Vic Morgan: Magic Moments

Former BBC Wiltshire match commentator Vic Morgan writes his weekly blog…

There are times as a football fan when you’re completely fed up with the sport. You must have had those thoughts. Those moments when you say “That’s it, never again”. Well there have been plenty of those this season. Somehow though you keep going in the hope that something special may happen.

Take last Saturday for example. The alarm went off at six AM. Shall we go to Bolton or just stay in the warm? It was touch and go believe me…

Anyway we set off in the darkness more out of habit really than any expectation. It’s also been a while since the last visit to Bolton’s newish ground. It’s certainly impressive and once inside it was a case of seeing how the Town could cope with the promotion chasing Trotters.

It didn’t seem too positive after about thirty seconds when Lawrence Vigouroux was forced to make a save to prevent the opening goal. How often this season has our goalkeeper been outstanding? Well most weeks is the answer. It won’t be a shock if he wins player of the year will it?

A decent first half saw Swindon just about hold their own and play some pretty decent football. The loan additions, one from QPR, Ben Gladwin and three from Chelsea looked ok and to be level at the break was just about right.

That changed very quickly after half time. A rocket gave Bolton the lead and it looked like it was going to be a torrid second half.

But wait a moment. Hang on! Swindon began to play the ball around, the match moved from end to end it became one of the best of the season. Cracking atmosphere, cold afternoon, great stadium. This is what it’s all about. Then all of a sudden Gladwin unleashed a bullet which flew into the home net. Bedlam in the Town end.

That’s why we set off when the alarm went off. That’s why you go to football for moments like that.

If that was good it was to get better. Charlie Colkett, all flicks and tricks and impressive for Bristol Rovers before joining us on loan, provided a sublime ball to the far post for Yasser Kasim to slide home the winner.

That was what makes all the hours spent watching the game worthwhile. All the dross you see over the course of a season, all the misery of a disappointing campaign, disappears in one fleeting moment. It’s why we go. What a day, what a game, what a win! Even the most ardent of Town fans wasn’t expecting that.

Now all we need to do is take that into Saturday’s home game with Peterborough and keep the momentum going.

In future when people ask me why I support a third division football team instead of a Premier League glamour team, I’ll simply say because of Bolton and leave it at that. That’s why we love this game.

Keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON!

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