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Chairman's column: Sheffield United

This evening’s game against Sheffield United is our 28th Championship game played this season - the opening day fixture at Bramall Lane seems like an age ago.

There has been a lot of change right throughout the Championship for most clubs since that first game in August.

With nearly half the clubs already having changed their managers, on top of a lot of player movements to contend with this month, the second half of the season will be a very stressful time for many of the teams involved.

I’m sure there will be plenty of highs and lows to contend with for everyone connected to each club either challenging for promotion to the Premier League or battling to avoid relegation to League One.

The FA Cup third round provided many so called giant-killing wins and in my view the tournament is still a fantastic competition that has always meant so much to all genuine football supporters.

It also provides a financial lifeline to all lower league football clubs and in a lot of cases it was the highlight of the year for everyone involved – directors, players and supporters.

With two home league games on the bounce we can all look forward to the second half of the season with great optimism.

When you look at the teams around the top half of the table the challenge exists for everyone to find consistency and string a run of wins together. If you can do that then anything is possible in the months ahead.

I’m sure there will be many twists and turns for most clubs as the last months of the season approach.

With a little luck along the way anything is possible.

A warm Welsh welcome to all directors, staff, player and supporters making the trip from Sheffield to the Liberty today.

Enjoy the game.

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