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Tuesday, 23 April, 2002, 08:15 GMT 09:15 UK
Cardiff's Sunday quest
Gavin Gordon attacks the Stoke goal
Cardiff drew 1-1 at Stoke earlier in the season
Cardiff City's Division Two play-off first leg clash with Stoke City will kick-off at 2pm at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday, 28 April.

Long talks between the police, the clubs and the Nationwide League decided that the early afternoon kick-off would be appropriate despite the match having a history of crowd problems.

Cardiff have been awarded 2,500 tickets and their fans will travel on official coaches to the ground, but chief executive David Temme is disappointed with the allocation.

"We were expecting a 15 per cent allowance (around 4,200 tickets) which are the competition rules, but because of the concerns of Staffordshire Police and the stadium we were only able to get 2,500.

Official transport

"It's not ideal, but it is far better than it could have been. While we're not entirely satisfied, it is still just under 10 per cent."

Temme admitted that Stoke would have the same percentage of tickets for the return match at Ninian Park on Wednesday, 1 May (kick-off 1945 BST).

"I think it's fair for us to have an equivalent number of tickets available to the Stoke supporters. And they will be travelling on official transport, as the Cardiff fans will.

"The kick-off time for the first leg is better than some people thought, but with official supporters groups and the club organising the transport it shouldn't be any earlier."

  • Meanwhile, Cardiff fans have been celebrating the 75th anniversary of their finest moment.

    On April 23, 1927, the Bluebirds beat Arsenal 1-0 at Wembley to take the FA Cup out of England for the only time.

    Among those toasting the occasion is EU commissioner Neil Kinnock, a lifelong Cardiff fan.

    He told BBC Radio Wales: "It is a reminder of the great heights the club once hit and, I am delighted to say that they are making progress again."

    Cardiff chief executive David Temme
    "The rules are the same for both sides"
    Rob Phillips on Cardiff's 1927 cup win
    "St George's Day was the day of the Red Dragon"
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