A Huddersfield View on Liam Ridehalgh

Late last week Liam Ridehalgh joined Swindon on an initial one month loan from League One Huddersfield Town.

I’ve asked Charlie Johnson, writer of the Huddersfield blog Football Charlie, for his view on one of our newest recruits.

What type of player is Liam and what does he add to a team? Can he play a position other than left back?

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Town Tactics: Form Vs Formation

Is Swindon’s 442 too open? Alex Cooke looks at the blueprints for Paolo’s master plan.

No one could doubt that Paolo Di Canio is demanding: his pre-season training, half-time tantrums and full-time ABH prove at that. But tactically Paolo also asks a lot of his players because he has created a system that demands discipline and athleticism, and can yield great results, but also leaves little margin for error.Continue Reading

Bodin well for the future

In his first contribution for The Washbag, Andrew Steele-Davis looks at whether Swindon Town’s future is home-grown.

When Billy Bodin’s name was bellowed over the tannoy system at the County Ground on Saturday announcing that the young forward was in the starting eleven, it is safe to say you could not have seen that coming a few weeks ago.Continue Reading

*NEW* The Overseer Column: Wrecking Crewe

It’s only taken 18 months! Yes, finally I can welcome ‘The Overseer’ to The Washbag. Perched in the Arkells Stand with his flat cap and pipe, Neilsen ‘The Overseer’ gives his expert and often irreverent view on Swindon Town.

From ‘Bell-ends’ to ‘Bellissimo’ – what a contrast from the morale-sapping dross we were subjected to last season! The Paolo Di Canio [hopefully fascism free!] Revolution got off to the suitably sizzling start we’d all hoped for by derailing Crewe Alex three to zero in the battle of football’s foremost train-spotters.

With PDC’s appointment having provided a much needed shot in the arm for all of the Red Army in the wake of 2010 – 11’s morphine-laced lethargy, in contrast the second half of the Crewe game felt like a heady cocktail of valium and Viagra. This served both to revive the feel-wood factor plus to well and truly blow away the cobwebs, like converting a derelict house into an Indian restaurant. On reflection, surely that should be an Italian restaurant.Continue Reading

Swindon 3-0 Crewe: A tale of two halves

Scot Munroe reports on the opening League Two encounter at the County Ground as Town finish 3-0 winners over Crewe Alexandra.

It could’ve been a different story at the County ground this afternoon as visitors Crewe Alexandra completely dominated the first half. An earlier nervous and edgy Swindon later rallied to take the spoils with a dominating display in the last quarter providing Paolo Di Canio with his maiden victory.

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Not Supermarine, a Super-Town in the making..?

After returning from Italy, Paolo Di Canio took his Robins a short distance across town to face Evo-Stik Southern Premier Swindon Supermarine at Hunts Copse.

With a first opportunity for the Swindon public to witness Di Canio in the flesh a bumper crowd swelled the football ground attached to a bungalow, delaying the kick-off for 15 minutes, a rarity for a pre-season friendly.Continue Reading

A Season in Stats: Part 4 – A case for the defence…or not…

Given the delay in the new Swindon manager announcement you can feast your eyes on some more statistics I’ve gathered over the course of the season.

This time I’ll be having a look at the defensive phase of play and the contribution of all players with a defensive role, in particular, these stats reveal how many goals have been conceded whilst each player has been on the pitch, how many per game played and the frequency arising from total minutes per player.

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