Vic Morgan Blog: Womble On…
BBC Radio Wiltshire commentator Vic Morgan continues his weekly blog only here on The Washbag.
A lovely day, sun’s shining, blue sky above…hey let’s go to watch AFC Wimbledon against Swindon, by the banks of the Thames.
To be fair I’d have gone even if the weather had been lousy, but the pleasant early winter day made the journey even better.
I’d been to the ground before. Many years ago, I commentated on a Plymouth Argyle cup tie at Kingstonian. Of course the Dons share the ground with the aforementioned non-league club.
With the sun shining on the russet gold and browns of the leaves, I was looking forward to history in the making. Swindon needed another clean sheet to equal the six in a row on the league set in 1968/69.
Well that came to an abrupt end, when the visitors took the lead inside the first ten minutes. To be fair, Wimbledon battered Swindon in that first half, having said that the Town could and should have been level at the break. It wasn’t our best display of the season and disappointing off the back of that great win over Huddersfield.
Still, an equaliser in the second half, and what should have been a penalty turned down, led to a draw. An away point is always acceptable, and it was a feeling of quiet satisfaction driving away from the ground.
Instead of returning to Devon, it was an overnight stay in Wiltshire to prepare for the Swindon 10K the next day.
I managed to drag my aged bones around the course in less than an hour. It was a hugely enjoyable event and superbly organised. So thanks to everyone involved in making it so…by the way the winner completed in 32 minutes…yes he did lap me.
About the future of several players, as the loan deadline approached.
The main subject of the speculation was Matt Ritchie.
A south coast lad, it appears that Bournemouth want to tempt him back there.
I suppose it’s always going to be the case, that Swindon’s better players will attract attention. However you would hope that with a promotion campaign unfolding, they would want to remain and help the club out of League Two.
Ronan Murray from Ipswich and Charlton’s Paul Benson, were both setting the wires buzzing. It’s no secret that Paolo Di Canio is after a striker, and it’s no surprise that players get linked with the Town. Having the manager that we have, it must be quite an attraction to play and improve under him…let’s hope that’s the case, and our promotion bid is enhanced by the arrival of quality players to go with the undoubted talent already at the County Ground.
One player who won’t be staying at SN1, is Mattia Lanzano. The Italian ‘keeper is leaving the club, after dropping down the pecking order since the arrival of Wes Foderingham. It’s not a surprise, and we wish him well wherever his football travels take him.
Sadly most will remember his horrendous error at Burton, not the best piece of goalkeeping you’ll see.
TAKE A SHOTS…
Yes it’s Aldershot who visit on Saturday. You can read our match preview here.
The renewal of rivalry between the two clubs, that goes back many years.
I remember a great Tuesday night in the seventies, when Swindon hit six against the Shots. I also remember a disappointing visit to the Recreation Ground in the FA Cup. That was night when Swindon wore their white shirts with a diagonal red stripe, a la Peru…it didn’t work.
There was also the Freight Rover tie which saw Fraser Digby…..the originator of the Washbag of course, get sent off for a foul on Martin Foyle. Yes many encounters, and many memories. It’s also the club to which my favourite Town player moved after his time at the County Ground…the great Will Dixon.
Looking forward to it…..I’ll be part of the BBC Wiltshire team at the game, and you can follow me on Twitter @swindonred.
Keep it loud, Keep it proud, Keep it SWINDON.