CCSC has been serving supporters of Cardiff City for many years. As well as organising transport to every first team away fixture, we also arrange several events each season, such as the Children’s Christmas Party and the Annual Player of the Year Presentation Evening. Additionally, we donate money to the football club each year in the form of kit sponsorship and purchase of equipment.
Football Supporters Association
Following on from months of work with fan reps across the EFL, the FSA is pleased to launch #TerraceTalk – a supporter-led mental health initiative.
#TerraceTalk will feature a series of events across 2021 which will include training for staff and volunteers, panel discussions and the publication of shared resources.
The aim of the campaign is to encourage open and honest conversations about mental health and encourage supporters who need them to seek out mental health support services. A central them of #TerraceTalk is to also recognise the value that social aspects of the matchday routine provide to fans up and and down the country.
Paul Severn from Nottingham Forest Supporters’ Trust said: “We are all missing going to football and all the related mental health benefits this brings.
“That’s why this type of initiative is so important. Through football we can reach people in an environment and language in which they are comfortable and familiar.”
As we reported back in December, fan groups across the country have already begun discussing mental health issues , as well as raising awareness of the services and support available.
“The pandemic, and lack of in-person football, has had a serious impact on our collective mental health,” said Deborah Dilworth, the FSA’s EFL network manager.
“It feels like an important moment to establish and develop supporter-led work on a national level around mental health.
“#TerraceTalk will hopefully encourage fans to keep an eye out for each other and check in on a friend or fellow supporter you’d normally see at the match.”
Supported by the EFL and Mind’s ‘On Your Side’ partnership , #TerraceTalk aims to compliment existing initiatives in football. Much of the planning and preparation for the launch of this campaign has been carried out by supporter representatives from the FSA’s EFL Network – aiming to raise awareness of critical mental health issues and deliver initiatives at club level. The FSA would like to thank those fan reps and volunteers that have helped us shape the national campaign so far.
Gemma Teale, from Brentford Independent Association of Supporters and LGBeeTs who has been working on the project’s sub-committee, said: “Mental health is important to us all, and especially at a time when so many of the ways we look after ourselves are no available to us, we need to talk and support one another.
“We can’t be on the terraces but we can make sure we still have our #TerraceTalk and keep those connections that are what makes being part of the football family great.”
Online resources and a social media toolkit are also available for supporter organisations to download and use on their channels to spread the message – and point their own members and other fans to support that is available.
Geoff Bielby from Hull City Supporters’ Trust (HCST) said: “Over the last four years HCST and our colleagues at other trusts have been working hard on mental health issues and trying to get people to seek help when they need it.
“Football, and the matchday routine, is a vital social release for so many and a year of behind-closed-door games has really taken its toll. We’re acutely aware of how damaging lockdown has been on our mental health – it’s so important that supporters come together in whatever way they can to fill that void.”
If you would like to know more about #TerraceTalk or your supporter organisation would like
to get involved with the campaign, contact Deborah Dilworth.
● Download: #TerraceTalk social media assets
● Find out more: fan groups highlight mental health support work
Contact Mind for dealing with mental health matters over Christmas and New Year. Mind also have a partnership with the EFL and run a joint Have Your Mate’s Back campaign.
Other useful resources…
● Age UK – call 0800 678 1602 8am-7pm
● Alcoholics Anonymous or call 0800 9177 650
● CALMzone – call 0800 585858
● Childline or call 0800 1111
● Mental Health First Aid (England)
● Mental Health First Aid (Wales)
● Mental Health Matters
● National Domestic Abuse Helpline – call 0808 2000 247
● National Gambling Helpline or call 0808 8020 133
● Samaritans – 116 123 call any time for free
For medical advice call the NHS on 111.
Minutes of the SLO Meeting held via ‘Teams’ on Wednesday 3rd February 2021
The minutes of the most recent SLO meeting are attached and the meeting with the Club and other travel groups was attended by members of the Supporters Club and Supporters Club committee via Microsoft Teams.
Supporters Club meeting with the Club and other Supporters groups
Notes from the meeting held on Monday 25th January to discuss the current situation of the Club
CCSC – Vince Alm, Gwilym Rees, Allyson Rees, Jeff Davies, Clive Francis, CCDSA – Kieran Jones, Paul Corkrey, Mehmet Dalman, Ken Choo, Wayne Nash, Adam Gilliatt, CCFC Trust Committee, plus Travel Groups and Media
Q1: With the current financial situation where will Cardiff be at the end of the season?
Ans: With no Fan revenue stream, we will cope until the end of the season. We are losing £1.5m per month. VT just sent cheque for £3m.
EFL loan of £8m applied for, will know result of application in 7-10 days.
Q2: What was rationale for appointment of Mick McCarthy?
Ans: It was abundantly clear that after 6 straight defeats Neil Harris could not remain in post, it was a heated debate amongst the directors and the decision was made.
Mick McCarthy appointment is short term, 6 months, this allows the club to see where it is going and decide what type of manager we require.
Q3: Is the Academy and the future of David Hughes affected by the dismissal of N Harris.
Ans: No David remains in post and there has been a change of recruitment, P McCartney will now only look for the youngster’s 9-14yrs old and another person has been appointed to look at older youths. Mick McCarthy has already given in names of youngsters he believes Cardiff require.
Q4: Where or what is the strategy of CCFC?
Ans: No strategy yet, this is what the next ¾ months will show us as a club where and what we need to be. It will take time and results to look at the strategy moving forward. N Harris was the younger modern manager who promised flowing football and younger players, this failed. We lost a lot of games, we brought some youngster’s through but still the current average age of the 1st team is 27.7 yrs old.
Q5: Why have we not got a director of football?
Ans: We have a board and a transfer committee looking at all aspects of the club, this includes the team manager, Ken, Mehmet and Steve Borley.
Q6: Lack of Fan Engagement.
Ans: The club’s philosophy is to engage with fans on many matters, Dibs said the flags he brought down were not visible, Wayne Nash said they were behind the Sponsors flags which had to be prominent. Dibs said he had collected the flags back from the stadium, asked if fans pictures could go down there and Mehmet asked this be taken offline and Wayne and Dibs to discuss this further. KJ said that there was a lot of dialogue between Adam, Wayne, the Supporters and Disabled club over the past several months.
Q7: A repeat question about Mick McCarthy, however Mehmet was said this had already been covered.
Q8: Bringing the age of the 1st team down should be a priority and the Mick McCarthy having funds to strengthen the midfield?
Ans: This was part of N Harris job, going forward M McCarthy wants to assess squad before looking outside for new players, the transfer committee will meet with him once he has some names / positions. There is money for more investment into squad.
Q9: Can you clarify VT is in this for the long term, especially with the impact of Covid 19 globally.
Ans: Mehmet said he was sick and tired of answering this question year on year, said he had turned down several offers for CCFC, one especially good offer but still turned it down, this must state his commitment as well as over £210m investment into the club.
Q10: Due to the pandemic is it clear that we cannot be debt free as VT said we would be?
Ans: Mehmet said VT will address this at a later date.
Q11: What is happening with the 21/22 season tickets, as many clubs such as Swansea have already released their prices with £99 Adult prices.
Ans: We are looking at this within the next month or two and will liaise with the Supporters on this.
Q12: What is happening with plans for the investment into the Academy?
Ans: This is going ahead, talks with the Council and Cardiff University for the planned Llanrumney venture are still active.
Q13: Are we moving away from the ADIDAS deal?
Ans: We are talking with Adidas and five other companies for the clothing deal that expires this year.
Q14: With Welsh Government giving WRU a substantial amount of money are CCFC getting anything from Welsh Government?
Ans: No we are not expecting any monies from WAG, just part of the EFL Championship loan. Club are losing £1.5m per month.
Q15: 2 yrs on from Sala, where are we and how are the other legal cases going?
Still awaiting information from various parties, some who are not responding, CCFC doing everything to get this sorted out as quickly as possible
The new Trust for Sala will be up and running very shortly and VT has made a contribution to that.
A lot of time was spent on solicitors answers on this.
This went into the 3 legal court cases against CCFC:
- Sam Hamman £15m- Life President complications
- Michael Isaacs £10m – 2% of value of club
- Sala Case £17m –
If CCFC were to lose the Sala case alone the club would go bankrupt.
Closing the meeting, Mehmet thanked everyone and asked everyone to get behind the players and support Mick McCarthy.
CCSC Coronavirus update
Shop Closed until further notice
In line with the Cardiff City ticket office and club shop, the Supporters Club shop will be closed until further notice. We will update this website with further information as soon as it is available. If you have any queries or require any further information, please email the Supporters Club at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07814 779441.
Looking for Volunteers
Leeds game, 15th March – postponed
We are looking for Volunteers for Sunday’s home game against Leeds to help raise money via a bucket collection for our Charity, the Cardiff City Foundation. Members of the supporters club committee will be joining in and would appreciate it if you could spare some time to gives us a hand. You can contact Vince through the usual number 07814 779441 or inbox Vince Alm on messenger, whats app. They carry out some great charity work in our communities reaching out to children who are under privileged communities, have disabilities etc”.
Thank you for your help.
Bluebirds Charity & Supporters Club Expand Partnership
Our partnership with Cardiff City FC Foundation is growing all the time.
We are pleased to announce a continued partnership with Cardiff City FC Community Foundation which will see us increase our support for the Premier League Kicks project.
Cardiff City Supporters’ Club Chair, Clive Francis said: “We have seen at first hand the positive impact that the work of the Foundation has on people in our local communities.
“We are delighted to be able to increase our support and are proud to be in partnership with an organisation that changes lives and brings such positive benefits to both individuals and the wider community”.
2019/20 CCSC Membership Form
The new season is nearly upon us and it’s time to renew your membership. Please download the form and complete all details. Return completed forms with correct remittance at the AGM, by post or in person when the Supporters Club Shop is open prior to the start of the season. Opening times on non-match days will be posted on this website.
Please note for those who have not been on our coaches or not regular travellers with us you are welcome but you must abide by our code of conduct:
The Supporters Club run a strict no Alcohol policy, both consumption and carrying on our coaches. It is against the law to do so and the coach could be prevented from going to the game and the driver lose his licence if the police wanted to enforce it. Also, we carry a lot more families, women, pensioners and teenagers compared to other coaches you may have travelled on, so please respect your fellow supporters and our coaches if you do travel.
Contrary to what you may think, we do have fun and a laugh on the coaches, and they are full of good loyal PASSIONATE Cardiff supporters, many of whom have followed the club since the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s etc, week in, week out.
More details can be found on our Twitter and Facebook pages also.
“My Story” – Eddie May
In April 2012 Eddie May suddenly, but peacefully passed away. Eddie May’s ‘My Story’ is a comprehensive collection of his memories of the game he loved.
132 page paperback. Books retail at £8.99 but available from the Supporters Club shop at the bargain price of £5.00. Limited number available.
‘Bluebirds Reunited’ by Aled Blake.
Bluebirds Reunited is the incredible story of the renaissance of Cardiff City: how a club in turmoil transformed its fortunes to win the unlikeliest of promotions, and how its loyal fans fell back in love with their beloved Bluebirds.
The book charts the Bluebirds’ roller coaster ride from the humiliating Premier League relegation in 2014 and the fierce protests from disillusioned supporters against the club’s controversial rebranding, through a series of dismal seasons as the team struggled in the Championship, to the return to blue and the appointment of Neil Warnock.
Available from the Supporters Club shop priced at £9.99.
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR UNDER 18s TRAVELLING ON SUPPORTERS COACHES
You may be aware that we insist on under 16s having a consent form by their parents to allow them permission to travel to away games with us. We have an age limit of 14 for a child to travel unaccompanied.
However, the police have informed us of the Young Persons Act and the legal responsibilities that we have in relation to this act. Please see below from South Wales Police
• If you have under 18’s on your coaches, who are not accompanied by a responsible adult, you have the same responsibility to them as a teacher leading a school trip.
• If harm comes to them whilst on your trip, you could be held criminally responsible at court at a later date.
• You have a legal duty to supervise them, and they definitely cannot drink alcohol.
• If you can’t properly supervise them, they shouldn’t travel.
All under 18s from immediate affect will need to get a consent form signed from their Parents or Guardian for you to travel with us! We have a form on the website for you to download (click here) or you can call in the supporters office and pick one up.
The Cardiff City Supporters Club
Children’s Christmas party
The Cardiff City Supporters Club Children Christmas was held on Sunday 2nd December and over 100 children had the opportunity to meet Santa and receive an early Christmas present, together with party games, food and an opportunity to meet the players for autographs and pics.
Many thanks to all the players that turned up to this year’s event to help make it a success and for participating in the various party games.
A special thanks to Cheryl and Jeff for organising the presents with Santa.
Also, the committee would like to thank Ken Choo and the Club for their donation towards this year’s Party, supporting the work of the Supporters Club volunteers in delivering yet another fantastic party.
CCSC Membership – Monthly Draw
As a benefit to all our members, we have started a monthly draw for all members and the winner’s names and prizes will be posted here. Our most recent winners are:
Good luck to all – you never know, it may be you next!
Recent CCSC Donations
CCSC has recently donated £4000 to the Foundation and £500 towards the Poppy Appeal.
2018/19 membership form
This season’s membership form is available as a download.DOWNLOAD MEMBERSHIP FORM
We currently have a stock of the recent Wales home programmes from the World Cup campaign.
The shop also holds a stock of older Wales, Cardiff City programmes and other clubs.