I have a great deal of affection for Cardiff as a destination, if not their football team.
I went to university in South Wales and thoroughly enjoyed living in the Cardiff districts of Cathays, Riverside and for a while, right by the Heath hospital.
Carefree days and nights were often spent playing snooker (badly), taking in a few rounds (for about 50p) on the world's very worst municipal golf course, (where even the greens had various hazards more usually found on a farmers field), having a kickabout in Roath Park and of course reading texts associated with my course.
As well as the more active pursuits, I credit Cardiff with introducing me to the fine world of proper beer.
When I arrived in South Wales, I was a dedicated Foster's drinker. This was the late 80's so I also showed I had 'class' by drinking Grolsch.
After less than a week in my new environment, I worked out one of my most useful life lessons, - this of course being that I'd been drinking the most appalling pish throughout my learner drinker stage.
I became a dedicated fan of Brains beer products, especially the SA, (skull attack) and Dark.
Even now, all these years later, I still occasionally have a case of Dark sent to me at home.
The game yesterday had Guy Luzon showing his 'brains'.
He made the changes and kept going for the win when previous Charlton coaches would probably have taken off a striker to pad out the defence, hoping to maintain what we already had.
The arrival of Luzon at Charlton was handled extremely badly, meaning he was going to have to work a minor miracle to win over most of the fans.
Five wins from six is probably that miracle and there's been a definite softening of hardened attitudes and a warmth from the support towards our new head coach.
A dire first half became a marginally better second, until Cardiff took the lead.
All looked lost but nobody had told Tony Watt who skilfully placed the ball into the net for the equaliser.
Simon Church was felled in the penalty area as the game neared the last few minutes.
Buyens doesn't miss penalties, Charlton ran out 2-1 winners and the celebrations began.
We now have a week before the visit of Blackburn who will hopefully have one eye on their FA cup replay against Liverpool.