Ahead of the new season, Chief Executive Officer, Khaled El-Ahmad speaks to all supporters as we look to go one better in 23/24.
As we approach the dawn of a new football season, I write to you today with great excitement and optimism for what lies ahead for us as a Club. We have come a long way over the last 18 months or so, and it's time to unite once again and rally behind the players as we kick off the season this Saturday at Oakwell against Port Vale.
The power of your support cannot be underestimated. You, the heart, and soul of Barnsley FC, have demonstrated unwavering loyalty, lifting our team to achieve against the odds. Your passion is unrivalled. We need only to look at our last competitive fixture, on the grandest of stages. Outnumbered, but that was a performance of giants in the stands and on the pitch at Wembley. We refuse to let those disappointing final few seconds dictate our mindset.
As we start the season at home against Port Vale, let's turn Oakwell into a cauldron of noise. Remember that your role as a supporter goes beyond being a spectator; you truly are the 12th man on the field, and together, we can drive our team to victory.
I am pleased that we have made a number additions to our squad during the summer transfer window. We have worked diligently to bring in players who share our vision and passion for the game. These new signings, along with our existing core, will hopefully form a formidable unit that will make all of us proud during the coming campaign.
It would be remiss of me not to thank our new Head Coach, Neill Collins and his Assistant, Jon Stead. They’ve made what could have been a challenging transition a simple process, and left me even more confident that we’ve appointed the right team, complementing our already quality coaching staff.
Beyond the pitch, we are continuously striving to improve our Club in every aspect. From youth development to community engagement, we are committed to building a strong foundation for the future. The recent rebranding of the Barnsley FC Community Trust is just another example of what we are all working hard to achieve. Your support and backing make it all possible, and we are grateful for the faith you place in us.
To finish, if you haven’t already joined over 9,000 supporters in buying a Season Ticket, then I’d urge you to join us here on August 5. Together, let's create an atmosphere to be proud of. Towards the end of last season, Oakwell was rocking. Let’s not take our feet off the pedal.
On behalf of the entire Club, from staff to players, I extend my heartfelt gratitude for your steadfast support. Let's make the 23/24 season a memorable one, filled with unforgettable moments. We are Barnsley FC, and together, we will rise.