Looking forward to Wembley - Gazette article 28th May 2021

Robbie Whittaker - BST Secretary


Even by our standards, it has been an eventful time since our last column.


Play-off qualification was a comfortable and efficient process in the end, and finishing the regular campaign with four straight wins - and clean sheets - was very pleasing, if not very dramatic.


There wasn’t much drama in the first leg of the semi-final either, albeit there is always bucket loads of tension. The team and manager deserve great credit for choosing this time to put in one of their most clinical performances of. the season. Like us, Oxford had shrugged off a poor start to the season to finish it in some style - but for them, pushing on was just a step too far. A 0-3 defeat was just too much to overcome.


That said, they contributed massively to a momentous night at Bloomfield Road in the second leg. Leagues 1 and 2 have provided some fabulous entertainment in the play-offs this season, and this game was right up there with them all. Hopefully, the sheer single-mindedness of our team on the night laid many of the ghosts of 1996 to rest.


So to Sunday. Like you, we are desperately disappointed that more fans can’t be at this game. It is ironic that the bond between fans and club is stronger now than it has been for many years - and yet only a fraction of us are getting to enjoy it in the flesh. It augurs well for the time when we can all eventually get back to something like normality.


For BST, it continues to be a very busy year. We were very pleased to conduct a survey of fans over the last couple of weeks, specifically taking your mind about how you would like the club to handle the issue of season ticket and match day pricing in 2021/22.


This is difficult territory for the club. They don’t know yet which League we will be in, and that in itself makes a huge difference to the solidarity payments we will get from the EPL - over six times as much as we currently get if we win promotion. Nor do they know how many season tickets