London Road Calling…
It’s Friday, so it must be time for the latest weekly review by BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan.
Sometimes it’s quite nice to be a party pooper. Swindon Town are quite good at it. You might remember the opening of Stoke City’s sparkling new Britannia Stadium. Lovely day for Potters fans until the Town spoiled it all by winning the three points.
The same thing happened on Saturday at Peterborough United. This time it was the first time the new stand at the old away end had been used and guess what? Yes it was a Swindon win! Now far be it from me to suggest we should arrange our fixtures to fit in with grand openings, but what a shame our play off final appearance against Millwall wasn’t the first match at the new Wembley.
Aside from the tantrums from the Posh fans when the party didn’t go the way they wanted (we’ve all been there haven’t we), it was a joy to see the Town all but dominate the game. Rarely was the Swindon defence seriously troubled. When it was there was a steeliness about it and lessons have definitely been learned from the Cheltenham debacle of a few short weeks ago.
There are moments in a season which you can look back on and say “something special is happening”. That Saturday was one of those days. Much can happen between now and May of course. Players may leave because of financial constraints. That’s life in the lower leagues. However, it seems that the club is moving in the right direction and in the right way.
Owner Lee Power was the first to celebrate when the Town goals were scored, which showed he’s invested not only time and money, but maybe some emotional attachment to our club. I don’t know him and have never met him, but things seem to be working well under his stewardship. That’s all we can ask for.
What the future brings who knows? As always with Swindon Town there are background issues rumbling. For now though the footballing future looks bright. Let’s hope it can stay that way and we really do move forward in a positive and responsible way.
We have the chance to do that against Fleetwood on Saturday. New opponents and a relatively new team to the Football League. Hope they enjoy their visit. Although it’s a long way to come for what we hope will be a pointless afternoon.
Finally sport has been put into perspective this week with the death of Australian cricketer Phil Hughes. Those of whose who love to play or participate in any sport, know that deep down we’re doing something we love.
We’ve seen many sporting tragedies over the years and they’re always difficult to comprehend. When something like this happens, there are no teams. We all just come together in sadness for a young life taken so early. Thoughts are very much with Phil’s family and with Sean Abbott, the bowler involved in this terrible incident. I hope Sean gets all the support he needs to get through this terrible time.
As always keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON.