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Who’s your best Cardiff centre-back since the Millennium?

Postby Forever Blue » Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:47 pm

Who’s your best Cardiff centre-back since the Millennium?

Danny Gabbidon

Roger Johnson

Mark Hudson

Sol Bamba





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Cardiff City have experienced plenty of success in the 20 years since the new Millennium, and much of this can be owed to some of the impressive defensive figures boasted by the club during this period.

The Bluebirds have sealed two promotions to the Premier League while having also reached the FA Cup final and League Cup final, and the Welsh side have more often than not depended on some solid defensive presences on their way to these successes.

Here, we take a look at FOUR of the best centre-backs to have represented Cardiff over the last 20 years…

Danny Gabbidon





Gabbidon represented Cardiff right at the start of the new Millennium as he made the switch from West Brom in 2000, with the centre-back becoming a key player for the Bluebirds during the five seasons before his move to West Ham in 2005.

The Wales international made over 200 appearances for the Welsh side across two stints – with the defender ending his professional career in the Welsh capital – and his excellent displays mean he is worthy of a spot on this strong list.

Roger Johnson



Johnson has fended off some serious competition from the likes of Glenn Loovens and James Collins to gain a spot on this list, but his consistent performances throughout his three seasons at the club are enough to earn him a place among these names.

The Wycombe academy product helped the Bluebirds to the FA Cup final in the 2007/08 season, while he made a total of 136 appearances for Cardiff before his eventual move to Birmingham in the summer of 2009 in what was a high-profile deal.

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Mark Hudson



Hudson was an imperious figure at the back for the Bluebirds during his five years in south Wales between 2009 and 2014, with the defender choosing to stick with Cardiff despite a series of disappointing finishes before their long-awaited promotion in 2013.

The Fulham product was also named club captain upon his arrival at the club, and he was a regular feature in the side throughout his first four seasons at the club before his eventual lack of playing time resulted in him making the move to Huddersfield.

Sol Bamba



Bamba’s former centre-back partner Bruno Ecuele-Manga may feel aggrieved to miss out given his services to the Bluebirds, but Bamba is definitely worthy of his place following his excellent displays for Cardiff since Neil Warnock signed him in 2016.

The Ivory Coast international quickly cemented his spot in the side before playing a key role in Cardiff’s promotion to the Premier League in 2018, and he is still on Cardiff’s books at present despite a serious injury having hampered him over the past year.

Who’s your best Cardiff centre-back since the Millennium?

Danny Gabbidon

Roger Johnson

Mark Hudson

Sol Bamba
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Re: Who’s your best Cardiff centre-back since the Millennium

Postby piledriver64 » Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:52 pm

Manga, played in a poor team and then, often, out of position. Had pace, could pass and good in the air.

Also always made his CB partner look a better player.
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Re: Who’s your best Cardiff centre-back since the Millennium

Postby Pencoed » Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:00 pm

Gabbidon for me absolutely ozzed class that goal against Wrexham, if he hadn't been injured so much would of probably played for a club in the top 6.
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Re: Who’s your best Cardiff centre-back since the Millennium

Postby RV Casual » Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:04 pm

As much as I liked Hudson and Bamba if it was a shortlist of 4 they should never be on it
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Re: Who’s your best Cardiff centre-back since the Millennium

Postby bluebirdoct1962 » Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:04 pm

piledriver64 wrote:Manga, played in a poor team and then, often, out of position. Had pace, could pass and good in the air.

Also always made his CB partner look a better player.

I’d have to agree with you mate.
I looked first at the level they played at and then considered them at their nest. Manga comes out top for me.
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Re: Who’s your best Cardiff centre-back since the Millennium

Postby RV Casual » Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:05 pm

Gabbidon
Collins
Manga
1 other

Woukd be my 4 to pick from
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Re: Who’s your best Cardiff centre-back since the Millennium

Postby maccydee » Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:43 pm

Morrison has to be on that list.
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Re: Who’s your best Cardiff centre-back since the Millennium

Postby cardiff 74 » Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:17 pm

Darren purse he did well for us
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Re: Who’s your best Cardiff centre-back since the Millennium

Postby Bluebird Warrior » Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:42 pm

Manga for me. But going on this list I'd say Bamba.
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Postby Foghorn65 » Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:36 pm

Purse had a second or so to suss
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Re: Who’s your best Cardiff centre-back since the Millennium

Postby Tony Blue Williams » Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:57 am

Danny Gabbidon by a country mile. He was a League 1 player whilst marking Alessandro Del Piero out the Wales vs Italy game in 2002 for starters.

I always thought he should have moved into midfield as he was brilliant with the ball at his feet. He also did a great job at full/wing back.

As mentioned above he would have played for a top 6 or even a big European team if it wasn't for persistent injury.
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Re: Who’s your best Cardiff centre-back since the Millennium

Postby boyo1927 » Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:08 pm

Danny gabbidon by a mile
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Re: Who’s your best Cardiff centre-back since the Millennium

Postby Blueman39 » Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:09 pm

Danny G ....James Collins not far away and what a pair when they were both fit
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Re: Who’s your best Cardiff centre-back since the Millennium

Postby cardiff 74 » Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:00 pm

Glen lover should be on the list another player who did well for us
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Re: Who’s your best Cardiff centre-back since the Millennium

Postby davids » Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:12 pm

cardiff 74 wrote:Glen lover should be on the list another player who did well for us


Glen Lover? :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

I assume you mean Glenn Loovens but if the rumours regarding the big Dutchman and Paul Parry's missus were true than perhaps Glen Lover is indeed a more appropriate name! :thumbup:
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Postby Thewifestheboss » Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:53 pm

Manga by a million miles
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Re: Who’s your best Cardiff centre-back since the Millennium

Postby Norris ninian » Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:19 pm

Bruno for me too alongside one of the slower more traditional cbs like Mozza or Huds
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Re: Who’s your best Cardiff centre-back since the Millennium

Postby Norris ninian » Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:22 pm

Oh sorry if not Manga then Danny G
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Re: Who’s your best Cardiff centre-back since the Millennium

Postby Man of Harlech » Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:45 pm

Bruno - it was a shame that we saw him so often at right back rather than where he was best.
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Re: Who’s your best Cardiff centre-back since the Millennium

Postby valleyrambill » Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:10 am

all good but Bamba played at the highest level and didn't look out of place and Bruno

Hudson a great player but I thought he found the premiership hard like Morrison

I loved Daren Purse Roger Johnson too but if I was to pick the best for me it is James Collins
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Re: Who’s your best Cardiff centre-back since the Millennium

Postby cardiff 74 » Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:58 pm

davids wrote:
cardiff 74 wrote:Glen lover should be on the list another player who did well for us


Glen Lover? :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

I assume you mean Glenn Loovens but if the rumours regarding the big Dutchman and Paul Parry's missus were true than perhaps Glen Lover is indeed a more appropriate name! :thumbup:

Sorry :laughing6:
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Re: Who’s your best Cardiff centre-back since the Millennium

Postby LeonSDC » Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:02 pm

Manga

Special mention for Juan Cala who I think was class every game he played for us (including his screamer against Southampton). He must have fallen out with someone obviously, but if we’re talking about the best player we’ve had, Juan Cala is up there with Bruno. Imagine then together ooofffffff
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Re: Who’s your best Cardiff centre-back since the Millennium

Postby bazza51 » Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:16 pm

It's a tricky question as some fans will not have seen all 4 play. I have and its Gabbidon by a country mile. Premiership quality through and through. Oldies like me must also mention Don Murray although he predates the millennium :bluescarf:
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Re: Who’s your best Cardiff centre-back since the Millennium

Postby thomasblue » Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:21 pm

The best of that list is was Gabbidon.

Suprised nobody has mentioned Glenn Loovens. He was a class player who left us too early

My top 5 would be :

1. Gabbidon
2. Manga
3. Caulker
4. Loovens
5. Bamba

Medel would be top if he had played in his proper position for us.
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Re: Who’s your best Cardiff centre-back since the Millennium

Postby BarryWelsh88 » Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:13 pm

Ben turner seems to be forgotten
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Re: Who’s your best Cardiff centre-back since the Millennium

Postby Davidspeers59 » Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:10 pm

[quote="Forever Blue"]Who’s your best Cardiff centre-back since the Millennium?

Danny Gabbidon 3rd

Roger Johnson 1st

Mark Hudson 4th

Sol Bamba 2nd


However I would have Hudson as the our best leader may not have been the best player but always gave 100% Plus and a great captain. :bluebird: :bluescarf: :ayatollah:
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Re: Who’s your best Cardiff centre-back since the Millennium

Postby piledriver64 » Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:29 pm

BarryWelsh88 wrote:Ben turner seems to be forgotten


Not forgotten just not in the same league as the others for me, probably only had one good season too.

Awful distribution and slow on the turn.
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Re: Who’s your best Cardiff centre-back since the Millennium

Postby Chippy82 » Wed Apr 01, 2020 12:37 am

Foghorn65 wrote:Purse had a second or so to suss

Purse can remember Charlton away years ago he facing goal went to clear ball hit himself in face iwelmo ran through and scored I was soo pissed off
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Re: Who’s your best Cardiff centre-back since the Millennium

Postby Chippy82 » Wed Apr 01, 2020 12:38 am

BarryWelsh88 wrote:Ben turner seems to be forgotten

Prob for a goal one of the best memories I had but christ hes nowhere near
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Re: Who’s your best Cardiff centre-back since the Millennium

Postby Chippy82 » Wed Apr 01, 2020 12:41 am

5 loovens 4 johnson top 3 manga gabbidon ginger very torn to pick in order
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