The new season didn’t get off to the best of starts with a 4–0 home setback to Bournemouth resulting in Mark Robins leaving his position as Town manager.
Robins met with the board of directors following the defeat, and all agreed that it would be in the interest of all parties to part company.
HTSA would like to join the club in thanking Mark for his dedication and effort over the last 16 months and we wish him well for the future.
After a fairly decent pre-season, Town fans were hoping to get off to a flying start against Bournemouth at the John Smith’s, but all in all, it was an opening game to forget.
Thankfully, the performance and result improve at Chesterfield on Tuesday night to put us into the second round of the Carling Cup – Nahki Wells grabbing a hat trick and Jon Stead and Joe Lolley also on the scoresheet in a 5-3 comeback win after extra-time.
We obviously wish Mark Lillis and the staff all the best during their time in caretaker charge.
Meanwhile, Nathan Hosker has been appointed to the new voluntary role of Supporter Liaison Officer.
UEFA endorsed SLOs some time ago as part of their Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations and they are commonplace in Europe.
All professional clubs in England & Wales are now required to have an SLO, whose main function is to build bridges between a club and its fans.
This is a tough assignment for one individual and HTSA has indicated a readiness to help wherever possible as part of a commitment to strengthen the relationship with the club, while remaining independent.
With HTSA Travel, the HTSA coach to Cardiff on Saturday is priced £19 for members and £21 for non members (departure time is 8am from the Stadium).
Also the coach to Reading next Tuesday, August 19 (subject to enough bookings) is £19 for members and £21 for non members (departure time 1.30pm from the Stadium).
To book on either coach call or text the travel line on 07905 580784.
There was one positive to come out of last Saturday, however, and that was the introduction of the newly-founded North Stand Loyal.
Fans got behind the goal in the Fantastic Media Stand lower tier in numbers to create a fantastic party atmosphere with plenty of noise in the build-up to the match.
Town ran out to a tickertape reception, while flags, banners and scarves were held aloft to bring back memories of the ‘Cowshed’ days.
It was unfortunate the team didn’t show as much application.
NSL have now started selling T-shirts, Polo Shirts and Car Stickers so don’t hesitate, check these out. Details at Facebook.com/northstandloyal, Web; www.northstandloyal.co.uk , and Twitter; @northstandloyal