Vic Morgan Blog: Rovers Return

BBC Radio Wiltshire commentator Vic Morgan continues his weekly blog only here on The Washbag.

It was a late kick in the whatsits on Saturday wasn’t it..?

Paul Caddis had put the Town in front, with a fantastic solo effort.

It looked as though Swindon would pick up a notable victory at The Mem, but it wasn’t to be. Former Exeter defender Danny Woodards headed in at the far post, to give the Gas a point and deny Swindon the win.

It was a hard fought local derby, and I guess most Town fans went away thinking a point wasn’t too bad. The most disappointing thing was that the goal was conceded so late.

Still, a point is a point, and I was waiting to hear what manager Paolo Di Canio had to say afterwards.

I think we were all a little stunned by what happened next.

Paolo was so angry at the performance, that BBC Wiltshire couldn’t play out his post match interview. We spent the final hour of the sports programme, trying to work out why he was so furious. There was mention of resignation if he didn’t get the players he wanted in January, and expletives aplenty.

Even opposition manager Paul Buckle could hear Paolo’s anger from the home dressing room.

It all seems to have been the passion of the man…something I think we’ve all come to love.

Still I’m glad I’m not on the end of it….

The result leaves us in sixth place, and in a decent position just ahead of the Christmas games. It was also pretty good to be leaving Bristol feeling unhappy at narrowly missing out on a win, after the thrashings of the past two seasons.

Great news for the Town in the FA Youth Cup. A victory over Championship side Birmingham City, shows just what a healthy state the club is in.

Paul Bodin’s team is attracting rave reviews, and rightly so. With the current economic climate, it’s essential clubs at Swindon’s level produce top quality youngsters, and that seems to be the case at the County Ground.

YES, things look good. I’m really hoping that nothing comes along to spoil the progress we’re seeing at the moment…..because I’m loving it.

Paul Bodin is one of three of Swindon’s greatest being honoured on Saturday, by inclusion in the clubs Hall of Fame.

A great attacking left back, Paul had two spells at the club.

Brought to the County Ground by Lou Macari from non-league, “Zippy”, is without doubt deserving of this honour.

As for the other two inductees on Saturday..?


They are TRUE Swindon Town legends. John, a local boy from Wroughton, Don from nearby Somerset. Both members of THAT 1969 League Cup team, and absolute heroes of mine. I was privileged to see all three of them play many times. John, an overlapping full-back, before such a thing had been invented. Don, one of the greatest players never to have played for England…that was a total disgrace, a rare error by Sir Alf Ramsay.

To watch the “Don” WAS A JOY. He played for MY team, and was able to glide over a football pitch. Watch the Town’s third against the Arsenal in that epic Cup final, and you’ll see exactly what I mean. True legends all, and I thank them for the years of absolute pleasure.

So to our first meeting with tough looking Morecambe, hope I’m wise…gettit, to say here’s to three points and a happy start to the Yuletide..

Follow me on Twitter @swindonred, and I’ll be part of the team on BBC Wiltshire on Saturday afternoon…

Keep it loud, Keep it proud, Keep it SWINDON.



  • As I said yesterday Vic, for the first three inductees into the STFC Hall of Fame you can’t go wrong with Rogers and Trollope, but the inclusion of Paul Bodin is a tad incongruous.

    I appreciate the inclusion of a modern era STFC player was needed, however surely there are more ‘deserving’ contenders; Shaun Taylor, Duncan Shearer, Al Mac, Jan Aage and the man himself Sir Fraser Digby of Washbagshire.

    Bodin did an awful lot for STFC and continues to do so, he derserves to within the HoF, but not one of the first three IMO.


  • Personally, I will not rest until the greatest man ever to dive in the penalty area in a red shirt, the incomparable Dave BAmber, is honoured in a similar fashion


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