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ECHO BACKS FRED KEENOR STATUE CAMPAIGN

The Fred Keenor Statue Committee is delighted to announce that the South Wales Echo will be backing the campaign to raise funds to erect a statue in honour of the captain of the 1927 FA Cup winning team.

This follows a meeting between Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust board member David Craig, Fred’s nephew, Graham Keenor and Trust Press Officer Phillip Nifield and Echo Editor Mike Hill and Chief Reporter Abby Alford.

David Craig, who is project manager for the appeal, said: “We’re really delighted that the Echo has agreed to support the campaign by publicising the  efforts to raise the around £85,000 needed to meet the cost of the project.

“We have already received £1,000 from the Trust and a pledge of £15,000 from Cardiff council but the official fundraising will be kicked off on Friday, April 23rd – the 83rd anniversary of the famous FA Cup Final victory.

“We’ve started writing to local businesses and other organisations to ask for their support but the key to our success will be the support of individual fans of Cardiff City in South Wales, across the UK and the world. They can make it happen.

Graham Keenor added: “Fred was a Cardiff lad so I’m really pleased that the Echo, which has been an integral part of city life for more than a century, is getting behind our campaign. The  Echo has reported on the ups and downs of Cardiff City over the decades and remains a popular read for many Bluebirds fans.

“We believe the efforts of Fred and the rest of the 1927 team have not received the public recognition they deserve. We aim to put that right.”

Donations can be made to:

The Co-operative Bank

Account name:-   Fred Keenor Statue Fund or FKSF
Account no    65392368
Sort Code     08-92-99
Cheques can be sent c/o CCST to PO Box 4254, Cardiff, CF14 8FD. 
Please add the words "Fred Keenor Appeal" on the top of the envelope.

TRUST STATEMENT FOLLOWING MEETING WITH ‘TG’

Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust Chairman Tim Hartley and board member Anthony Wedlake have met potential Cardiff City Football Club investor Dato’ Chan Tien Ghee (TG).

The meeting areas covered were potential future investment in the club, potential future strategies and TG’s affinity and commitment to Cardiff City Football Club.

A summary of key points discussed during the meeting were:

Investment

  • Any investment is NOT conditional on CCFC reaching the Premiership this season.
  • The final pieces of the ‘jigsaw’ are still to be finalised. Discussions are progressing with all key stakeholders (by stakeholders, we believe, that they would include PMG, key directors and other important creditors).
  • It should be seen as extremely positive that prominent directors have put their own money into the club to cover immediate expenses (e.g. the players’ wages) that have fallen due. The payments were unlikely to have been made without progress being made as part of the wider efforts to increase investment.

Future Financial Strategy

  • TG believes that there are major costs that the club has incurred in previous financial years that need not be repeated in future financial years.
  • He also believes that the club is not fulfilling its current potential for additional revenue streams (e.g. conferencing).
  • Having a major Malaysian investor in the club opens up key parts of the football mad Far East to revenue generating opportunities that are currently only available to the top English Premiership clubs – that’s not to say we’d raise the same amount of revenue as these clubs, but we’d be able to leverage the potential.

‘TG’ the City Fan

  • He is definitely a businessman first and a football fan second. If the deal is not there, he won’t make emotional decisions that are contrary to any positive business case. He also has corporate governance in place within his own organisation that will challenge any deal that doesn’t stack up.
  • However, he is definitely a fan. Sunday’s game between Cardiff City and Swansea City reinforced his commitment. Given the relatively short period of time he has been involved with the club, he is remarkably well informed.
  • TG revealed there were issues about the way the deal was being handled before Christmas but decided not to walk away because of his affinity to the club and the potential to make a deal.
  • He is not the type of potential investor we’ve seen previously who is keen to hog the limelight. If he has something to say, he’ll say it, if not he’ll say nothing – a good example is from the game against Swansea. He was asked by the press to comment on the win, he refused on the basis that it was Dave Jones’ day and the team’s day and not his. He was genuinely pleased that he could find no reference to him in any of the many Sunday papers in front of him that reported on the Swansea game. Another example is that until the Trust issued a press release, there were significant elements of the South Wales press that did not know he was returning to South Wales at Easter.

Conclusion

  • It is clear that a deal to secure the financial future of the club is not yet in place.
  • We believe, having met the man and entered into several e-mail exchanges, that TG has the will and financial acumen to help take the club forward. We believe him to be credible. We have agreed to stay close over the coming weeks.
  • Tim Hartley has made clear the support of the Trust as a ‘critical friend’ in the weeks ahead. The Trust will not, however, give unquestioning support.

Tim Hartley, Chairman of Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust, said: “We were delighted that TG took time out of his very busy schedule to talk to the Trust.

“He appreciated that the Trust was a democratically elected set up to speak on behalf of the fans while it gave the Trust an insight into TG and his interest in Cardiff City. It is clear that a deal to secure the financial future of the club is not yet in place although we remain very hopeful that agreement can be reached.

“We did agree to remain in contact with TG over the coming crucial weeks in the future of Cardiff City.”

TRUST COMMUNITY EVENT WINS UK PRAISE

A COMMUNITY event staged by Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust has won recognition from the UK-wide Supporters Direct movement.

https://www.supporters-direct.org/wiki/index.php?title=Engaging_minority_groups

The initiative to engage with minority communities living around the stadium is now being trumpeted as good practice which can be used by other Trusts.

In an email newsletter, Supporters Direct said: “This month we wanted to highlight some of the great community projects that Trusts are delivering around the country, so the first half of the April update is dedicated to just that.

“A well thought out and executed project can help foster strong partnerships amongst key stakeholders, and give a healthy boost to the profile of the trust.”

The community event was organised last September by the Cardiff City Trust, partnered by the British Council. Around 100 local people attended along with representatives of the Trust and Cardiff City management and players. SA Brain has also provided sponsorship for the event.

Trust board member Tracey Marsh, who organised the event, said: “The Trust is delighted that our community event is being showcased by Supporters Direct as an example of good practice.

“The Trust believes it is important to engage with communities living around the new stadium where there is huge untapped potential support for Cardiff City.”

The Trust also organised a questionnaire to get a better understanding of the feelings of the local community towards the football club.

The Trust is holding a five-a-side community soccer tournament at the Gol Centre in Leckwith on Sunday, April 25th, and a Battle of Bands event in June is also planned as part of a series of community-based initiatives.

CCST Community 5-a-side Competition

Gol Centre, Lawrenny Avenue, Leckwith
Sunday 25 April 2010
First match kicks off at 1pm

Trophies and awards – light refreshments.

Squads of no more than 8 players.

Free entry – deposit of £20 required – returned on the day.

Cheques payable to Cardiff City Supporters Trust

First come first served!

To register your team, please e-mail:

sla7elw@hotmail.com

before 13 April.

CCST – Question Time – Andy Legg with guest Jason Perry

A few tickets are still left for the Andy Legg night – now available to those who are not members of the Supporters Trust.

Cardiff City Supporters Trust
Question Time

Andy Legg will be joined by Jason Perry in conversation with Rob Phillips, BBC Wales

Duke of Clarence, Clive Road, Canton
7:30 Thursday 8 April 2010

Entry £1 through ticket only

Submit questions and book tickets now. Email: huxtable@hjsports.org.uk

Tickets will be available for collection at the Supporters Trust stand in the Stadium at the Swansea game.

FRED KEENOR NEEDS YOUR HELP!

The Fred Keenor Statue Committee will next month (April) launch its campaign to raise funds to erect a statue to honour Cardiff City’s legendary FA Cup winning captain.

We’ve already had significant support from Cardiff Council, which has pledged £15,000, and £1,000 has also been promised by the Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust  board.

We need to raise around £85,000 to make the dream of honouring Fred and the rest of the famous 1927 winning team a reality.

A statue design by sculptor Roger Andrews was chosen following a public vote and the committee will be holding discussions with the club shortly over a location for the statue.

The committee, set up by the Trust, has been working away contacting organisations and businesses and that will continue.

But we are now calling on the superb fans of Cardiff City to play their part in this hugely worthwhile campaign. Fred has never been properly recognised by the city of Cardiff and we aim to put that right.

We will need help when fundraising kicks off in earnest so could anyone willing to assist in the months to come please send their details, including contact information, to fundraising@ccfctrust.org Please mark your email for the attention of David Craig.

Also, if you’ve got any bright ideas for raising funds we’d also like to hear from you, and you don’t have to be a member of the Trust. We want as many supporters as possible involved to ensure it is a success.

DAVID CRAIG,

FRED KEENOR STATUE COMMITTEE/

CARDIFF CITY SUPPORTERS’ TRUST