Chairman's Message & Welcome to Swindon RFC
It is good to be back at Castle Road after a blank Saturday here (I , and our Financial Director, hate them) and two away games at Royal Wootton Bassett and Witney. We were plagued with injuries and unavailabilities in these games and our thanks go to those players who stepped up to fill the gaps. We managed to snatch a late winner at RWB and then allowed Witney to their great surprise to do the same to us the following week. We hope for a better performance today.
We welcome the players, committee, coaches and supporters from Swindon today and look forward to a good game of rugby – when we played them two seasons ago we managed to win home and away in two quite close games. This season Swindon have struggled and find themselves next to bottom in the league but I know they played much better than that position would suggest against RWB in their last game.
Project All change funds have now reached £165,000 and whilst there is still a long way to go, that is very pleasing. We had a really successful and enjoyable Autumn Ball arranged by Steph Paden and she raised a massive £5,200 from the evening – and everyone had a great time as well! We are really grateful to Steph and her team – elsewhere in this programme are some pictures of the evening. Thanks Steph – please do another one!
On the social side please consider these dates for your diary:
New Year’s Eve Party – yes, you guessed it – Sunday 31 December
Burns Night – Friday 26 January
Sportspersons’ Dinner with Dave Egerton and others entertaining us– Friday 23 February
Colts 50th Anniversary Dinner - Saturday 7 April
Watch out for other events on the website and in e mails to you please and support if you can.
As many of you know, we have struggled to field a regular Colts side recently but this year we again have a regular Colts side enjoying their rugby. I watched them last Sunday beating Castle Cary in a really enjoyable game and there is a match report of this elsewhere in the programme. They play on Sundays at 2pm so please check your fixture card and come and watch them if you can.
Today we will have another enjoyable game hoping for a win to keep our promotion hopes alive but, whatever happens, we will follow our core values and applaud all the rugby from both sides and support the match officials.
See you pitch side and in the bar afterwards.
Richard Larcombe, Chairman Salisbury RFC