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- June Newsletter -



S h w m a e

Here is your latest update on what is happening at Bluebirds DownUnder. It’s been a busy couple of weeks, with the play-off final, the Melbourne & Sydney Gatherings, the Wales v Australia game in Sydney and a whole lot of future events being planned by your Organising Group.



If you have looked at the Cardiff City programme recently, you will have noticed that commercial organizations, private individuals and supporters groups sponsor a Players shirt, either for home or away. At the end of the season, the sponsoring group is presented with the shirt at a function held at Ninian Park. Bluebirds DownUnder have decided to sponsor a shirt, and to fund it we have set up our SHIRT FOR A SHIRT campaign. Mike Daughton is looking after this project.

We will be having special Bluebirds DownUnder shirts printed with the club logo. These will be good quality shirts (not the sort that disappear in the washine machine after one wash) and will cost $30-35 each. ALL PROFITS WILL GO TO THE SHIRT FOR A SHIRT CAMPAIGN. We are not looking for any money from you, yet, but we do need some idea as to how many shirts we should get made, and what sizes. Please e-mail Mike at mdaughton@gresham-computing.com.au and let him know how many shirts you will want and in what sizes. Small. Medium, Large, XL, XXL. Shirts will be sent overseas however a shipping fee will apply.



The first match has been confirmed against Wolves Supporters (New South Wolves) for Sunday 20 July. We have not yet finalized a ground however it will be somewhere central to Sydney city. The following members have already put their hands up to be in the team, however, as some of these are currently injured or away we need more players. If you are not listed and would like to be a member of the team please contact the Football Club Manager Steve (Buttocks) Hewitson on steveh@pmpartners.com.au

Phil Rees
Nat White
Mike Daughton
Michael Huntley
Michael Baker
Martyn Wood
Leigh Davies
Lee Price;
Jim Welsh
Jason Addicott
Gary Thompson
Russell Lane-Smith
Dave Jeffery

We are currently getting hold of a supply of CCFC shirts (last seasons) at £10 each, (not including logo.) These will be available to each of the players and we hope to get the Bluebirds DownUnder logo added to it. Please talk to Steve about placing an order for a shirt.


No Bluebird DownUnder member should be without these attractive and extremely useful items. We have Bluebirds DownUnder key rings and fridge magnets for our members based in both Australia and New Zealand. Each item sells for Aus$7, or £2.50 in United Kingdom. We are currently in the process of setting up a bank account in Wales and Australia but in the meantime if you would like to buy in Australia just send a cheque made payable to Bluebirds Downunder to;

Bluebirds DownUnder
21 Queens Avenue
Avalon Beach
NSW 2107

If you would like to place an order in the UK send an e-mail to Paul Sims letting him know what you want. your requirements. He will advise you on payment arrangements and delivery.

Make sure you state how many you want and please ensure the cheque you send is for the correct amount.

All profits raised from these sales will go towards supporting club activities, match programmes, equipment, videos, postage and other overheads.



This event is still being planned but is shaping up as an exciting event for Welsh soccer supporters in Sydney. OG member Russell Mather is working with the Italian community in Leichardt to arrange a venue and a satellite feed for the Wales v Italy Euro 2004 fixture scheduled for the weekend of 6-7 September, we think in Milan. We do not even know the kick off time yet and until we know that we won’t be able to confirm anything. So, keep that weekend free, (and maybe the Monday 8 September for recovery purposes) and watch this space.


The fixture list has now been announced and whilst we can’t publish the full details we can show you the dates for the first month.

Sat Aug 9 Rotherham United A

Wed Aug 13 League Cup 1

Sat Aug 16 Bradford City H

Sat Aug 23 Nottingham Forest A

Mon Aug 25 Derby County H

Sat Aug 30 Walsall A

All matches will be covered by Cardiff City World with commentaries in Mike Morris’s chatroom. Both sites can be reached using links on the Bluebirds DownUnder website.


27th October

MAX BOYCE - legendary Welsh entertainer .. and an evening of music and laughter. MAX BOYCE hits Australia with the high point of the tour being his performance in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.

In the rugby-playing nations of the world, MAX BOYCE is a comedy legend. He performed at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium in the Opening Ceremony of the 1999 World Cup. Now, naturally, like thousands of other fans, he is heading to Australia for the 2003 tournament, in his case though bringing with him his own brand of high-octane, rugby-fuelled mayhem performance.

On 27 October, Max storms the Sydney Opera House to add his instantly recognisable voice to the Welsh cause. An unmissable evening for anyone who has a drop of Welsh blood in their veins ... The concert will be recorded for BBC Wales television, and transmitted by satellite and broadcast in Wales two days later.

BLUEBIRDS DOWNUNDER HAVE MADE A BLOCK BOOKING FOR THIS EVENT, AND AS WE GOT IN EARLY WE HAVE SOME GREAT SEATS. IF WE CAN GET MORE THAN TWENTY STARTERS WE CAN GET TICKETS AT A REDUCED PRICE OF $62.00 EACH. Otherwise it will be $65.00. If you would like to attend please e-mail Rich avalonrj@msn.com.au now and let him know how many tickets you would like.


Bluebirds DownUnder
21 Queens Avenue
Avalon Beach
NSW 2107

We have to confirm the booking by 30 June so please get your cheques mailed to me urgently.

This offer is only available to Registered Members. If you are not registered yet, do so now here



Our Bluebirds DownUnder website has been running now for about 2 months and the hit rate is already through the 2000 mark. If you haven’t checked it out yet please do so, and if you have any ideas on ways to improve it then let us know. Special thanks must go to Paul Sims our webmaster in Cardiff who does a fantastic job keeping it up to date and sparkling, and all for the price of a pint a week. (I think that’s 30 pints I owe you now Paul.) Don’t forget the website message board. It’s a great way to pass on information to your fellow Bluebirds DownUnder, rather than relying on this newsletter or expensive phone calls.


The secretary of the RAMS has written to me offering to sign up all REGISTERED Bluebirds DownUnder with RAMS. In case you don’t know, RAMS is a 3000 strong club based in Sth Wales who are not only a great social group but who also organize trips to away matches for its members. They can have anything up to 35-40 buses going to away matches. You will receive RAMS membership plus access to all facilities offered by RAMS and it won’t cost you a cent. The only information they require is your name and which town/suburb you are from back home. They do not want your e-mail details.

When you registered with BDU we promised you that our membership list and your details would NOT be passed on to any other group or business. Your OG is committed to retaining your privacy. So, if you do not want us to pass on your details to RAMS please let me know by no later than 30 June. avalonrj@msn.com.au If you are happy to have your name passed on you don’t need to do anything. If you are not registered yet, do so now by going to http://www.worldwidewelsh.net/bluebirdsdownunder.htm and selecting Registration Form.



Your Organising Group will be holding its next meeting on Monday 28 July to review our progress and plan activities going into next season. Your OG representatives are always keen to get your ideas on how we can improve the club. All registered members receive a spreadsheet listing all the OG members contact details plus details on all other Registered members.

I think that will be enough to keep you going. I hope you are enjoying being involved with Bluebirds DownUnder, and as we continue to grow and succeed, so will CARDIFF CITY.


(Sydney Blue)


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