On Monday evening, the board of directors of the Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust unanimously voted to donate £1,000 of Trust funds in order to kick-start the Fred Keenor Statue Appeal.
The public fundraising campaign will be officially launched on 1st March. The Fred Keenor Memorial Campaign committee will also be approaching Cardiff Council, the Welsh Assembly Government and local businesses in a bid to raise the money needed to produce the long-awaited tribute to Cardiff City’s 1927 FA Cup-winning captain.
It is estimated that the statue will cost somewhere in the region of £100,000. The location for it has yet to be finalised, but the most likely site remains in the grounds of the Cardiff City Stadium, where land is available.
Sculptor Roger Andrews, who is based in Llantwit Major, won the contract to build the Fred Keenor tribute in December following a poll organised by the Supporters’ Trust and backed by the South Wales Echo. Roger recently created the statue of Sir Tasker Watkins, which now stands outside the Millennium Stadium.
Membership Secretary Dave Sugarman said: “The Trust has been at the forefront of the campaign to get a statue erected in Fred’s honour for some time now. We feel sure that our members will be pleased that some of their money is being used to get the fundraising effort off the ground.”
During Monday’s board meeting, acting Treasurer Brian Mertens revealed that the Trust currently has over £11,000 in its bank account. The board therefore decided that a £1,000 donation in order to start the Fred Keenor Statue Appeal would be appropriate.