This week Ceri Stone gives an update from the Supporters Trust, and writes his future wishes for the New Year for Swansea City.
Happy New Year Jacks.
When should we stop wishing everyone a Happy New Year? I was always told after one week, but given these are only our second programme notes for the year it should be fair to stretch the good wishes a little further.
We entered 2021 with another lockdown and the prospect of watching the Swans live looking remote. No sooner had the year started and we lost some players in quick succession. Readers of these notes will know of my admiration for Kasey Palmer and Morgan Gibbs-White and it was a blow to see them depart so soon. Then followed the sad news of injuries to Brandon Cooper and Steven Benda. We wish them all well.
January is a time to look forward to an eventful year and it is a perfect opportunity to share some wishes for the 12 months ahead.
- We want this current lockdown to end and life to return to normal. That would mean we get to watch our Swans live once again. I miss the sound of Hymns and Arias in the East Stand and I want to catch up with many of you at the Trust pod on a matchday and extol the benefits of membership of our great association.
- We want to gain automatic promotion to the Premier League.
- This means the side probably needs some quality new recruits to bolster the already fine squad that has been built. At the time of writing, Ben Hamer has just come on board and we welcome him to the Swansea family. We have faith in Steve Cooper and Andy Scott, as they continue their excellent work in recruiting exciting talents to support our push to the promised land.
- We are aiming for involvement with the Trust to continue increasing as it did so positively in 2020. Membership is up 40% compared to this stage last year, which will have been reported at the Trust AGM earlier this week. Terry will update you on that meeting in his next notes.
- Finally, it would be great to start the year with a long run in the FA Cup and for our success to be reported on Final Score, given we are the only Welsh side left in the tournament.
For that to happen we need a positive result against Nottingham Forest today. I have a particular affiliation with our East Midlands rivals having lived there not so long ago. We had some interesting banter in our League One days, and I remember dining out on a 2-1 away win in 2006, when Lee Trundle curled one into the top corner to seal the victory. I was in the Forest end and was politely asked to leave the ground for being the only happy face in that stand.
Here’s wishing for more of the same today. If only we were there to see it.