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We can do it again.

Byline: By Katie Jones South Wales Echo

Cardiff City fans were today celebrating a dream FA Cup tie against Arsenal, which could plough at least pounds 600,000 into the club's coffers.

Thousands of fans are planning to travel to Highbury in the hope of seeing the Bluebirds recreate their famous win over the Gunners 78 years ago, when City beat the London club to take the 1927 FA Cup. 'This is what dreams are made of': Cardiff city fans are willing their team to victory after the Bluebirds drew giants Arsenal in the FA Cup.

The Bluebirds will face a tough challenge as they take on the team who won this year's trophy with an impressive win over Manchester United at the Millennium Stadium in May.

And now, more than 70 years after City beat Arsenal to take the 1927 FA Cup, the Bluebirds will face the team again in an eagerly-awaited third-round away match on the weekend of January 7 and 8.

Vince Alm, of the Cardiff City Supporters' Club, said around 50 buses were likely to ferry around 2,500 fans to the Highbury game.

He said: 'We run buses to every game and I will definitely run buses to the Arsenal match.

'They will pick up in Cardiff, the valleys the Vale and Bridgend. The Valley Rams will also run buses and the rest of the fans will get the train.'

City fan Debra Murphy, of Wingfield Street, Aberfan, who will take daughter Kate, 15, to the match, said: 'Everyone's so excited, they can't wait to go to Highbury.

'My telephone didn't stop ringing on Sunday with friends and neighbours saying, 'Cracking draw!'.

'It's a chance for City to show what we're made off. It couldn't have been better. We beat Arsenal in 1927 and we can do it again.

'My husband Kevin and his son Barry will also be going and lots of our friends. It's outstanding!'

Gwyn Davies, of the Cardiff Valley Rams supporters group, said: 'This is what dreams are made off.

'Every time you have an easy win it's great because it might give you a chance to play a giant and Arsenal are giants, probably the biggest.

'We won the FA Cup in 1927 against Arsenal so there is a special bond between the teams.

'The chances of re-creating that victory are slim but it will be a chance to have a big game, a big stadium and a big atmosphere.'

Mum-of-three Susan Powell, 27, of Mackintosh Place, Aberfan, Merthyr Tydfil, said: 'My 12 year old Joshua came running in to tell me the news, he'd been waiting all day!

'It will be such a big night. I'm sure we can beat them again.

'It gives the club a big boost and all the fans should support them all the way.'
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 5, 2005
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