DAN THE FAN: It was all aboard the County Ground rollercoaster (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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DAN THE FAN: It was all aboard the County Ground rollercoaster
3:00pm Thursday 2nd January 2014 in Sport
THREE managers, three different owners, selling players for pittance and a midnight raid from a former boss – just another year at Swindon Town Since the club’s creation 134 years ago, fans have experienced massive highs and extreme lows – but the past 12 months have included moments that will live long in the memory.
Below are a few – and what to look forward to in 2014.
THE worst came at the County Ground where a managerless Town side faced relegation-bound Bury in February.
Out of the 7,508 people in attendance, just the 95 Bury fans enjoyed the 90 minutes .
With Darren Ward and Tommy Miller taking charge of the side but also playing, it was up to youth team boss Jamie Pitman to manage from the sidelines.
It was an embarrassing night as clueless Town lost 1-0.
Ironically, the moment I’d rate the best was also a defeat.
Town played Wolverhampton Wanderers off the pitch at Molineux in September, inexplicably coming away with a 3-2 defeat.
It may seem an odd game to mention, but it seemed like an important time for the club, where the fans witnessed what the management and players were trying to achieve on the pitch.
And Town fans didn’t have to wait to long to see their expansive style pay-off as Mark Cooper’s side beat Bristol City 3-2 in their next game.
ASSIMO Luongo signed for Town on loan from Spurs in late March and since that point has been the best player.
The club decided to sign the midfielder on a permanent basis in late August and the Australian has been key player in most games.
Dean Parrett was another Spurs loanee to arrive in late March, but that’s where any similarities with Luongo end.
The attacking midfielder made his debut at home against Oldham, and had a decent game, but his performance at Milton Keynes Dons was one of the worst I’ve ever seen by a Town player.
Unsurprisingly, Parrett was sent back to Tottenham shortly after.
ONE thing we can all agree on is that the transfer window will play a major part in our play-off chase.
With Nicky Ajose being recalled by Peterborough, Nile Ranger’s contract set to be torn up, Grant Hall suffering an injury and Alex Pritchard moving on soon, Lee Power has a busy month ahead.
It’s good to hear we’ve made an improved bid for Bournemouth striker Wes Thomas.
Let’s hope he will be the first of many new faces joining Town in their fight to achieve a top six finish.
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