Swindon Town are at the DW Stadium on Saturday, though our last meeting with the Robins was just three years back, that was an FA cup tie, our last league encounter was in January 2003.
The first meeting between the two clubs came in a Division 3 match at the County Ground in October 1986, Swindon running out 3-1 winners that day, the only time that there has been more than one goal separating the two sides.
The standout game for me between the two sides was the Division 3 playoff semi-final 1st leg at Springfield Park on the 14th May 1987, a lovely spring evening, there was a touch of magic in the air, or at least that’s what we thought, the Northern Lights were visible over the Shevington end and within three minutes of kick off Chris Thompson had given the Latics the lead with a thumper from outside the box.
David Lowe doubled the lead on 15 minutes with a tap in and we were all bouncing. Unfortunately those Northern Lights proved to be an omen and Swindon bagged three in the final twenty minutes of the match to give them the advantage for the second leg in Wiltshire three days later. Sky Sports presenter and reporter Chris Kamara was in the Swindon team that night.
Latics and Swindon have met 11 times
Latics have 3 wins, Swindon 4, draws 4
Last Six Meetings
07 Jan 2012 – FA Cup 3rd Rd – Swindon Town 2 Latics 1
25 Jan 2003 – League Division 2 – Swindon Town 2 Latics 1
28 Dec 2002 – League Division 2 – Latics 21 Swindon Town 0
16 Mar 2002 – League Division 2 – Swindon Town 1 Latics 1
01 Dec 2001 – League Division 2 – Latics 1 Swindon Town 0
03 Mar 2001 – League Division 2 – Latics 0 Swindon Town 0
Last Time Out
Swindon Town 2 Latics 1
07 Jan 2012
Goal scorers – Latics: McManaman 35
Swindon: Connell 40, Benson 76
Ref – Peter Walton
Attendance – 13,238
Swindon Town – Foderingham, Caddis, Flint, Kennedy, McCormack, Murray (Benson 46), Smith, Ritchie, De Vita (Cibocchi 87), Connell (Magera 66)
Unused subs – Smith, Devera, Gabilondo, Thompson.
Latics – Al Habsi, Lopez, Caldwell, Boyce, McArthur, Mustoe, Watson, Maloney (Moses 77), McManaman (Sammon 90), Thomas (Gomez 56)
Unused subs – Pollitt, Gohouri, Redmond, Dicko
Check out the latest PWU Podcast – Swindon Preview, Bradford Review
This week we start with Adam and his straight off the terrace report on the Bradford game. We discuss the goals, cheating Bradford, contrasting style of play, the referee and some shocking facilities considering we were charged £25 for the privilege of going to Valley Parade.
We debate the FA cup draw, Bury away, not the most lucrative but hey we’ll take it, then there is FC United’s stand on the FA’s decision to move their game with Chesterfield to a Monday night for TV coverage.
Mick delivers his low down on Swindon and we take a look at their recent form, Simon give us the latest odds on the game, plus what the bookies are offering on the Latics to get promoted, down to 8/1 now to finish top of the pile.
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
The podcast can be listened to by clicking the embedded player below or downloaded to listen at you leisure by visiting www.buzzsprout.com