Cardiff City will return to traditional blue

Owner Vincent Tan has performed a u-turn with the Bluebird returning to club’s badge

Cardiff will revert to their traditional blue home kit with immediate effect.

Club owner Vincent Tan announced the news on the club's official Twitter account, with the traditional colours set to be worn in the Sky Bet Championship match at home to Fulham on Saturday.

In two further tweets, the club said: “He (Tan) has also confirmed the #CardiffCity crest will be redesigned, featuring a #Bluebird as a primary focus.

“The crest will proudly reflect #CardiffCity history and tradition along with elements reflecting (Tan’s) culture and beliefs.”


Cardiff manager Russell Slade, speaking before the change had been confirmed, described it as a "giant step" which will allow them to sustain future success.

Tan called a meeting between Cardiff officials and supporters on Thursday night to discuss the controversial rebranding exercise which resulted in the home kit changing to red in 2012.

Tan's move came on the back of a record low Cardiff City Stadium crowd of just over 4,000 for the FA Cup third-round tie with Colchester, planned anti-red protests and the threat of thousands of season tickets not being renewed.

There was unanimous support at the meeting for the club to abandon red and revert to their traditional blue colours with the bluebird crest replacing the dragon as Cardiff’s primary emblem.

“People were able to say what they thought and they said it an eloquent and intelligent way,” said Slade, who attended Thursday’s meeting at the Cardiff City Stadium.

“It was received very well from everyone at the football club and I thought it was a giant step.

“If ever that was a big step that was it and it would be nice if we were in blue on Saturday. This is a fantastic opportunity to build a new platform and put the bricks in place to rebuild and start again.”

Cardiff have slipped to 12th in the Championship after going five games without a win but Slade believes changing the colour and the crest could provide the momentum necessary to make a charge for the play-offs in the second half of the season.

“If you’re going to be successful in any business, any football club, you need everyone pulling together as a unit,” Slade said.

“Only that way can you sustain success. You might have a modicum of success in the short term but if you want long-term success you need unity.”