Vic Morgan Blog: Byrne’s red card game changer…

It’s Friday, so it must be time for the latest blog by BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan.

I like a good conspiracy theory as much as the next person but I can’t agree with the latest STFC one. Nathan Byrne’s red card at MK was a game changer of that there’s no doubt.

Whether it was harsh or not is a matter of personal view. I didn’t see it at the time. I, like most other people in the ground, was following the ball. However the referee was in no doubt. I agree that later decisions in the game lacked consistency to say the least.

What I don’t go along with is that the FA has it in for Swindon Town. Yes we’ve clashed in the past, but that’s what it is the past. I would imagine if you ask any fan of any club they all feel the same. I would be only to happy to be proved wrong but I would imagine we’re pretty much in line with most clubs when it comes to crime and punishment.

I’ve never put too much store by appeals. The authorities are hardly likely to say the referee is wrong and you always run the risk of the penalty being increased. Its sad for young Nathan as he now won’t be available for the glamour tie against Chelsea. Hopefully though, he’ll have lots more opportunities in the future.

Before the dismissal, I thought Swindon were in complete control. The football was great to watch and the home side hardly looked threatening. We saw one of the goals of the season with Alex Pritchard’s free kick and there were likely to be more. However before the game we would happily have taken a point, so a draw is decent in any away game.

To this weekend then and one of the trips of the season. Don’t know about you but this was one of the first games I looked for when the fixtures were released.

There is something special about a trip to the Wolves. The name conjures up nights against mighty European opposition in the 50s when the idea of a cup for champion clubs was first put forward. It also brings to mind League Cup semi finals.

Sorry I’m getting angry just thinking about that night in February 1980. I still cant understand why Paul Bradshaw wasn’t sent off for his challenge on Alan Mayes and I still cant understand why some of the decisions went the way they did. Maybe I’m talking myself out of the point I made at the start.

No, it was a horrible night and a great Swindon side were denied the chance to take the club back to Wembley. Better stop thinking about it now. High blood pressure isn’t good for somebody of my age.

Looking forward to it. Should be a great atmosphere and it’ll be a real gauge of where Swindon Town are this season.

Have a good day if you’re going, see you there.

Keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON.


One comment

  • I’d never seen that ‘keeper’s challenge on Mayes before. Make Harold ‘Toni’ Schumacher’s seem a bit tame. Makes me glad football isn’t ‘a man a game’ any more if that was permitted!


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