Trust calls for new era between Cardiff City and its fans

Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust today called for a new era between the football club and its supporters in the wake of the return to blue.

Chairman Tim Hartley said:

“The decision of the owner Vincent Tan to restore our club’s traditional colours now opens the way to building a new relationship between the football club and its supporters.

“The last two-and-a-half years have shown that meaningful dialogue and engagement between the club and its supporters is essential as we move forward. We are meeting club executives next month and hope that this will mark the beginning of a new era.

“Members have already been discussing the new club badge. It is important that the crest is acceptable to the fans and the club and that supporters are given a real say on options for a new badge. There is also a need to discuss further the issue of conversion of debt to equity.

“Mr Tan has mooted the idea of  a supporter representative on the club’s board. The Chairman, Mehmet Dalman, talked of greater fan involvement last week. We have seen what a success having a Supporter Trust director  on the board has been at Swansea City and we would like to see a democratically elected representative on Cardiff City’s board.

“We love our football club and deeper and more meaningful supporter engagement will be of huge benefit to the club and fans.

“The UK Government has set up its Expert Group on Football which is looking at fan ownership and at giving fans a much stronger voice in the running of their clubs. These issues are moving up the political agenda with major parties proposing greater supporter involvement before the General Election.

“I urge the club to make the most of the new relationship with supporters after last week’s return to blue and the Trust looks forward to working together in the best interests of Cardiff City.”