It’s Friday, so it must be time for the latest blog by BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan.
And so another up and down week passes in the life of Swindon Town Football Club.
A great grind out win at Shrewsbury was followed by a disappointing home defeat by a resurgent Colchester. Just to make matters worse a former player delivered the coups de grace at the County Ground, one Michael Rose.
Rose, well known for his free kicks during a brief spell in Wiltshire, drove the winner in from a dead ball situation outside the box. I wasn’t at the game but by all accounts it was one to forget.
Somehow Swindon find it difficult to cope with sides who get in their faces. Leyton Orient and Colchester seemed to have come with the right game plan. It’s something the Town need to address. Still don’t think we should panic do you? A newly promoted side sitting happily in the top ten is fine at this time of the season.
One thing I can’t get my head around is the abuse former players are suffering when they revisit the County Ground. Surely it’s something which fires them up. Then to send them abusive messages on social network sites is just beyond ridiculous.
You might not like the way a player leaves your club, but they’re professional footballers who go where the deal is best for them. We all do that in other walks of life, its the same in football. Grow up and get over it. Perhaps if you feel strongly enough about it say it directly to the person involved, not while hiding behind a keyboard. It means a lot to us but football is a sport, that’s it pure and simple. Abuse is NEVER acceptable.
As for Shrewsbury? Well its one of my favourite away trips. Set in the beautiful Shropshire countryside, it’s always a pleasure to go to. The coach arrived in plenty of time. A chance to take in the sites. Percy Thrower’s Garden Centre to be precise.
For those of us of a certain age, Percy was the original TV gardener. Sadly no longer with us, Percy talked in strange Latin names for plants and told us how to rake soil to a fine tilth. Great days of black and white television and the legendary man smoking his pipe.
So it was a relaxing start to the game made even better by the pre match fare. Now as a vegetarian going to football is often something which leaves me rather peckish. A lack of food for people like me can be rather frustrating. Not so Saturday. A wonderful Cheese, Onion and Potato pie. Hats off Shrewsbury and take note Swindon.
The game itself was nothing to write home about. Simon Ferry scoring was the obvious highlight. Great for the wee man and for the Town, as Swindon won the battle of the STFC’s.
Saturday See’s another long trip north to Bury. Just like Colchester, they have a new manager. The vastly experienced Kevin Blackwell has recently taken over at Gigg Lane. We’ll see what effect that has at the weekend.
Don’t know why, but I’ve always found the fact that Bury’s ground is next to a cemetery rather bizarre. Lets hope its not grave for the Town in Lancashire…sorry I’ll get my coat.
See you at Gigg Lane…
Keep it Loud Keep it Proud Keep it SWINDON.