Welcome to the Swansea City Supporters’ Trust’s page in the match day programme for today’s game against Millwall. This is our first home game for quite a while, actually our first since that momentous 1-0 win over Cardiff City on 27 October – a result that probably didn’t cheer up their now ex-manager all that much after all. We welcome our opponents from south-east London today and hope their mascot manages to keep his head today, something he didn’t manage all those years ago at a 1998 FA Cup tie at the Vetch when he encountered Cyril. Just goes to show that at his peak, you didn’t mess with Cyril.
Our form since we despatched Cardiff with such ease has continued to be positive. We picked up a win at Wigan Athletic with a dramatic last minute Sam Surridge winner and followed that up with a creditable 2-2 draw at Sheffield Wednesday. If anything, the Wednesday game was even more dramatic as the Swans led for much of the game before falling behind in the 90th minute. Yet up stepped derby day match winning hero Ben Wilmot to grab a more than deserved point in the 94th minute. We’re all disappointed for Joe Rodon and the injury that will keep him out until 2020 (good luck, Joe, and come back soon) but thankfully his replacement is doing the business at both ends of the pitch.
This page was written the morning after the Wales v Hungary game at which Wales secured a 2-0 win to qualify for Euro 2020, only the third major tournament in our history. We’ll all remember the run to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 in France and how that galvanised the entire football nation behind the team. Let’s hope we can do that again next summer. Well done to Ryan Giggs and his team.
The Disabled Supporters’ Association (DSA), which includes Trust Board member and hardworking volunteer, Cath Dyer, has this year supported the Mr X Appeal for underprivileged children in South Wales. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Mr X appeal and more than 300,000 children have benefited from it. On Tuesday 12 November, the DSA donated 60 gift bags to Mr X thanks to members, family and friends who all kindly supported the appeal. There are still more bags coming in daily, but donations are always welcome. Anyone who would like to support the Mr X appeal through the DSA, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, Trust Board members including supporter director, Stuart McDonald, as well as Swansea East parliamentary candidate, Carolyn Harris, were present at the Liberty on Remembrance Sunday to lay a wreath in commemoration of those who have lost their lives in war. A sombre but important occasion.
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.