When controversial Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan made the unpopular decision to change his club's kit from their traditional blue to red back in 2012, there was understandable rage from the club's supporters.
His decision, to him at least, wasn't arbitrary as he believed red shirts were 'lucky' and by changing the club's primary colours and their symbol from their traditional Bluebird to a Dragon he was helping with their brand appeal.
Despite a fair amount of pressure from fans and the admonishment of the British media, Tan held firm on his decision to re-brand the club. That is until today when the Malaysian business mogul finally gave the go-ahead to revert back to the club's traditional colours when he released the following statement on Cardiff's website:
"The Christmas and New Year period has given me time to reflect on the events of the last year. Spending time with my family had a profound effect upon me. My mother, Madam Low Siew Beng, a devout Buddhist, who attended Cardiff City Football Club to watch them play, spoke to me on the importance of togetherness, unity and happiness.
Cardiff City Football Club is important to me and I wish to see it united and happy. With the guidance, blessing and influence of my mother, I asked my Chairman, Mehmet Dalman and Chief Executive Officer, Ken Choo for their advice and to consult with a good cross-section of the fan base.
This meeting took place last night, when some seventy representatives of our supporters were present. My thanks and gratitude to those who gave up their evening and time to be there. I am informed that this was a very productive and frank exchange of views, but all with the same objective to strengthen our Club. These views were also added to by a large number of emails that were sent to the Club over the last 24 hours from our wider supporter base.
To paraphrase John F. Kennedy, “Let us never compromise out of fear. But let us never fear to compromise.”
My wish is to unite and make the Club successful and in order to achieve this I fully support the Board’s decision to implement the following changes:
1. Starting from Saturday, 10 January 2015 and until the end of this season, our home kit shall be Blue. Our Away Kit shall be Red. I would like to thank the Football League for their approval to facilitate my request."
You can read more of his statement at http://www.cardiffcityfc.co.uk/news/article/statement-tan-sri-vincent-tan-2192317.aspx#eVHOH3mR3dt5Mkoe.99
So well done to the club's support, along with local media and MP's for encouraging Mr. Tan to make this happen, and honouring a proud club's long traditions. This is a victory for supporters and common sense.