THE VIC MORGAN COLUMN: Town's greatest day lives on

First published in Sport

THIS Saturday sees the 45th anniversary of what is arguably the greatest day in our club's history.

You know the story, it remains one of the greatest upsets of all time. Sir Don Rogers (well he ought to be) gliding through the Wembley mud to secure the League Cup. That moment will never be beaten. It was magical. It gave every Town fan a lifetime of pride.

As a young teenager I was fortunate to be there. At that time we resided in the top two of the third division. Just a few places above where we sit now. So in nearly half a century what have we achieved?

Well, a couple of European trophies, two more semi finals in the aforementioned competition and an ill-fated season in the Premier League. Not to mention a couple more Wembley successes. One leading to that campaign in the top flight, the other bitter demotion for off the field irregularities. An eventful if sometimes distressing 45 years.

That anniversary falls on the day we play one of our greatest rivals, you know, the team that plays at Ashton Gate. What I hope we see is a Town team full of pride and passion.

Tuesday night against Wolves was the last 45 years personified. The second half showed fight and a bit of pride. First half, like some of the darker moments in that great chunk of our history.

We need to win at the weekend. We don't want to walk away from that derby having watched our team continue its downward spiral.

Whatever happens I've renewed my season ticket because I can't imagine life without it, okay maybe that's being crazy but I can't . I also believe in the spirit of March 15 1969.

Let Bristol City beware the Ides of March. It would be lovely to hear the same chant of "Swindon" heard at Wembley echo around again, celebrating another famous win.

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6:08am Thu 13 Mar 14

Chish and Fips says...

I woz there in '69 - seems all a bit surreal now.. I remember Sir Don with his clean white shorts whilst everyone else's was plastered in mud.
What a day ...
I woz there in '69 - seems all a bit surreal now.. I remember Sir Don with his clean white shorts whilst everyone else's was plastered in mud. What a day ... Chish and Fips
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7:15am Thu 13 Mar 14

Since 1950 says...

The whole of that season and beyond was a fantastic period. Two games a week on ankle deep mud pitches. Training with back packs of weights! The current squad would not have lasted as far as Christmas.
Then came Dave McKay Dave Peach and enter another dark period! But that's another story!
The whole of that season and beyond was a fantastic period. Two games a week on ankle deep mud pitches. Training with back packs of weights! The current squad would not have lasted as far as Christmas. Then came Dave McKay Dave Peach and enter another dark period! But that's another story! Since 1950
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7:35am Thu 13 Mar 14

umpcah says...

Three magic words ! I love you ? No - I was there !
Three magic words ! I love you ? No - I was there ! umpcah
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7:45am Thu 13 Mar 14

The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier says...

Forty five years? That means I've been a Town supporter for 44 years and six months.

My parents chose to move us to Swindon on the last day of August 1969, so I missed our biggest day by six months. And four of them were in the close season!

By the end of September I'd visited the County Ground for the first time

****!!

I never forgave them for not getting their arses in gear quicker.
Forty five years? That means I've been a Town supporter for 44 years and six months. My parents chose to move us to Swindon on the last day of August 1969, so I missed our biggest day by six months. And four of them were in the close season! By the end of September I'd visited the County Ground for the first time ****!! I never forgave them for not getting their arses in gear quicker. The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier
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7:48am Thu 13 Mar 14

mancrobin says...

An event I witnessed as a 10 year old boy stood in the Arsenal end. Unbelievable boys own fantasy. Forget Roy of the Rovers. We had Don of the Town. Agreed, about time he became Sir Don.
An event I witnessed as a 10 year old boy stood in the Arsenal end. Unbelievable boys own fantasy. Forget Roy of the Rovers. We had Don of the Town. Agreed, about time he became Sir Don. mancrobin
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8:41am Thu 13 Mar 14

umpcah says...

mancrobin wrote:
An event I witnessed as a 10 year old boy stood in the Arsenal end. Unbelievable boys own fantasy. Forget Roy of the Rovers. We had Don of the Town. Agreed, about time he became Sir Don.
What about Sir Rod Thomas ? He gave that Arsenal winger a really miserable afternoon and remains as my alltime favourite Town player.
[quote][p][bold]mancrobin[/bold] wrote: An event I witnessed as a 10 year old boy stood in the Arsenal end. Unbelievable boys own fantasy. Forget Roy of the Rovers. We had Don of the Town. Agreed, about time he became Sir Don.[/p][/quote]What about Sir Rod Thomas ? He gave that Arsenal winger a really miserable afternoon and remains as my alltime favourite Town player. umpcah
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8:41am Thu 13 Mar 14

old town robin says...

Some of the memories have faded, I was 22 and remember the celebrations back in Swindon in the evening, but how I got there and who I was with is a bit cloudy, I think I was with my dad, but not sure. I do remember the elation when Roger Smart scored, the nervousness whilst we tried to hold on to our lead, the depression of Bobby Gould equalising, The elation of Don scoring in extra time and then the relief when he got his second. Great day out in a really great stadium. The new Wembley has nowhere near the atmosphere of the old one, although it has to be said it probably has better a better seating arrangement to see the game. I have the DVD of the game, I might just watch it again with my kids this weekend.
Some of the memories have faded, I was 22 and remember the celebrations back in Swindon in the evening, but how I got there and who I was with is a bit cloudy, I think I was with my dad, but not sure. I do remember the elation when Roger Smart scored, the nervousness whilst we tried to hold on to our lead, the depression of Bobby Gould equalising, The elation of Don scoring in extra time and then the relief when he got his second. Great day out in a really great stadium. The new Wembley has nowhere near the atmosphere of the old one, although it has to be said it probably has better a better seating arrangement to see the game. I have the DVD of the game, I might just watch it again with my kids this weekend. old town robin
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9:39am Thu 13 Mar 14

Last step says...

mancrobin wrote:
An event I witnessed as a 10 year old boy stood in the Arsenal end. Unbelievable boys own fantasy. Forget Roy of the Rovers. We had Don of the Town. Agreed, about time he became Sir Don.
What's the story behind you being in the Arsenal end, then?!
[quote][p][bold]mancrobin[/bold] wrote: An event I witnessed as a 10 year old boy stood in the Arsenal end. Unbelievable boys own fantasy. Forget Roy of the Rovers. We had Don of the Town. Agreed, about time he became Sir Don.[/p][/quote]What's the story behind you being in the Arsenal end, then?! Last step
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9:49am Thu 13 Mar 14

gaz2612 says...

I was there aged 14 years old. What a great day, watching a fantastic team.
Peter Downsborough, in my opinion, the best ever Swindon GK, had a fantastic game with many excellent saves. They were all brilliant that day. I still have the book 'The Way To Wembley Swindon Style 69' all fully autographed by all the players. A treasured possession!!!
Wish we had another team like that and another Don Rogers, the best player to wear a Swindon shirt IMO.
I was there aged 14 years old. What a great day, watching a fantastic team. Peter Downsborough, in my opinion, the best ever Swindon GK, had a fantastic game with many excellent saves. They were all brilliant that day. I still have the book 'The Way To Wembley Swindon Style 69' all fully autographed by all the players. A treasured possession!!! Wish we had another team like that and another Don Rogers, the best player to wear a Swindon shirt IMO. gaz2612
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10:32am Thu 13 Mar 14

port de soller says...

yes what a day,10shilling ticket /day return to London after win steak and chips at a Berni Inn total 6 pounds.
A day I will never forget so true about Don Rogers /clean shorts at least we have some decent memories.
Just hope now we get a new investor and manager
yes what a day,10shilling ticket /day return to London after win steak and chips at a Berni Inn total 6 pounds. A day I will never forget so true about Don Rogers /clean shorts at least we have some decent memories. Just hope now we get a new investor and manager port de soller
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11:01am Thu 13 Mar 14

Old-Stager, Hilperton says...

Standing on the Swindon Town End, I remember the chants of Easy-Easy-Easy as the Arsenal team walked off the pitch towards our end.
I remember train after train arriving at Paddington station packed with Town Fans going to the wonderful "Old" Wembley.
I remember seeing a car full of Arsenal fans on the way to Wembley, with a big Shakespeare poster stuck on the back advertising "The Taming of the Shrew".
Bobby Gould's very late equaliser that looked as though our dream was shattered, and then of course the spectacular Don Rogers Show.
What memories....Come on Old-Stager, wake up !
Standing on the Swindon Town End, I remember the chants of Easy-Easy-Easy as the Arsenal team walked off the pitch towards our end. I remember train after train arriving at Paddington station packed with Town Fans going to the wonderful "Old" Wembley. I remember seeing a car full of Arsenal fans on the way to Wembley, with a big Shakespeare poster stuck on the back advertising "The Taming of the Shrew". Bobby Gould's very late equaliser that looked as though our dream was shattered, and then of course the spectacular Don Rogers Show. What memories....Come on Old-Stager, wake up ! Old-Stager, Hilperton
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11:09am Thu 13 Mar 14

The Jockster says...

Ah yes I remember it well as the song goes - 19 years old and not a care I the world - wonderful memories of a fantastic week end Soho strippers and a curry lol & Petticoat Lane on the Sunday morning before the Big Match with the late great Brian Moore in the afternoon, happy days indeed.
Ah yes I remember it well as the song goes - 19 years old and not a care I the world - wonderful memories of a fantastic week end Soho strippers and a curry lol & Petticoat Lane on the Sunday morning before the Big Match with the late great Brian Moore in the afternoon, happy days indeed. The Jockster
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11:12am Thu 13 Mar 14

Cleuso says...

Looks like City are going to be without both central defenders this weekend El wotsits... suspended and Flint out with dislocated kneecap.
Looks like City are going to be without both central defenders this weekend El wotsits... suspended and Flint out with dislocated kneecap. Cleuso
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12:03pm Thu 13 Mar 14

buckobassettboy says...

Well I remember it for all the wrong reasons.I was in he school panto,the old secondary school in Wootton Bassett.I was 15 at the time and morality ran high in those days so I missed the day and had to watch the whole match-in black and white on the Sunday.I do not have many regrets in life but if I could have one wish then it would be to go back to that day,go awol from the panto and cherish that wonderful moment.I have the whole game on tape which I do watch from time to time-and to be honest-get rather emotional with it all,upset if you like and continually ask myself why oh why did you not go.It will haunt me for the rest of my days.
The team were passionate,committed
,fit with the desire to succeed-as the underdogs.Maybe the current team-if you can call it that-should sit down and watch the game and realise that when 100% effort is required it means just that.
Well I remember it for all the wrong reasons.I was in he school panto,the old secondary school in Wootton Bassett.I was 15 at the time and morality ran high in those days so I missed the day and had to watch the whole match-in black and white on the Sunday.I do not have many regrets in life but if I could have one wish then it would be to go back to that day,go awol from the panto and cherish that wonderful moment.I have the whole game on tape which I do watch from time to time-and to be honest-get rather emotional with it all,upset if you like and continually ask myself why oh why did you not go.It will haunt me for the rest of my days. The team were passionate,committed ,fit with the desire to succeed-as the underdogs.Maybe the current team-if you can call it that-should sit down and watch the game and realise that when 100% effort is required it means just that. buckobassettboy
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12:11pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Swindonian63 says...

I was 21, when Roger Smart scored I opened a can of Watneys Pale Ale (you could take cans in then).

Unforgettable, dreamland, indescribable unless you were there.
I was 21, when Roger Smart scored I opened a can of Watneys Pale Ale (you could take cans in then). Unforgettable, dreamland, indescribable unless you were there. Swindonian63
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12:24pm Thu 13 Mar 14

nosyrudeman says...

I was 16 and took my grandad who was well into his late 70's, still got vivid memories, Peter Downsborogh making save after save, Smarty's goal and 2 by the Don, Bobby Gould crying cause his dad was there listening to the game bacause he was blind or partially sighted. Loved every minute and have renewed already.
I was 16 and took my grandad who was well into his late 70's, still got vivid memories, Peter Downsborogh making save after save, Smarty's goal and 2 by the Don, Bobby Gould crying cause his dad was there listening to the game bacause he was blind or partially sighted. Loved every minute and have renewed already. nosyrudeman
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12:52pm Thu 13 Mar 14

RAYSPARROW says...

About 3 years ago I got Don to sign my Wembley programme. I was there with my father. Frankie Bozza brought our tickets. Sent my wife to Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition.
My favourite match though was away to Wet Ham in the cup. We drew 3 3 even with Moore, Peters and Hurst.
About 3 years ago I got Don to sign my Wembley programme. I was there with my father. Frankie Bozza brought our tickets. Sent my wife to Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition. My favourite match though was away to Wet Ham in the cup. We drew 3 3 even with Moore, Peters and Hurst. RAYSPARROW
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1:09pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

Great day and unforgettable. However, my all time favourite Town game has to be the semi-final replay against Burnley at The Hawthorns. We went through every emotion that night and ended up dancing in the streets on the way back to the station. That 67 FA Cup game at West Ham was tremendous too. Everyone seems to think it was the League Cup final that made Don famous but he had hit the national headlines in those great games against West Ham. I remember a Sunday paper article by Geoff Hurst, praising us in general and Don in particular, after we'd stuffed them in the replay.
Great day and unforgettable. However, my all time favourite Town game has to be the semi-final replay against Burnley at The Hawthorns. We went through every emotion that night and ended up dancing in the streets on the way back to the station. That 67 FA Cup game at West Ham was tremendous too. Everyone seems to think it was the League Cup final that made Don famous but he had hit the national headlines in those great games against West Ham. I remember a Sunday paper article by Geoff Hurst, praising us in general and Don in particular, after we'd stuffed them in the replay. Oi Den!
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1:24pm Thu 13 Mar 14

RamsburyRed says...

'Arguably'? What are you on about? UNarguably - your summation of the following 45 years makes the point.
'Arguably'? What are you on about? UNarguably - your summation of the following 45 years makes the point. RamsburyRed
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2:06pm Thu 13 Mar 14

RAYSPARROW says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Great day and unforgettable. However, my all time favourite Town game has to be the semi-final replay against Burnley at The Hawthorns. We went through every emotion that night and ended up dancing in the streets on the way back to the station. That 67 FA Cup game at West Ham was tremendous too. Everyone seems to think it was the League Cup final that made Don famous but he had hit the national headlines in those great games against West Ham. I remember a Sunday paper article by Geoff Hurst, praising us in general and Don in particular, after we'd stuffed them in the replay.
London evening paper made him player of the month after West Ham game.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Great day and unforgettable. However, my all time favourite Town game has to be the semi-final replay against Burnley at The Hawthorns. We went through every emotion that night and ended up dancing in the streets on the way back to the station. That 67 FA Cup game at West Ham was tremendous too. Everyone seems to think it was the League Cup final that made Don famous but he had hit the national headlines in those great games against West Ham. I remember a Sunday paper article by Geoff Hurst, praising us in general and Don in particular, after we'd stuffed them in the replay.[/p][/quote]London evening paper made him player of the month after West Ham game. RAYSPARROW
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2:29pm Thu 13 Mar 14

stanharlands6shirt says...

Walked with my dad from Park North to the old bus station and on board the Crosby Doors hired coach arranged by the old foreman Brian Williams.
Right up in the gods at Wembley , drinking whisky straight from a bottle (not mine) at just 12 years old. urgh..
Downsborough the magnificent.. Harland, Butler, Thomas, Trollope, Burrows a back four +one that we have never bettered. A lop side formation that allowed Trollope or Thomas to overlap with freedom with Butler moving left or right to cover their attacking full back moves. Oh how I loved that team...
Tears of joy, and I was able to share it with my dad. Wonderful.
Stopped at a pub in Reading on the return home, full of Swindon supporters, and sat in the corner drinking beer of some sort, singing with everybody else.
For weeks leading up to the final every school break time at Richard Jefferies it was Swindon v Arsenal in the playground. Great memories.

It may not be a league cup day this Saturday but for all Town supporters at Bristol City, and me and my son will be again, it has to be sung;

IN 1969, ON LEAGUE CUP FINAL DAY,
You all know the words so sing up Swindon ...BE PROUD, IT'S OUR .HISTORY
Walked with my dad from Park North to the old bus station and on board the Crosby Doors hired coach arranged by the old foreman Brian Williams. Right up in the gods at Wembley , drinking whisky straight from a bottle (not mine) at just 12 years old. urgh.. Downsborough the magnificent.. Harland, Butler, Thomas, Trollope, Burrows a back four +one that we have never bettered. A lop side formation that allowed Trollope or Thomas to overlap with freedom with Butler moving left or right to cover their attacking full back moves. Oh how I loved that team... Tears of joy, and I was able to share it with my dad. Wonderful. Stopped at a pub in Reading on the return home, full of Swindon supporters, and sat in the corner drinking beer of some sort, singing with everybody else. For weeks leading up to the final every school break time at Richard Jefferies it was Swindon v Arsenal in the playground. Great memories. It may not be a league cup day this Saturday but for all Town supporters at Bristol City, and me and my son will be again, it has to be sung; IN 1969, ON LEAGUE CUP FINAL DAY, You all know the words so sing up Swindon ...BE PROUD, IT'S OUR .HISTORY stanharlands6shirt
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2:34pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Swindonian63 says...

I'm becoming emotional reading these posts. I was emotional before the game, walking down Wembley Way to see my team play in a cup final, I knew it was a once in a lifetime day. When Don walked the ball round Bob Wilson for our third I felt a combination of pure disbelief and sublime ecstasy.

The next day the great sports journalist Hugh McIllvany did us full justice in a superb report in The Observer which remains the best football report I've ever read.
I'm becoming emotional reading these posts. I was emotional before the game, walking down Wembley Way to see my team play in a cup final, I knew it was a once in a lifetime day. When Don walked the ball round Bob Wilson for our third I felt a combination of pure disbelief and sublime ecstasy. The next day the great sports journalist Hugh McIllvany did us full justice in a superb report in The Observer which remains the best football report I've ever read. Swindonian63
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3:24pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

stanharlands6shirt wrote:
Walked with my dad from Park North to the old bus station and on board the Crosby Doors hired coach arranged by the old foreman Brian Williams.
Right up in the gods at Wembley , drinking whisky straight from a bottle (not mine) at just 12 years old. urgh..
Downsborough the magnificent.. Harland, Butler, Thomas, Trollope, Burrows a back four +one that we have never bettered. A lop side formation that allowed Trollope or Thomas to overlap with freedom with Butler moving left or right to cover their attacking full back moves. Oh how I loved that team...
Tears of joy, and I was able to share it with my dad. Wonderful.
Stopped at a pub in Reading on the return home, full of Swindon supporters, and sat in the corner drinking beer of some sort, singing with everybody else.
For weeks leading up to the final every school break time at Richard Jefferies it was Swindon v Arsenal in the playground. Great memories.

It may not be a league cup day this Saturday but for all Town supporters at Bristol City, and me and my son will be again, it has to be sung;

IN 1969, ON LEAGUE CUP FINAL DAY,
You all know the words so sing up Swindon ...BE PROUD, IT'S OUR .HISTORY
No, I don't know. What words have to be sung?
[quote][p][bold]stanharlands6shirt[/bold] wrote: Walked with my dad from Park North to the old bus station and on board the Crosby Doors hired coach arranged by the old foreman Brian Williams. Right up in the gods at Wembley , drinking whisky straight from a bottle (not mine) at just 12 years old. urgh.. Downsborough the magnificent.. Harland, Butler, Thomas, Trollope, Burrows a back four +one that we have never bettered. A lop side formation that allowed Trollope or Thomas to overlap with freedom with Butler moving left or right to cover their attacking full back moves. Oh how I loved that team... Tears of joy, and I was able to share it with my dad. Wonderful. Stopped at a pub in Reading on the return home, full of Swindon supporters, and sat in the corner drinking beer of some sort, singing with everybody else. For weeks leading up to the final every school break time at Richard Jefferies it was Swindon v Arsenal in the playground. Great memories. It may not be a league cup day this Saturday but for all Town supporters at Bristol City, and me and my son will be again, it has to be sung; IN 1969, ON LEAGUE CUP FINAL DAY, You all know the words so sing up Swindon ...BE PROUD, IT'S OUR .HISTORY[/p][/quote]No, I don't know. What words have to be sung? Oi Den!
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3:37pm Thu 13 Mar 14

stanharlands6shirt says...

Oi Den! wrote:
stanharlands6shirt wrote:
Walked with my dad from Park North to the old bus station and on board the Crosby Doors hired coach arranged by the old foreman Brian Williams.
Right up in the gods at Wembley , drinking whisky straight from a bottle (not mine) at just 12 years old. urgh..
Downsborough the magnificent.. Harland, Butler, Thomas, Trollope, Burrows a back four +one that we have never bettered. A lop side formation that allowed Trollope or Thomas to overlap with freedom with Butler moving left or right to cover their attacking full back moves. Oh how I loved that team...
Tears of joy, and I was able to share it with my dad. Wonderful.
Stopped at a pub in Reading on the return home, full of Swindon supporters, and sat in the corner drinking beer of some sort, singing with everybody else.
For weeks leading up to the final every school break time at Richard Jefferies it was Swindon v Arsenal in the playground. Great memories.

It may not be a league cup day this Saturday but for all Town supporters at Bristol City, and me and my son will be again, it has to be sung;

IN 1969, ON LEAGUE CUP FINAL DAY,
You all know the words so sing up Swindon ...BE PROUD, IT'S OUR .HISTORY
No, I don't know. What words have to be sung?
Oi Den, just for you,

In 1969
on League cup final day,
the Arsenal went to Wembley
They walked down Wembley way,
They thought they had it easy,
They thought they'd win the cup,
Along came SWINDON TOWN THAT DAY,
and -ucked the -astards up....

History is rarely sung so sweetly, or proudly, and I still regularly find myself singing it in the shower etc...
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stanharlands6shirt[/bold] wrote: Walked with my dad from Park North to the old bus station and on board the Crosby Doors hired coach arranged by the old foreman Brian Williams. Right up in the gods at Wembley , drinking whisky straight from a bottle (not mine) at just 12 years old. urgh.. Downsborough the magnificent.. Harland, Butler, Thomas, Trollope, Burrows a back four +one that we have never bettered. A lop side formation that allowed Trollope or Thomas to overlap with freedom with Butler moving left or right to cover their attacking full back moves. Oh how I loved that team... Tears of joy, and I was able to share it with my dad. Wonderful. Stopped at a pub in Reading on the return home, full of Swindon supporters, and sat in the corner drinking beer of some sort, singing with everybody else. For weeks leading up to the final every school break time at Richard Jefferies it was Swindon v Arsenal in the playground. Great memories. It may not be a league cup day this Saturday but for all Town supporters at Bristol City, and me and my son will be again, it has to be sung; IN 1969, ON LEAGUE CUP FINAL DAY, You all know the words so sing up Swindon ...BE PROUD, IT'S OUR .HISTORY[/p][/quote]No, I don't know. What words have to be sung?[/p][/quote]Oi Den, just for you, In 1969 on League cup final day, the Arsenal went to Wembley They walked down Wembley way, They thought they had it easy, They thought they'd win the cup, Along came SWINDON TOWN THAT DAY, and -ucked the -astards up.... History is rarely sung so sweetly, or proudly, and I still regularly find myself singing it in the shower etc... stanharlands6shirt
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5:32pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Swindonian63 says...

Stand out moments...Ure's c0ck up with Wilson, the ball chased down by Peter Noble, Roger Smart scoring from a yard.

Downsborough's stunning save from Jon Sammels' volley.

Bobby Gould's equaliser despite Frank Burrow's desperate effort to stop him.

Roger Smart heading against the post in extra time...Don's reaction to score from Frank Burrows' knock down of Don Heath's corner, despite Bob McNab's effort on the line to keep it out.

Don running through from his own half and walking the ball round Wilson.

3-1 'They can't catch us now'

Final whistle...bedlam!
Stand out moments...Ure's c0ck up with Wilson, the ball chased down by Peter Noble, Roger Smart scoring from a yard. Downsborough's stunning save from Jon Sammels' volley. Bobby Gould's equaliser despite Frank Burrow's desperate effort to stop him. Roger Smart heading against the post in extra time...Don's reaction to score from Frank Burrows' knock down of Don Heath's corner, despite Bob McNab's effort on the line to keep it out. Don running through from his own half and walking the ball round Wilson. 3-1 'They can't catch us now' Final whistle...bedlam! Swindonian63
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5:34pm Thu 13 Mar 14

nobbycars says...

Great day, never to be forgotten, but the semi-final first leg at Burnley will take some beating, they were high up near the top of the then 1st division, we beat them 2-0, the STFC chartered train was late, we jumped off the train on to the lines ran through Burnley missed the first 5mins, but the match was pure quality, Sir Matt Busby commented on Swindons passion, skill and determination and said Swindon on that form could beat almost any team on the night,, the journey home was a blur.
Great day, never to be forgotten, but the semi-final first leg at Burnley will take some beating, they were high up near the top of the then 1st division, we beat them 2-0, the STFC chartered train was late, we jumped off the train on to the lines ran through Burnley missed the first 5mins, but the match was pure quality, Sir Matt Busby commented on Swindons passion, skill and determination and said Swindon on that form could beat almost any team on the night,, the journey home was a blur. nobbycars
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6:03pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

stanharlands6shirt wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
stanharlands6shirt wrote:
Walked with my dad from Park North to the old bus station and on board the Crosby Doors hired coach arranged by the old foreman Brian Williams.
Right up in the gods at Wembley , drinking whisky straight from a bottle (not mine) at just 12 years old. urgh..
Downsborough the magnificent.. Harland, Butler, Thomas, Trollope, Burrows a back four +one that we have never bettered. A lop side formation that allowed Trollope or Thomas to overlap with freedom with Butler moving left or right to cover their attacking full back moves. Oh how I loved that team...
Tears of joy, and I was able to share it with my dad. Wonderful.
Stopped at a pub in Reading on the return home, full of Swindon supporters, and sat in the corner drinking beer of some sort, singing with everybody else.
For weeks leading up to the final every school break time at Richard Jefferies it was Swindon v Arsenal in the playground. Great memories.

It may not be a league cup day this Saturday but for all Town supporters at Bristol City, and me and my son will be again, it has to be sung;

IN 1969, ON LEAGUE CUP FINAL DAY,
You all know the words so sing up Swindon ...BE PROUD, IT'S OUR .HISTORY
No, I don't know. What words have to be sung?
Oi Den, just for you,

In 1969
on League cup final day,
the Arsenal went to Wembley
They walked down Wembley way,
They thought they had it easy,
They thought they'd win the cup,
Along came SWINDON TOWN THAT DAY,
and -ucked the -astards up....

History is rarely sung so sweetly, or proudly, and I still regularly find myself singing it in the shower etc...
Very good Stan. Have today it's new to me though.

Nobby I think we won 2-1 at Burnley and lost 2-1 at home, hence the neutral ground replay. Nowadays we have to have bloody penalties.
[quote][p][bold]stanharlands6shirt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stanharlands6shirt[/bold] wrote: Walked with my dad from Park North to the old bus station and on board the Crosby Doors hired coach arranged by the old foreman Brian Williams. Right up in the gods at Wembley , drinking whisky straight from a bottle (not mine) at just 12 years old. urgh.. Downsborough the magnificent.. Harland, Butler, Thomas, Trollope, Burrows a back four +one that we have never bettered. A lop side formation that allowed Trollope or Thomas to overlap with freedom with Butler moving left or right to cover their attacking full back moves. Oh how I loved that team... Tears of joy, and I was able to share it with my dad. Wonderful. Stopped at a pub in Reading on the return home, full of Swindon supporters, and sat in the corner drinking beer of some sort, singing with everybody else. For weeks leading up to the final every school break time at Richard Jefferies it was Swindon v Arsenal in the playground. Great memories. It may not be a league cup day this Saturday but for all Town supporters at Bristol City, and me and my son will be again, it has to be sung; IN 1969, ON LEAGUE CUP FINAL DAY, You all know the words so sing up Swindon ...BE PROUD, IT'S OUR .HISTORY[/p][/quote]No, I don't know. What words have to be sung?[/p][/quote]Oi Den, just for you, In 1969 on League cup final day, the Arsenal went to Wembley They walked down Wembley way, They thought they had it easy, They thought they'd win the cup, Along came SWINDON TOWN THAT DAY, and -ucked the -astards up.... History is rarely sung so sweetly, or proudly, and I still regularly find myself singing it in the shower etc...[/p][/quote]Very good Stan. Have today it's new to me though. Nobby I think we won 2-1 at Burnley and lost 2-1 at home, hence the neutral ground replay. Nowadays we have to have bloody penalties. Oi Den!
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6:53pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Redgollum says...

I was there. What a day! I was a student in Bradford at the time, with not much money, so it was a bit of a trek to get there. That is a story in itself. The pitch was awful, I think that they had horses on it just before, but in those days, the CG wasn't much better. That side was the best from Swindon ever. We could do with a Stan Harland now, let alone Don. We won it!
But I agree with Sparrow, the 3-3 draw at West Ham sticks in my memory as the best game that I have ever seen us play.
I was there. What a day! I was a student in Bradford at the time, with not much money, so it was a bit of a trek to get there. That is a story in itself. The pitch was awful, I think that they had horses on it just before, but in those days, the CG wasn't much better. That side was the best from Swindon ever. We could do with a Stan Harland now, let alone Don. We won it! But I agree with Sparrow, the 3-3 draw at West Ham sticks in my memory as the best game that I have ever seen us play. Redgollum
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7:52pm Thu 13 Mar 14

mancrobin says...

Last step wrote:
mancrobin wrote:
An event I witnessed as a 10 year old boy stood in the Arsenal end. Unbelievable boys own fantasy. Forget Roy of the Rovers. We had Don of the Town. Agreed, about time he became Sir Don.
What's the story behind you being in the Arsenal end, then?!
We lived near Reading at the time and it was the only way my Dad could get tickets for me and my brother.

All the Arsenal fans around us had Daily Mirror hats saying "Arsenal for the Cup". At the final whistle I was called a little B@stard or the like on numerous occasions and the empty terraces became a sea of trodden hats.

Also went to and from on a coach full of Arsenal fans. Well, Home Counties Arsenal fans. I suppose I did a reverse of Nick Hornby's experience as described in Fever Pitch.
[quote][p][bold]Last step[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mancrobin[/bold] wrote: An event I witnessed as a 10 year old boy stood in the Arsenal end. Unbelievable boys own fantasy. Forget Roy of the Rovers. We had Don of the Town. Agreed, about time he became Sir Don.[/p][/quote]What's the story behind you being in the Arsenal end, then?![/p][/quote]We lived near Reading at the time and it was the only way my Dad could get tickets for me and my brother. All the Arsenal fans around us had Daily Mirror hats saying "Arsenal for the Cup". At the final whistle I was called a little B@stard or the like on numerous occasions and the empty terraces became a sea of trodden hats. Also went to and from on a coach full of Arsenal fans. Well, Home Counties Arsenal fans. I suppose I did a reverse of Nick Hornby's experience as described in Fever Pitch. mancrobin
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7:59pm Thu 13 Mar 14

mancrobin says...

umpcah wrote:
mancrobin wrote:
An event I witnessed as a 10 year old boy stood in the Arsenal end. Unbelievable boys own fantasy. Forget Roy of the Rovers. We had Don of the Town. Agreed, about time he became Sir Don.
What about Sir Rod Thomas ? He gave that Arsenal winger a really miserable afternoon and remains as my alltime favourite Town player.
Umpcah, if I had my way, I'd knight the lot of them for their services to fantasy football and providing Swindon folk with such long lasting joy.

Rod was certainly a class act and that was proved by his subsequent moves and the number of caps he got for Wales. But Don was special, very special. I watched on utube recently shoeing a 0 0 against Luton in the 60's and he was awesome. I will never forget the tingle I'd get down the back of my spine every time he received the ball out wide on the wing.
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mancrobin[/bold] wrote: An event I witnessed as a 10 year old boy stood in the Arsenal end. Unbelievable boys own fantasy. Forget Roy of the Rovers. We had Don of the Town. Agreed, about time he became Sir Don.[/p][/quote]What about Sir Rod Thomas ? He gave that Arsenal winger a really miserable afternoon and remains as my alltime favourite Town player.[/p][/quote]Umpcah, if I had my way, I'd knight the lot of them for their services to fantasy football and providing Swindon folk with such long lasting joy. Rod was certainly a class act and that was proved by his subsequent moves and the number of caps he got for Wales. But Don was special, very special. I watched on utube recently shoeing a 0 0 against Luton in the 60's and he was awesome. I will never forget the tingle I'd get down the back of my spine every time he received the ball out wide on the wing. mancrobin
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8:28pm Thu 13 Mar 14

subbuteoles says...

As a 14yr old schoolboy i was there with my late father and 2 of his friends. Dad gave his mates the wrong tickets and Dad and me ended up in the Arsenal end. I remember the terrace steps being about 18 inches high. Met most of the players and Danny Williams 5 years ago in the Winners Lounge. Frank Burrows, Peter Noble were unable to attend. Unfortunately Stan Harland and John Smith had passed away.
As a 14yr old schoolboy i was there with my late father and 2 of his friends. Dad gave his mates the wrong tickets and Dad and me ended up in the Arsenal end. I remember the terrace steps being about 18 inches high. Met most of the players and Danny Williams 5 years ago in the Winners Lounge. Frank Burrows, Peter Noble were unable to attend. Unfortunately Stan Harland and John Smith had passed away. subbuteoles
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8:33pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

Oi Den! wrote:
stanharlands6shirt wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
stanharlands6shirt wrote:
Walked with my dad from Park North to the old bus station and on board the Crosby Doors hired coach arranged by the old foreman Brian Williams.
Right up in the gods at Wembley , drinking whisky straight from a bottle (not mine) at just 12 years old. urgh..
Downsborough the magnificent.. Harland, Butler, Thomas, Trollope, Burrows a back four +one that we have never bettered. A lop side formation that allowed Trollope or Thomas to overlap with freedom with Butler moving left or right to cover their attacking full back moves. Oh how I loved that team...
Tears of joy, and I was able to share it with my dad. Wonderful.
Stopped at a pub in Reading on the return home, full of Swindon supporters, and sat in the corner drinking beer of some sort, singing with everybody else.
For weeks leading up to the final every school break time at Richard Jefferies it was Swindon v Arsenal in the playground. Great memories.

It may not be a league cup day this Saturday but for all Town supporters at Bristol City, and me and my son will be again, it has to be sung;

IN 1969, ON LEAGUE CUP FINAL DAY,
You all know the words so sing up Swindon ...BE PROUD, IT'S OUR .HISTORY
No, I don't know. What words have to be sung?
Oi Den, just for you,

In 1969
on League cup final day,
the Arsenal went to Wembley
They walked down Wembley way,
They thought they had it easy,
They thought they'd win the cup,
Along came SWINDON TOWN THAT DAY,
and -ucked the -astards up....

History is rarely sung so sweetly, or proudly, and I still regularly find myself singing it in the shower etc...
Very good Stan. Have today it's new to me though.

Nobby I think we won 2-1 at Burnley and lost 2-1 at home, hence the neutral ground replay. Nowadays we have to have bloody penalties.
today = to say
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stanharlands6shirt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stanharlands6shirt[/bold] wrote: Walked with my dad from Park North to the old bus station and on board the Crosby Doors hired coach arranged by the old foreman Brian Williams. Right up in the gods at Wembley , drinking whisky straight from a bottle (not mine) at just 12 years old. urgh.. Downsborough the magnificent.. Harland, Butler, Thomas, Trollope, Burrows a back four +one that we have never bettered. A lop side formation that allowed Trollope or Thomas to overlap with freedom with Butler moving left or right to cover their attacking full back moves. Oh how I loved that team... Tears of joy, and I was able to share it with my dad. Wonderful. Stopped at a pub in Reading on the return home, full of Swindon supporters, and sat in the corner drinking beer of some sort, singing with everybody else. For weeks leading up to the final every school break time at Richard Jefferies it was Swindon v Arsenal in the playground. Great memories. It may not be a league cup day this Saturday but for all Town supporters at Bristol City, and me and my son will be again, it has to be sung; IN 1969, ON LEAGUE CUP FINAL DAY, You all know the words so sing up Swindon ...BE PROUD, IT'S OUR .HISTORY[/p][/quote]No, I don't know. What words have to be sung?[/p][/quote]Oi Den, just for you, In 1969 on League cup final day, the Arsenal went to Wembley They walked down Wembley way, They thought they had it easy, They thought they'd win the cup, Along came SWINDON TOWN THAT DAY, and -ucked the -astards up.... History is rarely sung so sweetly, or proudly, and I still regularly find myself singing it in the shower etc...[/p][/quote]Very good Stan. Have today it's new to me though. Nobby I think we won 2-1 at Burnley and lost 2-1 at home, hence the neutral ground replay. Nowadays we have to have bloody penalties.[/p][/quote]today = to say Oi Den!
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2:07pm Fri 14 Mar 14

The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier says...

This is knew to me as well. Thanks for sharing it.

I envisage it going to the tune of 'Twas on the Monday morning the gas man came to call'.

Am I right?
This is knew to me as well. Thanks for sharing it. I envisage it going to the tune of 'Twas on the Monday morning the gas man came to call'. Am I right? The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier
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