LAST Saturday proved that fans can make a difference.
Supporters who responded to campaigns by the Advertiser, the club and Trust STFC to fill the County Ground with colour, character and noise, did so with aplomb.
It was not the result we all wanted but the atmosphere inside the stadium was as good as it has been for most of the season. Perhaps even the best.
Jon Obika’s goal means Town still have a chance to stay in League One. Sure, we might be outsiders but a chance is a chance. AFC Wimbledon arrive in Wiltshire next and, on a Bank Holiday, let’s hope for another good crowd.
Until the Robins are safely cemented in the third tier, we at the Trust are encouraging fans to do more than moan.
We need to look to the future… and the future of our club is much brighter in our current division. No one wants League Two football next term.
So let’s find our gallows humour, strength in adversity and another 90 minutes of vocal support for our team. It is one of the most important Easter weekends in recent history for our club.
Over the coming weeks, the board members responsible for delivering the final blueprint for the purchase of the stadium will be meeting with the council to discuss how we best put the plans into practice.
Our dialogue with the local authority has so far been open, honest and productive and we’re delighted with the progress we have made so far.
The Trust remain fully committed to this project - particularly given the widely positive reception it has had - and we will do everything we can to come to an agreement which represents value for supporters, taxpayers and the club for many years to come.
After the next meeting in late April, we will publish an FAQ at truststfc.tv answering posers on the process of buying the County Ground, how we intend to raise the funds, how the relationship with the club as tenants would work going forward and other major and pertinent issues.
Then, in May, an open meeting is planned at an Old Town venue, where anyone can come and hear our plans and ask questions.
We’ve been delighted to see membership of the Red Army Fund more than double since the project was announced but we’re still only around 300 strong. Everyone with an ounce of Swindon Town in their heart is welcome to join.
In the future, we can all play an important role in the direction and fate of our club.
For now, all we can do is cheer on the boys. Let’s hope it’s a really Good Friday.