“Y ddraig goch ddyry cychwyn”
“The Red Dragon will lead the way”
Wales, Cardiff Bay,
Sunday 5th May, 2013
‘After witnessing his side
‘nPower Championship winners’
trophy following the 1-1 draw with Bolton
Wanderers at Cardiff City Stadium, a proud
Malky Mackay offered his thoughts on his
team’s success this season:
“To win promotion against Charlton was
“To win the title at Burnley last weekend
“BUT to actually lift the trophy in front of 27,000
people here is
Something that will live with me
The club is as inclusive now as it was two years
ago when I first arrived, and that is something I
Making sure that everybody feels a part of the
club, from the fans to staff to their families.
This club has been through a lot of emotions
over the last few years and you can look from
the Directors to the Fans:
it means an
to Cardiff City as a whole and it’s just
a sense of pride for me
that everyone in this city was pulling together
for 99% of the time this season.
‘When that happens,
View on Cardiff City
Cardiff City Football Club has come
a long way in the past few years.
And yet I’ve never taken the time to
really notice it. Until now.
In retrospect, I understand.
But in the last couple of years, I have been a local witness to what has literally been constructed from the grounds up, (to explain why …as being a regular visitor to a local gym near the Cardiff City stadium – which is situated a few car park lots away – I have realised what it’s been and has become!), the newly founded home of CCFC; now which has become the defiant grounding for this clubs much promising future – residing along the more humble outskirts of the Welsh Capital, in what potentially is considered a wise move taken by Cardiff Council and Cardiff City’s Chair Board in order to avoid the potential gridlock and congestion the capital would face. This, especially given the combination and clash of crowds attending major Rugby games in the Capital, played at the Welsh Millennium Stadium.
Only since moving from the more modest Ninian Park to the outskirts of Cardiff, home to the estate of
Leckwith Athletics Stadium; the ‘built from the ground up’ Cardiff City’s colossal stadium found aside
the Capital Retail Park has provided for local and regional fans of the Club a new found home in what has been designed as a much more accessible, convenient and ideal place
for congregated and sell-out home played matches.
Since the club was bought out in 2012 by Malaysian investor, Vincent Tan, the club has taken a divergent turn, which for now, is on a level grounding with stakeholders. Now, before your own allegiances or sported views get the better of you when reading this, you cannot deny the accumulated and burgeoning presence the Bluebirds have brought to Welsh football through their recent claim for promotion in the Premier League – which is in of an award itself for the club – as it marks the first time Cardiff City has claimed returned
‘to the top flight for the first time in 51 years after they drew 0-0 at home to Charlton Athletic last week to guarantee promotion from the Championship.
Not only has their promotion since drawing with Hull served for putting Wales back on the map for sport, culture and a great sense of pride for the Welsh people; but has indeed opened the eyes of the general Welsh public
(one member being myself, as you may have noticed,
who admittedly, doesn’t normally know an ‘Ein’ for a ‘Stein’ about sport).
Opening to the eyes of the Welsh public has been the branded and new Malaysian sponsor and ownership of the ‘Red Dragons’ (reinforcing Welsh passion and pride), whose roots as the Bluebirds have thankfully been retained by fans through contributions and suggestions made to the Asian owners, whose initial decisions to command and commercialise the clubs image for the former countries own profit was of course questionable amongst the most devoted and passionate fans of the Welsh club. Personally, I believe the clubs future is looking very promising.
However, whether Tan and the various overseas investors override the fans interests and the clubs core passion and efforts in the future as a proud Welsh club remains to be seen. In what has been an outrage amongst Cardiff City Fans since the re-issuing of the new red kit replacing the ‘Blue Bird’ brand City fans know and love, the Malaysian investors defended their slated choice in an initial statement, with justifications including the following:
Red shirts are simply easier to see, improving the
accuracy of passes
Red has more passion…Tan believes the colour red ‘is “luckier”.
Tan is ethnic Chinese, among whom red is traditionally viewed as bringing good fortune.
For more information on these conflicting debates over the clubs identity, visit:
However, Mr. Tan:
this isn’t HSBC – CFC Bank!
Instilling ‘Fire’ and ‘Passion’:
The re-brand which has left certain fans concerned over the
growing absence of the ‘blue bird’ that serves as an integral
part of the Welsh club’s pride and recollection of it’s founded history
April 2013 Public Event – Chairman Vincent Tan
You be the judge.
Cardiff City Fans don’t
seem wholly impressed, however.
Credits go to user ‘Peggy Marcy’:
Ultimately, what I believe is most important for Vincent Tan – is to NOT develop a widening
cultural barrier, or even forget the clubs roots as a Welsh sport institution and not direct
it as an Asian, branded entity!
Now, witness the pinnacle moment when
Cardiff City Football Club were promoted
to the English Premier League, 16th April, 2013.
The Bluebird always flies high!
Credits go to user ‘xCardiffCityFCx’:
Credits go to user ‘Jclarkey11ccfc’:
In an interesting discussion taken from Wales Online, you will be able to understand the true meaning behind the CCFC’s logo, and the ways in which the Malaysian ownership of the club has shaped for the clubs future:
‘The Malaysians bought into Cardiff City and inherited its traditions, its values and its fans.
They did not buy a name, or a brand, they bought a proud football club that is seen as a sporting institution in the Welsh capital. Generations of fans from South Wales and beyond have supported the club over the last century, through the good times and more often the bad, and with a blinkered belief of a better future but only a future as the Cardiff City they know and love.
Chairman, players and managers have come and gone and moving from Ninian Park to the new
Cardiff City Stadium was an accepted sign of progress.
What remained throughout was the bluebird, the badge & the colour blue.
So let’s re-cap the reaction in more detail – for what is now their first entry in to the ’12-13 season:
“The Tigers were beginning to play with greater confidence and McShane met a corner from the influential Robbie Brady to give them a deserved 63rd minute lead.
Cardiff were reduced to 10 men when Taylor was shown a second yellow card in the dying minutes, and Proschwitz had the chance to seal it from the spot after David Meyler was felled in the area but Marshall saved his spot-kick.
In a dramatic finale, the Bluebirds were awarded a penalty of their own after a handball in the area.Champions Cardiff, who had Andrew Taylor sent off, then equalised through
Nicky Maynard’s stoppage-time penalty, securing promotion to the Premier League
Cardiff City Football Club Celebration:
Cardiff Bay: Roald Dahl Plass
Sunday 5th May, 2013
Whether or not you are a fan of Cardiff City, what Welsh people should certainly take from this momentous sporting achievement in Welsh Football is that not only are we extending our Welsh talents, pride and passion to the face of English Premier Football, but providing what I believe is a much deserved cause for a nice boost to our Welsh Capital. After securing what is the clubs triumphant first promotion for the 2013-14 season of the Premier League, Cardiff City Football Club celebrated their victory with patriotism, proudness to be Welsh and waving the flag for the ‘Red Dragon’ throughout the streets of Cardiff; commencing at the capitals prestigious landmark, the historical Cardiff Castle.
Malkay’s Maestro: Greeting the fans through the high streets of the Welsh Capital
Greeting Cardiff’s devoted City Fans on an open-top bus, key players including Craig Bellamy. Parading the streets of St. Marys en-route to the centre of Cardiff Bay, key players of the Welsh Football squad raised and celebrated the Championship cup, including striker Craig Bellamy, Craig Noone and Aron Gunnarsson
Education Minister Leighton Andrews was ‘delighted’ to be presented the opportunity to greet Cardiff City associates and be presented with the trophy, pictured by manager of the club, Mackay:
And of course not forgetting,
Attending the event included a local friend and
‘born and bred’ supporter of the club.
The devoted ‘blue birds’:
Celebrating the success of Cardiff City’s promotion,
Cardiff Bay, Sunday 5th March, 2013.
‘The feeling of promotion is something I still can’t describe!
The Red Dragon Will Lead The Way:
Cardiff City Football Club Celebrate Their
Record Premier League Promotion In Style!