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Fans' farewell Ninian Park party


Supporters have mixed emotions at the party

Cardiff City supporters have said a proper farewell to Ninian Park at a party held at the 99-year-old ground.

After missing out on a play-off place, fans feared they would not be able to pay their regards to their old ground ahead of moving to a new stadium.

But the club put on a party in which supporters were able to take a tour of Ninian Park, including the dressing rooms and board room.

Former players, including Andy Legg and Phil Dwyer, were also at the event.

Fans were also able to have a kick about on the pitch, score a goal at the Grange End and relax with entertainment and half price food.

In a statement on the club's website, chairman Peter Ridsdale said: "After the disappointment of missing out on the play offs we realise that many of our supporters would like a proper opportunity to say a fond farewell to Ninian Park."

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Ninian Park hosted its final Cardiff City game against Ipswich last month, which it lost.

'Proper send off'

The team also failed to reach the play-offs after losing away to Sheffield Wednesday, meaning that the farewell fans had hoped for at their outgoing ground did not happen.

Vince Alm, of Cardiff City Supporters Club, said he believed "thousands" of fans would want to go to the event.

"I think it's great that they have actually done something like this," he said.

"The supporters are split over the party. Some wanted the last event to be a football match but everyone's happy to have a last chance to say goodbye.

"The last league game was very disappointing so it's a kind of chance for the club and the fans to give Ninian Park a proper send off.

"Just to sit in your seat or stand on the terraces and look back at our time at Ninian Park."

The club's new stadium across the road will stage next season's Championship matches.

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