The December Review from a Norwegian Point of View

Norway based Swindon Town supporter Hans J Tandsether – writer of Norwegian fansite HeiaSwindon.com – returns to provide his view on events at the County Ground in December.

First of all happy new year to all readers out there! Another year gone by so fast!

A year which has been quite turmoil for Swindon starting with bad results and most of the fans going against manager Danny Wilson. Followed by the sacking of Danny Wilson and the bizarre appointment of Paul Hart. I knew instantly that this was going to get ugly when Paul Hart were appointed. It sure did. Come late April we were already destined for League Two.

Come June, Paolo Di Canio brought attraction to Swindon Town again. We’ve had that kind of attraction once in a while. Last time was probably when Dennis Wise took over the club. A summer filled with foreign transfers and hard physical training sessions.

The season started with some very bad results and not only did the players of Swindon Town need to gel. The Italian staff also needed to get acquainted by the standards of Division Four in English football. I guess it was a wake-up call for Di Canio. He suddenly started to take action again himself by letting some of his new players go before they even got a game for the club.

Simon Ferry's brilliant David Seaman tribute

Come Christmas 2011 Swindon had gone 15 games unbeaten. December started brilliantly with a great away win at Colchester United in the FA Cup second round. The month saw Swindon play relatively few games but a draw away to Bristol Rovers would actually seem like a good point.

Di Canio however did not find that performance very good and once again went public slating his team. You have to break people down to build them up some people believe. That is truly also the management style of Paolo Di Canio and a lot of players and fans might not like that. If you play by his rules and accept his style it sure will bring joy and excitement to us all however.

After his rant at Memorial Stadium, Swindon got back home and back on track with a 3-0 victory home against one of this season’s surprise teams Morecambe. The players finally got a Sunday off to dress up for their Christmas party and it gave a bright start to the holiday season.

On Boxing Day a lot of fans travelled down to Torquay but were left heartbroken. Swindon lost their first game in 16. They got another shot at it on New Year’s Eve when playing away against Northampton Town.

I must admit I had a bad feeling about that one. The direct tactical style of Aidy Boothroyd and the Swindon knowledge of Andy King started to haunt me before the game. I feared the worst when Northampton took the lead.

Thankfully Swindon came back thanks to solid coaching by Di Canio and goals from Connell and no other than this year’s unsung hero turned defender; Mr. Alan McCormack.

December and 2011 ended on a high with Swindon Town firmly in the Play Off position. Now 2012 hopefully will bring us FA Cup entertainment and a good run at the automatic promotion places in League Two. The best Christmas presents came with the news about signing Paul Benson in exchange for Leon Clarke; and above all the promised signing of great Wes Foderingham on a long term deal.

Bring on 2012 and COYR!

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