Vic Morgan Blog: Early days…
A big welcome to BBC Radio Swindon commentator Vic Morgan who starts his new weekly blog only here on The Washbag.
WHAT A START…
To the season. It all looked cut and dried didn’t it?
We’d beaten Crewe 3-0 after a dodgy first half, and so the League Two title was a formality wasn’t it..? Especially with our new manager at the helm. Welcome Paolo.
Well, as we know, football’s not quite that simple. Four straight league defeats followed, including one by those in yellow and blue, and that meant a touch of depression among those of us who wear the red and white on our hearts.
The one moment of relief, of course, came at Ashton Gate. A memorable night in the Carling Cup against City, and a wonderful team performance. So some joy in an otherwise annoying August.
There were the beginnings of a few rumblings on the terraces, and the “Paolo Di Canio” chants, were somewhat subdued against Southampton.
That match will be remembered for other things though. ‘Clarkegate’ was one of the most extraordinary episodes many of us can recall.
It’s ended with a player signed from a Premier League club, leaving a League Two club for League One, all because he didn’t want to run. Fancy that a professional sportsman being asked to run…? Whatever next..? Edwina Curry on Strictly…oh wait a moment.
AT LAST, A MERRY TIME AGAINST THE MILLERS…
It was great wasn’t it..? That win last Saturday against Rotherham. It had its moments to worry any self respecting Town fan, but it was a win.
Alan Connell came on and did what Charlie Henry did in 1985. Score with his first touch.
I was reporting on Charlie’s goal against Cambridge United all those years ago. They were remarkably similar. A set piece into the penalty area at the Stratton Bank end, a header and a goal. I would figure both took about two seconds of actual playing time, so they’ll be forever linked in Town folklore.
It would be lovely to think that Alan will go on to hold the same place in Swindon history, as “Charlie Charlie Henry”. We’ll see.
AND SO THE RETURN OF PAUL STURROCK…
This Saturday see’s one of a handful of managers to gain promotion with Swindon come back with Southend.
I’ve a lot of time for ‘Luggy’. Working in Devon, as I do, I know just how much of a legend he is at Plymouth Argyle. The debt ridden club has seen better times, and Paul Sturrock guided the Pilgrims to the brink of the Championship.
It’ll be nice to see him back on the County Ground touchline, and I hope he gets a great reception.
Finally, may I say, what a privilege it is to have a new home on The Washbag.
We all love SWINDON TOWN football club, please may this be the season when the glory days start to come back.
Keep it loud, keep it proud, keep it SWINDON.