Chief Executive David Baldwin sounds the rallying cryGood evening everyone and welcome to tonight’s game against Middlesbrough.
I’d like to start by saying a big thank you for your continued support.
It has been terrific to see in excess of 15,000 home supporters at every home game throughout the season, allied to our fantastic away support.
Many times, particularly on the road, I know those big travelling numbers have helped the players achieve the positive results we all wanted.
That was again the case at Birmingham City at the weekend, when the drive from the stands continued to inspire the players to a very important victory.
It’s been a crazy couple of weeks in the Championship, with late goals flying in all over the place, changing the results and, in turn affecting the top of the table.
But this was just the latest example of how our players and our crowd can work in unison to help achieve a positive outcome.
You can tell from the players’ and manager’s reactions at the full time whistle just what that support on the day meant to them.
Never underestimate the positive effect of the crowd atmosphere and the effect that can have on the team.
Off the field, things continue to move on a pace. You will have seen the skeleton of the new Clarets Store and ticket office emerging in the corner of the stadium on Harry Potts Way
Over the coming weeks, the skin of the building will be in place and we remain on plan for a summer opening of what, I am sure, will be a vastly improved customer experience, both in terms of ticket and retail purchasing.
The entire first floor of this new build will then be occupied by Burnley FC in the Community, linked directly through to the new club operation offices that were built late last year.
Congratulations to our award-winning community department on another nomination at last weekend’s Football league awards in Manchester.
It was a shame for Neil Hart and his team that they did not land the overall award, but they were rightly commended for a whole host of work that continues to improve the lives of many people in and around Burnley and help to improve the area as a whole.
Their efforts serve to reinforce the club’s responsibility at the heart of the community and I can only see that growing in the coming months and years.
Finally, on behalf of the Board of Directors and staff at the club, congratulations to Andre Gray on landing the award of Championship Player of the year.
This is a hugely important award, voted for by managers of all 24 Championship teams, and is something we should all take great pride in and shows the club is on the right path.
Enjoy the game and make as much noise as possible.