Ninian Park memorabilia up for auction

Cardiff City fans can own a piece of their club's history when the fittings from the Ninian Park ground are sold off at an online auction this month. Club officials have brought in property consultants King Sturge to help sell memorabilia from Cardiff's old ground prior to the move to a new stadium next season. Items for sale include a bath from the home team dressing room, signs from both the home and away changing room doors, goalposts and even the penalty spot. Fans also have the chance to own the sofa from manager Dave Jones' office, the dugouts, corner flags, turnstiles and seats. Even the doors from the ground's police cells, where troublesome supporters were held, are to be sold. The sale will be held online at King Sturge's website opening on Friday May 22. The online sale is titled "Ninian Park - The End Of An Era 1910-2009." Bidding will remain open for several days before the memorabilia sale closes on May 27 with a separate sale for the club's commercial assets closing one day later on May 28. The Bluebirds narrowly missed out on a play-off spot in the dying minutes of the season, and will kick off next season in their new stadium attempting to gain promotion to the Premier League. King Sturge handled the sale of fixtures and fittings from Arsenal's old Highbury ground in 2006 before the Gunners made the move to the Emirates Stadium. They also oversaw the sale of a number of items from the Irish Rugby Football Union's Lansdowne Road stadium in 2007.

"This is a rare chance for football supporters to acquire a piece of their club's history," said Ian Bacon, Associate at King Sturge.

"We have already had a lot of inquiries and we know from our experience of doing similar sales that sports fans are passionate people who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a part of their club's fabric. We expect bidding to therefore be very lively." Interested fans can download a catalogue from the King Sturge website or can call Mr Bacon on 0121 214 9854 for more details or email ian.bacon@kingsturge.com