MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Ramsey cheering was embarrassing

“WE’LL keep a welcome in the hillside; We'll keep a welcome in the glen. This land you knew will still be singing, when you come home, sweet home again.”

Attention Cardiff City fans. It’s just a song, not a mantra for how to greet returning players.

I’m sure this won’t be brilliantly received by some, but the fawning, pathetic swooning over Aaron Ramsey by (some) Cardiff City fans on Saturday was absolutely ridiculous.

Never in my life have I seen a player clapped and celebrated for scoring a goal for the other team and my sincere hope is that I’ll never see such nonsense again.

Now not for a second am I knocking the Cardiff fans for welcoming Ramsey back with open arms (unlike in 2009 and unlike when other former players return, like Chris Gunter who gets a horrible reception) but there is a time and a place.

Namely, the time and the place is any time that isn’t between 3pm and 4.45pm. By all means clap and cheer Rambo on his return, but not during the game. Rouse your own side when they fall one behind. Don’t give confidence and incentive to your opponents!

Arsenal are a quality outfit without question, but currently Ramsey is the player making them tick and by making his feel so at home, Cardiff massively shot themselves in the foot.

Equally, while I’m sharing unpopular views, do we not think the fawning of Ryan Giggs has perhaps reached unsustainable levels?

I’m not knocking Giggs, one of the finest players I’ve seen, but people are guilty of confusing longevity with quality in some of their outlandish assessments of him.

“The greatest British player ever,” stated one national scribe.

Please. He’s not even the greatest Welsh player of the past 20-years. Gareth Bale is.

Giggs has had a remarkable career and will be remembered as a great player by all and an icon of Manchester United.

But he’ll also be remembered as the player who didn’t do enough for Wales, who tarnished his reputation with his off-field antics and turning 40 doesn’t make those factors cease to exist.

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11:33am Tue 3 Dec 13

lowandhardandinthecorner says...

Agree with you about Giggs and Wales, he just wasn't strong enough with Fergie when it came to turning out for his country - that will always tarnish him for me.
I'm a County fan so no axe to grind here but Cardiff fans are saying they applauded Ramsey for not celebrating the goal, anyway when I was young it was quite common to applaud a good goal from the opposition ( not enthusiastically of course ).
As regards the " welcome in the hillsides ", I wouldn't expect an Englishman to understand heiraith but surely you understand a fellow countryman being welcome in his own country.
Agree with you about Giggs and Wales, he just wasn't strong enough with Fergie when it came to turning out for his country - that will always tarnish him for me. I'm a County fan so no axe to grind here but Cardiff fans are saying they applauded Ramsey for not celebrating the goal, anyway when I was young it was quite common to applaud a good goal from the opposition ( not enthusiastically of course ). As regards the " welcome in the hillsides ", I wouldn't expect an Englishman to understand heiraith but surely you understand a fellow countryman being welcome in his own country. lowandhardandinthecorner

11:45am Tue 3 Dec 13

Mr G Went says...

The Cardiff fans adored Ramsey during his short spell with the club, and they also adore him as the future of the national team.

The applause was for the respect shown when scoring against a former team, the team that gave him his break.

That is perfect behaviour from both parties, and should be commended.

Or should returning players behave more in the style of Adebayor??
The Cardiff fans adored Ramsey during his short spell with the club, and they also adore him as the future of the national team. The applause was for the respect shown when scoring against a former team, the team that gave him his break. That is perfect behaviour from both parties, and should be commended. Or should returning players behave more in the style of Adebayor?? Mr G Went

11:55am Tue 3 Dec 13

_Bryan_ says...

Was it embarrassing though? Or was it a heartwarming acknowledgement of a "local boy done good"?

Should you stop appreciating a local hero just because he has moved on to bigger and better things?
Was it embarrassing though? Or was it a heartwarming acknowledgement of a "local boy done good"? Should you stop appreciating a local hero just because he has moved on to bigger and better things? _Bryan_

12:08pm Tue 3 Dec 13

county mad says...

So glad you debunked Giggs so he is 40 Sir Stanley Matthews was in his 50s and still in the top flight
So glad you debunked Giggs so he is 40 Sir Stanley Matthews was in his 50s and still in the top flight county mad

1:29pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Newport87 says...

How can you consider Bale a greater player? Because he's played for Real Madrid? He hasn't achieved anything other than signing for another club.

Giggs accolades speak for themselves, and this is coming from a Leeds United fan.
How can you consider Bale a greater player? Because he's played for Real Madrid? He hasn't achieved anything other than signing for another club. Giggs accolades speak for themselves, and this is coming from a Leeds United fan. Newport87

4:58pm Tue 3 Dec 13

County says...

Clearly you don't know what "heiraith" means if you can't even spell it. Ramsay played a handful of games for Cardiff and is from Caerphilly; some home-town hero. Football is supposed to be tribal,rugby teams have never liked going to Rodney Parade and now the same for football, and County have the best home record; coincidence?
Clearly you don't know what "heiraith" means if you can't even spell it. Ramsay played a handful of games for Cardiff and is from Caerphilly; some home-town hero. Football is supposed to be tribal,rugby teams have never liked going to Rodney Parade and now the same for football, and County have the best home record; coincidence? County

5:05pm Tue 3 Dec 13

County says...

Bale is the better player because he played for Spurs, and Ramsey shouldn't be applauded because he's an Arsenal player.
Bale is the better player because he played for Spurs, and Ramsey shouldn't be applauded because he's an Arsenal player. County

10:34pm Tue 3 Dec 13

BassalegCountyFan says...

100% agreed with Mr Pearlman here, glad someone has finally spoken up against the fawning over Giggs in the media recently.

Off the pitch he behaved disgracefully in taking out the super injunction, having his fun with Imogen Thomas and then letting her name get run through the dirt while he tried to cover his tracks.

Also on the pitch he never turned up for Wales in big games - where was he when Wales flopped in the playoff against Russia, or earlier on, against Romania? And why did he retire from Wales years ago if he's still able to play for Man Utd?

He was clearly a talented footballer, but I wouldn't give him the time of day, even if he signed for County!
100% agreed with Mr Pearlman here, glad someone has finally spoken up against the fawning over Giggs in the media recently. Off the pitch he behaved disgracefully in taking out the super injunction, having his fun with Imogen Thomas and then letting her name get run through the dirt while he tried to cover his tracks. Also on the pitch he never turned up for Wales in big games - where was he when Wales flopped in the playoff against Russia, or earlier on, against Romania? And why did he retire from Wales years ago if he's still able to play for Man Utd? He was clearly a talented footballer, but I wouldn't give him the time of day, even if he signed for County! BassalegCountyFan

4:38pm Wed 4 Dec 13

maz1maz says...

County wrote:
Bale is the better player because he played for Spurs, and Ramsey shouldn't be applauded because he's an Arsenal player.
what a stupid comment!
[quote][p][bold]County[/bold] wrote: Bale is the better player because he played for Spurs, and Ramsey shouldn't be applauded because he's an Arsenal player.[/p][/quote]what a stupid comment! maz1maz

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