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SWINDON TOWN: Just the ticket
PAOLO Di Canio will ask the powers-that-be at Swindon Town to offer half-price entry to the Capital One Cup clash with Burnley to those die-hard fans who missed much of the Robins’ 2-2 draw at Carlisle on Saturday.
Around 200 members of the travelling Red Army were left stranded following a major traffic accident on the M6 in Lancashire at the weekend, with the supporters’ coaches not arriving at Brunton Park until just before half-time.
It is understood that the Town hierarchy asked for a delayed kick-off to enable those affected to be given the longest possible time to make the most of their mammoth trek north, but the eventual decision was made to proceed with a 3pm start.
Di Canio was not made aware of the situation until he took his place in the dug-out in the moments before kick-off, and afterwards he told the Advertiser that he will do his best to see that the fans who missed all four goals of an entertaining game will be compensated in some way.
“I didn’t know before to be honest because today you didn’t see me during the warm-up, I wasn’t outside,” he said.
“I remained in the dressing room during the warm-up and once I went to the tunnel for the kick-off I saw the corner where our fans were and I thought ‘why only one coach today?’
“Then Paul Godfrey (Town’s physio) said to me that there was a bad accident and they may be late. I didn’t know otherwise maybe we should have asked in some way (for a delayed kick-off), although it doesn’t depend on us - for this kind of situation the Football Association has to decide.
“But maybe we would have had more idea and helped them to come at the right time, but I discovered only when I went to the bench before kick-off.
“I’m very sorry and I presume they are all season ticket holders. Maybe the people that missed part of this game I will try to help and ask if the club can help them in the cup game with Burnley.
“If they can have maybe half-price – I don’t know what the club will do.
“I hope we can give them the chance to save some money and come and enjoy and watch the Burnley game.”
Di Canio once again lauded the Robins’ travelling support, despite their diminished numbers, saying: “They were amazing for only 45 minutes and now they have to go back for five-and-a-half hours. That is amazing.
“For this today, more than ever, I wanted to go over to them and say thanks because we didn’t win and they supported us as much as they could with a not very comfortable trip and then they were once again amazing.”