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Message from the Chairman

21 March 2013

Message from Shrewsbury Town chairman Roland Wycherley

Message from the Chairman

We find ourselves at the “business end of the season” with seven very important games to go.

Our League One status is in our own hands. We entered this first season back in League One with hope and ambition; we have invested in what we believed would be an improved squad to cope with the higher standard of football we would face. Each match will be its own “Cup Final” for us, but also for the opposition as most teams we face are looking to get points to achieve either promotion, the play-offs or survival. Our home gates have, for the most part, held up well in these difficult economic times, and our away following has yet again been superb. The players and Graham speak very highly of the uplifting effect vocal support gives to the team. We can all play our part in supporting the team, home and away. Please encourage family members, friends and relatives to get behind the team. 

Shrewsbury Town have enjoyed success in recent seasons. We have seen 3 promotion play offs, two appearances at Wembley and most importantly last season promotion to League One. Our stadium has become more than just bricks and mortar. It is our supporters and the people who make our club and we have a very hard working team behind the scenes supporting the needs and ambitions of the football management. We have fans who stand tall amongst the best in the country. Our family support is terrific buoyed by the community initiatives our backroom team devise and manage.

We respect the input fans have made in engaging with the club through the Supporter group forum to highlight how we can make the support of Shrewsbury Town more rewarding for the fans. Changes are taking place to the match day experience and other points raised by the fans. The design of the new home kit is once again a supporter led initiative.The Club finances are carefully managed so as not to jeopardise the future and we have once again been able to release an “Early Bird” season ticket price equating to 8 free games.

The Club is embracing its community and increasing the relevance of the club in community projects and initiatives of all sizes. Our community work whether direct or though our Charitable arm (The Community Sports Trust) reaches out to over 3000 children every year, whether through sports coaching or educational initiatives, as well as thousands of adults supported through our community partnerships. RAF Shawbury now consider the Greenhous Meadow to be their home. The recent RAF match against the Navy was attended by almost 1000 supporters, a wonderful level of support for the armed services. Local charities and community groups benefit for their liaison with the club. We continue to supply and support as  much good work as possible.

Back to the football and I am proud to be Chairman of this wonderful club. We have attained the first goal in our plan- League One. Now we are laying down the foundations for the next level – The Championship. We remain ambitious, but we are realistic in what is needed to achieve that goal. We are determined to achieve it. Let’s all continue to get behind the team and the manager. We are all Shrewsbury Town through and through. Together we can succeed.

RE Wycherley

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