It’s Friday, so it must be time for the latest blog by BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan.
As I write this, once again the endless rain of 2012 falls outside my Devon window.
It seems like there’s been no sign of the sun for weeks and I’m feeling in need of something pretty special to cheer me up. At least we will get a glimpse of Sky Blue on Saturday when Coventry make a rare visit to the County Ground. It promises to be one of the games of the season and maybe that’ll lift the weather laden gloom. More on the Coventry visit later.
Meantime, another decent win on Saturday at struggling Bury. Just the one goal which you would have missed if you’re one of those who stroll in late after a long pre match pint. James Collins with a much needed strike after one 27 seconds or so deciding the match. In truth, the remaining 89 minutes and 33 seconds were pretty forgettable except for one brilliant stop by the Shakers ‘keeper and solid defence by the Town at times including a wonderful block by Jay McEveley.
Some rather annoying crowd antics meant the referee added a little more time on because some from Wiltshire thought it was rather clever to mess about with the ball when it came into the Swindon end. Not clever, rather daft when you’re leading away from home with just a few seconds remaining. There was also some vintage sideline action from PDC who livened up a dour afternoon with some terrific arm waving and head holding.
Mind you there was some teeth-gnashing after the match with the revelation that Swindon are in the grips of a transfer embargo. The very phrase is enough to send a shudder down the spine of any Town fan who remembers bleak financial chapters in our club’s long and illustrious history. Still, this one doesn’t seem quite so serious and hopefully will be sorted out soon. It means, of course, that loan signings can’t be made to cover any long term injuries we pick up such as Andy Williams’ calf problem and Alan McCormack who’s been out for a week or two.
It could be argued that we’ve signed enough players recently to field two teams and, of course, there lies the root of the problem with Swindon falling foul of the financial fair play rules.
You could argue that a club is being penalised for being ambitious but I’d rather see a financial control in place than the other scenario which see’s teams splash out money they can’t afford. We’ve been down to the edge of the monetary abyss before, don’t want to go there again, do you?
So to Saturday and the visit of Coventry City. It’s a club we haven’t played too often. There were the Premier League encounters a few years back, a couple of FA Cup matches, and we played them on the way to winning the League Cup in ’69. Apart from that though, a game against the Sky Blues is as rare as the colour of their shirts.
The arrival of Mark Robbins as manager has led to an improvement in form. So I think it should be a really good game. Two sides looking to play the right way on the County Ground carpet. Should be a great atmosphere as well with a large City following in town.
Then on Sunday, I’ll be dragging my old bones round the Swindon Half-Marathon. I know there’s a contingent of Washbag contributors taking part, so good luck to one and all. It’s been a bit of a struggle training in this rain, hope the weathers ok at the weekend.
By the way, give yourself a treat and watch the Led Zeppelin film “Celebration Day” next week. It’s their reunion performance at the O2 five years ago. I’m proud to say I was there and it was quite a gig.
As the band did, Keep it Loud Keep it Proud Keep it SWINDON.