Welcome to the Swansea City Supporters’ Trust’s page in the match day programme for today’s Championship game against Middlesbrough. As usual we extend a warm welcome to the travelling fans who have made the long, long journey from the north-east of England for today’s game. Let’s hope that they embark on the long journey home with no points to show for their efforts.
We hosted Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday night at the Liberty and an improved performance saw us secure a 1-1 draw in a game dominated by erratic referring. It was encouraging to see Ben Cabango, the latest off the prolific academy production line, starting the game and putting in an excellent performance. Our home form remains a concern with only one win at the Liberty in the last eight games. Today’s game is an excellent opportunity to start putting that right with a win to hopefully kick start a climb back up the table. Despite the disappointing recent form, especially at home, we’re still only four points off third place in a very tight league. There’s still everything to play for and we all need to get behind Steve Cooper and the players as much as possible.
Christmas is fast approaching and with it the crazy festive football schedule. Next Saturday’s game at Luton Town will be the first of five games in 15 days as we play Brentford away, Barnsley at home, Charlton at home and then an FA Cup third round tie at Queen’s Park Rangers. Following that five game burst we then have a week off before we renew rivalries with our old enemies from 45 miles east. Obviously we’ll be looking to complete the first derby league double after our 1-0 victory at the Liberty in October. With all these games coming up, the full squad is likely to be utilised to the max so let’s hope we stay as clear as possible from injuries and suspensions.
Looking further ahead and away from the Swans slightly, the draw for the Euro 2020 finals was made recently. Wales were drawn in a group with Italy, Switzerland and Turkey and will play two games in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, and a third in Rome which will in effect be an away game against Italy. That’s a lot of travelling for Wales fans, including no doubt many Swansea City fans among them looking to repeat the adventure from France in Euro 2016. There’s definite potential for Wales to progress from that group though, especially as many third place teams will qualify for the knockout stage. Good luck to Wales.
As this is our last home game before Christmas we’d like to wish all Trust members and Swans fans a very merry christmas and a happy new year. 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.