Jay bids farewell to the County Ground fans

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Jay McEveley says his goodbyes Jay McEveley says his goodbyes

JAY McEveley admitted that he didn’t know he “was seen in that light” by the Swindon Town fans after receiving a standing ovation as he was substituted late on in his final game for the club on Saturday.

The full-back made the last of his 78 appearances for Town in the 2-1 home defeat to Rotherham United, revealing after the game that he had been unable to come to terms on an extended stay in Wiltshire.

When he was taken off with three minutes left of the 90, the majority of the County Ground crowd rose to their feet to salute an unsung hero of the Robins’ up and down campaign.

It was a poignant moment for McEveley, who said he was a little surprised at the reception.

“It was special. I didn’t know I was seen in that light, to be honest.” he said “I just go about my business and give everything on the pitch.

“If I have a good game or a bad game or a six out of 10 game I’m always giving 110 per cent. Maybe they’ve seen that and I like that in them.

“Looking at this season I think my form’s been more than a six out of 10, to be honest.

“I think I’ve had a pretty good campaign and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. I’ve enjoyed playing with these talented kids.

“Looking at the programmes and seeing 95s and 96s makes me feel old. I don’t know how it makes Darren Ward feel but it makes me feel old. I imagine it makes him feel ancient.

“It’s been a great season and I’ve enjoyed every minute.”

McEveley, whose young family is based in the north west, conceded that that may be a factor in his decision to leave.

He said: “It could be but that wasn’t an issue really. I’m not saying I’m going to move back up north.

“Whatever happens, happens. Nothing’s been said, I haven’t spoken to anyone. I’ve only just really sorted it out the last couple of days.”

The Scouser suggested that the squad he is leaving behind has the ability to push for a League One play-off place this season.

When asked how much potential Town’s young team has, he said: “A lot of potential.

“I’ve said it all season. There’s a lot of talent in this squad. The ups and downs and highs and lows can only stand them in good stead for when it comes round next season.

“They’ve had a year together now and next year you’ll see a totally different thing. Everyone will be singing from the same hymn book.

“One or two additions and I don’t see any reason why they can’t go better than this year and make the play-offs.

“I train with them every day and this is a talented, talented squad.”

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7:49am Mon 5 May 14

MoonrakerMatelot says...

Disappointed and sad to see you going Jay, I wish you all the best for your future career. You'd be welcomed back at the CG anytime. Top bloke!
Disappointed and sad to see you going Jay, I wish you all the best for your future career. You'd be welcomed back at the CG anytime. Top bloke! MoonrakerMatelot
  • Score: 26

9:11am Mon 5 May 14

Scouse Red says...

MoonrakerMatelot wrote:
Disappointed and sad to see you going Jay, I wish you all the best for your future career. You'd be welcomed back at the CG anytime. Top bloke!
Agreed, even though he is a blue!
[quote][p][bold]MoonrakerMatelot[/bold] wrote: Disappointed and sad to see you going Jay, I wish you all the best for your future career. You'd be welcomed back at the CG anytime. Top bloke![/p][/quote]Agreed, even though he is a blue! Scouse Red
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11:19am Mon 5 May 14

gingerdad says...

MoonrakerMatelot wrote:
Disappointed and sad to see you going Jay, I wish you all the best for your future career. You'd be welcomed back at the CG anytime. Top bloke!
Agreed. He really grew in stature when Wardy was left out and put in some solid, commanding performances recently and noticeably on Saturday. You can be proud of yourself, Jay. You will be missed.
[quote][p][bold]MoonrakerMatelot[/bold] wrote: Disappointed and sad to see you going Jay, I wish you all the best for your future career. You'd be welcomed back at the CG anytime. Top bloke![/p][/quote]Agreed. He really grew in stature when Wardy was left out and put in some solid, commanding performances recently and noticeably on Saturday. You can be proud of yourself, Jay. You will be missed. gingerdad
  • Score: 5

1:19pm Mon 5 May 14

liden623 says...

I was really hoping that something could have been worked out to keep Jay at the club for a bit longer. Great season & very popular in the DR stand.
I can only wish him every success for the future.
I was really hoping that something could have been worked out to keep Jay at the club for a bit longer. Great season & very popular in the DR stand. I can only wish him every success for the future. liden623
  • Score: 2

1:28pm Mon 5 May 14

itslove says...

Some other teams reject. prone to injury. blew hot and cold. gave away msny points with gaffs. could fill a dvd with this blokes errors.
Some other teams reject. prone to injury. blew hot and cold. gave away msny points with gaffs. could fill a dvd with this blokes errors. itslove
  • Score: -30

4:43pm Mon 5 May 14

lifelong red says...

Might as well add my voice to the chorus ,and say farewell and good luck for the future to Jay , served the club well for the time he was here , but not to surprised to see him on the released list , think he's run his coarse at this club ,probably a change would suit him and the club.
Might as well add my voice to the chorus ,and say farewell and good luck for the future to Jay , served the club well for the time he was here , but not to surprised to see him on the released list , think he's run his coarse at this club ,probably a change would suit him and the club. lifelong red
  • Score: 1

6:16pm Mon 5 May 14

Wildwestener says...

itslove wrote:
Some other teams reject. prone to injury. blew hot and cold. gave away msny points with gaffs. could fill a dvd with this blokes errors.
.... and the back of a postage stamp with what you know about football it would seem
[quote][p][bold]itslove[/bold] wrote: Some other teams reject. prone to injury. blew hot and cold. gave away msny points with gaffs. could fill a dvd with this blokes errors.[/p][/quote].... and the back of a postage stamp with what you know about football it would seem Wildwestener
  • Score: 4

9:45pm Mon 5 May 14

dazzastfc says...

Wildwestener wrote:
itslove wrote:
Some other teams reject. prone to injury. blew hot and cold. gave away msny points with gaffs. could fill a dvd with this blokes errors.
.... and the back of a postage stamp with what you know about football it would seem
What amazes me is that jay was well below par for his spell at Swindon BUT when his contract was up he suddenly started playing well....

the back of a postage stamp with what you know about football it would seem
So childish as itslove is not far off the mark..
[quote][p][bold]Wildwestener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]itslove[/bold] wrote: Some other teams reject. prone to injury. blew hot and cold. gave away msny points with gaffs. could fill a dvd with this blokes errors.[/p][/quote].... and the back of a postage stamp with what you know about football it would seem[/p][/quote]What amazes me is that jay was well below par for his spell at Swindon BUT when his contract was up he suddenly started playing well.... the back of a postage stamp with what you know about football it would seem So childish as itslove is not far off the mark.. dazzastfc
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9:51am Tue 6 May 14

Wildwestener says...

dazzastfc wrote:
Wildwestener wrote:
itslove wrote:
Some other teams reject. prone to injury. blew hot and cold. gave away msny points with gaffs. could fill a dvd with this blokes errors.
.... and the back of a postage stamp with what you know about football it would seem
What amazes me is that jay was well below par for his spell at Swindon BUT when his contract was up he suddenly started playing well....

the back of a postage stamp with what you know about football it would seem
So childish as itslove is not far off the mark..
All he needed was a decent run in the side without injuries which blighted his time here. He's hardly the only one and for me, when he played regularly, one of our better players.
[quote][p][bold]dazzastfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wildwestener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]itslove[/bold] wrote: Some other teams reject. prone to injury. blew hot and cold. gave away msny points with gaffs. could fill a dvd with this blokes errors.[/p][/quote].... and the back of a postage stamp with what you know about football it would seem[/p][/quote]What amazes me is that jay was well below par for his spell at Swindon BUT when his contract was up he suddenly started playing well.... the back of a postage stamp with what you know about football it would seem So childish as itslove is not far off the mark..[/p][/quote]All he needed was a decent run in the side without injuries which blighted his time here. He's hardly the only one and for me, when he played regularly, one of our better players. Wildwestener
  • Score: 0

1:13pm Tue 6 May 14

The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier says...

Jay earned my respect as a player who always tried his best.

He wasn't given the easiest of starts by Di Canio, who, by dropping two of the players who earned us a trip to Wembley in favour of debuts for Jay and Bostock, not only made a mistake but gave supporters a target for their disappointment in defeat to Chesterfield.

That of course was not Jay's fault, and by that season's end I was delighted when McEverely signed a permanent deal. He had come on leaps and bounds in my eyes, and returned the following season in much better physical shape too

But that didn't make me blind to the fact that he was often exposed as being too one footed. Collecting a ball with his back to the left touchline, there was only one way his pass would go, and that was backwards.

But even that was less obvious as this season ended, with his more attack minded role.

Of course he made mistakes, just as every player at our level do, but he never let that undermine his game. He had the ability to be man of the match one week, and the 'villain' through a mistake the following one.

For me Jay was man of the match on Saturday, a fitting send off for a player who always did his best for Town.

Good luck for the future.
Jay earned my respect as a player who always tried his best. He wasn't given the easiest of starts by Di Canio, who, by dropping two of the players who earned us a trip to Wembley in favour of debuts for Jay and Bostock, not only made a mistake but gave supporters a target for their disappointment in defeat to Chesterfield. That of course was not Jay's fault, and by that season's end I was delighted when McEverely signed a permanent deal. He had come on leaps and bounds in my eyes, and returned the following season in much better physical shape too But that didn't make me blind to the fact that he was often exposed as being too one footed. Collecting a ball with his back to the left touchline, there was only one way his pass would go, and that was backwards. But even that was less obvious as this season ended, with his more attack minded role. Of course he made mistakes, just as every player at our level do, but he never let that undermine his game. He had the ability to be man of the match one week, and the 'villain' through a mistake the following one. For me Jay was man of the match on Saturday, a fitting send off for a player who always did his best for Town. Good luck for the future. The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier
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