Ridiculous to the sublime
Former BBC Wiltshire commentator Vic Morgan writes his latest blog for TheWashbag.com…
After fifteen minutes last Saturday, there can’t have been many Town fans who thought we’d take three points against Southend.
To put it mildly the opening quarter of an hour was a bit of a shambles. I can’t have been alone in shaking my head in disbelief at what I was seeing. Boos rang around the County Ground and frustration was the emotion felt by many.
Then like the skies parting on a rainy day and the sun shining through, Swindon got their act together.
The strikers were on top form with Jon Obika’s individual effort one of the goals of this or any other season. Once again the wind and rain created a dramatic backdrop to an astonishing comeback. You’d have got long odds on a Town win after that first phase of the game but hey, that’s football for you.
A game of six goals and contrasting emotions. Fabulous entertainment.
The drama at the County Ground came just a few hours after another match I saw which was just as good.
I managed to get a ticket for Exeter City’s FA Cup tie against Liverpool on Friday night. When the Town aren’t in action I can often be found on the Big Bank watching the Grecians and it was an absolute pleasure to be there for the visit of the Premier League big guns. Except Liverpool didn’t field too many of their top players.
Included in their side was former Swindon loanee Brad Smith, who got ‘Pools second equaliser, and the recently recalled from the County Ground, Kevin Stewart.
It was a cracker of a match. City opened the scoring to delirium on the Bank, Liverpool equalised, before another with Town connections, Lee Holmes, scored direct from a corner for the Grecians right on half time. Smith forced a replay in the second half to conclude a classic tie. The replay is estimated to bring in over half a million pounds for Exeter in revenue. One of the reasons why the cup is crucial to lower league teams. You’ll remember the FA Cup. Swindon play in it in November.
The weather put paid to our game at Port Vale…again. Luckily the news had reached Devon before a wasted journey was undertaken…again.
That match may happen early in February. I’ve got my fingers crossed.
You might have noticed it’s got a bit draughty. Yes the transfer window is open. Will Randall has gone the way of Nathan Byrne to the West Midlands and Wolves. Obviously best wishes go to the youngster, who’s never really forced his way into the Town line up. It’s a great move for him.
Crewe come calling on Saturday. A chance for Swindon to complete another double. More moves may have happened before then. There’s talk of Premier League interest in Yasser Kasim and apparently there are “irons in the fire”. We’ll see.
Don’t forget keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON!