Former BBC Wiltshire commentator Vic Morgan writes his latest blog for TheWashbag.com…
It’s here again. That time we all look forward too. Yes it’s the festive fixtures.
Four games in a very short space of time that can make or break your season. Points won or lost over the next fortnight go a long way to shaping how the remainder if the campaign will go. Of course it’s not the be all and end all, but it does have an impact.
Last season Swindon produced one of their best displays of the season over the Yuletide holiday. If you were present at the Bescott Stadium on a snowy Boxing Day, you’ll have seen the Town trounce Walsall in a breathtaking display. This Boxing Day we have the luxury of a home game. It rarely happens.
Before that we face a trip to Shrewsbury. Always a pleasant place to go with the thought of their wonderful cheese and potato pies an added incentive. That comes off the back of another win. Our miserable start to the season seems to be a bit of a fading memory. Four wins out of five and we’re climbing the table. Imagine what a healthy Christmas will do.
Last Saturday’s victory was hard fought to say the least. The early dismissal of a Rochdale player helped the Town’s cause on an atrocious day. It’s a match that won’t linger in the memory. A bitter wind made spectating unpleasant and the football difficult. Still it’s three points and that’s really all that matters.
Yes we’d have loved it to be rip roaring and exciting but, to be honest, that would have been unrealistic in the conditions. So it’s hats off to Martin Ling and his team after the recent run. I’m sure visiting manager Keith Hill will have thought his side deserved more, but that’s not our concern. It was a welcome turn round from the FA Cup defeat at the hands of the same team a few short weeks ago.
As we approach the time of goodwill we should pay tribute to those who work quietly away to help the club. People like Marc, Sally and Brad from SAS Travel who organise the coaches for the away trips. It never ceases to amaze me how smoothly the operation works. Without people like this supporting a football team would be more difficult.
Thanks and Happy Christmas to all who help make following our club a pleasure.
Here we go then another bumper festive schedule. Happy Christmas keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON!