These guidelines must be STRICTLY adhered to at ALL TIMESWorld-Cup-2014-Brasil-logo-03
1. Within one minute of kick off in the opening match, the commentator must mention England
2. 1966 will be mentioned approximately 10 times a match, or only on 4 or 5 occasions for matches NOT involving England
3. Should England wear red jerseys then 1966 should be mentioned approximately 20 times
4. Whenever a hat trick is scored, comparisons with Geoff Hurst have to be made within seconds of the third goal hitting the net
5. All members of our commentary team must refer to England as “we” and “us”
6. For matches NOT involving England, our commentary teams must only discuss the players that are playing in England
7. Praise the new stadiums that have been built but EMPHASISE that they lack the presence of Wembley, the home of football
8. When Germany are playing they must be referred to as being arrogant when referring to their style of play, passing and general footballing ability. If they are winning or playing well, reference MUST continually be given to the 5-1 THRASHING dished out by England a few years ago
9. Should England play Germany all of the above must be adhered to along with the COMPULSORY mention of 1966
10. Should England play Argentina, commentators MUST refer to the match against Argentina in World Cup 98 and making passing reference at some point to the Falkland Islands
11. The phrase “Bull Dog spirit” should be used as often as possible during England matches
12. Each match involving England SHOULD begin with the phrase “England expects”
13. Should any team feature brothers playing together then Jackie and Bobby Charlton must be mentioned. This will then link nicely into a mention of 1966
14. Regardless of what two teams are contesting the Final, England have to be mentioned within the first minute
15. Prior to the captain of the winning team lifting the trophy, the commentator WILL mention Bobby Moore and 1966
16. Should England bow out after the first stage, commentators MUST emphasise that it is a massive blow to football and a SERIOUS loss to the tournament

NEWS: @CardiffCityFC gets dance tips at @TheCentre

Cardiff City Football Club to receive tips and techniques from the dancing world to get a new edge to their game

 Cardiff City FC are to attend a specially tailored, dance-inspired workshop on Tuesday 26th November at Wales Millennium Centre. The workshop, led by the director and company members from performing arts company Clod Ensemble will be attended by players and staff from across the senior, development and under-18 teams. The workshop marks the start of Clod Ensemble’s Performing Medicine: The Anatomy Season at Wales Millennium Centre.

While football and dance might initially appear at very opposite ends of the physical spectrum, they still hold plenty in common, with both relying heavily on coordination, teamwork, balance, strength, intention, dexterity, creativity and stamina. Planning formations on a pitch could be considered a form of choreography.

In this workshop footballers and dancers will explore what movement vocabularies they share, what they can learn from each other and what we can learn about anatomy by comparing the physicality of highly skilled dancers and footballers.

Through the collaboration, players, coaches and physiotherapists from Cardiff FC and dancers from Clod Ensemble, will share ideas as to how best to prepare the body and mind before stepping out onto the pitch or the stage.

Outlining her hopes for the specially devised workshop, Suzy Willson, director of Clod Ensemble, said: ‘Football has often been called the beautiful game – we look forward to finding out whether the grace of the players translates from the football pitch to dance studio, and perhaps our knowledge about movement and creativity might find it’s only valuable place out on the pitch.’

Cardiff City’s Head of Performance Richard Collinge MCSP SRP, said of the event: ‘Cardiff City is pleased to be collaborating with Clod Ensemble on this exciting project. We look forward to working together again in the future, as we look to further explore the physical and psychological similarities and overlaps between the performing arts and professional football. We thank Wales Millennium Centre for their invitation and drive in putting this project together.’

The workshop is the perfect example of Clod Ensemble’s capacity to unleash the diverse potential of performance and movement in a range of different contexts. It also marks the start of Clod Ensemble’s Performing Medicine: The Anatomy Season, in association with Wales Millennium Centre, a series of conversations, performances and workshops inspired by the theme of anatomy (26 Nov – 7 Dec). An innovative programme of events, Performing Medicine: The Anatomy Season fuses expressive dance, original music scores, visual art, history and medicine in order to explore what goes on under the skin and present an inspiring, illuminating interpretation of the wonders of the human form.

For further information on Performing Medicine: The Anatomy Season and to book tickets, visit call 029 2063 6464.

NEWS: Ground preparations for @barrytownsc @StandUpForBarry

Shared from their Facebook page

Ground preparations and important ticket information –

On Sunday (5th August 2012) from 10am, members of the Barry Town Supporters Committee will in the ground continuing their efforts to prepare Jenner Park for the Cardiff match, and all members of the community are welcome to come and help out.

The BTSC is also welcoming any volunteers willing to assist on match day, and encourage would-be helpers to pop along on Sunday to discuss roles they may be able to fulfil.

Tickets for the Cardiff match will also be available on Sunday.

However, the BTSC is keen to stress that there will be no pay on the gate admission at the game, and that anyone wishing to attend must purchase their tickets in advance.

This is to ensure maximum safety for all patrons and to allow ticket checkers to allow everyone safely into the ground in ample time for kick-off.

There will be an allocation behind the bar at Jenner Park until an hour before kick-off, but it must be stressed that these tickets will be limited in supply.

The BTSC advises that ticket holders arrive in good time; with close to 1,000 tickets sold at the time of press, some queues are anticipated.

Around 500 tickets are still available online at and we encourage supporters to book ASAP to avoid disappointment.

All ticket monies raised go to the independent, non-profit and fan-run Barry Town Supporters Committee, whose ‘DIY football’ ethos has helped make this match a reality.

Cardiff’s Olympic transport system (road closure/buses/trains)

(Taken from Wales Online 18/7/12)
Details of road closures during Cardiff’s Olympic football matches have been released by Cardiff Council and South Wales Police.

Olympic football begins at the Millennium Stadium on Wednesday July 25, and there will be 11 matches across eight days with the last one being played on August 10.

For all Olympic matches there will be road closures in place around the Millennium Stadium. The following roads will be closed in their entirety:

Duke Street, Castle Street, High Street, St Mary Street, Caroline Street, Wood Street, Central Square, Westgate Street, Quay Street, Guildhall Place, Golate, Park Street, Havelock Street and Scott Road.

The following roads will be partially closed:

  • Kingsway – from its junction with North Road/Boulevard de Nantes to its junction with Duke Street.
  • Cowbridge Road East – from its junction with Cathedral Road to its junction with Westgate Street.
  • Tudor Street – from its junction with Clare Road to its junction with Wood Street.
  • Plantagenet St and Beauchamp Street – from their junctions with Despenser Place to their junctions with Tudor Street.

View Cardiff Olympic road closures in a larger map

Residents and traders will still be able to get access to Tudor Street, Plantagenet Street and Beauchamp Street.

The road closures will be put in place two and a half hours before the kick off for each match, and stay in place until at least an hour after the game ends. The closures will also affect bus services in the city centre. A full list of the alternations to Cardiff Bus services can be found on their website.

A new campaign, called “Get Ahead of the Games” has been launched to communicate directly with people travelling to matches.

The website and @GAOTG Twitter feed will give tips, travel information and advice on how to plan ahead and avoid congested areas.

Cardiff Council has also advised that the best way of travelling to and from Cardiff city centre for the football is using the park and ride services near junction 33 of the M4, which costs £10 per car.

The park and ride will include provisions for disabled passengers, with parking next to the bus pick-up point, and low-floored buses.

Cardiff Council said the site would open 30 minutes before the first bus, and close 30 minutes after the last bus leaves the city centre. The authority said ticket holders should allow 15 minutes walk from the drop-off point to the stadium, and a further 40 minutes to reach your allocated seat.

The timings for the road closures and park and ride information are:

  • July 25 – Great Britain v New Zealand and Camaroon v Brazil. First kick-off 4pm. Road closures begin at 1.30pm and end at 9.30pm. First bus from park and ride 10am, last bus from city centre 10.30pm.
  • July 26 – Brazil v Egypt. Kick-off 7.45pm. Road closures begins 5.15pm and end at 10.30pm. First bus from park and ride 10am, last bus from city centre 11.30pm
  • July 28 – New Zealand v Brazil and Great Britain v Cameroon. First kick- off 2.30pm. Road closures begin at 12noon and end at 8pm. First bus from park and ride 9.30am, last bus from city centre 9pm.
  • July 31 – Japan v South Africa. Kick-off 2.30pm. Road closures begin at 12noon and end at 5.15pm. First bus from park and ride 10am, last bus from city centre 6.30pm.
  • August 1 – Mexico v Switzerland and Great Britain v Uruguay. First kick-off 5pm. Road closures begin at 2.30pm and end at 10.30pm. First bus from park and ride 9.30am, last bus from city centre 11.30pm
  • August 3 – Quarter Final Women’s. Kick-off 5pm. Road closures begin at 2.30pm and end at 7.45pm. First bus from park and ride 10am, last bus from city centre 9pm.
  • August 4 – Quarter Final men’s. Kick-off 7.30pm. Road closures begin at 5pm and end at 10.15pm. First bus from park and ride 9.30am, last bus from city centre 11.30pm
  • August 10 – Bronze Medal playoff Men’s. Kick-off 7.45pm. Road closures begins at 5.15pm and end at 10.30pm. First bus from park and ride 9.30am, last bus from city centre 11.30pm

There will also be free coach parking on Edward VII Avenue, and secure parking for bikes in Sophia Gardens.

Cardiff’s cabinet member for highways, traffic and transport, Councillor Ralph Cook, said:

“Hosting the Olympics Games is a huge milestone in Cardiff’s history and we want to make sure the events hosted in the city run as smoothly as possible for both residents and visitors to the capital. The city has already proven time and time again how we have the right infrastructure in place to be a world class event venue.

“We have worked closely with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), The Millennium Stadium and South Wales Police to ensure everyone’s safety is the priority, this is why it is essential to have these road closures in place.

“Officers will meet with city centre businesses regarding deliveries and we will continue to communicate with residents via Capital Times, local press, the council website and the council’s Twitter feed regarding details for the Olympics.”

Arriva Trains Wales has also warned that city centre stations will be operating differently throughout the games at the Millennium Stadium.

Cardiff Queen Street station will be closed for an hour before kick off of each game at the Stadium, and in some instances will remain closed until the following morning. Details of the closures for each event day can be found here.

Bicycles will not be allowed on on Arriva Trains Wales trains in the lead up to, during and after the matches. Full details of these restrictions can be found here.