The Trust board has today issued the following statement
When the initial allegations of racist, sexist and homophobic emails were first revealed, the Trust board said that it would wait for the results of a Football Association inquiry, fully expecting that to be concluded within weeks. It has not.
We have recently been in contact with anti-racist campaigners and our members have again lobbied us to take action over the honorary Trust membership, originally awarded to Malky Mackay for his achievements as manager of Cardiff City.
The Trust is committed to working to bring together communities of all races and its partnership work with Show Racism the Red Card. The Trust, which has been commended for that work, abhors racism, sexism and homophobic behaviour in all its forms.
With still no timetable for the FA to report, we have decided to withdraw Malky Mackay’s honorary membership of the Trust with immediate effect.
The board is disappointed that the FA has yet to report but feels that it can wait no longer for the FA to come to its conclusion.
As members will know Malky Mackay, who has admitted using inappropriate and offensive language, is now a manager of a rival Championship club andno longer has any connection with Cardiff City.
A cheque for £1,680 was presented to the Ty Hafan hospice in Sully today – the latest proceeds from the sales of the Trust’s blue shirts.
The presentation to Ty Hafan was made by shirt designer, Karl Payne, who is pictured handing the cheque over to Eleanor Ryan of Ty Hafan. Pictured left is Jamie Warwick of shirt makers, Kukri and Trust member Phil Jones (right), who came up with the idea and worked tirelessly to get it off the ground. Phil Nifield represented the Trust board.
Eleanor hosted a tour of the fantastic Ty Hafan hospice facilities for children with life limiting illnesses and their families. She explained the annual cost of running the hospice was £3.7m a year – and rising – with 95% of the money having to be fund raised.
Among recent facilities provided is a playground which allows even those in wheel-chairs to enjoy the equipment. It has cost £250,000.
The £1,680 cheque brought the total raised through the shirt initiative to a fantastic £10,765. Thanks to everyone for buying the shirt and helping raise valuable funds for such a truly worthwhile cause.
We are pleased to inform everyone that it is planned shortly to sell the Trust shirts from a number of Ty Hafan shops in Cardiff and across south-east Wales. More details to follow.
A dozen members of the Trust and Supporters Club travelled to Chasetown FC to watch their game against Norton United in the Evo-Stik League Division One South.
We have maintained our relationship with the Staffordshire side since our 3rd round FA Cup game with them back in 2008, the year we reached the final.
The fans received another fantastic welcome and thoroughly enjoyed the trip and the chance to renew our friendship with the Scholars. Chasetown is a true community club and we are so glad to have been able to maintain our friendship through football with them with these visits.
It was also good to be able to meet Stephen Sutton’s dad Andy, who is a Chasetown supporter and the remarkable father of a remarkable young man. We are hoping to play a supporters’ match on the Scholars ground at the end of the season to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Many thanks you Scholars!
Tim Hartley, Chair, Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust
Trust board member Brian Mertens gets into the Christmas spirit early and wears one of our Santa hats
With just over five weeks to go, the Trust is launching a Christmas initiative to help the work of Ty Hafan – and continue our blue theme in the stadium.
We will be selling blue Santa hats from the Trust office before the Reading game – and at other home games before Christmas.
The hats cost just £2 and £1 from every sale goes to the work of the children’s hospice at Sully.
And just a reminder that we have copies left of Mario Risoli’s excellent book on Cardiff City’s European adventures, From Tashkent with Love. It’s available for £15 for Trust members – a discount of £1.95. It would make a great Christmas present for any Cardiff City fan.
We’ve also still got a few copies left of the acclaimed Journey Back book by Paul Evans and Richard Holt. It is available for £17.50, £2 less than the recommended price.
The Trust office has also old programmes for sale, Fred Keenor statue T-shirts for just £1, statue badges and the special commemorative programmed produced for the statue unveiling.