Welcome to the Swansea City Supporters’ Trust’s regular page in the match day programme. We welcome our opponents today, Reading, to the Liberty Stadium. We will all remember that great day at Wembley in 2011 when we beat today’s opponents 4-2 to gain promotion to the Premier League. That was one of the greatest and most important days in Swansea City’s history. While today’s game is likely to be a little more low key, it’s important to build on Tuesday’s excellent comeback win that followed a disappointing defeat at Aston Villa last Saturday. Reading are of course managed by our former boss, Paul Clement, and we also welcome Paul back to the Liberty. Let’s hope he leaves without any points!
The “Kick it Out” campaign was launched in 1993 under the name “Let’s kick racism out of football”. The organisation works throughout football and the community to challenge discrimination, encourage inclusivity and campaign for positive change. Kick it out is funded by the Professional Footballers’ Association, the Football Association, the Football League and the Premier League. As well as Kick it Out, Show Racism the Red Card also works to deliver an important anti-racism message using the high profile status of football and footballers. During October, clubs in Scotland and Wales, including Swansea City, have been showing their support for the Show Racism the Red Card Month of Action to deliver this important anti-racist message. As part of this, the Swans hosted a Day of Action against Blackburn on Tuesday when both teams wore anti-racism T-shirts prior to kick off and united together to stand against racism.
If you’d like to know more about the “Kick it Out” campaign then you can visit their website here: http://www.kickitout.org/
The Swansea City Supporters’ Trust fully and unequivocally supports the aims and objectives of both Kick it out and Show Racism the Red Card. Football is a sport for all and one at which everyone should feel welcome. All efforts to make sure all people feel welcome and comfortable at football matches are essential and should be welcomed and encouraged. The Trust strongly opposes any attempt at using football and Swansea City in particular as a vehicle for those attempting to foster division, bigotry and intolerance.
As always, we like to finish by reminding you that you can visit the Trust’s website at www.swanstrust.co.uk for more information on the aims and objectives of the Trust, the work we do and how to join the Trust (online, by mail, or at the Trust pod). We are also on Facebook and Twitter. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, or approach a Trust board member on match days or by email.
More details on how to join the Swansea City Supporters Trust are available here: https://www.swanstrust.co.uk/join-the-trust/