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City fans' true blue message for Tan.

Byline: Sam Tegeltija sam.tegeltija@walesonline.co.uk

THE Cardiff City Stadium turned three-quarters blue 19 minutes and 27 seconds into the Bluebirds' game with Liverpool on Saturday in a show of defiance - in front of an onlooking Vincent Tan.

Protest organisers said a pre-game march totalled more than 4,000 people and have now urged fans to keep the Sea of Blue gesture alive at 19 minutes and 27 seconds into all future games - both home and away.

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As the clock turned to the poignant digits in Cardiff City's history - 1927 was the year they won the FA Cup - fans rose and chanted "we'll always be blue" in what was a visual retort to the owner's claim that only 10% of fans opposed his controversial club rebrand.

ci heam ca b's The symbolic inc Ci C ty fans marching th th th th t ousands on the wa Pr P emier League m th t ey lost 6-3 - to c ti t on of the club Fans from gr g oups - inc di d ffCity Su Su S pporters Ci C ty Forum Message B The symbolic incident followed City fans marching the streets in their thousands on the way to Saturday's Premier League match - which they lost 6-3 - to call for a restoration of the club's blue identity. Fans from 15 supporter groups - including the Cardiff City Supporters Club, Supporters Trust, Cardiff City Forum, Cardiff City Message Board and campaign clu up mBo ro ampar group Bluebirds Unite - came together for what was promised to be the largest protest against the club's rebrand to date.

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d ef d ste fa'l op A nd pp ow e losoAcon Sup sh sho Blu are opp A recent poll conducted by the Supporters' Trust showed 85% of Bluebirds fans are vehemently opposed to the red po rebrand and change of the club crest to a dragon.

Supporters gathered from 2pm at the Admiral Napier pub on Cowbridge Road East in Canton, and the "blue army" marched down Sloper Road before arriving at the main entrance of the Cardiff City Stadium by 2.20pm.

f Fans' adopted chant of "we'll always be blue" was voiced throughout the march, and the hefty crowd sat defiantly on Sloper Road on two occasions, chanting "sit down for our history."

Scarves, flags and 'away' jerseys dominated the sea of blue, and just one red Cardiff City top stood out from the main body of the protesting crowd - it had "Tan Out" scrawled just below the Malaysia branding.

Speaking on the march Phil Nifield of the Supporters' Trust called the owner's claim that he was supported by all but 10% of Bluebirds' fans as "complete nonsense."

He said: "We want to tell Mr Tan the result of our poll, which said just 24 out of 1,000 supported the rebrand. We are asking him to start to build bridges with supporters through direct dialogue.

"If he wants to see the true support that he has, we would urge him to commission an independent company like MORI to calculate it using figures on the club's database."

Sian Branson, founder of the Bluebirds Unite campaign group, speaking outside the Admiral Napier pub at the start of the protest, added: "Today is a chance for every fan to come together to show their support for the traditions, heritage, history and identity of Cardiff City Football Club is important to us.

"It is completely wrong that we are not playing in blue since we are the Bluebirds, and since we were named Cardiff City back in 1908. It is wrong someone has come in and taken away our colour.

"All we are interested in is seeing that it is restored and given the proper respect it deserves."

Before the march campaigners insisted it would be a peaceful protest, and South Wales Police con-firmed on Saturday evening there were no incidents reported to them linked with the demonstrations.

For video and more pictures of the protest go to www.walesonline.co.uk

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