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Fred Keenor: The Man Who Never Gave Up

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When the rule came in in 1930 it hit the Welsh team especially very hard," said Emrys, who will be in Aarhus for Wales' game on Sunday. Fred Keenor and the 1927 team haven’t had the recognition their efforts justify and we’re determined to put that right. There remains a lot of work to do, including raising the necessary funds, but with City fans and the people of Cardiff and Wales behind us, we are very confident of raising the funds required,” added Mike. In Fred: The Man, Graham Keenor intends to explode some myths, including that his uncle was “tipsy” during some of his numerous Ninian Park appearances. And how right he was. The 1926/27 season proved to be a very special campaign for Fred, beginning with his appointment as the Club’s permanent captain, following the departure of Jimmy Blair to Bournemouth.

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There are those who may not have been born or raised here but made a historic contribution to city life during their time in the city – such as Fred Keenor, the only captain of a non-English football club to lift the FA Cup when he guided Cardiff City to a memorable win in 1927.

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The Trust plans to launch a public appeal for funding in the new year and will approach Cardiff council, the Welsh Assembly Government and local businesses for financial support, along with football fans. City chairman Peter Ridsdale has given his total support to the campaign. Keenor was released by Cardiff at the end of the 1930–31 season, which saw the club relegated to the Third Division South. During his time at Cardiff, he made more than 500 appearances for the club, winning four Welsh Cup titles, the FA Cup and the FA Charity Shield in a 19-year association with the side. He is regarded as one of the club's all-time greats. A statue of Keenor, lifting the FA Cup, was erected outside Cardiff's new ground, the Cardiff City Stadium, in November 2012 following a public fundraising campaign. Family announcements: Graham followed in his dad's football footsteps". South Wales Echo. 29 August 2002. Archived from the original on 19 October 2019 . Retrieved 17 August 2016– via The Free Library. Ringo was considered one of the most talented players of his generation but suffered serious injuries at key times during his career.

A formal plan will then need to be drawn up and a project manager engaged to drive the scheme forward.” Sculptor Jim Done, who created the Tommy Cooper statue in Caerphilly and Johnny Owen memorial in Merthyr Tydfil, believes a Keenor tribute could take just nine months from planning application to the official unveiling. The GP who became a British Lion was born in Bridgend but played for Cardiff Medics and Cardiff RFC during his distinguished rugby career.As a consequence the original squad, including Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen and Kasper Schmeichel of Leicester City, will now be available to face Wales. Wales themselves faced a similar situation 88 years ago when they were forced to field a much-weakened side made up of lower-league players.

After the terrible news of Stuart’s death, the three of us (Jonny, Guto, Owen) met at the club to discuss what to do but we were unanimous we would continue,” recalls Owen. Graham said he was inspired to write the book following the death of Bryn’s sister Heather Gill-Jones in 2009 and the support shown by fans for the appeal to erect a Fred Keenor statue outside Cardiff City Stadium. His bit of instability was to do with the start of diabetes. People thought he was tipsy, but he wasn’t well at all. He never let on though, because he was afraid of it affecting his football career.”

And now Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust has set-up a sub-committee to help progress the plan – with club chairman Peter Ridsdale saying he’ll support the idea. Thankfully, and against all odds, Fred remarkably returned to professional football in 1919 after several years working at a gasworks and as a milkman. He had featured as a guest star for Brentford to aid his rehabilitation, but returned to Ninian Park and lifted the Welsh Cup in 1920. Nine of the Welsh players were making their debuts that day and were referred to as 'Fred Keenor and 10 unknowns'.

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