When Vincent Tan, owner of Cardiff City, announced that he was going to make the Bluebirds red everyone thought they had misheard him. Despite the massive protests by everybody involved in the club, Tan carried on his mission to change Cardiff City’s kit and badge to red.
But why was he so against the colour blue? They were nicknamed the Bluebirds so having a red bluebird just seemed more than a bit stupid. In Asia, blue is seen as an unlucky colour and tan believed that to get to and survive in the Premier League they needed the lucky colour: red.
Tan was determined to make Cardiff City one of the most famous teams in Asia alongside Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. And what colour do they all play in? Red.
After two and a half years playing in red, fans have never taken to the colour change and they have carried on their protests. However, it looks like Tan has finally bowed down to the pressure as from next season Cardiff’s first shirt will go back to blue with a badge redesign.
The new badge has been now revealed – with the old bluebird being in the centre of the crest – but there is still a dash of red with the Welsh dragon at the bottom of it.
So what made Tan change his mind? Did he decide that red was unlucky after all?
Let’s take a look at the two and a half years spent in the ‘lucky’ colour.
When Cardiff changed their home colours to red and black in 2012 they went on to have the best start to a league campaign ever. With a club record of nine consecutive home wins it looked like the lucky colour was working.
That season the luck continued for Cardiff. They won the Championship and were promoted to the Premier League for the first time in the clubs history.
When you look at that it seems the lucky colour had certainly done something right.
Sadly the luck ran out next season as they struggled in the top flight. Tried as they might there just didn’t seem to be so much as a lucky sock for the Welsh side.
After a difficult season Cardiff were relegated back into the Championship after only one year at the top. So that is one lucky season and one unlucky season – the finally decision on the colour’s lucky potential lies with the current Championship season.
At the beginning of the season the Bluebirds were one of the favourites to be promoted with many believing they could bounce straight back. But, things didn’t quite go according to plan. Cardiff currently sit 15th in the league table in what is quite a poor season for them with no hope of even reaching the play-offs.
Verdict: Red is an unlucky colour for Cardiff!
Lucky or unlucky, Cardiff fans look like they are finally getting what they want and maybe it’s time to remember football form usually comes from skill and determination – and maybe just a little bit of luck.