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Emiliano Sala: Together Stronger

Trust Board Member Tim Hartley has written an article about the reaction to the tragic plane crash involving our new striker Emiliano Sana. Tim details responses from a selection of supporters’ groups at other Premier League clubs.

Maybe it is too soon after the event to make any sense of the tragedy of the possible death of Emiliano Sala. Perhaps we never will.

What we do know is that everyone associated with FC Nantes, Cardiff City FC, indeed the whole football family, are grieving the loss of a young man who was at the top of his game and was genuinely excited about joining his new teammates in the Premier League.

Fans have put aside any rivalry they may have had. The game of football, our club’s prospects, new signings and the fear of relegation have all taken a backseat while we share a common grief.

Few in Cardiff had ever seen Emiliano play but we still feel the pain his family and friends in Nantes and Argentina must be feeling.

We at Cardiff have been here before this season. After Leicester City’s owner, VichaiSrivaddhanaprabha, and four other people died in a helicopter crash, the Foxes’ first game was against Cardiff. There was an outpouring of sympathy as supporters exchanged flags and players and staff from both clubs joined together in an emotional tribute.

It has been gratifying on the loss of Emiliano and his pilot to have received condolences and messages of sympathy from so many supporters’ groups. The coming together of the ‘football family’ may sound something of a cliché but as the selection of messages from fellow fans below shows, when the chips are down, it is very real and we are truly grateful for it.

‘The thoughts of all our members are with Cardiff and particularly Emiliano’s family.’ Watford Supporters Trust

‘Thoughts with his and the pilot’s friends and families. Also thoughts with Cardiff City and their fans who were so generous to Leicester under similar circumstances.’Foxes Trust

‘So many loses this season. Our thoughts and good wishes go to all those at Cardiff City FC. We stand with you at this difficult time.’ West Ham United Independent Supporters Association

‘Please take on board the thoughts and commiserations from all at Brighton & Hove Albion Supporters’ Club – our support goes to all at Cardiff City FC, and the families involved: Emiliano and the pilot are in our thoughts together with the players and officials at Nantes who will be hurting just as much I am sure.Take care everyone – we need each other at times like this.’ Brighton & Hove Albion Supporters’ Club

‘It is difficult to put into words how to express our thoughts. This isn’t about just football, it’s about the lives of all of those on board, their friends and family.’Manchester City Supporters Club

‘This is a truly dreadful incident and is terribly distressing. We’ve always received such a warm welcome from our friends at the Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust every time we have visited and please let us know if there is anything we can do at this difficult time.’Fulham Supporters’ Trust

Thoughts and condolences at this desperately sad time from all at Chelsea Supporters Trust – Chelsea Supporters Trust

‘Our thoughts and prayers are with you, our fellow football fans at Cardiff, Emiliano’s family and the Nantes supporters and staff. We can’t imagine what they must be going through.’ Arsenal Supporters Trust

‘The thoughts and prayers of the Clarets Trust are firmly with the Cardiff football family and in particular to those close to Emiliano.’Clarets Trust

 

Trust Raises £2,233 For Charity Helping Homeless People

We’re delighted to announce that the Trust has raised a total of £2,233 for @TheWallich, the charity that helps homeless people in Cardiff and across Wales.

Apart from the Manchester United match-day bucket collection which brought in £1,783, the Trust raised £300 from a quiz organised at The Arches pub in Llanishen. The Trust also made a donation of £100 and £50 was raised from a raffle at our annual general meeting.

We all see daily the impact of homelessness on the streets of our cities and towns so we’re pleased to have been able to help the vulnerable in a small way.

Thanks to everyone that contributed and to Cardiff City Football Club for supporting a bucket collection at the Manchester United game.

If you would like to find out more about The Wallich you can do so on www.thewallich.com

Bucket Collection Boost To Help Cardiff’s Homeless People

A bucket collection in aid of the Trust’s supported charity, The Wallich, raised £1,734 for its work with homeless people.

The collection before the Manchester United game was generously supported by Cardiff City fans attending the big game.

Michael Cowley of The Wallich wrote to Cardiff City and The Trust following the collection.

He said: “I am really pleased to let you know that we raised £1,734.69 which is an amazing amount for us as it will prevent around 50 instances of rough sleeping in Cardiff by paying for 50 bed spaces at our Cardiff Nightshelter.

“Thanks again to everyone at the club and Trust for providing this opportunity – we really do appreciate it and it will make a real difference.”

The Trust chose The Wallich as its charity for the current season after considering nominations from members.

  • You can find out more about The Wallich’s fantastic work with homeless and vulnerable people at https://thewallich.com/

Happy New Year From The Trust

Trust chair Keith Morgan

We at the Trust hope that everyone had a great Christmas and will have a happy and healthy New Year.

The club has had a great finish to 2018 with an away draw at Crystal Palace and a superb win at Leicester. Next up is Spurs, which will be tough, but who knows what can be achieved with the spirit in the CCFC squad.

One constant throughout the season to date has been the brilliant support of the fans, both home and away, even when the team has struggled on the pitch. This has been acknowledged by the team and the whole club as a huge contribution to the fight to keep the club up in the Premier League and will continue to do so for the rest of the season.

Again , Seasons Greetings to everyone.

Keith Morgan, Chair

Cardiff City Players Visit Homeless Hostel Ahead of Bucket Collection

Cardiff City players Callum Paterson, Kadeem Harris, Alex Smithies and Danny Ward took time away from the club to pay a visit this week to the Sir Julian Hodge Hostel, which is run by homeless people charity, The Wallich in Roath, Cardiff. They took along gifts of waterproof coats, fleeces and backpacks.

Pictured with the players is far left Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust vice chair David Craig, Ben Ramsay, Project Co-ordinator for Cardiff Solutions and Rob Minchin, Project Manager, Sir Julian Hodge Hostel (right).

Before Saturday’s Manchester United game, the Trust’s supported charity, The Wallich, will hold a bucket collection in aid of its vital work with homeless people. Cardiff City Football Club is fully supporting the collection.

 

Many fans will be well aware of the growing number of people living on the streets of our cities and towns in recent years. Some sadly have passed away.  In the 21st century, no one should be dying on our streets.

 

Cardiff City fans have always been very generous and we hope they will give as much as they can to this worthwhile collection. Money raised will help fund The Wallich’s Cardiff Nightshelter, which provides safety, warmth and comfort to 23 people each night, who would otherwise be forced to sleep rough.

The Wallich, which started its work 40 years ago in Cardiff, is now giving help and advice to homeless and vulnerable people through 65 projects across Wales.

The Trust chose The Wallich as its charity for the current season after considering nominations from members.

 

Post Match Light Displays At Cardiff City Stadium

Recent home victories have been celebrated at the end of the game by a light show emanating from the stadium floodlights mounted on the stands.

One of our Trust members raised the issue of the potential impact of the display on him, and others like him, as a light sensitive epilepsy sufferer, so we discussed the matter with the club, whose prompt and helpful reply can be summarised as follows.

When the lighting system was being designed for installation, the club had an expert`s report commissioned to ensure that the lights would not cause such a problem. The report, written by a FIFA,UEFA and Premier League approved expert, concluded that the frequency of the flashing lights being used by the club would not have a stroboscopic effect which might lead to problems with epilepsy.

In addition, as a “failsafe”, the club has positioned warning notices at turnstiles and in concourses stating that flashing images and lights might be used in the stadium.

We have asked the club to also ensure that prominent messages are also relayed via the stadium big screens by way of similar notification.