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TIGER: We Will Keep Building

Chairman's positive response despite Wembley heartbreak

15 July 2020

Chairman Sumrith 'Tiger' Thanakarnjanasuth has been talking to us about the hurt he felt after Monday night's play-off defeat.

“Like all of our supporters I am so sad and felt so much pain. I really hurt still and feel very low after Monday night" he told us this morning.
 
"I think because of Lockdown we had all been looking forward to the play-off games even more than we would usually have done and to lose at Wembley was heartbreaking for so many people. We offer our congratulations to Wycombe and now we have the job of picking ourselves up and starting again.
 
“I think for 24 hours it was quite raw and we were all hurting but you cannot allow that to last for too long- the new season will be here very quickly and we have to be ready for it.
 
“I want to thank Karl, Faz, Wayne, Chris, Amy, all the staff and the players for everything they have done for us this season. We have shared a wonderful adventure with them and I hope we created a lot of memories for the fans. It was done with attacking, entertaining football and done with great understanding of what makes this club special to all of us.
 
“We have meetings planned for the next few days. I said before the game that we have two sets of plans in place- one for the Championship and one if we remained in League 1. The plans are not so different- both are aimed at building on a very strong squad and being competitive next time around.
 
"The players will get a well-earned break, for the rest of us the hard work continues. I see a lot of clubs had started their pre-season before we had completed the last one! Our Academy reports back next week and we believe strongly in that side of the club as well as our community work and women’s team.
 
"Commercially this is a key time for us and season tickets will go on sale next week and we also have new kits and some very exciting new ideas that we think will push the club forward even more. One bad result cannot be allowed to stop that and so we ask fans to show Karl and the team that we all believe in them.
 
"It is amazing that we sold 3,200 season tickets already before we knew which division we were in: we are well on track to pass last season’s figure but we want 5,000, maybe 6,000 season tickets and to keep growing our fanbase.
 
"What we want most of all is for those fans to be back with us in person. The cardboard fans at Wembley were brilliant but who knows what might have been with 35,000 fans there from Oxford backing the team?
 
"So my message to the fans right now is to allow yourself some time to recover after Monday but never forget that this is your club and we need your support more than ever at this time.
 
“We will be back and we will keep building. Be part of it.”

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