The Great Cardiff Take Off
Martin Hughes | 06 September 2016
Under a dazzling coloured sky and in front of a Saturday night audience of just under 5000 Cardiff Blues kicked off their 2016/17 in some style with bonus point win against a poor Edinburgh side. Common sense dictates that as John Lacey wasn’t the most influential person on the pitch it points to...
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The Season Ahead
Martin Hughes | 03 September 2016
The 2016/17 season promises to one of the most interesting for a few years. Toward the end of last season, the much longed for corner turning seemed to have real momentum and given the signings made over the summer it seems depth to the squad is being added to the width we all saw on the pitch. Off...
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What's In A Name?
Andy Baker | 03 September 2016
Though we made the company aware of our initial trading name (Cardiff Blues Rugby Trust), some concern was recently expressed that this might lead to confusion with the newly established Cardiff Blues Regional Benevolent Trust. This a fantastic charitable initiative that will offer support in terms...
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A New Arms Park
Andy Baker | 31 August 2016
As we all know, negotiations about the lease and future development of our beloved Arms Park have been rumbling on between Cardiff Blues and Cardiff Athletic Club for years. If the flurry of recent press activity is to be believed, there seems to be a chance that a conclusion to these negotiations...
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Protecting the past, embracing the future
Simon Baker | 31 August 2016
The trust is involved in an exciting project that could help pave the way for a Cardiff Rugby heritage centre at the new Arms Park. We’re currently working with Simon Down of Cardiff Rugby Football Club to catalogue all the items in the Hubert Johnson room and stored elsewhere around the club; our...
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A View From The Terraces
Martin Hughes | 30 August 2016
Growing up in the 1980s with a father too mean to pay for a seat my formative rugby memories are all set on the terrace. Though, as I grow older I am taken by the idea that Dad was keener on the banter we encountered there than he let on.Whether my first game at the old National Stadium for Cardiff...
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Huw Jones | 20 July 2016
Governance: some people know what it is; some people have never heard of it; some go to sleep when they hear the word; other people ask ‘how do you spell that?’ It conjures up a range of reactions and emotions. People tend to fear what they don’t understand. The natural instinct is to be negative...
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It's all gone quiet...
David Allen | 07 June 2016
It might seem that way, but we've actually been incredibly busy over the last few weeks. The most important news to share is that our application to form as trust has been accepted by the Financial Conduct Authority - so we can now say that we actually exist! Having achieved this crucial step, we’...
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What impact can Supporters' Trusts have?
David Allen | 17 May 2016
Two interesting research reports on the business and social impacts of having a supporters’ trust associated with a club. Though these both focus on football, the consensus view is that these results will be generalisable to other sports. Business Advantages of Supporter Community Ownership in...
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In Danny We Trust
Martin Hughes | 06 May 2016
Regardless of the last 7 minutes of the Ospreys game that ensured European Challenge Cup rugby again for Cardiff, 2016-17 has been one of the most positive seasons for many years. The arrival of Danny Wilson was a breath of fresh air, as from his first interviews it was clear that he knew rugby, he...
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Policies, what policies?
David Allen | 13 April 2016
In his presentation at our open meeting, Will James from Swansea City Supporters’ Trust gave the clear warning that ‘Not everyone will like and support you’. This was no great news to us as anyone entering the murky politics of Welsh rugby soon learns this lesson. Both prior to and since our...
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Protecting the past, embracing the future
David Allen | 07 April 2016
While we haven’t generated trust policy yet, we have come up with a strapline. It would perhaps be useful if we explained a little more about why we’ve chosen this. To cut a long debate short, we really struggle to see why we need to have camps of ‘Cardiff’ and ‘Blues’ supporters when we’re all...
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