Vic Morgan: Swindon signings…just like London buses
Former BBC Wiltshire match commentator Vic Morgan writes his weekly blog…
It seems we were waiting in vain. The silence was deafening and nothing seemed to be happening.
A rather awful drawn game with Shrewsbury added to the frustration and the post Christmas glom had well and truly descended upon those who follow Swindon Town. A hoped for victory against the Shrews didn’t materialise and it felt like the battle against relegation is to be a long one.
So Town fans needed a bit of a boost. There’d been much criticism of the Swindon hierarchy for the lack of new signings ahead of the Shrewsbury game. It certainly seemed valid and the mood was one of dejection post match.
News then broke on Tuesday morning that a new player was arriving at the County Ground. Well, not exactly new. Ben Gladwin was returning for a third spell in Swindon colours.
The midfielder was certainly a great favourite when he originally started his pro career at the Town. There’s no doubt what was the highlight. That never to be forgotten play off semi final against Sheffield a United. Gladwin was one of the stars of the show in that dramatic five all draw in the second leg. A mighty game. The best I’ve ever seen.
His second spell last season wasn’t quite so dramatic and he returned to his parent club QPR before joining Bristol City on loan. Well now the player who signed for the Hoops from us two seasons ago is back again till the end of the campaign and who knows how much longer.
Hot on the heels of Ben’s signing came three young players from Chelsea. Can’t say too much about then because I simply don’t know too much. Safe to say I wish them well and hope they enjoy their stay in Wiltshire and help guide us to safety.
I’m sure we’ll find out a bit more about them on Saturday at Bolton. Now that’s a tough debut. The Wanderers are going well and they’re looking for a swift return to the Championship.
It’s been a while since we’ve been to their ground by the motorway. Many a Town fans will remember some great clashes with the a Trotters over the years. Including that incredible series of games in the League Cup which saw the Town eventually triumph after four meetings.
Mind you Bolton took their revenge a few years later at Burnden Park in the semi final of the competition denying Swindon a Wembley place. Not to mention a rather humiliating seven nil thrashing there in the league. Hoping for better this time round.
Football was rather put in perspective for me this week when I interviewed a Plymouth Argyle fan for BBC Radio Devon’s lunchtime programme.
Kevin May was at the Pilgrims FA Cup tie with Liverpool at Anfield when he was told that his 25 year old son Daniel had passed away. Kevin’s pain was eased by the treatment he received from the Liverpool staff. They were exemplary and deserving of the credit they’re getting. Sometimes football gets a deserved kicking, on this occasion the human side of the game showed it’s true colours.
As always keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON!