Joining the Dragons – Chris’s story

Chris Green

“For me going along to my first Dragons session wasn’t as daunting as it could have been, I was lucky enough to be going along with a member of the club. With that being said I was still very nervous as to how I would be perceived and whether I would be accepted. At this point I had very few gay friends, I had also only played in ‘straight’ teams and I did not know of any gay players. As soon as I came to the session I felt at ease when I was greeted by a lovely senior member of the team. I think most of the Dragons will know who I mean. I felt accepted before I had even kicked a ball; my skill level did not matter, my sexuality did not matter, and any differences I had were embraced.

I left that session feeling like I had found a team where I could truly be myself and I wholeheartedly feel this environment has helped me to develop into a greater footballer and most importantly helped me to become a stronger person. To those thinking of coming along and joining the Dragons I would say do it! You will leave feeling uplifted, accepted and changed, that I can guarantee”

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Romans v Dragons match report (GFSN League)

London Romans 4 – 1 Cardiff Dragons

Sunday 16th November 2014

The Dragons travelled to London to face the reigning GFSN National Cup champions, the London Romans. While the Romans are new to the league this season, their victories over Village Manchester in the cup final and in the Leicester 6-a-side tournament places them as strong favourites to earn promotion from Division 3.

The Romans certainly showed their teeth right from the first whistle, within a minute they broke down the left, crossing in for an unmarked header which was deflected onto the post by debutant Dave in goals. The Dragons appeared slightly shell-shocked for much of the first half hour, and despite battling hard, the Romans nearly broke down our defences on the 11thminute, with a cool pass beating the offside trap and sending their striker through on goal. Fortunately Dave was on hand to deny them with a reflex save. The Romans broke the deadlock on the 13th minute, after a blocked free kick, the Dragons struggled to clear and Romans’ number 11 knocked it into the back of the net. The Romans doubled their the lead with another cross from their left winger. This time the unmarked striker sent a header just under the crossbar. 2 – 0 Romans.  Just as the Dragons looked to get back into the game, the Romans increased the lead further, with yet another header, this time into the back post, catching the Dragons’ keeper off-guard. 3 – 0 Romans.

Despite the score-line however, the Dragons picked their heads up and battled our way back into the game. Muzz marshalled the defence into line, and in central midfield, Chris G and Emyr started to gain control of the game. Anthony came close to pulling one back, as he ran in to the back post onto an excellent cross, unfortunately with his leg outstretched he couldn’t find the target. Liam finally found a hole in the Romans’ defence, swerving past their last defender before stroking it past the Romans’ keeper with ease. Game on.

At half time, the manager freshened up the line up, with Fudge making way for Andy, Chris G dropping back into defence, and switching to a 4-3-3 formation. The second-half became a fiercely fought midfield battle. The Romans had very few clear-cut chances, but unfortunately on the 55th minute, they put the game out of our reach, beating the defence with a ball in over the top, for their striker to knock it in the bottom corner. I’ll be honest, my notes are sketchy for the 2nd half, so apologies for the lack of content.

As ever we returned to the pub with the Romans for post-match pints and analysis.

Jay was voted Dragon of the Day with an overwhelming margin, for his relentless performance at right-back.

As Manager I was incredibly proud of how every Dragon played their heart out on Sunday, fighting to the end, even when 4-1 down. With that fighting attitude there is no doubt in my mind we can beat any team in this division. Dragons breathe fire!

Dragons lined up as follows:

Dave, Jon A, Muzz, Fudge, Jay, Emyr ©, Chris G, Adam, Anthony, Liam, Craig. Subs: Andy, Aris, Ryan M

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Joining the Dragons – Jason’s story

Jason Cousins

Joined the club: 2008

Jason_cAs a founder member of the Dragons, I could not in my wildest dreams have imagined what we have achieved together over the past 6 years. When I met with a small group of fellow gay football fans in the Golden Cross in Cardiff six years ago, our initial aim was to form a group of of gay football supporters in South Wales, but as our numbers grew and it became apparent that many of us loved playing too we took the first steps towards forming Cardiff Dragons. Since those early days the club has been such a massive part of my life in Cardiff. Along my journey I have made many great friends and shared many fantastic memories whether it be at training, tournaments, community/social events and our many football trips across Britain. Each member past or present I’m sure will have their own special memories. I’m very proud to be a Dragon and long may the club continue”