Bluebirds Unite: Cardiff fans walk remembers club's 'heritage'
- 25 August 2013
- From the section South East Wales
Fans opposed to Cardiff City's change of shirt colour from blue to red have celebrated the club's heritage ahead of the first home Premier League match.
Organisers of the Bluebirds Unite walk from Cardiff Castle to the stadium said it was not a march against the club.
Malaysian owner Vincent Tan changed the club's colour to "lucky" red last year as part of his investment.
Cardiff enjoyed a stunning 3-2 first Premier League win over Manchester City.
Earlier, around 300 fans gathered for the start of event at Cardiff Castle, with numbers swelling en route.
Sian Branson from Bluebirds Unite said: "We are trying to do something positive. It's celebrating the history and heritage of the Welsh capital's football club.
"We can't understand the reason for the rebrand but we are not marching against the club or saying 'Tan Out'.
"It's the first game in the Premier League and we are not being represented on the pitch as our club and we're trying to show what it means to us.
"Why should everything before last year be forgotten.
"We hope the owner will take notice and see it's a mistake and we can have it rectified for next season."
Tan first put in £6m at the club after being asked by his friend Dato Chan Tien Ghee, the former chairman of Cardiff City, around three years ago.
Initially he was in the background as an investor but after loaning the club more than £30m, he decided to play a far more active role when he saw Cardiff lose in the Championship play-offs at the end of the 2011-12 season.
His first move was to carry out the controversial rebrand in an attempt to gain popularity for the club in Asia.
It included making the bluebird emblem less prominent on the club crest and changing the home shirt colour from traditional blue to red.
Last month, Tan said: "If too many fans show that we are not welcome then maybe they will have a new owner but right now my experiences are that we are very welcome."
Cardiff won the Championship title last season and began their first season in the Premier League with a 2-0 defeat at West Ham United last weekend.