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THE VIC MORGAN COLUMN
6:00am Thursday 4th October 2012 in Sport
Strange night, Tuesday, wasn’t it? It was another of those midweek games I missed due to my job taking place in the evening. That meant another night following Swindon’s fortunes on Twitter, the BBC Sport website and the good old-fashioned wires service. Good as they are, it’s just not the same as being at the County Ground, “enjoying” the match. It was also another night watching some familiar names appear on the scoresheets around the country. It seemed that every goalscorer had a Town connection. Of course they didn’t but there were a lot who did.
Sadly, for Swindon fans, top of the list was one Michael Rose - a player who didn’t seem to settle in Wiltshire although he was always capable of delivering a wicked free-kick. Just like Tuesday.
Then there’s Jamie Cureton, again a player who didn’t wear the Wiltshire red and white for long, a player who’s probably had more clubs than our Ryder Cup winning team and is now back at Exeter City. Cureton hit a double at Barnet to secure a win for the Grecians on the Underhill slope. Jamie, you might recall, played in a relegation season for Swindon before leaving for, yes, Colchester. Small footballing world isn’t it?
While Town were losing, something astonishing was happening at Plainmoor. The Martin Ling-led Torquay United went three down to Aldershot. Game over? Not so. The Gulls ran out 4-3 winners, with former Robins man Billy Bodin scoring one of the goals. The winner was from Rene Howe, a player who’s been linked to the Town on a few occasions. United fans probably think it was a greater comeback than the weekend ‘Miracle at Medinah’.
So plenty of ex-Swindon men on the mark. And then there was one more.
I don’t know how much the Town will collect when Charlie Austin makes a big-money move to the Premier League but I’m guessing they might get that money as a nice post-Christmas bonus. I’ve said this before and it’s a great discussion point - I think he’s the best natural finisher I’ve ever seen in a Town shirt, right up there with the legendary Peter Eastoe and what a player Peter was. Another hat-trick on Tuesday and surely it’s only a matter of time before he departs for the Big League and Swindon have a few quid for the January sales.
Weird isn’t it? Even though players come and players go, once they’ve worn your teams shirt you still look out for them. It’s just a shame none of the present class of 2012 were able to find the net on Tuesday. Having said that, Swindon’s form has been pretty good of late. Don’t forget away wins at Pompey and Shrewsbury and marvellous home performances against Bournmouth and Burnley. Its another side begining with B on Saturday, Bury, see you at Gigg Lane.