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Three Trust Members Pass Away

Over the last few months three of our members have passed away.

We offer our condolences and sympathy to the family and friends of Brian Hopley, Patricia Whittle, and our oldest member, Roger Williams, who would have been 98 in August.

We are very grateful for the support given by Brian, Patricia and Roger to the Trust over the years. All were true Bluebirds’ fans.

Looking Forward To The Premier League, With Praise For Neil Warnock

In a near two-hour chat, Bluebirds legend Jason Perry and BBC Wales’ soccer correspondent, Rob Phillips (pictured with Trust chair Keith Morgan) looked back at the Bluebirds’ promotion season and prospects for the new Premier League season.

They were full of praise for work of manager Neil Warnock and his transformation of the club from relegation strugglers to promotion, describing it as an unbelievable achievement.

Rob stressed that fans needed to be realistic about the new season. “It will be a question of ‘can they get results the way they play and can they cope with big defeats that will inevitably come?’ “You will have to get used to losing more,” he told Trust members.

“The questions are ‘can they pull off a marquee win, can they beat those around them’? Teams will not want to concede throw-ins and corners against Cardiff City. Cardiff City may not be pretty but they impose themselves on you.

“People will say they cannot survive in the Premier League the way they play but you never know. Finishing 17th would be a huge success.”

He noticed the atmosphere at the club was completely different from the previous Premier League promotion. “I do think the feeling was different after the Reading game compared to the Charlton promotion game. Neil Warnock is good at managing up which is important for his relationship with the owner and has brought everyone together.”

Jason said that loan signings would be massively important and he thought Josh Murphy, the speedy signing from Norwich, could play an important role under Warnock. “Warnock will be looking for more and better players who can play his style.”

Jason praised squad players like Matt Connolly and Anthony Pilkington, who often sat on the bench. They made an impact when they came on as Pilkington did scoring the equaliser away against Sheffield United while Connolly never let anyone down when called on. The strength of the squad would be key, he stressed.

The former centre half also highlighted the often underrated defender Lee Peltier, who he felt would have a part to play, although he does not get forward as much as others. “He loves a tackle.”

Fred Keenor’s son passes away

Fred Keenor FA Cup trophy picBryn Keenor, the son of Fred Keenor, captain of Cardiff City’s 1927 FA Cup Final winning team, has passed away.

His daughter, Veronica, contacted the Trust last night with the news. Bryn was 90.

As a baby he was famously pictured in the FA Cup trophy, held by his father.

Bryn was the last surviving child of the legendary Bluebirds skipper.

Trust chair Keith Morgan said: “The Trust wishes to express its condolences to Bryn’s family and friends  at this very difficult time.

“The picture of Bryn in the FA Cup was iconic and probably one of the most famous images in the history of the competition.”

In November it will be the sixth anniversary of the Fred Keenor statue being unveiled at the Cardiff City Stadium. The Trust led the appeal to raise the funds for the statue, supported by fans and organisations.

 

We Don’t Want to Lose Contact With You

Over the last month the Trust has been writing to all members by post and email to assist us in complying with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

It appears that there are a number of instances where members may have moved house and changed email address. Members do supply work email addresses but may also have changed jobs.

If you have not heard from the Trust recently regarding GDPR it may be because we do not have your up-to-date contact details. Verbal consent is not enough.

If you have changed address and/or email and have not heard from us regarding this subject can you please advise us of any changes by emailing members@ccfctrust.org or by post to :- Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust, PO Box 4254, Cardiff, CF14 8FD.

Trust Chair Looks Ahead To The Premier League

Trust chair Keith Morgan

Trust chair Keith Morgan

Trust chair Keith Morgan, a football finance expert, gives his thoughts on Cardiff City’s future in the promised land of the Premier League.

WE DID IT!

What a great way to gain promotion back to the Premier League. A packed stadium in full voice on a sunny Sunday afternoon , nerves being settled by score updates coming through from Birmingham (thank you Brum) and the team , as always ,giving its all for the fans.

Now for the challenge, and it will be a difficult one, of the Premier League and going head to head again with some of the biggest (and richest) teams in Europe. The team will need strengthening to be able to compete, perhaps involving some popular players leaving the club to free up resources to help strengthen the squad in other areas.

However, I have great faith in the management team on and off the field to do all they can to keep us up for at least a season and this should be helped greatly by the fact that the whole club – owner, management and fans – is now pulling in the same direction and is far more united than it was at the time of our previous promotion.

The Premier League brings with it great riches. Even finishing bottom of the league will guarantee broadcasting income of at least £97m on top of ticket sales, sponsorship , advertising and other commercial income. However, no-one will want a repeat of the previous experience of the club`s spending running out of control so that we still made a loss in our previous season at the top level. This time round, we should (and I have confidence we will) have greater management control and experience off the field to prevent that happening again.
We won`t be able to compete with bigger clubs in the league in terms of player recruitment costs but Neil Warnock has shown us his talent of recruiting players that suit our team and getting the most out of them. With the promised financial support of the owner and others, albeit carefully considered and controlled, we will have a fighting chance of doing far better than we did last time and avoid relegation.

The club will now be far more attractive to potential new investors to supplement the money already invested by Vincent Tan, Mehmet Dalman and others and this can only help the club in establishing itself as a Premier League regular.

It will be up to us fans to support the team and the club through thick and thin next season with loud and proud support even if things aren`t always going well on the pitch to help the team ground out results against higher quality opposition. The ground should be full for nearly all our home games and our supporters will, I am sure, continue their great support at away games.

On another note , don`t forget that the Trust has an AGM on 14 June at the Three Arches pub , Llanishen , Cardiff starting at 7 , followed by a chat of all things CCFC with the always excellent Rob Phillips and Jason Perry. All are welcome (non -members can sign up beforehand or on the night to gain attendance.)

Onwards and upwards fellow Bluebirds

Keith

 

A Trust Message Of Support To Cardiff City

Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust Chair, Keith Morgan, issued the following statement ahead of Sunday’s sell-out clash against Reading at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Keith said: “With Sunday`s crucial game against Reading fast approaching, I am sure that a lot of our fans are looking forward to it with a mixture of anticipation , hope and nervousness. It is a huge game for the club in front of a capacity crowd.

“What will be essential is that all of us give the maximum support to the team on the day, even if things are not going quite to plan in spells. Loud and proud support throughout the 90 minutes (and in the immediate build up to kick off in the stadium) will help lift the team and spur them on to what hopefully will be a great result that we can all celebrate after the final whistle.

“Whatever happens on Sunday, the whole club – players, management and the club board – have done us proud this season and probably exceeded the expectations of the majority of us. One last push from them and us, as fans, to get us over the finishing line.”