Trust STFC vice-chair Alex Pollock discusses Town’s play-off run, correspondence from overseas, and a brief review of the recent Advisory Board meeting.

We did it at home, but can we do it on a spring Thursday night in Stoke-on-Trent? Absolutely, yes, we can. Sunday’s fixture was another one for the memories and another twist riding the rollercoaster that is the last 12 months (and beyond!) of being a Swindon Town fan.

Ben Garner and his squad can take huge pride and motivation from that performance ahead of tonight’s second leg in Burslem, given the weather conditions, the officiating, and the opposition. And I think it’s only right that the Town faithful in attendance at the game and watching live on TV also take credit for playing their part.

If you’re one of the 2,298 making the trip up north today, remember your duty as the 12th man involved in this tie. We’ve heard plenty from the players over the last few weeks about how that wall of noise we collectively generate gives them that extra boost.

The players know they need to leave everything on the pitch, and as fans, we need to leave everything in the stands. A sore throat and a croaky voice should be standard when tomorrow morning comes.

If you weren’t lucky enough to secure a ticket, the Legends Lounge will be open at The County Ground showing the fixture live, as well as it being available on Sky Sports. Let’s keep believing. We’re halfway there. COYR!

For any overseas fans who might be glancing an eye at this column today, TrustSTFC applauds your support from all corners of the globe this season. We’ve had updates from Australia, Florida, Singapore, and Norway to name just a few - you know who you are, and please keep up the good work!

We’d like to extend our congratulations to the club which has been crowned as ‘Gold Award’ winners of Family Excellence for their exemplary work in engaging families on matchdays this season. This is a testament to the team behind the scenes, given the particularly challenging set of circumstances faced during the Covid-19 pandemic, and our ownership saga last summer.

It’s great to see how STFC has worked hard to ensure supporters have been welcomed back safely this season while exploring new and innovative ways to continue to boost the matchday experience for youngsters and families.

And finally, in the world of TrustSTFC, we were present at last week’s Advisory Board meeting. It’s great to hear all the plans underway for the close season and the club are continuing to engage with the supporter groups for feedback and suggestions.

As a Trust, we’re also working hard on a new fan engagement strategy and developing a range of work-streams to enhance our support for our members and to continue to feed your thoughts back into all levels of the club.

If there is anything our members or the wider fan base would like to raise with us, please do get in touch via the usual channels.