ASSEMBLY MEMBERS BACK KEENOR APPEAL

Seven members of the Welsh Assembly have given their backing to the campaign to honour Wales captain Fred Keenor, who skippered Cardiff City to FA Cup triumph in 1927.

Julie Morgan (Cardiff North), Mark Drakeford (Cardiff West), Vaughan Gethin (Cardiff South & Penarth), Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan), Mick Antoniw (Pontypridd), Lindsay Whittle (South Wales East) and Leanne Wood (South Wales Central) have all said they support the appeal to build a statue in honour of Fred Keenor.

The campaign, officially launched in April last year, has raised £51,000, including a commitment of £15,000 from Cardiff council, towards the £85,000 needed.

Julie Morgan has requested a meeting to discuss the proposed tribute with Huw Lewis, the Minister, who now has responsibility for sport. Members of the Fred Keenor Fundraising Committee met with Julie Morgan on Friday to discuss the appeal.

David Craig, project manager and Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust board member, said: “The meeting was very useful and we’re very grateful for the backing of Julie who has been a great supporter of the appeal.

“As fans we believe it is important that the iconic figure that is Fred Keenor is properly honoured. Here was a working class lad, who went to Stacey Road School in Cardiff and rose to captain his home town team and his country.

“He did so despite being badly injured in the dreadful Battle of the Somme, the 90th anniversary of which is in 2011. We believe strongly that Wales should recognise working class heroes like Fred as well as the great and good.”

Cardiff City has pledged to donate £1 from every adult ticket sold for the pre-season friendly against Parma to the appeal.

Fans can donate to the appeal fund through the Co-operative Bank:

Account name: –   Fred Keenor Statue Fund or FKSF

Account no    65392368

Sort Code     08-92-99

Cheques can also 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.