Vic Morgan Blog: Festive Greetings
BBC Radio Wiltshire commentator Vic Morgan continues his weekly blog only here on The Washbag.
It was a great start to the Christmas games wasn’t it…?
Morecambe came to the County Ground with a deserved reputation, and on the face of it Swindon were in for a tough afternoon.
Well what a fine afternoon it turned out to be. Goals from Jake Jervis, Rafa De Vita, and Ronan Murray, brought three precious points to Wiltshire.
The result pushed the Town up to fifth in the League Two table, and in great shape going into a busy schedule.
Again the defence was superb, and skipper Paul Caddis gave another inspirational display.
With Liam Ridealgh set to stay at the County Ground for the foreseeable, it augers well for a great second half of the season.
There was also a decent pre Christmas crowd. Clubs must worry at this time of the year. So many things pull on people’s budgets, that it’s difficult to balance the family books. Of course, we have some great matches to look forward too, starting with Torquay on Boxing Day…more on that later…
So it felt pretty good driving back to Devon, and happy with the way things are at the Town. Lovely also to see three of Swindon’s greats honoured before the match. Don Rogers, John Trollope, and Paul Bodin, the first inductees in the Swindon Hall of Fame.
The rest to be revealed in a special programme on BBC Wiltshire on December the 30th.
Much of the weeks sporting news has been dominated by the racial abuse cases involving Luis Suarez, and John Terry.
I’m not going to get involved in either of those, but surely in 2011 soon to be 2012, it CANNOT be acceptable to have racism of any kind in football, or any other walk of life.
It seems ludicrous to me that we have a “Kick it Out” campaign, but still have isolated cases which seem to prove that racism in the game exists.
It CANNOT it MUST not, and we HAVE to stamp it OUT.
Another side of the game I’ve found rather distasteful, is what’s been happening at Blackburn.
It’s not for me to get involved really, but from a distance it appears a club in turmoil. Whatever your view of Steve Kean as a manager, it seems inhumane to subject a person to the sort of abuse he’s getting at the moment. I’m sure the fans are frustrated and saddened by the teams place at the foot of the Premier Division. However Steve Kean remains dignified throughout, and all credit to him.
So to Swindon’s next game. For me it’s better than a home match. Plainmoor is twenty miles from where I live, so really I have a leisurely morning ahead before heading off to the afternoon kick off. The Gulls have been going well of late, but the wheels came off a bit at Accrington last Saturday. That game also saw the dismissal of Rene Howe, so he’ll miss the match.
Of course, Billy Bodin is also out of the Torquay line up, and looks set to return to the County Ground in January, although Torquay are keen to keep him. Billy’s impressed with his form since arriving on loan in South Devon.
United are managed by ex Swindon midfielder Martin Ling…bit of a legend, and OO Shaun Taylor, what more needs be said of him…
Shaun is a great example of a player who comes out of non-league and has a great career in the professional game. Both Ling and Taylor played for Exeter before going to Swindon, and are well respected at any club they played at.
So it should be quite a game…I’m hoping for a triumvirate of wins over Devon clubs this season…makes my life very bearable living and working in the county.
So seasons greetings to you all…if you aren’t traveling to Plainmoor, join me on BBC Wiltshire…or follow me on Twitter @swindonred.
Keep it loud, keep it proud, Keep it SWINDON.