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Moving to a Different Beat Competition Winners

Moving to a Different Beat Competition Winners
In the first issue of our Trust magazine, Moving to a Different Beat, we gave members a chance to win signed copies of the following books: Cardiff City Fans Through the Years by Annis Abraham Jnr, The Rise and Fall of the Cardiff City Valley RAMS by Gwyn Davies, and From Shattered Dreams to Wembley Way by Annis Abraham Jnr.
The question we asked was as follows:
When Annis Abraham Jnr first saw Cardiff City play in November 1973, the Bluebirds defeated Bolton Wanderers 1-0 in a Second Division game at Ninian Park. Which Cardiff-born Welsh international forward scored the winning goal?
The answer was Gil Reece, who made over 100 appearances for the club between 1972 and 1976.
The winners of the competition were as follows:
David Hutchinson of Pontypridd, who wins a copy of Cardiff City Fans Through the Years.
Cliff Jones of Bristol, who wins a copy of the Rise and Fall of the Cardiff City Valley RAMS.
David Griffiths of Cardiff, who wins a copy of From Shattered Dreams to Wembley Way.
The books will be sent out to the winners next week, but if they would like to collect their prizes before the Nottingham Forest game on Sunday, then they can drop membership secretary Dave Sugarman a line at the enquiries e-mail address below in order to make the necessary arrangements.
Look out for another competition in the next issue of Moving to a Different Beat, which should be available in January.

In the first issue of our Trust magazine, Moving to a Different Beat, we gave members a chance to win signed copies of the following books: Cardiff City Fans Through the Years by Annis Abraham Jnr, The Rise and Fall of the Cardiff City Valley RAMS by Gwyn Davies, and From Shattered Dreams to Wembley Way by Annis Abraham Jnr.

The question we asked was as follows:

When Annis Abraham Jnr first saw Cardiff City play in November 1973, the Bluebirds defeated Bolton Wanderers 1-0 in a Second Division game at Ninian Park. Which Cardiff-born Welsh international forward scored the winning goal?

The answer was Gil Reece, who made over 100 appearances for the club between 1972 and 1976.

The winners of the competition were as follows:

David Hutchinson of Pontypridd, who wins a copy of Cardiff City Fans Through the Years.

Cliff Jones of Bristol, who wins a copy of the Rise and Fall of the Cardiff City Valley RAMS.

David Griffiths of Cardiff, who wins a copy of From Shattered Dreams to Wembley Way.

The books will be sent out to the winners next week, but if they would like to collect their prizes before the Nottingham Forest game on Sunday, then they can drop membership secretary Dave Sugarman a line at the enquiries e-mail address below in order to make the necessary arrangements.

Look out for another competition in the next issue of Moving to a Different Beat, which should be available in January.

The Festival of Lights – the Trust helps celebrate Diwali in Grangetown

Celebrating Diwali

Celebrating Diwali

The Festival of Lights – the Trust helps celebrate Diwali in Grangetown

It was not a case of straight down the pub after the disappointment of the draw against Palace last month for some of us. No, members of the Trust’s Community Group were in celebratory mood as they joined in the festivities to mark Diwali at the Hindu Temple in Grangetown.
Diwali is a five day festival when homes are decorated and candles and lamps lit, rather like Christmas celebrations.  The festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil.  In Hindi, Diwali means “Festival of Lights” and it commemorates heroic figures in Indian mythology that triumphed over the forces of evil.
We had been invited to join the celebrations of the Hindu New Year by a group of young Hindus who had attended our community event at the stadium in September.  One of the lads is a season ticket holder and the group asked some very probing questions about the Cardiff City FC and the local community.  Our community evening was part of the Trust’s drive to bring club and the community closer together.
Members of the Community group attended the Hindu centre in Grangetown to celebrate the third day of Diwali which is the last day of the Hindu calendar.  We were given a fantastic welcome and made more good contacts on the night.  The evening included the serving of some superb Indian food before we sat down for the special Diwali show of Indian dancing.
The Grangetown Hindu Association has been running for 25 years and we were given a presentation on its history.  The evening was also a chance for the Association to honour the academic and sporting success of young Hindus.  As members of the Community Group we were particularly interested in the annual cricket tournament organised by the Association and we are looking at the possibility of organising a football tournament involving the Hindu community next year.
Special thanks must go to Mr Arvind Vasani, the Chair of the Association, and Shanta Rupalia who made us so welcome and gave us such a fantastic evening.
Tim Hartley
Vice Chair CCST
Celebrating Diwali

Celebrating Diwali

It was not a case of straight down the pub after the disappointment of the draw against Palace last month for some of us. No, members of the Trust’s Community Group were in celebratory mood as they joined in the festivities to mark Diwali at the Hindu Temple in Grangetown.

Diwali is a five day festival when homes are decorated and candles and lamps lit, rather like Christmas celebrations.  The festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil.  In Hindi, Diwali means “Festival of Lights” and it commemorates heroic figures in Indian mythology that triumphed over the forces of evil.

We had been invited to join the celebrations of the Hindu New Year by a group of young Hindus who had attended our community event at the stadium in September.  One of the lads is a season ticket holder and the group asked some very probing questions about the Cardiff City FC and the local community.  Our community evening was part of the Trust’s drive to bring club and the community closer together.

Members of the Community group attended the Hindu centre in Grangetown to celebrate the third day of Diwali which is the last day of the Hindu calendar.  We were given a fantastic welcome and made more good contacts on the night.  The evening included the serving of some superb Indian food before we sat down for the special Diwali show of Indian dancing.

Trust members enjoy the celebrations

Trust members enjoy the celebrations

The Grangetown Hindu Association has been running for 25 years and we were given a presentation on its history.  The evening was also a chance for the Association to honour the academic and sporting success of young Hindus.  As members of the Community Group we were particularly interested in the annual cricket tournament organised by the Association and we are looking at the possibility of organising a football tournament involving the Hindu community next year.

Special thanks must go to Mr Arvind Vasani, the Chair of the Association, and Shanta Rupalia who made us so welcome and gave us such a fantastic evening.

Tim Hartley

Vice Chair CCST

Bluebirds Fans Welcome Ticket Deals

Cardiff City fans have applauded the club’s decision to offer cut-price ticket deals for the Bluebirds’ forthcoming Championship fixtures against Crystal Palace and Coventry.

Adult supporters who buy tickets for both matches in advance will get a £10 discount, while concessions will receive a £5 reduction.

The club has also announced a special deal for fans in the Brace’s Bread Family Stand, where two adults and two children can watch both games for a combined price of just £65.

Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust spokesman Dave Sugarman said: “We are very pleased that the club is making an effort to fill the new stadium and believe these ticket prices are fair.

“Fans who attend both games will get a decent discount, while the two-match deal for supporters in the Family Stand is an excellent initiative.” 

He added: “The Bluebirds were in spectacular form during their recent victories over Derby and Watford, so hopefully the players will get the support they deserve in the next two games.”

The discounted prices are available from the Cardiff City Stadium ticket office until the close of business on Friday, October 16th. Fans can telephone 0845 345 1400 for further details.

Trust News Update

Open Meeting
An open Trust meeting was held last Monday evening (5/10/09) at the Duke of Clarence public house in Canton. Around twenty members were in attendance and topics discussed included the Trust’s recent community event at the new stadium, the Fred Keenor Memorial Campaign and the Trust’s forthcoming meeting with Cardiff City club officials.
New-Look Website
Trust member Mike Morris has been busy recently redesigning the CCST website. Work on this project is on-going, but members can now view the new-look site by logging on to:
www.ccfctrust.org
Membership Drive
The number of fully paid-up Trust members currently stands at 653. The board are in the process of planning a major membership drive, which will begin during the month of November. News of how you can help us with that initiative will follow in the coming weeks.
Moving to a Different Beat
By now, all members over the age of sixteen should already have received their copies of Issue One of Moving to a Different Beat – the Trust’s official magazine. If you haven’t received your copy yet, please contact Membership Secretary Dave Sugarman at:
members@ccfctrust.org
Volunteers Required
A small number of volunteers are needed to help sell the remaining 350 copies of Moving to a Different Beat at the forthcoming Crystal Palace game. The volunteers will be required to meet in the Cardiff City Stadium car park at approximately 1pm. If you would like to help out, please drop us a line.
Many thanks for your continued support.
Dave Sugarman
Membership Secretary

Open Meeting

An open Trust meeting was held last Monday evening (5/10/09) at the Duke of Clarence public house in Canton. Around twenty members were in attendance and topics discussed included the Trust’s recent community event at the new stadium, the Fred Keenor Memorial Campaign and the Trust’s forthcoming meeting with Cardiff City club officials.

New-Look Website

Trust member Mike Morris has been busy recently redesigning the CCST website. Work on this project is on-going, but members can now view the new-look site by logging on to:

www.ccfctrust.org

Membership Drive

The number of fully paid-up Trust members currently stands at 653. The board are in the process of planning a major membership drive, which will begin during the month of November. News of how you can help us with that initiative will follow in the coming weeks.

Moving to a Different Beat

By now, all members over the age of sixteen should already have received their copies of Issue One of Moving to a Different Beat – the Trust’s official magazine. If you haven’t received your copy yet, please contact Membership Secretary Dave Sugarman at:

members@ccfctrust.org

Volunteers Required

A small number of volunteers are needed to help sell the remaining 350 copies of Moving to a Different Beat at the forthcoming Crystal Palace game. The volunteers will be required to meet in the Cardiff City Stadium car park at approximately 1pm. If you would like to help out, please drop us a line.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Dave Sugarman
Membership Secretary

Trust Magazine For City Fans Kicks Off

CoverpageMoving to a Different Beat, Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust official magazine, makes its debut at next Tuesday’s Derby County game.

The superb, 36-page full colour magazine includes an exclusive five-page interview with Peter Ridsdale, the first part of the Fred Keenor Story, a facts and figures feature on Ninian Park, a Welsh language page written by Trust vice chairman Tim Hartley and updates on the Trust’s work over the last 12 months. 

Trust board member Dave Sugarman said: “The main aim of this magazine is to keep our existing members up to date with the Trust’s activities. But we are also hoping that non-members who buy a copy will learn more about the organisation and will then be tempted to sign up and become a part of it. After all, the more people who get involved in the Trust and the bigger its membership becomes, the more work we will be able do for our fans, our football club and our local communities.

“The name of the magazine came from a suggestion by Trust member Jon Lovibond, who lives in Sheffield. It’s a reference to Jonathan Owen’s short film about being a Cardiff City supporter screened before the 2008 FA Cup Final appearance.

In his film, Jonathan said:  “If you began watching football in the late-Seventies or early-Eighties, your life was transformed from that point onwards. You were making a statement, particularly in South Wales, where you were considered a bit of a freak. To choose football meant you weren’t just choosing a sport. You were choosing a lifestyle. You wore different clothes; you listened to different music; you went to different places; you even walked differently. Basically, you moved to a different beat.” Hence the name of the magazine.

The Trust is aiming to produce at least three magazines each season, so if you fancy making a contribution to our next issue, then please contact us. We are looking for articles, photographs, rare programmes, artwork –anything that you reckon may be of interest to your fellow Bluebirds. Also, if you would like to place an advertisement in future issues, or if you simply wish to sponsor a page, then please get in touch.

Issue One was designed and edited by Dave Sugarman and Tracey Marsh. Trust members can pick up a free copy from the Trust base in the stadium, and it’s just £1 to non-members.

Trust Community Event A Success

Last night’s community event at the Cardiff City Stadium was a great success.

Initiated by the Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust, the event was a follow-up to a survey Trust volunteers had worked on throughout the summer months in a bid to collection information that will lead to a better understanding of the feelings of the local community towards the football club.

The results of the survey were revealed to club officials, local residents and community leaders at last night’s function, which was sponsored by Brains Brewery and supported by the British Council. (Click here for survey results)

The audience at the event, which was compered by Cardiff City Stadium announcer and Trust member Ali Yassine, listened to presentations from Julian Jenkins, the club’s Head of Customer Services and Ticketing, Steve Ellis and Marc Cahill of the club’s Football in the Community team, Supporters’ Trust’s Vice-Chairman Tim Hartley and Llywelyn Lehnert of the British Council.

Six of the club’s young stars gave up their free time to attend the function. First team players Joe Ledley, Adam Matthews, and Aaron Wildig were present, along with up-and-coming Academy starlets Aaron Morris, Zak Evans and Ibrahim Farah. The players were interviewed by Julian Jenkins in what proved to be an entertaining start to the proceedings.

Guests were then given the chance to engage in a questions and answers session with a panel that included Alan Flitcroft, the club’s Group Finance Director, Supporters’ Trust Community Officer Tracey Marsh, Cardiff City Stadium Manager Wayne Nash and Kevin Coleman from the Kick Racism out of Football campaign.

The evening was rounded off with an excellent short film produced by the club highlighting what great fun supporting Cardiff City at the new stadium can be.

The audience included representatives from the Grangetown Community Concern scheme, the Black Voluntary Sector Network Wales, the Riverside Warehouse Community Centre, the Cardiff Community Radio Station, the Welsh Football Trust, the Grangetown Hindu Centre, a variety of playgroups and youth organisations from the areas surrounding the Cardiff City Stadium, several teachers from local schools and a number of residents from the Riverside, Grangetown, Canton, Butetown and Leckwith areas.

Overall, the evening had a very positive feel to it. The club’s staff had made an effort to put together some excellent presentations and members of the audience made some interesting points about the club’s marketing and the general perception of Cardiff City amongst the local communities. Hopefully, this event will be the first of many and some of the suggestions made during the questions and answers session will be acted upon by the club’s hierarchy.

In closing, I would like to pay tribute to three people who I believe deserve special praise for their efforts with regard to this community event. They are: Ali Yassine, who did a superb job as compere; Julian Jenkins, who acted as an excellent ambassador for the club throughout the evening and Tracey Marsh who, along with her team of Trust volunteers, worked so hard to make last night’s event a reality.

Dave Sugarman
Membership Secretary
Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust