Cardiff's last starting XI at Ninian Park: Where are they now?

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Cardiff City's last game at Ninian Park was one to forget, as Roy Keane's Ipswich Town beat the Bluebirds 3-0.

 

Ninian Park was the home of Cardiff City for 99 years. It was the site of numerous historic events, such as the tragic death of Jock Stein, as well as playing host to the likes of Bob Marley and Pope John Paul II.

Cardiff City eventually vacated the famous ground - which once saw a crowd of 62,634 for a match between England and Wales - in 2009, moving to their current ground, the Cardiff City Stadium. Ninian Park was demolished soon after and redeveloped as residential housing.

Ipswich Town were the last visitors to Ninian Park, and rejuvenated by Manchester United legend Roy Keane, they somewhat spoilt Cardiff's party, running out 3-0 winners in the Irishman's first game in charge. Seven years on, we take a look at where the Bluebirds starting XI from that day are now.

NinianCardiff City left Ninian Park in 2009

Tom Heaton

Current England international and in-form Premier League goalkeeper Tom Heaton was let go on a free transfer by Cardiff back in 2012, having failed to dislodge David Marshall from the number one spot over two seasons. Heaton has gone from strength to strength since leaving the Bluebirds and received his first England call-up earlier this year.

Kevin McNaughton

A long-time servant to Cardiff City, Kevin McNaughton was a stalwart of the club's defence for almost a decade, and made just shy of 300 appearances for the Welsh outfit in all competitions. A former Scotland international, McNaughton left Cardiff in 2015, and has since played for Wigan and current club Inverness. 

Gabor Gyepes

Former Hungarian international Gabor Gyepes played for 4 British clubs; Wolves, Northampton, Cardiff and Portsmouth, but he played the most games in Wales with the Bluebirds, where he spent a total of 4 years. Gyepes left Cardiff in 2012 and the 35-year-old now plays for Hungarian second tier side Soroksar SC. 

Roger Johnson

Huddersfield Town's Nahki Wells in action with Charlton Athletic's Roger JohnsonRoger Johnson heads the ball for Charlton Athletic

Controversial defender Roger Johnson has divided opinion throughout his career. He joined Cardiff from Wycombe in 2006 and proved to be a very good signing. After 3 excellent seasons he was sold to Birmingham for a reported £5 million. Johnson had a brief stint in the Indian Super League with Pune City last year, but currently plays for League One side Charlton Athletic.  

Mark Kennedy 

Experienced and versatile left sided player Mark Kennedy spent two years at Cardiff having joined the Bluebirds from Crystal Palace in 2008. Capped 34 times by the Ireland national team, the last of which came in 2002. Now aged 40, Kennedy is back at one of his former clubs Manchester City where he is working as a coach. 

Gavin Rae

Former Cardiff and Scotland midfielder Gavin Rae recently celebrated his 39th birthday, but he is still going strong, currently starring for Hakoah Sydney City East FC in the Australian second tier. Rae spent 4 years at Cardiff, making 130 league appearances and scoring 7 goals. 

Paul Parry

Ex-Wales international Paul Parry was a regular for Hereford United, Cardiff City, Preston North End and Shrewsbury Town throughout the duration of his 16 year professional career. The versatile Welshman retired in 2014, a year after he and his wife launched their own property management company, aptly named Parry Property Management. 

Joe Ledley

Wales' Chris Gunter, Gareth Bale and Joe Ledley celebrate after the matchJoe Ledley celebrates alongside Gareth Bale & Chris Gunter at Euro 2016

From a former Welsh international to a current one, Joe Ledley has won 70 caps for the Dragons already and is still aged only 29. A Cardiff boy, Ledley came through the ranks at Cardiff City, going on to play over 250 games in 6 years for the club's first team. Ledley eventually left for Celtic in 2010, where he spent 4 years, before moving to England and joining Premier League Crystal Palace. 

Chris Burke

Experienced winger Chris Burke has played for the likes of Rangers, Birmingham and Nottingham Forest, as well as Cardiff City over a very respectable career. He has won 7 caps for the Tartan Army, a figure many believe could have been higher, and currently plays for Ross County in the Scottish Premiership.

Jay Bothroyd

A product of the Arsenal academy, Jay Bothroyd has become something of a globetrotter since leaving Cardiff City in 2011. The powerful forward was very good in south Wales, scoring 45 goals in 133 games and winning his solitary England cap whilst at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Brief stints at QPR and Sheffield Wednesday followed, before Bothroyd decided he wanted a change of scenery. He scored 6 goals in 16 games for Muangthong in Thailand and has scored 33 goals in 53 games for Jubilo Iwata, becoming the first Englishman to score in the J1 League since Gary Lineker.  

Ross McCormack

Prolific during the 2008/09 season, Cardiff City sold Ross McCormack criminally cheap after he struggled for goals in the 2009/10 campaign. The Scottish international joined Leeds United for just £300,000 and the current Aston Villa forward has since been sold twice for a combined fee of £22 million. 

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