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, Fulham, 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!
Tonight’s game is the last in a run of three tough games in six days. Whilst our last home game ended in a disappointing 1-0 defeat against Millwall, it was pleasing to see the team bounce back and earn a 1-1 draw against an extremely physical Huddersfield side. We’re sure everyone associated with the club would like to thank those fans who made the long trip to Yorkshire to support the team – your support is massively important and much appreciated!!
That previously mentioned overly physical approach of our opponents last Tuesday meant that Mike van der Hoorn was unable to take part in the second half of the game. Fingers crossed that this was just precautionary and that he’s fit and ready for the upcoming games. On a positive note, one player’s misfortune inevitably leads to giving someone else a chance and it was especially pleasing to see Ben Cabango slot seamlessly into the centre of defence for his league debut, as he became the latest member of our excellent Academy setup to make the step up to the senior side. We’re sure Ryan Giggs and his coaching staff will also be keeping a close eye on his progress as we continue to take the lead in producing players for our national team. To end the game with two young centre halves, both 19 and 20, bodes well for the future and is a credit to the maturity and quality of both Big Ben’s in the centre of our defence.
Looking at this evening’s match and, after playing two of the more physical teams in the league, tonight should hopefully see a more entertaining and attractive contest between two teams who like to play football the right way. After their relegation last season and the quality of the squad they managed to retain, Fulham were many people’s favourites for promotion this season, so tonight will be a good test of our own promotion credentials. We’d also like to give a warm welcome to former Swan Alfie Mawson, although we are confident he will be in for a difficult night against our own excellent attackers!
From a Trust perspective, we’d like to thank all fans who attended the Pembrokeshire Fans Forum in Haverfordwest last week. Our thanks also to Steve Cooper, Trevor Birch and Leon Britton for making the trip down to west Wales to meet the fans. We have heard a lot of positive feedback from those in attendance and we look forward to announcing other opportunities for the fans to meet and question the Club and Trust throughout the season.
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.