Vic Morgan Blog: Here We Go Again…
It’s Thursday, so it must be time for the latest blog by BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan.
Can it be so? Can the new season already be here ? For once we’ve had a summer and what a summer!
Heat and a British winner of the men’s title at Wimbledon. Crazy. So it was early last Saturday morning that the journey began to London Road. A new campaign and a new team. For many, including me, the first chance to see the new members of the Town line-up.
Early signs were strange. An odd pre match warm up including elastic bands and a bizarre way of walking. Still I suppose anything to get the blood flowing. That was almost a necessity for the Swindon fans who were sitting in a stand with very little leg room. Okay if you’ve stumpy legs like mine but I would imagine for the taller members of the crowd, a little uncomfortable. Not only were there new squad members it was also a new style of play. The phrase “tippy tappy” was heard more than once. Still, the short passing game that the Town employed was quite pleasing to the eye.
Sadly though, a lack of a cutting edge left us reflecting on a pointless journey east before a nap somewhere between Northampton and a place along the A420 the name of which escapes me. After reaching Devon late at night, I reflected with a nice glass of Merlot and thought it was a decent enough start but the need for a natural goal scorer was evident.
Tuesday brought us the same opposition in the League Cup first round that we faced in 1968/69. You might recall we did rather well that season in the competition. So, would the visit of Torquay be an omen ? Well don’t know about you but I really enjoyed the game. The Gulls came and had a go and we played some nice knock it about stuff. The introduction of Miles Storey and Massimo Luongo made the difference second half and we progressed to the second round.
So all in all a pretty good first three days of the new campaign.
Lots to do of course and no doubt the introduction of a striker will help. So too will the appointment of a permanent manager. So many theories are being bandied about. It does appear though that Mark Cooper is in pole position, although by the time you read this that may have changed. Don’t think so though. I would expect him to be in charge against Stevenage and then who knows after that.
For those of us longer in the tooth, the name Steve Aizlewood will strike a chord. A great centre half who played for us in the latter years of the 1970’s. Sadly we learned this week, that Steve had passed away at the very young age of 60.
Built like a tank, Steve was a player who you would want along with you in the trenches. Steve made over a hundred appearances for our great club and had a neck that looked like it was made of oak. I was once sat in front of Steve at a cup tie at Luton. It’s always strange when you see your heroes close up. Steve though was a gentleman and very polite. He’ll be sadly missed and fondly remembered. RIP Steve Aizlewood. The same can be said of course for Jimmy Davis. Its amazingly ten years since he was killed in a car crash. A young man with tremendous talent which sadly will never be fully realized. Our thoughts go to both families this weekend.
Keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON.