Saturday, 22 January 2011

Football and Chips

Pêl-droed a sglodion. Today we’re talking football and chips. Up early for a Dinas Wolves vs. Cowbridge U-8s game, on a frosty Bryn-y-Don pitch here in Dinas Powys. Juliet scored in a close-fought draw. Then, this afternoon, Juliet and I went to see Cardiff City play Watford at the Cardiff City Stadium. We have season tickets behind the goal in the Family Stand.

The new stadium is well served by snack bars under the stands. Today we sampled the chips (portion £2.60, with unlimited ketchup from large dispensers). Juliet pronounced them very good. Not greasy, nice and thick - floury inside and crisp outside as they should be. They would have benefited by being cooked a little longer. However, they are decent chips. We prefer getting food before the game (the queues are much shorter than at half-time) and, after a previous hot dog experience, don't eat after half-time. I hear the food in corporate hospitality is good - a pity food other than burgers and chips doesn't filter down below the stands.

The sponsorship and advertising is less food-related than at Ninian Park (with its Brace's Bread logo on the roof) and more geared to Internet betting (Sbobet on the City shirts), financial services and, since the new Malaysian owners arrived, Visit Malaysia signage. However, there’s still old-school hoardings (none of this annoying electronic scrolling stuff) advertising regional food and drink: Peter’s Pies, Talgarth Bakery, and Brecon mineral water.

It was a good game today. Cardiff City won 4-2. Goals for Bellamy, Chopra, Bothroyd and Gyepes, together with a very promising debut by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (on loan from Arsenal).

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