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Cardiff turnstile signs for Toulouse

'Cry for help'
Turnstile Number 3 will no longer be seen in this Cardiff line-up

Posted October, 2004

In the latest turn of bad news for Welsh rugby, Turnstile Number Three at the South Terrace entrance to Cardiff Arms Park has signed for French giants Toulouse.

The turnstile, installed when the nearby Millennium Stadium was built in 1999, was considered one of Wales' finest with its pleasant beep noise when scanning tickets. Number Three has agreed to a contract at Toulouse which will see it oiled and cleaned with the finest products on the market twice a week, painted in Toulouse colours and the promise of higher attendance and, hence, more use. Turnstile Number 3 said that the offer was "the chance of a lifetime".

Whilst not a French speaker, the turnstile commented: "I've got a job to do and language barriers can be overcome. Beep. We have had plenty of French people over the years at the Arms Park and I think I dealt well with them. Beep. I'm looking forward to the challenge. Beep. Doors are finally opening for me. Beep"

Cardiff have not yet named a replacement turnstile. "Beep,' added Turnstile Number Three.

With low attendances all over Wales there is a fear that the WRU could see a rash of turnstiles heading for the exit, so to speak. This is the most worrying transfer of stadium equipment in Wales since 1988 when Swansea's away changing room had rugby league trials with Widnes and was subsequently banned for three months.