Back in Blue and Black: Thoughts from CF10 towers
CF10 Rugby Trust | 05 July 2021
“My hope for next season is pretty simple – just to be at the opening game with my friends. The pre-entertainment would be Karl Kruger singing Sloop John B. The words could be printed in the programme!” Lynn Glaister. CF10 Chair.   “The re-branding is very welcome but it must be more than a PR...
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What's Next
Martin Hughes | 28 June 2021
We are here. Again. Standing at the end of a season punctuated by the ubiquitous promise of tomorrow, and at times bedraggled by overwhelming challenge. Here we stand. On the brink of saying hwyl fawr to a blue rugby experiment and about to enter the still fiscally uneven URC. But for all the...
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Show me the money!
Simon Jones | 09 June 2021
“If one good thing has come out of the European Super League (ESL) shambles, it is the realisation that when fans come together with a common goal they can still influence the direction of the game. The next challenge is building on this victory” When Saturday Comes, June 2021 The above quote...
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The Other Cardiff Team: The Story of the Rags.
Steve Coombs | 27 April 2021
“I started in the famous Rags, the second team, in a game at Briton Ferry. Next there was a visit to the Memorial Ground to play Bristol United and finally, I shall never forget the day I achieved my ambition, to wear the Cambridge blue and black of Cardiff’s first team.” - Gareth Edwards “I used...
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WHY BLUE AND BLACK?
Steve Coombs | 01 March 2021
The earliest Cardiff team photo we have, was taken prior to the 1879 South Wales Challenge Cup final. The club had been created three years earlier, from a merger between Glamorgan FC and Cardiff Wanderers. That game was, to that point, easily the biggest in the club’s short history. It was a...
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THE BIGGEST THREAT TO WELSH RUGBY IS THE WRU!
CF10 Rugby Trust | 26 January 2021
That’s quite a statement to make during a pandemic, surely that’s an exaggeration? While no sporting body in the world could have anticipated the pandemic and its impact, their leadership role in addressing the problems faced by the game, especially the professional game, is their responsibility....
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Pie and Prejudice
Martin Hughes | 18 January 2021
Mr Bennet, that most pressed-upon father asks, ‘What do we live for but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?’ Standing at the hard left hand edge of 2021 it is no huge leap to evolve that question to base it firmly in the esoteric, what do we do rugby for and what...
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Why can't I get excited by the Pro16?
Simon Jones | 13 January 2021
The arrival of four South African sides in an expanded Pro16 has been met with quite a bit of apathy in Wales. Certainly not everyone, but generally there’s been a feeling of flatness surrounding the announcement compared to the enthusiasm emanating from the other nations. I’ve spent some time...
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The Walk of Legends
Steve Coombs | 25 November 2020
Last week, Cardiff Blues began their Walk of Legends project, to celebrate and honour the rich history of Cardiff rugby. Many of the names featuring on the lists of nominees will be known to supporters. Some are still playing. Some were still playing quite recently. But inevitably, the further we...
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THE GOVERNOR OF THE BANK OF ENGLAND UNDERSTOOD WELSH RUGBY FUNDING
CF10 Rugby Trust | 14 November 2020
Around 2011, the then Governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, in a meeting arranged by Sport Wales, met with Chief Executives of Welsh National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGB). The Governor was on his annual tour of the UK and wanted to know how the crash of 2008 was impacting upon one of his...
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The One Club Solution
Steve Coombs | 08 October 2020
It’s possible that there is no club in the sporting world more confusing than Cardiff rugby. For 17 years at the Arms Park we have had Cardiff Blues, Cardiff Athletic Club, Cardiff RFC (owned and run by some combination of the two). All part of the same organisation and yet managing to be...
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The Cardiff Rugby League XV
Steve Coombs | 16 July 2020
On 25th February 1895, 5000 people crammed into Bradford’s Park Avenue ground to watch the home team take on Cardiff. South Wales and the North of England were the industrial heartlands of 19th century Britain. And, rugby football was growing in both areas. Not only did young men want to play the...
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