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THE VIC MORGAN COLUMN:The hunt for Red October
6:00am Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Sport
HERE it is then, October. A month that, like any other, brings good and bad.
So far its brought cloud, rain and the hope that the sun will shine on a glorious Town triumph against Tranmere on Saturday.
It certainly did on one previous October 5. It was 22 years ago that Duncan Shearer hit all four goals against next Tuesday’s JPT opponents Plymouth Argyle at Home Park.
Big Dunc was in imperious form that day. It brought his tally up to 10 for the season and included a diving header, a reverse drive, an angled roll into the net and a round the keeper effort to finish it off.
If memory serves he also had another one disallowed.
Duncan arrived from Huddersfield for a cool £250,000 in the summer of ‘88 and had a slow start in a Swindon shirt.
Like Jan-Age Fjortoft, once he started scoring he found it difficult to stop. Along with Steve White he forged a fearsome partnership and they were almost the perfect combination.
Living as I do in Devon, I remind Argyle fans as much as I can about that day.
They’ll be occupied with a local derby against Exeter this weekend before they travel to Wiltshire on Tuesday.
However if October can get off to the sort of start it did in 1991 for us, I’ll be delighted.
Just a final thought. Hats off to those behind the scenes at Preston last weekend.
Situated in the away end at Deepdale was a poster bearing the legend ‘thanks for travelling’.
It also showed the number of miles from Swindon to Preston and a picture of Town boss Mark Cooper. Leaving aside the result, it really made you feel welcome.
Nice touch shame about the score.
Here’s to Red October.
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