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 There had been some reports that the items had been withdrawn from sale.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.