Ledley ready for role reversal

21 May 2009 06:39
A dream will come true for a Cardiff City fan when he plays at Ninian Park watched by his football star cousin.Luke Pittard usually watches City's Joe Ledley at the famous stadium but their roles will be reversed on Thursday. The Bluebirds favourite will be on the sidelines cheering on his relation in the United Churches League cup final. Goalkeeper Mr Pittard, who won £1.3m on the lottery in 2006, is playing for Glenwood Church in one of the last matches staged at Ninian Park. "I have been a Bluebirds supporter for as long as I can remember so this will be an amazing game and it means more again knowing that it is among the last few games to be played at Ninian Park," he said. Mr Pittard won the lottery but went back to work at McDonalds"All of our team are really big Cardiff City supporters so we're really looking forward to the game." The Bluebirds are moving across the road to a new stadium in time for next season. Ledley and Mr Pittard grew up kicking a ball around together on playing fields near Mr Pittard's family home in St Mellons, Cardiff, and have remained close ever since. While Ledley played in Cardiff's FA Cup final defeat against Portsmouth last year, Mr Pittard is preparing to face the Rhondda Royals in his own cup final. The father-of-two will be hoping to go one better than the City star and secure a victory, and perhaps make a few headlines of his own. Mr Pittard is used to the limelight having won £1.3m on the lottery with his partner Emma, now his wife, a few years ago. The couple met working together at a McDonalds restaurant in Pontprennau, Cardiff, and eventually gave up their jobs after the win. But Mr Pittard returned to work at the restaurant in March last year because he missed his friends there. He said at the time: "To be honest, there's only so much relaxing you can do. I'm only young and a bit of hard work never did anyone any harm."

Source: BBC_Sport