I am delighted to be able to report that Cardiff City Football Club have officially announced that their kit colour will change from their current red to the Bluebird’s historic blue strip. The news comes after the board announced a meeting with fans on Monday to discuss the prospect. That meeting took place last night and because of this the decision has been made.
This news comes as music to the ears of Cardiff City supporters who have been protesting against the change made by owner, Vincent Tan, since the move in May 2012. Vincent Tan became involved with Cardiff City in May 2010 and by May 2012 decided he wanted to invest £100m into the club in exchange for the historic blue to be changed to red to appeal to his Asian culture, particularly his home country of Malaysia. Fans were outraged and protested to no avail until the announcement today.
In May 2013 Cardiff City were promoted to the Premier League after a wait that spanned back to the 1960s but the top flight adventure was marred as fans and owner clashed heavily. It saw manager Malky Mackay sacked in December 2013 and relegation confirmed at the end of the campaign under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Solskjaer has since been sacked with current boss Russell Slade taking the hot seat. However fan discontent has grown and grown with protests planned through January as supporters sought to bring Cardiff City back to blue.
The decision to hold a meeting with fans followed a woeful FA Cup home attendance of just over 4,000 with many fans boycotting the fixture to prove their anger. The supporters have also been protesting at every match after 19 minutes and 27 seconds (in homage to the year Cardiff won the FA Cup), singing “We’re Cardiff City, we’ll always be blue”, a chant often joined by then opposition fans too.
Now the decision to reinstate the bluebird on the badge as the prominent feature, reduce season ticket pricing and ultimately play in blue at home will please the fans no end as they win back Cardiff City for themselves. Owner, board members and manager Russell Slade have no called on fans and club to unite to improve fortunes on the pitch and push for promotion back to the Premier League.
The Football League have ratified the decision meaning at 3pm tomorrow, Cardiff City will walk out at Cardiff City Stadium against Fulham in blue for the first time since May 2012. Fantastic news all round!!