Happy birthday to us, happy birthday to us, happy birthday dear TheWashbag.com, happy birthday to us…
TheWashbag.com all started three years ago today. The 14th January 2010 was the date of the opening article on the mouthful-titled domain ‘fraserdigbyswashbag.wordpress.com’ with a rather pointless post speculating about Lee Peacock’s likely move away from the County Ground.
What was meant to only be a personal blog, started as a means to rant about supporting Swindon Town and to test my dyslexic inhibited writing in a public forum, has evolved into something I’m truly proud of.
For all of our readership, including notable mentions to my Dad and Iain who’ve been reading from the start, I can’t believe The Washbag has made it into a fourth year. Especially considering the standard of some of my original, rather ranty commentary on life watching Swindon Town and moans aplenty about such ‘hot topics’ as Vincent Pericard taking the no.5 shirt number, whether Billy Paynter would sign a s new contract and a passioned defence for the qualities of Kevin Amankwaah.
Back in the early days, while I was struggled to find my voice for the site, little did I know I’d be siting down to: chat about Town on a podcast – which is a credit to Chris’ organisation and presenting; meeting and interviewing inspiration for the website, Fraser Digby and being given this picture of his washbag; and being told that Paolo Di Canio once turned up at a STFC press conference clutching a print out of one of our analysis articles to use it prove a point.
Of everything so far, my proudest achievement remains the ‘Managers Countdown‘, which was meant to last a single month, but turned into an epic feat of research, analysis and thousands of words throughout the summer of 2011; and nearly killed me.
TheWashbag.com has coincided with a rollercoaster time in our club’s history. An unlikely surge to Wembley in 2009/10 was followed by an almost abrupt decline with relegation under Paul Hart and then our beloved Paolo Di Canio’s and his mouth…
Today the site wouldn’t be what it is without the valued and regular contributions of the many Town fans who are an integral part of the success of TheWashbag.com. With my time limited as a self titled ‘editor’, this website perhaps wouldn’t exist now without the support of the writing team.
It’s been an honour to publish Alex Cooke’s professional analysis; Brendan Hobbs’ Photoshop skills; Adam Johnson’s opinions; Vic Morgan’s weekly ramblings; David Squires’ Neil Ruddock Hall of Shame cartoon strip; Christopher Panks’ podcast; match reports and blogs from Andrew Hawes, Andrew Steele-Davis, Benjamin Beaumont, Benjamin Wills, Carl McQueen, Dan Johnson, Daniel Hunt, Danny Everard, Hans Tandsether, Iain Watkins, Lee Townsend, Matt Davies, Matthew Fry, Mike Minihane, Neil Evans, Nick Judd, Richard Banyard, Rosie MacGillivray, Sam Walton, Scot Munroe, Steve Hall, STFC007, Stuart Temple, The Overseer, Tom Otrebski, Vincent Pericard and Westbury Red.
There’s one thing for certain, as Swindon Town supporters, we’re never going to be short of articles…
Thanks to you all for reading and here’s to another successful year at the County Ground and ‘perhaps a promotion…’