Vic Morgan Blog: December Player of the Month Result and More…

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

First and foremost, a Happy New Year. We say goodbye to 2011, and hello to 2012, an Olympic year we hope in many respects.

Northampton saw us see out the old year in style…

Not the greatest of games, but possibly one of the greatest endings.

Trailing to a first half penalty, it looked like the stumble on Boxing Day at Torquay, may turn out to be a bit of a bigger fall at the Sixfields.

However Alan Connell levelled it with a great finish, and Alan McCormack scored a brilliant late winner to send us into the new year in great heart.

It was one of those moments that those who were there probably won’t forget. Alan’s post match comments were superb… “I looked up and saw a crazed man in a green jacket and bulging veins on his forehead running towards me.”

Yes it was Paolo Di Canio joining in the celebrations. It was fantastic, and one of the highlights of the season.

So to the County Ground, and a brand new twelve months of football.

Bit of a struggle in the first half against AFC Wimbledon, but the second forty five minutes brought goals from Captain Marvel, Paul Caddis, and another from Alan Connell.

New signing Paul Benson might have had a hat trick on his debut for the club, and I’m sure we’ll see great things from Paul when he’s got more games under his belt. Fine win, and 4th place in the league, yes a great start to 2012.

Of course it’s always a time to look back and reflect. Suffice it to say, let’s move on to 2012 and get out of League Two.

Probably best to keep 2011 in the drawer, and never speak of it again…except the last three months of it obviously.

So to our DECEMBER player of the month…. There have been several candidates for the honour.

Liam Ridealgh played a great part in the Town’s rise up the league, before departing back to Huddersfield, and then on to Chesterfield. Aden Flint, has again looked as solid as a rock at the back, and the midfield has looked pretty good too.

But this is out the vote has gone…

In third place with 20% of the vote, is ALAN MCCORMACK, who’s looked better and better in that centre back role…

In second place with 29%, is the November’s winner PAUL CADDIS, who’s still in excellent form…

But the winner with 31%, is WES FODERINGHAM, soon to be a Town player for good, which is great news after impressing on his loan spell from Palace.

I guess you can compare Wes to Frazer Digby in many respects. A young keeper who came for a while, but then stayed at the County Ground. Let’s hope that it has a similar ending, with Wes helping Swindon climb through the leagues.

Now the goal of 2011, as voted for by readers of…..

It came against Gillingham at the County Ground in the league, and it was the screamer from Matt Ritchie which set Swindon on their way. That goal polled a massive 56%, so pretty popular then I guess.

Congratulations to Matt and Wes, many awards to come for both I’m sure….


While the league is the priority, there are two great games coming up in the next few days.

On Saturday we welcome Wigan to the County Ground in the FA Cup third round. Roberto Martinez’s men are having a torrid time in the Premier League, and won’t welcome their trip to Wiltshire. It’s going to be fantastic atmosphere, with a big capacity crowd.

I remember the play off games with Wigan back in the eighties, 2-0 down at Springfield Park, before a storming comeback to win 3-2. Then a goaless draw at home, enough to put us in the final against Gillingham…great days.

On Tuesday, I’ll be in the away end at Barnet, as the Town hope to take something from Underhill in the first leg of the JPT Area final. Should be another great night..

I’ll be a part of the BBC Wiltshire team on Saturday, and you can follow me on Twitter @swindonred.

Keep it loud, keep it proud, keep it SWINDON


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