytime of day and go to away games with and interact with players more. That Edinburgh game genuinely changed mine and my wife’s rugby experience permanently for the better.

Which season stands out as your favourite?

2018. Bilbao cup win and a few weeks before we went to South Africa on the first Cardiff Blues tour to coincide with our anniversary. Great year.

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