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Bluebirds mania travels the world

Alun Rodgers with his daughter Evie
Alun Rodgers' daughter giggled at her dad's 'funny noises' when Cardiff won

Scores of Cardiff City fans over four continents are heading to Wembley or taking advantage of the worldwide TV coverage of the FA Cup final.

They include the daughter of a former club chairman, an expatriate team in Australia and a new dad in New Zealand.

The Cardiff City Supporters of Norway will be cheering for the Bluebirds on their country's national day.

Cardiff meet Portsmouth at Wembley on Saturday, their first cup final game in 81 years.

Helena Terlezki, the daughter of the late former Cardiff West MP Stefan Terlezki, will be watching the final more than 3,000 miles (5,000 km) away in Boston, America.

Her father was born in 1927 - the year Cardiff City last won the FA Cup - and he was the club chairman from 1975-77.

She said: "He would be so proud of the team. I know that if he was still here we would be queuing up for two seats at Wembley.

Helen Terlezki in Boston
Go Bluebirds! Helen Terlezki, flying the flag in Boston

"It will be a fantastic day for all of us fans united together where ever we may be. Go Bluebirds."

Alun Rodgers, 36, watched the semi final with his six-month-old daughter at home in Queenstown, New Zealand.

He said: "We both had our Cardiff shirts on and when I cheered my daughter just laughed and giggled at dad's funny noises.

"When she is old enough to understand I will explain the importance and rarity of what we saw.

"I hope we get to watch a City victory together as the chance may not come round again for another 81 years!"

Cardiff City fans in that part of the world are pretty thick on the ground.

Bluebirds Downunder boasts more than 50 of its members, based in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Auckland in New Zealand, are returning to the UK for the final.

The Bluebirds Downunder celebrate their 5-0 victory
Around 50 members of Bluebirds Downunder are returning to the UK

The club celebrated beating their Portsmouth opponents 5-0 this month.

Closer to home, the Cardiff City Supporters of Norway are preparing a double celebration.

Tore Stromoy, a Norwegian TV celebrity who was at the semi-final, said: "It's quite fantastic to be in the FA Cup final. And the best is that it's on Norway's national day, 17 May.

"Unfortunately I will not be able to go to London this day, but I will watch it on TV.

"I have already been interviewed by a magazine here in Norway about the final, so I try to make more Norwegians to support Cardiff! I think we will win".

Robert Smithson, who is flying over from Long Beach, California on Friday, has been in the United States for 25 years, but had an offer of a ticket at face value from a friend in Denmark.

His story has made newspapers as far afield as Los Angeles, Chicago and Florida, comparing the Bluebirds' history to those of baseball teams.

"It caught the imagination of the US public because of our years of waiting like the Chicago Cubs," said Mr Smithson.





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