Cardiff City fans renewing their season tickets for the 2011-12 season are being offered the opportunity to make a donation for the Fred Keenor Statue Appeal.

In letters sent out by the football club, they are being invited to make a contribution of £2 or more to help the appeal to raise £85,000 for a lasting tribute to Fred Keenor and the rest of the 1927 FA Cup winning team.

David Craig, Project Manager and Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust board member, said: “We’re really delighted that Cardiff City agreed to offer supporters the opportunity to make a donation to the appeal when they renew their season tickets.

“The support we have received from the club for our appeal, which has topped £41,000 – almost half-way to our target of £85,000 – has been great.

“We hope that many thousands of Bluebirds’ season ticket holders will make a donation of at least £2 or perhaps £5, £10 or more if they can afford it. Fans have been so generous up to now and we hope they will be able to dig a little deeper into their pockets.

“This appeal has been very much a grassroots fans initiative and that will continue. But we’d like to see businesses in South Wales come forward to back our campaign with donations. That would help us reach our target quicker.”

David said that the Fred Keenor fundraising committee hoped to be in a position to ask Llantwit Major-based sculptor Roger Andrews to make a start later this year on creating the iconic image of the Cardiff and Wales skipper.

Season tickets went on sale on Tuesday, 1 February.