I am not one for great 'Churchillian' like speeches; I will leave that to others. I am not even sure I have the sufficient mastery of the English language to attempt such rhetoric, but what I do know is that this Saturday we face the biggest game in the history of NEC Harlequins. Bigger than any cup final the club have been involved in and bigger than any other game that the club has played in its 130 year history.
Everyone knows what is at stake - staying in the Zurich Premiership or dropping down to National Division One. With that, people's jobs and livelihoods are dependent upon the result on Saturday as clearly income into the club will be cut if we do not maintain our Premiership status.
There is no point at this stage dwelling on what has gone on in the past. There is no point in feeling sorry for ourselves; we are in this position because of our results in the previous 21 games, but we have one last chance on Saturday, playing in front of our own supporters, to avoid finishing bottom of the Zurich Premiership.
It is our job to help the players prepare as well as possible for the game at the weekend against Sale Sharks. Having played on Tuesday evening, the training this week will be very limited, given that we traveled back from Leeds yesterday morning. The players will meet up this afternoon for meetings with the coaching staff to go through our game plan for Saturday. We will have a light training session tomorrow (Friday) morning, before meeting up on Saturday morning prior to the game.
I can guarantee that you will get 100% commitment from all 22 players that are selected to represent NEC Harlequins on Saturday afternoon, and I know that you will give the same.
In what has been a very difficult and disappointing season your support, both at home and away from the Stoop, has been fantastic. This Saturday we want to take the field with 8,500 and 22 players. From the moment the team comes onto the pitch to warm-up at 2.30pm, I would ask that all 8,500 of you get behind the team and cheer their every movement. You have no idea how much your encouragement during the warm-up can lift the team.
We did pick-up one or two knocks on Tuesday evening in Leeds and players are being treated as I write. With this in mind, we will not release our team until the last possible moment to give everyone as much opportunity as possible to prove their fitness for Saturday afternoon.
We face a difficult challenge on Saturday and most of the experts have written us off already. The fact is that we are in control of our own destiny and one of the beauties of sport, all sport, is that the favorites do not always win. We, the players, coaches and backroom staff all believe that we will win on Saturday - you have to believe as well.
I look forward to hearing a crescendo of noise at the Stoop on Saturday afternoon.
PS - Thank you to everyone who has sent in good luck messages; we have received over 200 and it is very much appreciated. Anyone who would still like to send a message, then please email me at the following address: email@example.com
Harlequins fan Ed Atkin won the Etihad Airways 'Up and Under' competition at the Northampton Saints game. As a result, he and a friend have won a holiday to Abu Dhabi courtesy of Etihad Airways and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.