This weekend’s fixture is a special one in the annual calendar: pre-match the club distributes 400 free shirts to 7 year olds.  This is such a wonderful initiative complementing the ambassador scheme and germinating an interest in FGR at a young age.  I hope all the families in the Community Stand enjoy their visit to The New Lawn and you return for further fixes of entertaining local football in the future.

We welcome the players, officials and fans of Colchester United to our stadium.  180 miles separate us on the map, 8 places in League Two.  The ‘U’s were initially one of our bogey sides in league football but this was ended in March this year when we came away from their impressive stadium with a 3-0 win.  Our Supporters coach endured a 12 hour round trip that night, the traffic en route east was horrendous, better on the return journey but still not arriving home until after 2am.  I hope travel today is more straightforward for our visitors.

It is too early to judge the success of the transfer window, but I’m sure everyone has admired the resilience and determination of our squad.  This Saturday is likely to see the home debut of Jack Aitchison, he deserves a warm reception after his performance at Cambridge last week.  He was
only on the pitch for 20 minutes, but scored and hit the post during this period.  Jack has good awareness, he’s forward looking and very sharp in the box.

Well done to the 134 Supporters who cheered on the lads at The Abbey Stadium last week. Away support has been terrific this season and this is so appreciated by Mark Cooper and the players.  There are long autumn trips ahead to Salford, Carlisle and Morecambe, two of them on Tuesday nights.  Exeter in mid-October is a shorter journey and we already have a full ambassador coach heading south for that one.  Let’s keep up the vociferous encouragement on the road.

Enjoy the game
The Supporters Club