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Cardiff fans' opposition to rebrand grows ahead of protest march

Fans’ opposition to the controversial rebranding of Cardiff City from blue to red by owner Vincent Tan has grown over the past year, according to a poll released today by Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust.

Of those responding to the annual survey, 85 per cent said they wanted the trust to continue to oppose the rebrand, up from 58 per cent last year. The numbers expressing support for the rebrand have shrunk from 15 per cent to just two per cent.

Fans intend to protest at the Fred Keenor statue

Fans intend to protest at the Fred Keenor statue at Cardiff City Stadium. Pic: Jon Candy

The poll comes ahead of a protest march supported by fans’ groups in favour of a return to the club’s traditional blue kit, to take place before Saturday’s home game against Liverpool. Protestors intend to march from the Admiral Napier pub in Canton to the statue of Fred Keenor outside Cardiff City Stadium at 2pm.

Of the 1,002 fans who filled in the survey, 76 per cent said they rated following the club in the last last 12 months as “disappointing” despite them seeing their team win the Championship trophy and promotion to the Premier League.

Tim Hartley, chairman of the trust, said: “These results show a hardening of opposition by fans to the rebrand. It is now obvious that they haven’t been won over and it is not being embraced.

“Just 24 fans out of the nearly 1,000 who answered the question supported Mr Tan’s change to red. The message could not be more clear – fans want a return to blue. This is not a vocal minority, but now a very large and vocal majority who want a change.

“We hope all Cardiff City fans who want a return to blue will demonstrate their support by taking part in the protest march before the Liverpool game on Saturday to send another strong message to the club.”

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