Today, Terry Sinnett writes…..
After the shock and disappointment of our losses against Cardiff and Bournemouth, many were looking forward to the International break. Not only to give the squad and management the opportunity to recharge batteries but also the chance for everyone to regroup and to refocus on the run in. At the time of writing before the Birmingham game automatic promotion to the Premier League is still very much within our grasp.
Everyone was appalled therefore, to have the break interrupted by the awful news that two of our Welsh players, including our own Ben Cabango, were racially abused on social media after the Wales game against Mexico. We share the absolute frustration of everyone that this continues and totally support the club’s response as well as that of sports fans everywhere. When will this stop? When will these idiots who blight our lives learn that there is NO place within football and our wider society for racism and abuse? When will the social media companies finally act? Surely, they have the technology. They and governments must act now and show they mean business. It cannot and must not continue.
Meanwhile, the work of your Supporters’ Trust continues.
Working closely with the club a Covid-19 Remembrance Wall is being created outside the South Stand at the Liberty Stadium. We hope this will provide comfort to those who have been affected in these unprecedented times. Further details can be seen on our website here, which incidentally, is having a makeover during the next few months. We have already removed the advertising that many members were finding irritating and spoiling the enjoyment of reading the many articles and information on the site. Look out for further improvements.
We continue to work to communicate with our members via all means possible. Social Media is an important tool in achieving that. Our presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram continues to grow and we aim to ensure all members learn of what we are doing on their behalf via these platforms. We are working on a Fans Forum in the coming weeks, so keep a look out for details.
Back on the field. By the time you see this, we hope our return to league action against Birmingham would have resulted in a win. We also hope all our players who turned out for their countries on International duties returned fit. We need everyone available to launch us into a successful run in with automatic promotion to the Premier League, or the play offs, very much achievable.
Today, we welcome Preston to the Liberty. Games against The Lilywhites always invoke memories of our 1964 FA Cup semi final defeat to them at Villa Park and our fantastic win under Tosh in 1981, which secured our promotion to the then equivalent of today’s Premier League, the First Division. Heady days.
We’ll also see the return to the Liberty of Scott Sinclair, one of our heroes of the 2011 play off win v Reading.
Let’s hope for a fine performance and a good win to maintain our momentum.
Enjoy the game #YJB