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Chairman's Notes: Hull City

10 November 2014

Co-Chairman John Banaszkiewicz maintains a positive outlook.

Good afternoon fellow Clarets and welcome back to the Turf, where we play host to Hull City. 

On behalf of the Board of Directors, a warm welcome to everyone from the east coast.

Before I begin, I would like to give special thanks to the fans on behalf of the board for the tremendous support you showed at the Arsenal game.

We were deeply touched at the end when, having been beaten 3-0, and when many other clubs’ supporters would have already headed for the exit, the ‘Claret Army’ stayed behind to show their appreciation for the players’ efforts.

We should always be proud of our achievements, especially when travelling on a level playing field to play the likes of Arsenal s like Arsenal. 
This time last year a trip to London involved our friends Millwall at the Den!

We are now a quarter of the way through the Premier League season, and despite having claimed only four points, we are keeping our heads up and fully enjoying the challenge of playing these top teams.

I remember writing my notes towards the end of last season asking you to keep the faith and keep rallying behind the players.

I’m delighted to see everyone still right behind Sean and the boys. The frustrating thing is we could easily have won at Crystal Palace and beaten Sunderland and we might then be going into today in a much different position. 

However, I still think we are just one or two wins away from getting back on track and with Sam Vokes stepping up his rehabilitation and the injury situation clearing up, the squad suddenly looks a lot healthier and as a group we remain confident that we can turn things around and put in more consistent performances.

From the outset we knew we had to be realistic and that this was never going to be easy. 

But I think everyone can see that we always play with pride and are prepared to fight.

In addition, we have one eye on the January transfer window and will keep all options open in a strategy that remains focused on both helping 
Sean and doing what is sensible and right for the club as a whole.

It’s equally important that the fans continue to stay fully behind the team and the manager and show the credit they all deserve. 

The Premier League remains a great place to be. We defied all the odds to get here and we are not about to give in to the doom-mongers in the media. Quite the opposite; the drive is to prove them wrong. 

We have a run of interesting fixtures coming up starting today, including Stoke City, Aston Villa, Newcastle and another newly-promoted team in Queens Park Rangers, so let’s focus on turning this season around.

Finally, and ahead of Remembrance Sunday, we must take a moment today to pause and reflect.

This year commemorates 100 years since the Great War and this weekend football joins the nation in remembering those who gave their all in battles far more important than sport.

Up the Clarets!

John B

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