Cardiff City F.C. ~ Malky Mackay Cakes

Introduction: Malcolm George “Malky” Mackay (born 19 February 1972) is a Scottish football manager and former player. He played as a defender and began his career in Scottish football with Queen’s Park and Celtic. He also won five caps for Scotland.

Malky Mackay

He was the manager of Cardiff City from June 2011 to December 2013. He had a very successful two and a half years there taking them from the Championship to the Premier league for the first time in their history.

This recipe is for Welsh cakes or Pice ar y maen, a teatime treat passed on through generations and still as popular as ever.

Preparation time: 10mins

Cooking time: 10 mins

Home kit: food processor, scone cutter, large mixing bowl and a griddle, not got a griddle? A large frying pan will do. A spatula

Away kit: 4 side plates, knives and forks

Serves: 3-4 This makes about 12


  • 8oz/225g self raising flour
  • teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 4oz/110g butter
  • 4oz/110g caster sugar
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • 2oz/55g sultanas

Method: Preheat the oven to 100oC

First half

Sieve together the flour, salt and nutmeg into a food processor. Cut a slice of hard butter, direct from the fridge, into the processor and whiz to the texture of fine crumbs. Add the sugar, and whiz in the egg and two tablespoons milk. Tip this mixture into the bowl, and add the sultanas. Knead briefly to a stiff dough – if it is crumbly, then add the third tablespoon of milk at this point to make it smooth. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough until it is about ½ inch thick. Cut into rounds using a scone cutter.

Second half

Heat a griddle, and rub it with butter. If you don’t possess a griddle, use a heavy frying pan instead. When it is very hot put the rounds of Welsh cake mixture onto this, and cook until brown on the underneath. Turn them over and cook on their other side. Remove them with the spatula to the wire rack to cool.

Full time results

Butter and eat with a nice cup of tea at half time.

Manchester City F.C. ~ Alan Oat Cakes

Introduction: Alan Arthur Oakes played as a midfielder for Manchester City and is their all-time appearance record holder. He made 680 league and cup appearances for them in total, scoring 33 goals. He was given the club’s Player of the Year award in 1975 and was inducted into the Manchester City Hall of Fame in 2005.

Alan Oakes was renowned for his professionalism among the footballing figures of his time.  And what greater compliment can you get then when an opposing manager, Bill Shankly,  described him as “exactly the kind of player youngsters should use as a model”.

Preparation time: 10mins

Cooking time: 20 mins

Home kit: large saucepan, 8 inch square baking tin

Away kit: Serving plate

Serves: a kickball team


  • 200g (7oz) butter
  • 150g (5oz) Demerara sugar
  • 4tbsp golden syrup
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • Finely grated zest of ½-1 orange, to taste
  • 400g (14oz) jumbo oats
  • 100g (3½oz) raisins or sultanas

Method: Preheat the oven to 190oC

First half

Grease and line the baking with grease proof paper. Melt the butter in the saucepan and add the sugar, syrup, cinnamon and orange zest. Stir and heat gently until the sugar dissolves.

Second half

Remove pan from heat and stir in the oats and raisins. Press into the baking tin and bake for 15-20min until golden brown.

Full time results

Leave to cool before cutting into squares and popping on the serving plate for a nice cup of tea at half time.