Vic Morgan: Saving the day (twice)
Former BBC Wiltshire match commentator Vic Morgan writes his weekly blog…
If your name is Lawrence Vigouroux and you’re a professional goalkeeper for Swindon Town, you’ve had a pretty good week. Two clean sheets, two great performances and two penalty saves out of the top drawer.
First up was last Saturday at AFC Wimbledon. In this column last week I said it was time for Swindon to show their mettle. Well they did at the Kingsmeadow Stadium. In a tough physical battle, the Town stood firm to chisel out a point in a bruising encounter. The turning point came when the home side were awarded a penalty, much to the chagrin of the Swindon players.
Difficult to see from where I was sitting at the opposite end of the ground whether or not the decision was fair. It became irrelevant though when Vigouroux produced a marvellous save low down to his left to palm the spot kick away.
It’s fair to say over the past few months that the Town goalkeeper has saved a fair few points for his team, certainly he did last Saturday. Suffice it to say there was little else to take from the day which won’t be one of those games that you’ll recall in years to come, except if you’re Lawrence Vigouroux of course.
Not content to produce that save at the weekend, he did it again on Tuesday night against Rochdale. Swindon had produced one of their best first half displays of the season and deservedly led two nil at the break.
However, it looked like we might be in for a nervous end to the game when ‘Dale were awarded a penalty just after the break. We needn’t have worried.
Again the same result a save by the Town custodian. This time high to his right to tip the ball onto the crossbar. A great stop from a very impressive goalkeeper who gets better and better with every game. A fine way to mark his half century of appearances in a Town shirt.
Unlike the game at Wimbledon, there was much to remember from this one. A great finish from Furlong, a super goal from Nathan Delfouneso and a skipper’s third from Thompson. All in all a great night for the just over six thousand fans who were there unless, of course, you faced a long trip back to Lancashire. Four points from two games, a healthy return with a win at home. A good week.
That good week continued for me on Wednesday night when I had the chance to chair a meeting of Exeter City’s senior reds group. This is a great way of spending some time. Getting together with football fans of a certain age and they even allow my Swindon Town allegiance to come to the fore from time to time.
When they asked me to interview a certain player I jumped at the chance. That player was Shaun Taylor. Undoubtedly one of ours and Exeter’s greatest central defenders. We talked of Shaun’s journey from the non league in North Devon with Holsworthy to the day he reached the Premier League with the Town and beyond.
Of how he was told by the City manager Terry Cooper to join him on a journey to an unknown club to talk of signing for them. That club, of course, was Swindon Town.
I remember the day well. I made my usual check in call to Town boss Glenn Hoddle on a Friday morning to ask if he was signing anyone called Shaun. “Not right now but call back later” he said, I did and he did. What a signing.
We spoke of THAT Wembley play off final against Leicester and how he achieved his three footballing ambitions on one day, to play at Wembley, to score at Wembley and to reach football’s top flight. What a day, what a game, what a player! Ooooo Shaun Taylor!
This weekend it’s Walsall at the County Ground and the possibility of back to back home wins. Here’s hoping.
Keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON!