May I begin this note by thanking you for your support over the last few months.
Since arriving in Barnsley, I have noticed the emotional connection that you have with your Club. From the minute I arrived, it was obvious. You travel thousands of miles every season and spend your hard-earned money watching your team. Living in the town centre, I have had the opportunity to meet a lot of supporters and have sincere conversations across a number of topics, but regardless of the theme, we always end up back onto football matters.
The Club is full of local people who care deeply for its well-being. Those who were not born and raised in Barnsley, like myself, we’re fully converted… just ask Barry Murphy.
Alongside Andrew Clark, one of the Club’s Directors, I watched Saturday’s game against Fulham in the Ponty End. What I experienced was passion, noise and support.
I cannot stress just how much that influences the team on the field. From the first minute to the last, the players are giving everything to remain in this league and I know that all of you who watch at Oakwell are doing exactly the same. Just as we challenge the team and staff to progress, I urge you to channel whatever nerves or frustrations you have whilst watching the Reds into positive energy, to lift the team even higher.
Tomorrow’s fixture is our next game. It’s our next chance to secure three points.
The way the team are playing, their belief is not just words. Everybody believes we can fight our way out of this situation. When we do it, it will be due to a tremendous collective effort from everyone associated with the Club. Do not undervalue the role that you play - singing, chanting and supporting every game is invaluable.
I am always open to conversations and as such, I am hosting a fans forum on Friday 18 March in the Copier Systems Legend Suite. If you can make it, I look forward to seeing you there.
Thank you as ever for your support.
As you sang on Saturday, ‘Every little thing, gonna be alright…’
All the best,