Happy Blue Year!

Tim Hartley

A New Year’s message from Trust chair, Tim Hartley

The results have been a mixed bag of scraped wins and points surrendered but the City are still projected to end the season knocking on the door of the playoffs. I think we deserve to be in the race to the bitter end so let’s see what changes Russell will ring in this New Year.

The atmosphere at the stadium needs improving. We await some action on supporters’ flags across the empty seats but it was good to hear that fans behaviour is not a major issue of concern and that we now have a very low number of people banned from the ground.

Off the pitch the Trust is still very concerned about the governance and finances of the club. Each one of us as Trust members are shareholders in Cardiff City and we were disappointed at the way we were treated at the recent extraordinary general meeting. Who are the directors of CCFC and what has their contribution been to date? If re-elected what contribution would they make to the future good governance of the club? We deserve to be told and we are writing to the Chairman and Chief Executive asking for an explanation.

It was good to see Brian Burgess, the chair of Supporters Direct, at the recent game against Brentford. He met Trust members at the office and explained the increasing importance and influence of the Trust movement. We await the government’s response to the report of the Government’s Expert Working Group on football governance. If the football authorities won’t act then surely it is time for government to.

It was interesting to see the Welsh Conservatives ask for safety at sport grounds to be devolved to Wales with a view to allowing safe standing at football. We worked with the Bristol Trust to get the club to agree to support a safe standing trial and will be canvassing members’ opinions on whether we campaign for such changes.

The recent Trust board meeting revamped our business plan and we are working out what actions we need to carry out around our priorities. They are: Dialogue with the club, increasing supporters’ influence, community activities and working with others.

Remember that we have a great night in prospect at the Rose and Crown in Pontypridd on Thursday,  January 21. Rare BBC Match of the Day footage from 40 years ago will be screened with club historian Richard Shepherd, ex-Echo sports reporter Peter Jackson and  Bluebirds legends Gary Bell, Leighton Phillips and Bobby Woodruff. Trust members wishing to should email help@ccfctrust.org Bring a friend! If you would like us to organise an event in your area then do get in touch.

Help us to build the Trust. If you are interested in volunteering in any way or have ideas for us then contact help@ccfctrust.org or call into the Trust office at the stadium on match days and have a chat. It’s between gates 4 and 5.