Vic Morgan Blog: A day of pride…
BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan continues his weekly blog only here on The Washbag.
What a day… Saturday January the 7th 2012, will go down as one of the great days of Swindon Town’s recent history.
Wigan Athletic came to the County Ground as favourites. They’re a Premier League team, and should get past a side from League Two.
That was reinforced when they went in front. Aden Flint conceding a penalty. The original spot kick struck an upright, but the rebound was put in…so 1-0 to the big boys.
Should be plain sailing from then on shouldn’t it…?
From then on, the Town were superb. An equaliser from Alan Connell, and a winner from Paul Benson. Absolutely wonderful.
No Town fan could have felt anything but the greatest of pride for their team, and manager Paolo Di Canio described it as the greatest day in his career…quite something from someone who was one of the Premier League’s best.
It was fantastic to see the County Ground rocking.
The day for me was ended in the best possible way with Athletic manager Roberto Martinez being so gracious in defeat…a true gent and a credit to the sport.
It also turned out to be my last ever Swindon Town commentary, although I didn’t know that at the time…quite a way to go out.
As for the next round.. ? A decent enough draw to be honest. A trip to either Forest or Leicester, a game which gives us a chance and we’ll again have a great following.
Yes it was FANTASTIC day……
OFF TO BARNET….
Another cup competition on Tuesday then…
The first leg of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Underhill. Great atmosphere before the game in the chip shops and pubs…and a feeling of confidence.
The game turned out to be okay, and a header from Flint set us on our way.
I think tiredness caught up with us, and the tie is now level going to the County Ground on February the 7th.
Most of the ground was populated by Swindon fans, and they created a great noise in the ground. Hopefully they’ll do the same at the Dom Valley on Saturday.
Alan McCormack picked up another booking and now misses the next two games.
That will be a blow, because Alan has been immense at the heart of the Town defence. The impact he’s had alongside Aden Flint has been tremendous, and Alan’s been one of the stars of the season.
Paolo has been banned from the touchline for the game in South Yorkshire at the weekend, a small price to pay for that glorious moment at Northampton on New Years Eve. It was one which Swindon fans will remember forever…one of the most incredible exhibitions of joy at his team winning a game I’ve ever seen.
And so to Rotherham, and Swindon’s first visit to the Don Valley.. Let’s hope its memorable, and the Town take three more points in their quest for promotion.
It’s turning out to be a great season, and my Late Show on BBC Radio Devon is full of texts and emails wishing Swindon well….
Keep it loud, keep it proud, keep it SWINDON