32 stunning images that take you inside Cardiff City's wild promotion celebrations

Lawrence Cooper
May 8, 2018

By 2015, he landed a contract with Charlton Athletic, but later got released.

"Being a London boy, to go up to Manchester, I was never willing to travel".

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"So the lads [players] said 'what about bringing in Charlie, gaffer?' So we got Charlie across to Hull, we won that game and then he came on Saturday and we managed to get over the line with a draw". "I was living on my mate's sofa while I was there. That's what you've got to do to get by".

Wolves have been confirmed as winners, with one round of matches to go this afternoon. Etheridge was 25 and, when he signed for Walsall in the summer of 2015, he had far more global caps to his name than league appearances.

Manager Neil Warnock had said winning a record eighth promotion would be his "greatest achievement" - and it is no wonder, considering the Bluebirds were second from bottom and in disarray when he was appointed in October 2016. You knew you'd get criticised at times in certain games, but you can only work with what you've got. "And they are players who believe in his philosophy, which is a winning way".

"He'll admit himself we don't always play the prettiest, but we come out with results in a results-based industry".

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With 19 clean sheets Etheridge has enjoyed an excellent season and won over those Cardiff supporters who wondered whether he was up to the job. It's been a fantastic season for me.

"Why not? I have nothing to be afraid of", Warnock added.

Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Etheridge is ready to live the Premier League dream - just a few years after staying on a friend's sofa in an attempt to rescue his career.

After steering them to safety last season, the 69-year-old former Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers manager masterminded an improbable promotion.

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"The players looked nervous and didn't look like they were giving the required amount of effort and spirit although I don't think that was the case".

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