Iconic midfielder at CCS for City v Leeds on Saturday...Graham Kavanagh is, in the eyes of many Bluebirds fans, Cardiff City personified. The legendary former Bluebirds’ skipper is remembered in South Wales as one of the greatest and most significant players in City history.
His leadership and influence in the heart of City’s midfield at the start of the millennium was crucial in the side’s subsequent rise from the third tier, while the bond that he forged with City supporters during his time in the capital has remained ever since.
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After starting out at Middlesbrough and Stoke City, the former Republic of Ireland midfielder, now forty-two years of age, joined the Bluebirds at a key point in the Club’s history. His signing saw him become Cardiff City’s first ever £1 million player, and he went on to skipper the Bluebirds for a total of four seasons in the Welsh capital.
Kav made an instant impact with City, scoring fifteen goals from central midfield in his first season at Ninian Park. Much more was to follow though, as he then played a starring role in the following 2002/03 campaign, culminating in victory over Queen’s Park Rangers at the Millennium Stadium in the Division Two Play-Off Final.
There was also, of course, THAT free kick in THAT game against Leeds in 2002...
The former Bluebird makes an emotional return to South Wales this weekend for the Bluebirds' hosting of Leeds, and will greet City fans ahead of kick off ahead of offering us his thoughts as co-commentator on Cardiff City Player HD.
Great to have you back Skip...#CITYASONE