Does anyone remember Saturdays..?
It’s Friday, so it must be time for the latest weekly review by BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan.
Apparently they used to play football on a Saturday.
I know it’s an exaggeration but it does seem that Swindon barely take to the field at the weekend anymore. News that Walsall have qualified for the JPT final in March means another Saturday without a home game.
I don’t know about you but it seems to have been a real stop start season. Just when you get into a run of matches the fates, i.e. international call ups and cup commitments, conspire to put weekends off the agenda.
We may have the weather to contend with as well. So all in all it gets a bit annoying. Don’t suppose there’s anything we can do about it. I don’t think there’s a Bradford City fan alive who would have swapped a place at Stamford Bridge for the original fixture at the County Ground.
One great advantage at the moment is that Swindon’s squad should be fresh for the matches to come.
While our opponents, like Sheffield United, face tough challenges from teams above them in the league structure, our boys have been enjoying warm weather training.
Looking out of my window at the moment I must say I rather envy them. Another factor is that we’ll soon have players back from impressing in international competitions adding to the strength of a squad that’s faired pretty well without them.
One problem with the gaps in the fixture list is that people find other things to do on a Saturday. I highlighted this earlier on this season. Going to football is a habit. Once you break that habit it takes a while for it to come back.
Swindon are top of the league and shouldn’t have any trouble attracting fans. However as we’ve seen in a fantastic season is that it’s still difficult getting occasional supporters to come along.
We’re scheduled to play again this weekend. The visit to the aforementioned Sheffield United should be a cracker.
I can’t have been the only Swindon fan who was hoping the Blades League Cup semi final with Tottenham would go to extra time and penalties. Even so it would have been a tough evening at Bramall Lane. I’ll take any advantage thanks!
So as always keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON!