Video of the Week: Portsmouth 0 Swindon 1 – 31st October 1997
Flying high at the top of the Division One table, Swindon visited Fratton Park on a Friday night live Sky Sports televised match.
After Chris Hay gives the Town the lead, Swindon’s young goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall suffers a gashed scrotum after a collision with Pompey defender Robbie Pethick. With no keeper on the bench, Mildenhall is forced to continue – an incredible series of saves and lucky escapes seeing the Town scrape to a fortunate 1-0 win – a victory that moves them to the top of the table with 28 points.
A few months later, following a 16 game run without a win, Town are mid table and only finish the season four points above the drop with a return of 52 points. Pompey finish 1997/98 in 20th with 49 points. Some team called Manchester City were relegated to the third tier and since haven’t really recovered…