Monday 23 December 2013
Cardiff City may not have had much to cheer about with their side’s 3-1 defeat by a Luis Suarez-inspired Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday but for many their 400-mile round trip to Anfield was eased by the free bus travel laid on by Barclays.
"We know it can’t always be easy travelling up and down the country supporting your team"
The Barclays Buses is a new scheme to provide free bus travel for groups of loyal Barclays Premier League away fans over the next three seasons and it took more than 100 Cardiff fans on the trip to Liverpool.
The fans were joined on the bus by Cardiff City legend Andy Legg as they got the chance to have breakfast and a chat with the player who made more than 170 league appearances for the side from the Welsh capital. Legg also shared with the fans his experiences as a Cardiff player and discussed his former side’s season so far under manager Malky MacKay.
The experience laid on for Cardiff fans is the third being provided this season, after the launch of the scheme with Crystal Palace fans and former Eagles striker Ian Wright in October. Over the next three seasons, Barclays is saying thank you to the loyal away fans that travel the length and breadth of the country at all 20 Barclays Premier League clubs.
"I've experienced first-hand the terrific passion and dedication of the Cardiff City fans, so I'm really pleased to be backing the Barclays Buses initiative," Legg said. "We know it can't always be easy travelling up and down the country supporting your team, so it's fantastic to see a scheme such as this reward and thank those fans for their commitment."
David Wheldon, managing director of brand, reputation & citizenship at Barclays, was pleased to offer the experience to the Cardiff fans. "We've seen a fantastic response from away fans following the launch of the Barclays Buses scheme in October with Crystal Palace and Ian Wright," he said. "We hope the Cardiff fans had a great day and enjoyed the match."
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