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1 May 2014

With the 2013/14 season drawing to a close, CF11 writer Liam Jones looks at those Bluebirds who have crossed or are approaching significant playing milestones.




DONALDO

Having joined Cardiff City from Watford in the summer of 2011, Don Cowie has been nothing short of the epitome of professionalism and consistency.

The affable Scot is just two appearances away from joining the 400 club, having accumulated 398 league appearances to date – 87 of which have come in Cardiff City colours.

DÆHLI PROGRESS



At the other end of the career spectrum is the young Norwegian Mats Møller Dæhli, who may reach his first career milestone of 25 league appearances should he feature at Newcastle on Saturday.

The 18 year-old has been a dazzling revelation since he made his City debut at Bolton in January’s 4th Round FA Cup tie; credit to him for breaking into the Bluebirds first-team setup so quickly and accumulating 12 games in all competitions since then.

KOREA MILESTONE



If South Korean star Kim Bo-Kyung plays a part in our Newcastle and Chelsea fixtures he will reach 125 career league apps, 55 of which will have come for Cardiff City. The midfielder has played 27 times in the Barclays Premier League to date - just one shy of his appearance total for last year's Championship title-winning team.

BRITAIN’S NUMBER ONE



With Cardiff City Supporters’ Club’s Player of the Season awards dinner set to take place next week, one name will surely be dominating discussions.

David Marshall is 15 games away from 200 league turn-outs in the Bluebirds' no. 1 jersey, having broken the 300 career appearances barrier back in January. Marshall's near ever-presence and increasing experience between the sticks has arguably earned the Scot the reputation of being the Bluebirds’ most-revered stopper since our twenties heyday.

He may have been bumped into second place in the PFA’s team of the year by Chelsea’s Petr Cech, but there’s no doubting who the top British ‘keeper has been during 2013/14.

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Craig Bellamy
has now clocked up a massive 456 league appearances to date - 12 shy of 100 for Cardiff City.

The Bluebirds hero amassed 38 games during his 2010/11 loan spell under Dave Jones and a further 53 to date during the tenures of Malky Mackay and Ole Gunnar Solskjær.

MUTCHISMO



Jordon Mutch
has an identical Cardiff City league appearance record to fellow midfielder Kim (55), though 33 of Jordon’s have come in Cardiff City's maiden Premier League season.

The former Birmingham man is now three league appearances away from 125 in total and with a similar goals-and-assists tally (7 goals, 5 assists) as Samir Nasri (6 goals, 6 assists) in the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League campaign, has shown the world that he can compete at the very highest level.

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE



And last but by no means least, Ben Turner is now just three games away from reaching 100 league appearances for Cardiff City, while Fraizer Campbell is three off 50.

With two games remaining of the Barclays Premier League season, there's no prospect of either getting beyond 99 or 49 respectively; needless to say, two of our 2013 promotion warriors will be doing all they can to ensure their milestones come in next season's Barclays Premier League.

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