Cardiff City captain Craig Bellamy has signed up as a patron of The Fred Keenor Statue Appeal Committee.
The committee is fundraising for an £85,000 statue of Fred Keenor, captain of Cardiff City’s 1927 FA Cup winning team, to be placed outside the Cardiff City stadium.
Craig Bellamy said: “Fred Keenor and the FA Cup winning team have an iconic place in Cardiff City’s football history and Fred also captained his country with distinction.
“I’m really delighted as a Cardiff lad to give my backing to the appeal and wish the fundraisers success in their efforts. I look forward to the day when Fred Keenor’s statue is standing proudly outside the Cardiff City Stadium.”
More than £47,500 has so far been raised, with more fundraising planned.
David Craig, project manager for the appeal, said: “We’re really thrilled that Craig has signalled his support for our appeal by signing up as a patron. It is a huge boost for our fundraising efforts to have such a high-profile footballer and a local lad backing the campaign.
“Fred Keenor was born in Cardiff and went on to captain his home town team and his country, and that is exactly what Craig Bellamy has done. There could not be a more appropriate person to become a patron of the appeal.
“We’d like to thank Cardiff City Football Club and the Football Association of Wales for their support in this matter. It is great that the football community in Wales is pulling together to help make our statue campaign happen.
“We have some way to go to make the statue a reality but the backing of Craig Bellamy gives the fundraising a big kick in the right direction.”