Chairman’s Welcome Firstly, I’d like to extend a very warm welcome to the players, officials and supporters of TNS to Cyncoed Campus. Croeso cynnes. At the latest obligatory post match interview for Sgorio, our Director of Football, Christian Nic Edwards, was asked if we were worried about not having so far won, or even scored a goal. Not withstanding the open interpretation of statistics (in 3 games we have only conceded 1 goal from open play), Christian as always had a decent answer. Worried about not winning one of our first three games? Yes and no. Yes in relation to not picking up required points, but no in terms of creating a plethora of chances and (largely) defending well. In some ways, the question echoed those we continuously faced as we closed in on promotion last year. Then, we were openly bombarded with questions (and pronouncements) about the need to ‘import’ players to stay in the WPL; that we had to spend money to survive. The esteemed Dr Edwards and myself took 1.5 seconds precisely to come with a joint answer. Nah. The answer came not from some false arrogant consciousness or blind faith, but more from an authentic consideration of club and playing identity. No doubt we have failings, but our philosophy is more important than any short term ‘pragmatism’. This is not to say that we are naive in terms of winning of course being the ‘end game’; both of us, as well as others in the club, have been around too long for that. Rather, we value flexibility within principles; being methodical whilst not mechanical. However, being methodical in this respect is not as end in itself, it’s methodical in relation to our beliefs about the value of possession and good defending. Hence, we genuinely believe in the players we are working with; players who play because they want to and not for money or any other extrinsic reward. Nothing breaks a ‘team’ like money. Having been a coach and Chairman over many more years than I care to remember, I know that only too well!!!! It can be rightly said that this season will test the philosophy espoused; there are plenty of sceptics who will scoff at the intention and this declaration. But we certainly believe the players we have can improve; and it’s our job as coaches to ensure they do. In this case, we are in an exchange with the players. We believe in their ability to play well and improve, whilst they trust our advice in terms what they need to do to improve. That is the bargain struck; the one which must be honoured. A good luck to all. Professor Robyn Jones
Contents of the match day programme for the 2nd match in the Welsh Premier League versus Bala Town.