FYI Paolo: The Ten Greatest Swindon Town Performances
Paolo Di Canio believes the victory over Stoke City was one of the greatest Swindon Town performances, perhaps it is a contender, Ron Smith gives his view on the top ten.
After outclassing Premier League Stoke City in the League Cup 2nd Round tie, Paolo Di Canio said; “Today we have to put this game as one of the best games I think in this club’s history. I don’t know exactly because I don’t know all this club’s history but look at the football. The first half it looked like Stoke City against Barcelona!”
Well Paolo, here’s my look back to provide a view on the ten greatest Swindon Town performances…. discuss…
No.10 – Swindon 3 Leeds United 0 (x2) – League One 2009/2010
Cheating a little bit including two matches, but Town’s double 3-0 victories over Leeds United in January and April 2010 were astonishing for their equal completeness in routing ‘fallen giants’ Leeds United. Billy Paynter scored four and Charlie Austin twice in the demolition jobs without reply, leaving Leeds fans ‘marching on together’ out of the ground well before the final whistles.
No.9 – Swindon 2 Liverpool 0 – League Cup 3rd Round 6th October 1970
A quick fire Don Rogers second half double send Bill Shankly’s emerging Liverpool side featuring Clemence, Smith, Hughes and Lloyd out of the League Cup. Our one and only victory over Liverpool.
No.8 – Swindon 2 Tottenham 1 – Premier League 22nd January 1994
The most complete performance of the Premier League season, Town came from behind after a Nicky Barnby goal after half an hour to secure a 2-1 victory. Jan Aage Fjortoft scored his first goal in the Premier League before a late Adrian Whitbread strike following an in-direct free kick in the box. Some fantastic footage here, enjoy the game…
No.7 – Stoke City 3 Swindon 4 AET – League Cup 2nd Round 28th August 2012
Town very nearly surrendered a 2-0 half time lead against Premier League opposition before eventually taking this tie in the depths of extra time. A last minute James Collins goal completed his hat trick in what was an astonishing performance, the finest yet under Di Canio to out gun top flight opponents on their own turf – a feat not done in the cups since a 2-0 victory at Carrow Road in the FA Cup in 1988.
No.6 – Bristol City 0 Swindon 4 – Division One 12th January 1991
Perhaps the most dominant performance in a local derby sees high-flying City overturned 4-0 at Ashton Gate. Goals from Mickey Hazard, Duncan Shearer and a double from Steve White tore City apart.
No.5 – Swindon 3 West Ham Utd 1 – FA Cup 3rd Round Replay 31st January 1967
Against a side featuring World Cup winners Martin Peters, Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and former international Johnny Byrne, Third Division Town progressed in this FA Cup replay following a 3-3 draw at Upton Park. Goals from Willie Penman, Ken Skeen and Don Rogers gave Town a 3-1 victory and a cup giant-killing over their illustrious First Division opponents.
No.4 – Swindon 4 Arsenal 3 AET – League Cup Quarter Final Replay 11th December 1979
It’s all 1969 all over again as Third Division Swindon beat First Division – and holders of the FA Cup – Arsenal. After drawing 1-1 at Highbury, Town then thrash hapless Bury 8-0 in the League before the replay at the County Ground. Town were 3-1 up before Arsenal took the tie to extra time. Andy Rowland poked the winner with minutes to go to send 4-3 victors Swindon to a Semi-Final with Wolves.
No.3 – Swindon 4 Leicester City 3 – Division One Play-Off Final 31st May 1993
Nail-biting. 3-0 to the good then all of a sudden Leicester find their scoring boots and level the score. Steve White will forever be the villain in Foxes eyes for ‘winning’ a penalty, but it still took Paul Bodin to hold his nerve to send Swindon back to where we belong…albeit for one season.
No.2 – Birmingham City 4 Swindon 6 – Division One 12th April 1993
The comeback of all comebacks. From 4-1 down, Swindon score 5 in the last 30 minutes to come away from St Andrews with a 2 goal margin of victory. Just watch the video!
No.1 – Swindon 3 Arsenal 1 AET – League Cup Final 15th March 1969
Obvious really. The most complete performance when it mattered the most against quality opposition on an awful pitch. Every player who wore the shirt and Danny Williams are legends because of what they did this day in March 1969.
Notable other contenders just missing out of the top ten include; Swindon 1-0 Sunderland Division One Play Off Final in 1990; Swindon 5-0 Fulham in 1977; Swindon 3-0 Chelsea in 1963; Charlton vs Swindon Play-Off Semi-Final 2nd Leg; Swindon 3-1 Tranmere Division One Play-Off Semi-Final 1st Leg in 1993; Swindon 8-0 Bury in 1979 and Swindon 2-1 Wigan Athletic in 2012.