Latics face Swindon Town at the DW Stadium on Saturday, we haven’t come across the Wiltshire club too often down the years, just eleven meetings, eight in the league, all third tier, two Division 3 playoff games and an FA cup 3rd round tie back in January 2012.
Latics fans may not be too familiar with Swindon, the club or the town, so PWU Podcast panellist Mick Moffatt takes a closer look at the town and the football club as he attempts to enlighten us on all things Swindon.
Bond, James Bond
Ian Fleming lived in Swindon from 1959 and is buried along with his wife and son in a lovely countryside church yard. The Goldfinger Pub was opened in 1971 by Ian Fleming’s widow, Mrs Fleming. Sir George Martin wrote the score to Live and Let Die and he also lived in the area.
Swindon appeared twice as a location in Bond Movies, View to A Kill and The World Is Not Enough.
Famous as a railway town Swindon was the place where they made the locomotives and rail stock from1840.
Swindon Music Scene
RICK DAVIES – founding member of the 70’s rock band Supertramp born there.
JAMIE CALLUM and his brother are both big Swindon fans.
GILBERT O’SULLIVAN – lived in Swindon from the age of ten.
JUSTIN HAYWOOD – Founding member of the Moody Blues, another Swindon lad.
Punk Band XTC were making plans for Nigel in Swindon
Miss DIANA DORS
BOB ANDERSON – ex world darts champ
SHELLEY RUDMAN – 2006 silver medal skeleton winner
JAMIE COX – light welterweight gold medal boxer at 2006 Commonwealth Games
The Football Club
Swindon Town Football Club was founded by Reverend William Pitt of Liddington in 1879, they turned professional in 1894 and joined the Southern League which was founded in the same year.
Originally playing in black and white, Town changed their shirts to the more familiar red in 1901. Initially a dark maroon, a lighter shade was chosen for the start of the 1902-03 season and also resulted in the club’s nickname ‘the Robins’ appearing in print for the first time in programme notes for the first game.
Swindon entered the Football League in 1920 as a founding member of Division Three and defeated Luton Town F.C. 9-1 in their first game of the season. This result stands as a record for the club in League matches.
In 1969 Swindon beat Arsenal 3-1 to win the League Cup for the first and only time in the club’s history. Roger Smart opened the scoring before two goals from club legend DON ROGERS sealed victory.
In 1992-93 Swindon beat Leicester City 4-3 in the Division One play-off final to achieve promotion to the Premiership, bringing top flight football to the club for the first time, unfortunately they were relegated at the end of 1993-94 with only five wins and conceding 100 goals.
Check out the latest PWU Podcast – Swindon Preview, Bradford Review
Contents: Aborted Halloween intros [see Xmas tape] (0:00); Bradford review with Adam’s Off The Terrace Report (1:20) including by any means necessary (4:00), Bradford cornering skill (11:30), PWU Better Grounds Guide (14:20), playoffs here we come (17:50); re-booking the FA Cup parade bus (20:30) and FC United vs Television (22:50); Players of the Season Thus Far & Wildschut wanted? (25:00); Swindon preview with Mick’s extensive scouting report [radio edit] (28:50) and Si’s Promotion & Relegation Odds Checker (35:50); Making Plans for Nigel Miller (38:15)
Unfortunately, due to a technical error (I don’t know what I am doing!) the final 15 minutes including the predictions haven’t been recorded, what’s that you say, ‘a blessing in disguise’!
The podcast can be listened to by clicking the embedded player below or downloaded to listen at you leisure by visiting www.buzzsprout.com