It seems forever since we had a competitive game of football and even though we now play our first game of the new season at home on Saturday, it is under very strange circumstances.
Behind closed door games have always been a result of misdemeanours by clubs or political situations, however this is now a pure reality of a pandemic which has ravaged all sport, not just football.
We must all remember that although we may be inconvenienced by the situation we are in, it is just that - an inconvenience. We must all take a moment to think about the family, friends and colleagues that have been lost during this tragic time and our hearts go out to all of those who have lost loved ones and friends. Regardless of our views or choices, life is precious and we send out sympathies to all who have suffered through this horrific pandemic and hope that we as a club can bring some kind of enjoyment and entertainment back into the lives of all those fans who support us.
I am delighted with the approach by Neil and his team to the challenge we face under Covid-19 and although there is a general feeling of trepidation I assure you that these players will give everything they have and I have full confidence in the squad that has been assembled. Injuries will always play a part in any season and we have been on the wrong end of that situation before. However, we will overcome these obstacles and endeavour to provide a team that can entertain you.
Our aim is to build and grow the squad, giving opportunities for players to express themselves enough so they can take steps up the ladder, either with the Iron, or moving on and achieving their goals with other teams, as many have over the last few years. We need patience whilst we work with these new players and time to get the best out of them, something we will work hard to do.
We will inform all of you as things begin to change and as soon as we know we can get supporters into games a statement will be made to confirm who and how many fans can attend. We have sold 900 season tickets, which equates to approximately 50 per cent of our season tickets over recent years, and they will have preference when matches are reopened for fans.
My family and I would like to thank all of you who have committed to season tickets at this point, it certainly has helped and we hope, as the games become more widely available and more fans get to watch the Iron live, that it is done in a safe and secure manner for all concerned.
The club welcomes Port Vale this Saturday, a game which will be remembered for so many things and we hope we can make you proud whilst you watch at home with your friends and family.