The Only Way is Essex

Back for another season of weekly Friday blogs on TheWashbag.com, we welcome back BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan for his latest article of the 2015/16 campaign…

Phew what a scorcher! Having left the soaking south west early on Saturday morning, it was a bit of a shock to arrive in Wiltshire and find sunshine and heat.

Thinking ahead to the game at Southend, it was clearly going to be a testing time watching let alone playing. Roots Hall is one of those quirky grounds that decorate the football scene.

It also has the advantage of one of the great chip shops around the country. So I was looking forward to a pre match lunch and a spell in the sunshine. The best laid plans etc.

It was a summer weekend and guess what that means? Yes, endless traffic! Any visit to the chippy was getting more and more unlikely as the minutes ticked by.

Arrival at the ground after 2 o’clock meant going straight in to take our place in the atmospheric away stand. It’s the sort of area that keeps the noise loud and the Town fans certainly made full use of that as the teams warmed up. As if they needed to.

2015.08.22 Southend United

The match itself wasn’t brilliant and sometimes the mind wandered in the the heat.

Southend had plenty of possession and more than their fair share of chances! A superb display from our new goalkeeper meant the Town kept a clean sheet and the warm day eventually began to take it’s toll and Swindon’s passing game was the right way on a day like this.

Once again our captain Nathan Thompson felt the frustration of injury. It was clear as soon as he went down that the groin strain would take him out of the match.

The defence stepped up tough and Jordan Williams got over the disappointment of his handball against Port Vale with his best display in a Town shirt. Robert’s third goal in three games was well taken and made, and it brought a win which put us in the fledgling play off places.

So, to this weekend and Sheffield United.

No words are really necessary about the last time the Blades came to the County Ground. It’s the greatest game I’ve ever seen and set a high bar for any pretenders to that title. Five-all? Bonkers but brilliant. Don’t think that’s going to happen again but you never know!

I have one request. Can you keep the M5 clear for my journey. I’m working early on Saturday morning and it’ll be a bit of a dash.

Keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON!

One comment

  • I don’t think any of us will ever forget the 5-5…it was one of those ‘I was there’ games, like the play-off against Leicester all those years ago, and a small number of others (not forgetting 15 March 1969). Just brilliant, yet hell at the same time, and all those raw emotions that go with it. Hope both sets of players (changed as they are this time), remember the day too and enjoy the fresh competition that tomorrow brings!

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