As 2014 comes to an end, it’s time to take a look back at the previous 12 months for Swindon Town.


I’M still getting used to having a chairman/director of football at the club.

I understand the old school way of running a club is slowly making way for a different approach, but when Lee Power discusses what formation the team will play, the sort of player they are looking for in the transfer market, I still have to do a double-take.

With this system clearly working, the relationship between the manager and chairman will be the cornerstone of the club going forward.

Mark Cooper

SOMETIMES in life you just have to say you got it wrong, and in the case of appointing Mark Cooper as the full time manager, I’ll admit my hesitancy was misplaced.

I was sceptical of his chances of keeping the job, with just experience of non-league management apart from a short spell at Peterborough. He didn’t seem the right fit.

But the set-up created by the chairman has worked really well, with Power having a hand in transfers alongside the manager, leaving Cooper and his first team coach Luke Williams to do what they do best on the training ground.

That has resulted in the style of play we get to enjoy every week.

Best Player - Massimo Luongo

TOWN’S most consistent performer over the past 12 months, playing a key role in this season’s success as he pulls all the strings in midfield.

Unfortunately, with this level of performance, you will attract admirers, I have all but conceded that this will be Massimo’s last season with us, but I desperately hope he sticks around until next summer to help the club achieve the dream of promotion to the Championship.

Worst Player - Jamie Reckord

THE full-back was signed as cover and made just five appearances before being sent back to Wolves after a run of poor performances, the standout being Town’s 1-0 home defeat to Oldham where he looked completely out of his depth.

Released by Wolves in the summer, he now plays his football for Scottish Premiership side Ross County.