Welcome to the final Swansea City Supporters’ Trust’s page in the match day programme for this season. As usual, we would firstly like to extend a warm welcome to our opponents, Derby County Football Club, and their fans to the Liberty Stadium for tonight’s game.
Sadly, after Saturday’s draw against Hull City, this is a far less important match for the Swans than we all hoped. Whilst even a victory would have meant a playoff berth remained unlikely, it would have been an excellent achievement to still be in the promotion mix going into the final week of the season.
This season has been one of considerable transition for the Swans, with many of our successful U23 team being promoted to the senior side. A massive amount of credit must go to Graham Potter, the coaching staff and the players for the way they have coped with these changes. You only need to look at other clubs who have struggled after relegation to see what a good job Graham and the team have done to stabilise our club and get us moving in the right direction.
It has been especially pleasing to see us rediscover our positive and progressive footballing identity. It is no coincidence that many of the fans we speak to have enjoyed this season far more than the previous two or three, with the enjoyment of seeing our young team playing attractive football always being mentioned positively.
As we move into the close season, everyone’s thoughts will turn to what happens in preparation for next season. As a major shareholder in the club, the Trust is aware of the need to ensure appropriate decisions are taken in the best interests of the football club. However, we also need to balance that against ensuring that decisions are made to maintain our competitiveness for next season and beyond.
This season has shown the benefits of a strong youth setup, so it was pleasing to see that our Academy will continue with Category 1 status for next season. On the playing side, it was excellent to see Mike van de Hoorn extend his stay here and we hope more positive moves are made in the coming weeks to ensure Graham has the tools to continue his excellent work here.
Looking to the club’s past, we hope fans enjoyed the ceremony for the 2018 inductees to the Robbie James Wall of Fame prior to the Hull game. Our thanks to those former players or their representatives who were able to attend, including the family of Robbie James himself, and also the many well-wishes from the former stars who were unable to attend due to other commitments. This takes us to 100 names, which was the originally planned limit for the initial inductees. In the future, we are sure it would be no surprise if more names are added as more people write their names in Swans folklore.
We’d like to finish by wishing all Swans fans an enjoyable summer! In the meantime, you can keep up with all Trust news at www.swanstrust.co.uk or via our Twitter, Facebook or Instagram pages.