The Trust has generously been donated a number of football
books – both hard and soft cover.
The books are being sold for Headway Cardiff & South East Wales, our charity for the current season, which does fabulous work those suffering from brain injuries.
The volumes, which are just
£2 for hard-back and £1 for soft-cover, include books by and about John
Charles, Bobby Robson, Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona, Robbie Fowler, Ron
Atkinson, Jamie Carragher, Michael Ballack, Alec Ferguson, Ronaldo, Rio
Ferdinand, Michael Owen and Neil Warnock.
You can pick up a book at
the Trust’s office near Gate 5, which is open on match-days 90 minutes before
Come along and pick up a
book and help Headway’s work.
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 There had been some reports that the items had been withdrawn from sale.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.
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.”
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
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.
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
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.
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
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 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.