50 Years Ago – 1965/66 December: Maggie, Maggie what’s the score?
Mike Minihane continues his look back 50 years to events at the County Ground, as Swindon Town returned to Division Three in 1965/66…
Top of the Charts: The Carnival is Over – The Seekers
December kicked off with the second round of the FA Cup. Having disposed of Merthyr Tydfil in the previous round, thanks to Keith East’s four goal demolition job, we were drawn away to another non-league team, Grantham, which as everyone knows was the home town of Margaret Thatcher.
At this stage she was in the early stages of her political career and relatively unknown, merely the MP for Finchley, and I’m sure she never followed Grantham FC. In fact during the mid to late 1980s when in office as PM she became seen, quite rightly, as the enemy of the great game and was instrumental in the ill-conceived membership card scheme which made it very difficult for fans to go to away games.
In this context it’s pleasing for those of us who were never her fans to record that despite a lot of bravado from Grantham before the game we hammered them 6-1 courtesy of goals from Eric Weaver, Mel Nurse, Dennis Brown, Roger Smart (2) and , and of course new scoring sensation Keith East. Job done!
There were only two games during the rest of the month, both away from home. A visit to Scunthorpe resulted in a 1-2 defeat with Dennis Brown getting a consolation goal but the following game at Grimsby Town produced good point with a 2-2 draw with Town twice coming from behind with goals from Keith East (again) and Don Rogers. Keith had now scored an unbelievable 11 goals in five games.