Bluebirds Unite Official Statement

Bluebirds Unite Official Statement:

First off, we’d like to thank all of those that took part in the recent march. Your support is greatly appreciated.

In the wake of some intense and in our opinion, unwarranted criticism over recent weeks, we’d like to clarify our stance on a number of things:

Our core goal remains the restoration of our traditional blue home kit and a return to full prominence for Cardiff City’s historic bluebird on the club emblem.

We also believe that a football club should be an integral part of the community and, as such, there should be far greater fan engagement than we are currently seeing at Cardiff City. To that end, we politely suggest that all of our supporters also consider giving their full backing to Cardiff City Supporters Trust.

We are not a group with a specific ‘Tan Out’ agenda – that said, given the events of the past eighteen months, it is inevitable and entirely understandable that there will be very strong feelings surrounding Cardiff City’s majority shareholder. Regardless of that, we wholeheartedly condemn any chants or slogans of a racist or abusive nature.

We also recognise that it’s a ‘free country’ and people can wear what they want. As a group, we consider the wearing of red Cardiff City merchandise to be entirely counterproductive as regards our goal of seeing our traditional identity restored. However, abuse of any kind against those who choose to wear red…or, indeed, blue…is unacceptable.

Our Facebook page was set up with the best of intentions. Unfortunately, much of the misinformation surrounding Bluebirds Unite’s official line on matters appears to have emanated from that source. People appear to have viewed members comments and used it as a way to misinterpret or discredit Bluebirds Unite’s official stance on things. We are, therefore, disabling the option to post for the time being and looking for another way that our members can communicate. The Facebook page will continue to be used for certain posts and announcements and there is a Bluebirds Unite News Page on Facebook where posts can left in the meantime. We are also working on ways of improving the official website, please bear with us.

Finally, we would like to reiterate our thanks to all of you who have supported us over the past 8+ months. We have come a long way since our first event at Cardiff Castle on that gloriously sunny day. We were proud to step into the breach and stand up for our club’s identity when there was no other meaningful opposition to the rebrand. Inevitably, we are still on a ‘learning curve’ and with your continued help and support we look forward to getting stronger. With this in mind, we will be canvassing opinion over the coming weeks to ascertain the best way forward.

For us, it is and always has been all about Cardiff City FC and the restoration of fundamental elements of the clubs identity.

Cardiff v Swansea: History and hurt behind the squabble for Welsh rule

It wasn’t supposed to be like this for Cardiff City supporters, on the weekend their team finally gets to contest a top-flight South Wales derby.

Those who walk up to their stadium this afternoon will discover that the images displayed of players wearing both blue and red shirts – a form of recognition of the old home colours which their Malaysian owner, Vincent Tan, considers unlucky and has ditched – have been taken down and replaced with vast murals of Craig Bellamy and Peter Whittingham, both clad in Tan’s red. That really is rubbing fans’ noses in it at the end of a week in which we have learned that Tan last year signed Slovenian striker Etien Velikonja without manager Malky Mackay’s approval and that the 23-year-old Kazakh he has hired as head of recruitment does not have a UK work permit. Mackay, a good man, fishes for some way to kill the “background noise” that this scandalous interference represents, when the Independent on Sunday puts it to him that he must yearn for the stability which his old friend Brendan Rodgers enjoyed at Swansea. “Nothing surprises me,” he says. There is an unmistakeable pain behind his eyes as he speaks.

Their rivals’ fabled way of running a football business makes it even harder for Cardiff to swallow what amounts to Tan’s annexation of their club, in return for a life in the Premier League. Swansea have spent £5m on a training ground to give the players sanctuary until a better £6m facility is built further out of the city. The £15.3m annual profit they published last week was post tax. The usual pre-tax figure would have been more flattering but Swansea just don’t need to dress things up. In an age of direct action, Cardiff fans should force change, you might say. Protest. Reclaim the club. Don’t let this emperor annexe it. If it were only as simple as that. An unscientific straw poll of fans approached in the shadow of the stadium on Thursday afternoon reveals seven out of 10 would rather stick with Tan than – as we put it to them – start again, debt-free in League One.

A story about sealed envelopes reveals why those who rail against the man may find him hard to shake off. It dates from the recent occasion when representatives of around 50 charities in Cardiff were invited by Tan to a reception at the club’s stadium and asked, one by one, to step forward and meet him. Each returned to their seats with the envelope he had pressed into their hands. One woman, whose organisation’s fundraising efforts are as much of a challenge as any other in these hard times, discreetly unsealed the package under the table, while the next representative stepped up. To her astonishment, there was a £50,000 cheque inside.

It was a classic example of Tan’s brand of benevolent dictatorship. “If we stay in the Premier League there’ll be more next year,” he told the throng that day, wielding more of the emotional blackmail which he is so skilled at. Those many Cardiff fans who abhor the idea of an owner coming in, changing their colours and substituting the historic bluebird symbol with a dragon, have been hearing the same from him for weeks. “If too many fans show they are not welcoming then maybe they [should] have a new owner,” Tan said, darkly, this summer.

The abuse faced by those who oppose him reveals that the message has been received and understood. One of the first groups to fight the shift to red – Keep Cardiff Blue – found themselves under siege by pro-Tan fans when they organised a protest meeting at the Municipal Club in Roath on Cardiff’s outskirts. There are a number of versions of the story of how supporters were warned not to hold up blue flags, ranging from, “We’ll break your legs if you do” to “We’ll bury you”. Facing up to Tan is certainly no picnic.

Sian Branson has also learned that. She has emerged as the figurehead of the Bluebirds Unite group who are now leading the fight against the club’s colour change. The vile abuse she has encountered has been delivered via message boards and forums, though she is an implacable fighter, whose group’s petition against Tan’s rebranding of Cardiff already has 14,000 names on it. “We’ve asked the club if we can present it to Vincent Tan,” Branson says. “They said we can leave it at reception.”

The presence of mothers in Branson’s number – like Michelle Lewis and Pamela Simmons – seems to explain how her group has grown from a vehicle of protest to a fully blown community organisation, which was staging a rumbustious Halloween event for vast numbers of local children in Cardiff’s Canton district when the Independent on Sunday met them this week. “It is our community and our club. We will still be here when he has gone,” Branson says. “We are told we are disrupting and ungrateful but we challenge the lazy assumption that without Vincent Tan coming in we would have been in financial trouble as a club. Yes, we certainly would take starting again in League One with the kind of model Swansea have. There is a kind of jealousy about the way they’re running their club.”

That admission takes some saying for a Cardiff fan on a derby weekend but Branson refuses to enter into the tribalism about Swansea which consumes so many of those around her. That is a sea change from the days when the men did the talking and the hating when it came to Cardiff versus Swansea.

There was once a time when the clubs – who actually have only been in the same division in 26 of the past 101 years – could meet each other civilly. A BBC Wales documentary last week chronicled Swansea fans attending Cardiff’s 1927 FA Cup final win over Arsenal and the two groups of supporters standing next to each other in the brief periods (1949-51; 1957-60) when the sides played each other in the League.

It was in 1980, when the clubs played their first League match in 15 years, that everything changed. David Giles, who played for both clubs, recalls being reprimanded for having a friendly word with one of his Swansea mates after climbing down from the Cardiff coach at the Vetch Field. It was the time of the miners’ strike and post-industrialisation, when the identity of thousands of South Wales men was being stripped away and all they had left was football.

There was a precursor of the very kind of envy that Cardiff are feeling today, when Cardiff-born John Toshack was signed in 1978 from Liverpool by Swansea, rather than the capital city club where he had made his name, and as manager took them all the way to the First Division. The suspicion was that Cardiff had the chance to re-sign Toshack but didn’t take it. “The feeling in Cardiff was that it should have been us,” said the former Cardiff hooligan turned author, Tony Rivers. “Cardiff has always perceived itself as Wales’ Number One club and there was a jealousy.”

It was in the late ’80s and ’90s, after Swansea had tumbled all the way back down the leagues, that the sides began meeting each other again, delivering the fixture its reputation as the most vicious derby in British football. There was the 1988 pursuit of Cardiff fans into the sea off Swansea Bay, the vicious sub-plot to the 1991 FA Cup tie and the 1993 tipping point: 1,500 middle-aged Swansea men running amok at Ninian Park, which saw all away fans banned from the fixture for four years.

Swansea retain their own jealousies, too. The most recited grievance of this week has been the one the BBC documentary talked of – about how the people of Cardiff voted against devolution in the referendum of 2000 but ended up with it. The people of Swansea voted for devolution and were awarded the National Swimming Pool for Wales, on Sketty Lane. For many in the second city, there was a deep significance to the Prime Minister, David Cameron, choosing the eve of this derby weekend to visit Cardiff on Friday for discussions on an extension to Wales’ devolved powers. He didn’t make the 38-mile trip west to Swansea.

As evidence of more big-city bias, some Swansea fans have been endlessly re-quoting the one-time Cardiff owner Sam Hammam in the past few days. “If Swansea fans are really Welsh and want to see top-class football in Wales, they should recognise that this Welsh club [Cardiff] is the only one with a cat’s chance in hell of making it,” Hammam said 13 years ago.

Schadenfreude doesn’t begin to express Swansea’s response to this Tan business. The message from the banks of the Tawe rings loud and clear: You’re on your own.

Taken from The Independent

Blue Christmas – Sunday 15th December

Just for fun – We are holding A Blue Christmas Party for all the Family on Sunday 15th December From 2pm @Canton Sportsbar

BLUE is obviously the theme for celebration.
There will be a Blue Santa who will have a present for each of the children.
Disco, Games, Carol Singing & Food.

Don’t forget your BLUE / Christmas themed fancy dress as there will be prizes for the best dressed child & adult.

We are hoping to get in the Christmas party mood together.
Please make the effort to attend, we need you all to make this a success.

Bluebirds Unite -so dig out your best blue Christmas hats and jumpers.

Any volunteers who can help please let me know.
Looking for raffle prize donations, as always we need your help to support the cause.

Community Spirit at its best…..
Come together & celebrate good times.

Bluebirds Unite rally signatures for petition against re-branding before Wales game

Members of a Cardiff City supporters group formed by fans opposed to the re-branding of the club last night rallied match-goers outside Cardiff City Stadium.

More than 30 members of the Bluebirds Unite group approached fans attending the Wales versus Macedonia World Cup qualifier to collect signatures for a petition demanding a return of the team’s traditional colour and mascot.

Founding member Sian Branson said the members had already collected more than 6,000 signatures and hope to collect another 5,000 during the weekend.

Today, the campaigners will then be taking their cause to the city centre in an attempt to widen their appeal.

Group members are aiming to collect more than 10,000 signatures before the petition is presented to the club officially next month.

The petition will be presented on Sunday, November 3 – the day Cardiff will clash with Swansea for the first time in the Premier League. Members of Bluebirds Unite hope to present the petition to club owner Vincent Tan.

The document reads: “The purpose of this petition is to try and implore the people in charge of Cardiff City Football Club to see that our pride and heritage is something we feel should be acknowledged.

“We believe that the 100 plus years of history at the club should be respected and maintained.

“Whilst we are grateful for the help and success that has been bought to the club, we ask that you reconsider the recent re-brand and allow us to celebrate Premiership success under our true identity as Cardiff City Bluebirds.

“This would include our return to blue and our rightful Bluebird as our team’s mascot.”

The weekend of action comes days after the group held an emergency meeting to discuss recent events at the club and to throw their support behind manager Malky Mackay.

Speaking at the meeting held in Canton Sports Bar on Leckwith Road on Thursday, Ms Branson said the group was dismayed at the club’s decision to suspend their head of recruitment Iain Moody and replace him with Kazakh Alisher Apsalyamov – an unknown 23-year-old said to be a friend of Mr Tan’s son.

The move has fuelled speculation about Mackay’s future at the club.

Ms Branson said: “To us, Malky Mackay is the best thing at our football club, he is responsible for taking us into the Premier League and he has a place in fans’ hearts.”

She added: “We are concerned about the way our club is being run, but we are also concerned about the manager.”

10/10/13 Bluebirds Unite Emergency Meeting

Tomorrow evening (Thursday) at 18:30 there will be an emergency Bluebirds Unite committee meeting at the Canton Sportsbar to discuss the current situation at our club and the subsequent increased bad feeling towards the direction it appears to be heading in.

Whilst this is primarily a committee meeting, we are aware that others are likely to have their own suggestions, therefore if anyone else would like to attend then please feel free to do so.

Bluebirds Unite Update

Following a productive meeting yesterday evening, we have the following update for BU members and, indeed, any supporters that take pride in our traditional identity:

Bluebirds Unite Representative Joe Mackay met with Fan Liaison Officer Tom Gorringe at the stadium.
Joe was impressed with Tom’s warmth and approachability.

Discussions were held in relation to Bluebirds Unite presenting the Club with a letter – outlining the strength of feeling for the return of our traditional identity – and petition signatures (with the same call) on the day of the forthcoming Cardiff v Swansea Derby on Sunday 3rd Nov.
With this in mind, we ask every member to help us gain as many signatures as possible in the next couple of weeks – further details to follow.

We also ask that all members – and others who are against the rebrand – attempt to make themselves available before the Cardiff v Man Utd game on Sunday 24th November.

Finally, there will be a Bluebirds Unite Group Meeting on Sat 5th Oct (A week Sat) before the Newcastle game at 1pm in Canton Sports Bar.

A chance to get together and discuss our plans in further detail without relying solely on social media.

Thank you all for your continued support.

25/08/13 Bluebirds Unite Celebration Walk

Many thanks to everyone who joined us on the Bluebirds Unite Celebration Walk, absolutely brilliant to see so much Blue! Proud to be a Bluebird <o>\o/<o>

21/08/13 Cardiff City supporters group buy a billboard in call for return to playing in blue

A Cardiff City supporters group that wants to return to playing in blue has bought a billboard in a prime location to spread their message at City’s first home match

Cardiff City fan Sian Branson, of supporters group Bluebirds Unite, at the billboard

Cardiff City fan Sian Branson, of supporters group Bluebirds Unite, at the billboard

Bluebirds Unite will walk from Cardiff Castle to Cardiff City Stadium at 2pm on Sunday as part of a celebration walk ahead of the club’s first home Premier League match with Manchester City.

They are expecting 500 people to be at the castle before the walk swells to more than 1,000 people by the time they reach the ground.

And a stone’s throw away from the stadium, they have bought up a billboard with the group’s emblem displaying the slogan: History-Identity-Pride.

Sian Branson, who founded the group, said: “A club has its colour and badge. Players, managers and owners will come and go but, ultimately, that is what the fans will follow.

“This is not a march against the club; it’s rather an opportunity for the fanbase to show what it means to us.”


The billboard near Cardiff City Stadium paid for by Bluebirds Unite

The banner, costing more than £700, was paid for by members of Bluebirds Unite and designed by Cardiff-based Oner Signs.

It will be in place for a month – for home games with Manchester City and Everton who, ironically, both play in blue.

“What we have tried to do is reach as many fans as possible with limited resources,” Sian added.

“It was discussed between Bluebirds Unite and group members and we thought this was the best way without encroaching on the club.

“We would like anybody who feels the same way to turn up in blue and join us. We will stick around for as long as it takes.”

25/08/13 Man City Celebration Walk

This time next week the butterflies will be in full effect.
2pm sees us leave the castle for a walk to celebrate & honour the Identity of Cardiff City FC The Bluebirds.
A chance to show how important it is to us that we play under the identity that has been in place for over 100 years.

This may be our last chance to stand up and show how the fans actually feel about the rebrand that has been unnecessarily imposed upon our club.

As I’ve said before anybody who has ever said – ‘I’d rather be Blue etc’ this is where you need to stand up and show that is how you feel.

Continuing to wear Blue at games is obviously important but so far it’s proving not to be enough to just do that.

As with anything in life people will have their own views and opinions on the matter.

We must put all personal feelings aside and use the opportunity to unite and show our disgruntlement before our clubs identity disappears for good.

Please can all members think before they post in the group this next week.
We have always tried to maintain freedom of speech but I am asking that we try our best to refrain from anything against VT or supporters who choose to embrace the rebrand.
It will only distract us from our objective.

The walk is a celebration.
Do not turn up if you plan to cause trouble or abuse any person who chooses to wear red.

1 day to come together and celebrate :
History – IDENTITY – Pride

Please tell everybody you meet and greet in the next week to be there in Blue.

This is it !!!!

15/08/13 Bluebirds Unite Billboard Unveiled

The ‘Bluebirds Unite’ billboard went up today, many thanks to everyone who contributed, without you it wouldn’t have been possible! \o/