Members of the Supporters’ Trust and Supporters’ Club took the M5 north to renew our friendship with Chasetown FC. We have maintained our friendship with the Staffordshire club since our 3rd round FA game against them in 2008, the year we reached the final.
Following that game Chasetown were invited to play the first official friendly at the Cardiff City Stadium and since then Cardiff fans have made regular trips to the Scholars Ground and groups of Chasetown fans have travelled to Cardiff to watch games.
Saturday saw a dozen City fans make the trip to see Chasetown take on second-placed Stamford AFC in the Evo-Stik Division 1 South. After a little over a minute we were a bit worried after the Scholars conceded an early goal. However, Chasetown battled back strongly and won 3-1, helped we would like to think, by the Welsh led chants of “We love you Chasetown” and “Blue Army” from the Church End enclosure.
Before the game Chasetown Supporters’ Club organised a buffet for us and presented each Cardiff fan with a memento of our visit – an engraved silver hip flask. The presentations did not stop there and we were invited onto the field at half-time and presented with a massive blue and white flag with the words ‘Friendship Through Football’. We hope to be able to hang this flag up at games in the future.
Trust Chair Tim Hartley said, “We were overwhelmed by the welcome we got at Chasetown and our thanks go to John Franklin, Trevor Youngmans and everyone associated with the club for giving us such a superb day out. We may not like everything in modern football but this visit really showed what a force for good the game can be and we look forward to welcoming Chasetown to Cardiff next year to maintain our ‘Friendship through Football.’”