Tag: Cardiff City

When A Chairman Isn’t A Chairman: Part Three Of The Riddler Trilogy

If the Insolvency Service (IS) had wanted to really punish Preston North End “chairman of football” Peter Ridsdale for his recently-revealed derelictions of directorship duties, they would not have stopped at barring him from holding company directorships for seven-and-a-half-years. They would surely have barred him from any personal PR-activities. No setpiece interviews by compliant journalists about how Leeds United wasn’t his fault, or how he ‘saved’ Barnsley and Plymouth Argyle (and CERTAINLY nothing about any five-figure monthly salary he might or might not have been paid at Plymouth while Argyle office staff went unpaid). In fact, if the IS had banned Ridsdale talking about himself in any conceivably public forum, it would guarantee that Ridsdale would not be a naughty financial boy again. Ridsdale was this week found by “Company Investigations North, part of the IS” to have “acted improperly and in breach of his duties” as a “director of WH Sports Group Ltd.”, WHSG was his “football consultancy firm” which went pop in April 2009, during his particularly fraught time as Cardiff City chairman. This is financial law euphemism for Ridsdale trousering WHSG’s money. The Manchester-based branch of the IS found that Ridsdale “caused” (!) £347,000 of WHSG’s money to end up in “personal bank accounts in his own name” between May 2007 and April 2009. The money was “for services provided to a football club” and was...

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Cardiff City – A Growing Divide Between Fans

Last night a meeting was held in the Roath area of Cardiff with the intention of bringing together those who feel Cardiff City should play in blue and have a bluebird as the main focus of the club badge. The hope was that these like minded people could formulate a plan to make their voices heard in a peaceful manner. What actually took place over the course of the evening represented how divisive this issue has become amongst Cardiff City fans. After the defeat at Upton Park, rumours arose of a rebranding of the club on Cardiff City forums. Most dismissed this as nonsense but the coming weeks saw the rebranding confirmed, withdrawn and then revived. Where we stand currently is that Cardiff City’s first choice strip will be red for the coming season and the badge will predominantly feature a dragon. A number of fans decided that the identity of the club was important to them and thus, a movement was born. Keep Cardiff Blue‘s objective is to have the club’s identity restored as soon as humanly possible. Those involved in the campaign are determined to ensure that any protest and all action undertaken is in a peaceful, non-violent and non-radical manner. The campaign started a little over a month ago and in this short amount of time those involved have been accused of radicalism, on occasion they’ve been...

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Ripping Up Traditions, The Cardiff City Way

Considering that they are making a pact with the devil, it is perhaps appropriate that Cardiff City will be playing in red from the start of next season. It was at the end of last month that the club first announced that it was to change its colours in accordance with the request of the clubs new Malaysian investors, who consider red a “luckier” colour in the Far East and that it will allow more people in that part of the world to identify with their – hold your noses – “brand”. The discord that it brought about meant that the plans were initially put on the back burner but rumours, fuelled by a tame local press, began to resurface recently that it wasn’t as dead and buried as many might have hoped and this morning came a press release that will have sunk the hearts of many – but not all – supporters of the club. Cardiff City will be wearing red and black from the start of next season, and in addition to this the clubs badge has relegated its traditional bluebird to a mere after-thought, tucked away underneath a picture of a dragon. Of course, no modern club would seek to push through such an obviously controversial and divisive move without at least paying lip service to the tradition that they are ripping up in the pursuit of money, so this...

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Turning From Blue To Red: Cardiff City’s Backfiring Rebranding Exercise

Update: news reports coming from Wales are indicating that Cardiff City have performed an about turn on the issue of changing the colour of their kit and rebranding the club’s identity. We’ll offer out congratulations to the supporters for making their voices heard, and also to the club itself for listening to those concerns and acting upon them when it might have been easier to dig their heels in. We’ll leave this post up here as a cautionary tale, though. You mess around with the traditions of our football clubs at your own risk! How much are your name and your face worth to you? This question, along with other imponderables, has been in the forefront of the minds of Cardiff City supporters over the last few days or so, since the announcement of a plan to rebrand the club in red from the start of next season. The club’s Malaysian owners confirmed earlier this week that they wish to invest heavily in the club – the conveniently round figure of £100m seems to be the agreed value of this investment – but this is coming at a cost that is proving difficult to stomach for many of the club’s supporters. From the start of next season, Cardiff City will wear red rather than blue unless there is a massive change in heart on the part of the owners....

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Red Mist Descends for The Bluebirds

Another season ends for Cardiff City in what seems to be the norm, faltering in the play-offs. However, when the change of manager and the summer exodus are taken into account, praise for Malky Mackay’s achievements in his first season cannot be understated. As with most clubs, Cardiff City has an active and vocal fan base online, where one can find insight into the day-to-day running of the club, rumour and conjecture. It wasn’t long after the final whistle at Upton Park that rumours of a rebranding for the Bluebirds were touted, as ridiculous as this may seem it appears to be gaining some attention. Cardiff City for the third consecutive season finished in the top six of the Championship, thus earning themselves a chance of promotion to the the Premier League. Their opponents for the semi-final were too much to handle for the Bluebirds though and they succumbed to defeat both home and away. It was moments after this game that an anonymous message was posted on the Cardiff City message board. The anonymous post detailed a number of changes that the Malaysian investors, spearheaded by Vincent Tan, intend to implement for the Bluebirds, or should I say, soon to be former Bluebirds? The changes consist of the club playing in red from next season, dropping the Bluebirds nickname and changing the club badge to feature a dragon....

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