The perils of a long distance supporter

Former BBC Wiltshire commentator Vic Morgan writes his latest blog for TheWashbag.com…

Credit where credits due first of all.

The postponement of the game at Port Vale on Saturday was done in time to prevent the vast majority of Town fans from having a wasted journey. The supporters coaches hadn’t left and so they too weren’t troubled by a long trip to Burslem. All in all then a decent decision.

For some though, yes the name Morgan is included, the day began earlier. The reason for that is some of us live a distance from Wiltshire and have to set off in the hours of darkness. Yes it’s the problem with supporting a team that’s based two hours from your place of residence.

Still a trip to Gloucester services is always pleasant. One of the new generation of rest areas, it’s a decent enough stop off point. A frustrating morning then, but something you take in the course of a football season. There’s bound to be postponements because Mother Nature does what she does. We’ll try again next Tuesday, weather permitting.

2016 hasn’t yet started for the Town then. Hopefully the game with Southend will get the New Year off to a positive beginning.

What sort of team will line up at the County Ground in Swindon colours remains to be seen. The likes of Ben Gladwin, Louis Thompson, Wes Thomas and Adam El Abd have all returned to their parent clubs at the completion of their loan spells.

The debate continues about one Miles Storey who remains in Scotland for the rest of the season. It looks like Miles has been flourishing north of the border, regularly appearing on Premier League scoresheet.

Town fans appear to be split on whether it would be better if he returned to the County Ground or remained elsewhere. Whatever happens I hope he does well. A player blessed with great pace, no Town fan will forget his extraordinary performance against Aston Villa.

Quite a festive period wasn’t it? Defeats by Gillingham and Burton and the resignation of manager Martin Ling.

It appears Martin hasn’t sufficiently recovered from the problems which contributed to his departure from Torquay. When a manager departs there’s usually some negative comment. In this case though, all I’ve read are best wishes. It’s how it should be. A terrific and popular player for the Town, Martin will remain a fans favourite. All the very best to a talented midfielder and a great coach. Get well soon!

I’m off to see one of Lingy’s former clubs on Friday night. Exeter City take on the might of Liverpool in the FA Cup. I always enjoy standing on City’s Big Bank when the Town aren’t playing. I managed to get to the game with Dagenham after Saturday’s postponement. It would be great to see a shock at St.James’ Park.

Back in the heat of the summer Swindon took the points on offer at Roots Hall by beating Southend by a solitary goal. I’d happily take that on Saturday. That match also saw an injury to skipper Nathan Thompson. Our captain has been out since that scorching hot day. It would be great if he was involved at the weekend.

Keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON!

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