He scored just one goal in his one season with Cardiff City, but Willo Flood’s 2006 winner against Tuesday’s opponents Leeds United will live long in the memories of those City fans who were there that day...
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A Republic of Ireland Under-21 International, Dublin-born winger Willo had been with Manchester City since the age of fifteen, but made the move to South Wales on August 2nd 2006.
He had come on as substitute in our opening three Championship matches and, with the score still 0-0 with sixty-eight minutes played at Elland Road, City looked to the bench once again...
This time, Flood made a huge impact, beginning a move in his own half, before exchanging passes with Michael Chopra, and outpacing the Leeds defence to score in the 83rd minute.
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The Bluebirds hung on for the remaining seven minutes of the match, with Neil Alexander pulling off some fine saves to keep out David Healey and Shaun Derry. Darren Purse was then dismissed in the ninetieth minute, but it had no impact on the final score as the 1-0 win sent City joint top of the Championship.
Willo made twenty-five League appearances for us that season, and in August 2007 went to Dundee United on a season-long loan. He would go on to move permanently for the Terrors, playing for them in two separate spells, either side of a stint at fellow Scottish side, Celtic.
Since, then Flood has also played in the North East for Middlesbrough, and is now a regular for Aberdeen in the SPL. It has now been nine years since that strike away to Leeds, but it remains one of several fond recent City memories at Elland Road...
Our line-up v. Leeds in August 2006:
Cardiff City: Neil Alexander, Kevin McNaughton (sub. Roger Johnson), Joe Ledley, Riccy Scimeca, Darren Purse, Glenn Loovens, Malvin Kamara (Darcy Blake), Michael Chopra (Willo Flood), Steve Thompson, Steve Mcphail, Paul Parry.
Subs not used: Kevin Campbell, Luigi Glombard.