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Cardiff hero Scott Young will be in attendance to evoke some nostalgia against Leeds

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Cardiff hero Scott Young will be in attendance to evoke some nostalgia against Leeds

Cardiff hero Scott Young – who 21 years ago was the toast of the city that dumped high-flying Leeds United out of the FA Cup – will be in attendance to stir up some nostalgia against Jesse Marsch’s side

  • Scott Young won as Leeds were dumped out by lowly Cardiff in 2002
  • A former defensive stalwart – Young played more than 300 times for the club
  • Cardiff find themselves in a tough spot at the moment with no win in the last seven
  • Young urged the club to ‘batten down the hatches’ amid the transfer ban and wider crisis

Scott Young is ready for a day of nostalgia when he arrives at Cardiff City Stadium for the FA Cup clash with Leeds United.

The former defensive stalwart, a one-club hero who played more than 300 times for the Bluebirds, was one of the club’s guests for their clash with the Premier League side for a fixture that evoked all the memories of the day that 21 years ago he scored the winner in a 2-1 victory over a Leeds team who were then top of the Premier League.

That game, on 6 January 2002, has a special place in Welsh sporting folklore and even has its own Wikipedia page. Young, now 46, never tires of talking about his winner that day, but he hopes a new hero will emerge this afternoon in another Dai v Goliath clash.

‘I knew as soon as the draw was made that everyone wanted to talk about the game in 2002. The phone hasn’t stopped ringing since then,’ said Young.

These are difficult times for Cardiff City. They have scored just 20 goals in 26 league games, are winless in their last seven games and have been handed a FIFA transfer ban for the current transfer window.

‘We just have to batten down the hatches and somehow get through this rough patch. We need some new impetus at the club and maybe a win against Leeds can provide that,” said Young.

‘The ultimate aim is to stay in the league, but we need a proper philosophy and identity at the club, instead of constantly cutting and changing the manager.

A bad atmosphere between the two sets of supporters spoiled the third round tie in 2002

A bad atmosphere between the two sets of supporters spoiled the third round tie in 2002

Cardiff were under the control of controversial owner Sam Hammam at the time of the game

Cardiff were under the control of controversial owner Sam Hammam at the time of the game

‘We need to know where the club is going next – what are the short and medium term objectives? The club needs targets and goals to reach.

‘Beating Leeds will certainly help the club and it’s a welcome break from the Championship, which is relentless. They are in a battle for league survival at the moment.’

A local product, Tonypandy-born Young is delighted to see the Bluebirds’ academy starting to produce more talent and is looking forward to watching the likes of Rubin Colwill, Issak Davies and Mark Harris take on the mighty Leeds now.

‘We need to produce more home-grown talent and it’s great to see that starting to happen. They need to be given a chance to establish themselves,” he added.

Young has just returned from a holiday in Tenerife having had his first festive period outside of football. However, he couldn’t help but talk about the inevitable Leeds goal while he was away.

He is ready for a day of it in this afternoon’s game, but will be hoping to find a Colwill, Davies or Harris ready to steal his thunder and finally put his moment in the history books.