Kit Gate

I didn’t like it to begin with. I really don’t like it now. Can’t think of one which I’ve disliked more. What’s strange is I know some people who quite like it. I’m writing of course about THAT kit. The purplish third kit which has seen Swindon Town concede seven goals and score none. Apparently Town boss Mark Cooper was threatening to throw it out of the sun-roof of the team coach on the way back from Sheffield United. To be honest if he had I wouldn’t have been in a rush to pick it up. Whether the kit is cursed or not doesn’t matter. It’s now ready for its place in any hall of shame you wish to mention.

The game against United was a to say the least full blooded. We saw a referee who wasn’t able to enforce the laws in a consistent way. A lack of being able to gain control of the match was more than frustrating. Having said that I found it an enthralling contest. Referees don’t lose games, Swindon had enough chances to have comfortably come out on top. Sheffield United also got their tactics spot on. They were in the Town’s faces from the off and scored two well-taken goals. So it’s an afternoon to put in the frustration box and move on.

One part of the day which was emotional to me was the minute’s applause for former United manager Ken Furphy. I got to know Ken very well when I was sports producer for BBC Radio Devon. We shared many long journeys going to games to broadcast commentaries on the county’s teams. Ken would regale me of the times when he managed Watford, Blackburn, Sheffield United and New York Cosmos. He would tell me how it was to manage Pele, yes Pele. A great man and a great loss to football.

Another transfer deadline day has come and gone with all its inherent madness. It came and went with Swindon Town coming out of it unscathed. Our new Asian Cup winner and star Massimo Luongo remains with us after his stellar appearances for Australia. It’ll be great to welcome back Mass as our player against Barnsley. We also welcome back Tykes, and our former, boss Danny Wilson. I for one will NOT be sending any abuse his way. Don’t forget he led us to Wembley in an unforgettable season. Okay, it all went a bit pear shaped but surely we’ve moved on now.

Keep it loud, keep it proud, keep it SWINDON.

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