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Fight To Save Bluebirds Memorabila Raised In National Assembly

Plaid Cymru AM Rhun ap Iorwerth has highlighted the threat of a sale of historic and unique Cardiff City memorabilia and documents at an auction on Saturday.

Rhun ap Iorwerth, who is a Bluebirds fan, told fellow AMs in the National Assembly: “I’d like to raise an issue as a supporter of sport in Wales and of the need to celebrate Welsh sporting history, and also as a Cardiff City fan and elected representative of a not insignificant number and hardy bunch of Bluebirds fans from Anglesey – Holyhead in particular – who’ve been very faithful to the club over the years.

“Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust has become aware of a valuable and irreplaceable collection of Cardiff City Football Club historic memorabilia that’s due to be auctioned on  January 25.

“Now, the Trust has urged Cardiff City football club to acquire the collection as the basis of a museum to celebrate the history of the club. There had been some reports that the items had been withdrawn from sale. It appears that they are due still to go for sale on January 25.

“Time is running out to prevent this loss of a very important Welsh sporting heritage. Could I ask for intervention by the Minister for sport and sporting heritage, including making contact with the club to see what assistance might be given to keep this in public hands, or at least accessible to the public and for a written statement on steps that might be taken by Welsh Government to support the club in acquiring this very valuable memorabilia?”

Responding Finance Minister Rebecca Evans AM said: “Of course, the Deputy Minister with responsibility for sport has been here to hear your request for his intervention on this particular issue in terms of ensuring the memorabilia to celebrate the history of the club that you described is still accessible to fans of the club, and I’m sure that he will give it due consideration.”

Mr ap Iorwerth’s office has written to the Sports and Culture Minister Dafydd Elis Thomas this afternoon to press the issue.

Conservative AM Andrew RT Davies, who represents South Wales Central, has also supported the Trust’s call. Labour MPs and Cardiff Council Cabinet Member Peter Bradbury have been in touch with the club, we understand.

Bucket Collection For Brain Injury Charity Raises £1,442

Bartley The Bluebirds meets Headway Volunteers

A bucket collection at the Cardiff-Swansea game in aid of Trust supported charity, Headway Cardiff & South East Wales, raised £1,442 for its work with those suffering from brain injury.

The collection before derby was generously supported by Cardiff City fans attending the big match.

Trust chair Keith Morgan said: “Once again, the fans of Cardiff City have come up trumps for the work of a well deserving local charity.

“I’d like to once again thank all at Cardiff City, including chief executive Ken Choo and Supporter Liaison Officer Adam Gilliatt, for their support for Headway before the derby.”

Ready For Action: The Volunteer Collectors

Headway Chief Executive, Rebecca Pearce said: “‘We are bowled over by the generosity of the Cardiff City fans! On behalf of everyone here at Headway Cardiff & South East Wales, I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone that donated and to the Supporter’s Trust for making us your charity of the season. The money raised will go a long way in helping those who have been affected by an acquired brain injury.

“All staff at the stadium should be highly praised for their help and assistance on the day – our volunteers had a wonderful experience. Thank you again, this will not only have helped us raise funds but it has also given us the opportunity to raise awareness and help our campaign.”

The Trust chose Headway Cardiff & South East Wales as its charity for the current season after considering nominations from members.

  • You can find out more about Headway’s fantastic work a www.headwaycardiff.com

Cardiff City Audio Description Football Commentary Service

Adam Gilliatt, Cardiff City FC’s Supporter Liaison & Disability Access Officer, has been in touch about the club’s Audio Description Football Commentary service which went live at the weekend. It is aimed at improving access for all fans.

We’d be grateful if members and fans generally could make visually impaired friends or relatives aware if  they think they might make use of this excellent service, which is free. The speech function can be used on mobile phones.

For more information click the link https://www.cardiffcityfc.co.uk/news/cardiff-city-fc-launch-audio-description-commentary-service

Trust Chair Looks Ahead To 2020

Trust chair Keith Morgan

At the time of writing this, Cardiff City is about to enter the Christmas and New Year fixture period ahead of the January 2020 transfer window.

It is seldom a dull period in following the fortunes of our club, either on or off the pitch.

In recent weeks we have seen Neil Warnock leave his post as manager, together with a number of his supporting staff to be replaced by Neil Harris and his own selection of support staff.

Initial indications are that there will be wholesale changes to the approach of the club from grass roots upwards a change which many fans may feel is long overdue.

Results on the pitch have improved but performances suggest that there is still a long way to go to fully push for a promotion back to the Premier League and to enjoy the benefits of a successful long term player development strategy at the club.

The January 2020 transfer window is likely to be an important initial step in developing the first team squad with the manager stating that a number of players will have to depart to free up a wages and transfer fee budget for incoming players.

Realistically, it will take at least a couple of transfer windows to shape the squad into one that he feels happy with but next month could be a start if he has the necessary financial backing from the club’s owner and senior management team.

At least the club can enter the transfer window without the threat of a FIFA-imposed transfer ban because of the dispute with Nantes FC (over the Emeliano Sala transfer) due to the recent appeal lodged with the Court of Arbitration for Sport. This is due to be heard in the Spring of 2020, with a result expected around June 2020.

Whatever happens, for a lot of us CCFC will remain a big part of our lives and the club can rely on our support as it always has, through good times and bad.

Season’s greetings to everyone and best wishes for a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year to you and your families.

  • Please also don’t forget that there will be a bucket collection at the Swansea City game next month in support of brain injury charity, Headway Cardiff & South East Wales, the Trust’s chosen good cause for this season. A donation from as many people as possible, no matter how small, will be of benefit to this local charity and help them in their important work supporting those in a far less comfortable position than most.

Keith

Cardiff City Helping To Show Racism the Red Card With Backing From The Trust

Kristina Hedges, Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust board member and an educational worker for Show Racism The Red Card writes about the charity vital work to tackle racism, a scourge on football and society in general.

What comes to mind when you visualise ‘Show Racism the Red Card’?

With its football-themed name and links to clubs, it’s hardly surprising that many people think ‘football charity’.

Actually, SRtRC  is an educational charity. The majority of work is in schools and other educational centres, delivering workshops on the topic of anti-racism.

 I’m delighted to be linking the Trust with the charity, thereby, strengthening the charity’s links with the club.

The support of clubs is a key part of how the charity engages with young people –offering up relatable role models in a bid to help tackle racism in society.

The annual SRtRC matchday, where supporters can see players and officials warming up in our shirts and holding up the red cards, is great for raising awareness in the charity and its work and we’re always grateful when players agree to be interviewed about their experiences.

Check out last season’s video interview with Neil Etheridge https://www.theredcard.org/showracismtheredcardpodcastand the podcast interview with Sol Bamba https://www.theredcard.org/showracismtheredcardpodcast.

Alongside SRtRC’s work with young people, we have recently been providing anti-racism training for Cardiff City FC stewards during their pre-match training sessions.

The Trust is very keen to support the charity in its work and has been represented at the annual creative competition awards ceremony and a recent educational event held in the stadium.

Local schools are also invited to attend these club events where SRtRC staff and sessional workers (including former City defender Steve Jenkins) deliver workshop activities to explore racism and stereotypes. A report of the event and pictures can be seen on the charity’s website here: https://www.theredcard.org/news/2019/11/8/cardiff-city-fc-educational-club-event.

Recent media reports show that racism is on the rise once again in the game of football and sadly, according to the charity’s research, this rise is mirrored in our schools and colleges.

So now more than ever it’s vital that we all work together to Show Racism the Red Card.

Bucket Collection for Brain Injury Charity At Swansea Game

One month today the brain injury association Headway Cardiff & South East Wales will carry out a bucket collection at the Swansea City game on Sunday, January 12.

 Headway Cardiff & South East Wales was chosen by the Trust as its charity for the current season after Trust members were asked to nominate a deserving cause.

Trust chairman, Keith Morgan, said: “Cardiff City fans are known for their generosity and I’m sure they will give support to the bucket collection for this very worthwhile charity.

“We’d also like to again thank Cardiff City and chief executive, Ken Choo, for agreeing to the collection at the derby game. Thanks also to Supporter Liaison Officer Adam Gilliatt for helping Headway Cardiff & South East Wales with the organisation of the collection.”

Headway Cardiff & South East Wales Chief Executive Officer, Rebecca Pearce, explains the work the charity carries out. “Headway Cardiff & South East Wales help people affected by acquired brain injury to rebuild their lives. Acquired Brain Injury can happen to anyone, anywhere at any time. Lives can be changed in an instant.

“At Headway Cardiff & South East Wales we support individuals with Acquired Brain Injury to regain their independence and we help their families, friends and carers adapt to a new way of life. We offer social groups, life skills sessions, counselling, an Information & Outreach service and an Independence & Wellbeing Centre based at Rookwood Hospital.

“Our aim is to increase awareness of acquired brain injury and its consequences. We also want to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy sport, while being better protected from the risks of concussion. A lot has been achieved in the past few years to improve concussion protocols, but we believe everyone who plays sport should be concussion aware.

“Thank you to the Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust for choosing to support us this season. It will go a long way in helping us to promote understanding of all aspects of acquired brain injury and to provide information, support and services to people with acquired brain injury, their families and carers.”

You can show your support for Headway Cardiff & South East Wales by following them on Twitter, Facebook (@HeadwayCardiff) and Instagram (headway_cardiff) or visit our website at www.headwaycardiff.com.