The 2011/2012 A-League season for many people was seen as a successful year for Perth Glory, for me it was a small step in the building of a highly successful club.
Everyone involved with the club, from the supporters, volunteers and sponsors, to the staff and players know that the reason we turn up each week and invest so much of our time and effort into the club is to win the ultimate price – the A-League Championship.
We fell short last year, in excruciating circumstances, but we are all united in getting back there again, and this time lifting the trophy. We cannot rest on our laurels or say that second is good enough – it isn’t.
We are building a winning culture at this club and to do this we have to be fearless and we must all expect to win, not just at home, but every week we play and against any team. This past season saw us take great strides forward in this area, but we must continue to improve. Our coaching staff and players are building this culture into their playing style, evident from their great fight back in the second half of the season and during the finals campaign.
We are reshaping our squad, through the injection of quality Australian youth to complement the highly experienced players who served us well last season. This ensures we are building, and importantly maintaining, a quality squad built on a winning culture. These players, more than capable of holding first team positions, will form the nucleus of our squad for the future and whose efforts our success will come from.
For a long time nib stadium has been a fortress for Perth Glory and a key to our success at home. Despite the construction occurring this coming season we want to ensure it remains an intimidating venue for opposition teams. For this reason we have created a Home End Membership, which will include an Active Support area in front of the Shed, where we will be encouraging our fans to bring in flags, banners, musical instruments to ensure every note of every chant reverberates around nib Stadium again.
As you would be aware the nib stadium redevelopment, occurring during the coming season, will negatively affect the members on the Eastern side of the ground. While this is out of hands, we will do everything we can do to accommodate affected members and we are sure the end result will be a far superior stadium in season 2013/2014.
Perth has, during its 15 year history, been a hugely successful club. I remember going to Perth Glory games during the NSL and expecting the Glory to win and being disappointed when they didn’t. We expected them to play finals and more than that we expected them to win the Championship each year. That is how we all need to feel about our club. We are winners and we deserve to win, not just a game but the title.
I am 100% committed to the Perth Glory and I am 100% committed to Perth Glory being winners, not just next year but for many years to come. I will not accept Perth Glory, or anyone involved in the club, being treated unfairly or anyone standing in the way of our success. We deserve to be in the competition and we deserve to win. I wear my heart on my sleeve and say what I think, but I only do this because I want this club to be great. I am looking forward to the 2012/2013 season and I am looking forward to you being part of it.
No Guts No Glory !!!!
Chairman Perth Glory