Welcome to the Swansea City Supporters’ Trust’s page in the match day programme for today’s league encounter. As usual we’d like to give a warm welcome to our opponents, Barnsley, and their fans who have made the long trip to South West Wales this afternoon. We hope you enjoy your visit to our city, although we plan to be the ones keeping the three points!
We’d firstly like to wish all Trust members and Swans fans a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous 2020 for you and your families. We’re sure we speak for all Swans fans when we also extend that to the Swans as we seek to build on our excellent start to the season which sees us very much in promotion contention.
Given the departure of key players such as Dan James and Oli McBurnie this summer, as well as a complete change in management teams due to Graham Potter’s departure to Brighton, it’s quite an achievement to see us in a significantly better league position than we were at this time last season. Football is a team game and credit for that improvement deserves to be given to many people, such as Steve Cooper and his coaching team, the playing squad and also our excellent Academy setup which, once again, has proved critical in developing excellent young players who are more than capable of performing well for our first team.
After a difficult run of results, it’s been very pleasing to see the team bounce back with two excellent wins at home against Middlesbrough and away to Luton. The win against Middlesbrough was particularly important as it saw us end a run of disappointing results at home and it was great to see our fans go home with smiles on their faces! This season has seen no such concerns on the road and, after the last unbeaten away record in the EFL ended with our previous trip to table-topping West Bromwich Albion, it was great to see normal service resumed with a win and a very positive performance at Luton.
Due to printing deadlines, this article was written before our away game at Brentford. However, we know that, once again, the team were supported by an excellent away following, just like we saw at Luton. In the press last week, we were rather amused to see reports of Spurs fans having to undergo a “nightmare” trip of over 4 hours to see their team play in Leipzig in the Champions League. In Swansea, we call that a local derby! Given the distances we travel for most games, it’s testament to our supporters that, week in and week out, they travel in such vast numbers across Wales and England. That support is really appreciated by us all, and we’re sure that goes for the club and the players too. All credit to all Barnsley fans who have also made the long trip here today during the holiday season, we’re sure that’s appreciated by everyone at your club too.
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.