This season, writing of the Trust’s programme page is being shared between Trust Board members Ceri Stone and Terry Sinnett.
Today, Terry Sinnett writes……..
Lots to say… and only in 500 words!
As the Trust moves into its 20th year, I am reminded of the battle it took by a group of committed Jacks to secure the future of our football club back in 2001. The journey the club has been on since the official launch of the Trust in August 2001 has been remarkable.
Who would have thought back in those dark days that our team would miss relegation to the fifth tier of football by the skin of its teeth; rebuild and progress up the leagues; achieve promotion to the Premier League in 2011, staying there for 7 seasons; going onto winning the League Cup at Wembley under the legendary Michael Laudrup in 2013 and competing in the Europa League. Quite an achievement in 20 years.
Last Monday, we held our AGM. Due to the pandemic, it was held virtually, and we were pleased to see many Trust members attend. Minutes of the meeting along with the Q&A will be made available on our website in due course.
Virtual meetings are becoming a norm and to ensure we remain in communication with members from near and far, we aim to hold further virtual Q&A sessions in the coming months. We are conscious that regular communication is essential, and we will continue to reach out to the Jack Army by whatever means possible.
As I write these notes, we are sitting in an automatic promotion place with every chance of promotion back to the top table. It’s a mouth-watering prospect. Steve Cooper, his coaches and staff and the players deserve great credit for getting us to this position.
The strengthening of the squad continues with the addition of Ben Hamer, Conor Hourihane and Jordan Morris. Andy Scott, Steve Cooper and the recruitment team again deserve great credit in adding quality players to the squad that can help maintain our promotion challenge.
There is no doubting the importance of the academy to our club. We therefore welcome the recent appointment of Mark Allen as the clubs Academy Director. Mark has an impressive record of working and developing young players from his time at Manchester City and Glasgow Rangers. We wish him well and hope he can build on the tremendous work done by his predecessor, Nigel Rees.
We also welcome Rory Fallon back to the club. Rory was part of the team that played in the 2006 League 1 play-off final against Barnsley at the Millennium Stadium. He’s taken up a coaching role within the academy and will always be remembered for that magnificent overhead kick in that game. Welcome back YJB.
To reach that final, we defeated Brentford over two legs and we welcome them back to the Liberty tonight. Once again, we are battling with them for promotion and will be looking to keep our League form and momentum going forward. Let’s hope for a great game and 3 points.
Now, where have those 500 words gone?
Enjoy the game #YJB