Bellamy reveals delight at Cardiff’s Premier League promotion

Craig Bellamy has spoken emotionally at what helping Cardiff City reach the Premier League means to him after the Welsh club confirmed their place in the top flight for next season, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Bellamy wore the captain’s armband as a goalless draw with Charlton Athletic took Cardiff into the highest division for the first time in more than 50 years, having returned to the club on a free transfer from Liverpool at the start of the season. Bellamy had previously spent a season on loan at Cardiff when a Manchester City player.

The former Blackburn, Newcastle and West Ham forward said after speaking with his father: “It was an emotional night. To have people I truly love around me as well, to share this with me. To see my dad afterwards and all the heartache he has been through over the years.

I have lost count how many games I used to go with him, on a Tuesday night against some team; pulling me to the side, leaving 10 minutes before the end, and saying we would never go back. Then on the Saturday we would be there again.

For him to see that and for his son to play a part in promotion – that makes it even more special. It hit home to me he will die a happy man. It has been so many years for this club to be in the top-flight. Everyone has been so desperate for it.

Cardiff have sealed their promotion with still three games to play, as they cannot be caught by third-place Watford, who are 13 points adrift of Malky Mackay’s side, with second-place Hull City seven short of the Bluebirds.

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