Welcome to the Swansea City Supporters’ Trust’s page in the match day programme for tonight’s league encounter. As usual we’d like to give a warm welcome to our opponents, Brentford, and their fans who have made the trip along the M4 to South West Wales. We hope you enjoy your visit to our city, although we plan to be the ones keeping the three points!
It’s been two weeks since our last home game against Stoke City, which resulted in a 2-1 defeat after conceding a late goal. As fans it’s never enjoyable going into an international break after a defeat however we were pleased to see Connor Roberts and Joe Rodon continue their excellent form for the Welsh national team and played a key part in earning excellent draws against Slovakia and World Cup finalists Croatia. Whilst qualification is technically out of our hands, there is every chance that two wins against Afghanistan and Hungary in November will earn Wales’ qualification to Euro 2020. Fingers crossed both for Wales and Bersant Celina’s Kosovo who are also well-placed to qualify. Printing deadlines mean this article is written before Saturday’s game against Barnsley however we hope our excellent away record continued there!
Tonight’s match is the first of two home games this week, the second of which will be Sunday lunchtime against our near neighbours Cardiff, who are back in the Championship after their latest single season stay in the Premier League. We’re sure Sunday’s game will be a difficult one, as all games against Neil Warnock teams in this division are, however we have every confidence in our team to earn the bragging rights from this one!
In these articles we always try to give a flavour of the activities the Trust board members undertake for the benefit of the fans and the club. An excellent example relates to the recent launch of the new sensory room facility at the stadium by the Club and the DSA, where Trust Board member Cath Dyer serves as DSA secretary. A sensory room is a calming space which can help people who get frustrated, overwhelmed and anxious and will allow families to attend matches who have previously struggled to bring family members to a game. The booking form for the sensory room is now available on the club’s official website. Cath has also recently travelled to Watford to view the sensory room facilities there and is also been heavily involved with the regional South West Disabled Fans Experience forum, which is a useful platform to enable clubs to share best practice. The most recent event took place at Exeter City’s ground and the DSA will be hosting the next forum at the Liberty Stadium.
As usual, we’d like to remind everyone that your Swans’ Trust representatives can be found at the pod outside the West Stand prior to today’s match and that you can keep up with all Trust news at www.swanstrust.co.uk or via our Twitter, Facebook or Instagram pages.