Well, it’s been an interesting week hasn’t it?
Our new home kit has been unveiled, to much fanfare (I must admit it’s the best we’ve had for a while) along with a new striker coming in on loan, who, depending on what you read on the web, is somewhere between 5’ 9” and 6’ 6”!
Elias Kachunga, and Jack Payne, who also signed last week, look like great acquisitions for Town – we like a coach who looks to do his business early!
Joel Lynch has also departed to QPR. We wish him all the best, apart from the two QPR fixtures of course!
And we welcome our new club record signing Christopher Schindler from 1860 Munich.
It has not gone un-noticed that a lot of our acquisitions are from Europe, at the same time that the country has voted for Brexit.
It’s hard to see how this will pan out for footballing matters at the moment, but it will undoubtedly make a significant impact on the Premier League, and ultimately, all the other clubs in the leagues, and this could be for better or for worse.
Following the UK out of Europe were the England team, after what has to have been the biggest upset in the national teams’ history since 1950.
England were tested defensively by a well-organised Iceland side, and could easily have had three or four.
England’s players looked dazed and shell-shocked – there appeared to have been a lack of leadership on the pitch and off it, as if they were all waiting for someone else to take the game by the scruff of the neck.
Rashford did that towards the end, but never really had enough time to make an impact – it was too little, too late.
I was left thinking “is this an England thing?” as I have, on numerous occasions, seen Town play similarly, under previous managers and coaches.
I’m hopeful that DW has identified his leader on the pitch for next season, and that he has us well organised offensively and defensively.
Talking of Town, the fixtures came out last week, and we’re into the final countdown to August, which looks like a tough month on paper.
We get the chance to avenge the sorry 5-1 drubbing of the last game of the season, with a repeat on the first game of the season – I don’t know how many times that has happened in fixture line-ups in the past – but if anyone knows, can they let us know – it would make a great quiz question!
Our opening fixture is followed by Capital One Cup action against Shrewsbury in midweek, yet another “banana skin” fixture (here’s hoping we prevail this time!) then a couple of visits to Newcastle United and Aston Villa.
This could possibly be the right time to play them, as they adjust to the Championship, but they will be tough games.
As will Barnsley and Wolves at home. We will need to play to our strengths, and have some luck on our side, if we are to get a decent return from those six games – here’s hoping!
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Until next week, UTT!
John Sealey, Treasurer, HTSA