You couldn’t make this stuff up, well you could, but why would you want to?
Cardiff ‘s shock capture of Craig Bellamy on loan from Manchester City has given them an immediate boost of nearly £500,000.
Within three hours the club shop sold 3,000 ‘Bellamy 39’ replica shirts before they ran out of ‘Ys’ and ‘9s’ – so fans bought shirts with ‘Bellam 3’.
Manic: The club has been unable to cope with the demand for Bellmay replica shirts
Fans have snapped up tickets for his first game on Saturday, at home to Doncaster, which is expected to be a 23,000 sell-out, and there has been a run on season-ticket sales.
Cardiff chief executive Gethin Jenkins said the cash will go towards paying £175,000 owed to Motherwell for defender Paul Quinn.
Club shop supervisor Amy Barnes, overwhelmed by the interest, said: ‘Craig’s signing was a big shock for us all. His arrival has created a great buzz.’ (Daily Mail)
This is fairytale stuff, if indeed Craig Bellamy could ever be cast in a fairytale. The move appears to have caught the imagination of the public and with any luck could also help on the footballing side as the Welsh international looks to take his home town club to the Premier League.
Also for future reference maybe worth trying to use a ‘V’ instead of the missing ‘Y’ and then just using an ‘I’ beneath it to create a ‘Y’? Just an idea.