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Football: Bluebirds in Oz to party on.

ADRIAN Alston is joining the Cardiff City promotion celebrations Down Under. The former Bluebirds goalscorer will be a special guest at a celebration night in Sydney on Monday, June 16.

Alston has agreed to join the Bluebirds Down Under party at the Bayview Tavern where flags and bunting from Ninian Park and the Millennium Stadium will decorate the bar.

``This is our chance in Sydney to mark the Bluebirds success,'' said New South Wales organiser Richard, who uses the name Sydney Blue on the internet. ``Our three heroes, Steve, Martyn and Kev, are all back from the big game with stories to tell and souvenirs to display of their fantastic experience.

``To cap it all City legend Adrian Alston will be our guest for the evening. We'll make the Bayview rock as we celebrate South Wales style.''

Alston, 54, played for Australia when they qualified for the 1974 World Cup finals in West Germany - and his goalscoring exploits for club side Safeways persuaded Luton Town to give him a Football League chance. Cardiff City paid pounds 20,000 for Alston in 1975 and he scored twice on his Bluebirds debut in a 4-3 win against Chesterfield at Ninian Park.

He later became the first post-war Cardiff player to score a hat-trick, in the 6-2 FA Cup win against Exeter City. He also netted the only goal of the win against Bury at Gigg Lane to clinch promotion to the Second Division.

Alston failed to reproduce the same form in Division Two and left Cardiff City to play for Tampa Bay Rowdies in America. He scored 17 goals in 62 appearances for Australia and was their leading striker for the 1970 and 1974 World Cup campaigns.

After retiring in 1978 due to a knee injury, Alston went on to coach a number of teams in Australia including Wollongong C i t y.


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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 5, 2003
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