SWINDON Town Supporters Trust board member Alex Pollock looks back on an extraordinary season and previews the final weekend of regular action.

45 down, 1 to go. And it’s in our hands.

In our last Trust Matters column following the defeat to Orient, we encouraged fans to keep their faith. There were 12 points still to play for, and we’ve picked up nine of those, with all roads now leading to the Bescot Stadium this Saturday.

For the 3,500 Town fans travelling up, it’s going to be one awesome afternoon.

Some members of the Trust board had the pleasure of dinner with Harry McKirdy last week, 24 hours after the Forest Green Rovers game.

We’ve sponsored his kit throughout this season, and it was a great chance to catch up and hear the latest on what’s going on within the squad. Confidence is high with the team, the players are desperate to get out of League Two, and they’re all thrilled with the fan’s support this season to really get behind the team on a match-day!

At last Saturday’s game against Barrow, over 13,000 Town fans packed The County Ground due to a last-minute decision on opening up the Stratton Bank.

The operational costs for opening the Bank were jointly covered by us and the Official Supporters Club, in exchange for ensuring ticket costs were kept as low as possible.

We were really pleased to see fans basking in the sunshine, bringing the noise, and enjoying the game. This was also another fantastic example of the club, Trust and OSC working collaboratively for the benefit of the fanbase and the local community.

Ahead of the final League Two game of the season, it feels like the perfect opportunity to remind ourselves of the journey we’ve been through, and what we’ve collectively overcome as a football club, a fanbase, and a community.

It’s safe to say that last season was a difficult one for Town supporters, seeing our club go through one of the darkest periods in our history: financial problems, court cases, FA charges, relegation to where we find ourselves today in League Two, and all this playing out during lockdowns and a global pandemic.

However you’re supporting Town this weekend, we hope you’re proud of the club’s achievements this season. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for a few more competitive fixtures beyond this Saturday. COYR!

Tonight we host our TrustSTFC Board Meeting and next Tuesday is the latest Advisory Board meeting between the club and supporter groups. If any members have points they’d like raised, please do not hesitate to get in touch.