- Swindon Town F.C.
Football club infobox
clubname = Swindon Town
fullname = Swindon Town Football Club
nickname = The Robins
founded = 1879
ground = The County Ground
Swindon| SN1 2ED
capacity = 15,728
chairman = Andrew Fitton
manager = flagicon|Scotland
league = League One
season = 2007-08
position = League One, 13th
Swindon Town Football Club is an English football club based in
Swindon, Wiltshire, who currently play in League One. The club's home ground is the County Ground, which has an all-seated capacity of 15,728.
Since turning professional in 1894, the club has enjoyed periods of proud success, most notably, during the period 1968–1970 when they won the 1969 League Cup (defeating Arsenal at
Wembley Stadium) and also promotion to the Second Division. League Cup success earned the club its first invitations to European competitions, but they were not eligible to participate because they played in the then Third Division. So as compensation they were entered into the 1969 Anglo-Italian League Cupand the 1970 Anglo-Italian Cup, with Swindon winning both. These wins were led by the club's talismanic winger Don Rogers.He has had the South Stand named after him from the 2007/2008 season.
Swindon Town won promotion during the 1993-94 season to the Premiership, the only time the club has played in the top level of English football. Swindon was the first team to win promotion to the Premiership via the play-offs, beating
Swindon reached the
FA Cupsemi-finals for the first time in the 1909-10 season, losing to eventual winners Newcastle United. Barnsley F.C.and Swindon were invited to compete for the Dubonnet Cupin 1910 at the Parc des PrincesStadium in Paris. The result was a 2–1 victory for Swindon with Harold Fleming scoring both of the club's goals.
The following season, 1910-11, Swindon Town won the Southern League championship, earning them a Charity Shield match with the
Football Leaguechampions Manchester United. This, the highest-scoring Charity Shield game to date, was played on 25 September 1911 at Stamford Bridge with Manchester United winning 8-4. Some of the proceeds of this game were later donated to the survivors of the Titanic. [cite web|url=http://archive.salisburyjournal.co.uk/2005/4/20/88666.html|title=Medals to be sold|publisher= Salisbury Journal|date= 1999-04-20]
the Football Leaguein 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. [cite web |url=http://www.football-england.com/arsenal_1_v_swindon_3_league_cup_final_1969.html |title=League Cup Final 1969 Match Report |publisher=football-england.com |accessdate=2006-11-16] [cite web| url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/wiltshire/content/articles/2005/12/13/pwaod_swindon_feature.shtml| title=Swindon Town 1969 TV Archive|publisher=
BBC|accessdate=2006-11-16] As winners of the League Cup, Swindon were assured of a place in their first European competition: the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. However, the Football Associationhad previously agreed to inclusion criteria with the organizers which mandated that only League Cup winners from Division One would be able to take part. As the team were not eligible, the short lived Anglo-Italian competitions were created to give teams from lower divisions experience in Europe. The first of these, the 1969 Anglo-Italian League Cup, was contested over two legs against Coppa Italiawinners A.S. Roma. Swindon won 5–2, with the scorer of two goals in the League Cup final - Don Rogers - scoring once and new acquisition Arthur Horsfieldacquiring his first hat-trickfor the club.Cite web|url=http://www.swindon-town-fc.co.uk/Achievements/1970AngloItalianLCWCWinners.asp|title=Anglo-Italian League Cup Winners' Cup Winners 1969/1970|accessdate=2007-01-14|publisher=swindon-town-fc.co.uk|work=Achievements] The team then went on to win the 1970 Anglo-Italian Cupcompetition in a tournament beset by hooliganism. The final against S.S.C. Napoliwas abandoned after 79 minutes following pitch invasions and a missile barrage, with teargasbeing employed to allow the teams to return to the dressing room.Cite web|url=http://archive.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/2000/5/30/244253.html|title=Cup Glory in Europe|accessdate=2007-02-06|publisher= Swindon Advertiser|year=2000|author=Wheeler, Sam]
Following management changes, Swindon had a long unsuccessful period culminating in them being relegated in 1982 to the Fourth Division, the lowest professional Football League at the time. They were eventually promoted as champions in 1986 with the club achieving a Football League record of 102 points, the second club to score over 100 points in a season, York City having totalled 101 two years earlier.Cite web|url=http://www.swindon-town-fc.co.uk/Achievements/1986DivFourChamps.asp|title=Division Four Champions 1985/1986|accessdate=2007-01-14|publisher=swindon-town-fc.co.uk|work=Achievements] A year later they won the Second Division play-offs to achieve a second successive promotion.Cite web|url=http://www.swindon-town-fc.co.uk/Achievements/1987DivThreePlayOffWinners.asp|title=Division Three Play-off Winners 1986/1987|accessdate=2007-01-14|publisher=swindon-town-fc.co.uk|work=Achievements] Promotion campaign Manager
Lou Macarileft in 1989 to take charge of West Ham United with veteran midfielder, and former Argentine international, Ossie Ardiles replacing him. In his first season Swindon were Second Division play-off winners,Cite web|url=http://www.swindon-town-fc.co.uk/Achievements/1990DivTwoPlayOffWinners.asp|title=Division Two Play-off Winners 1989/1990|accessdate=2007-01-14|publisher=swindon-town-fc.co.uk|work=Achievements] but the club later admitted 36 charges of breaching league rules, 35 due to illegal payments made to players, and were relegated to the Third Division — giving Sunderland promotion to the First Division and Tranmere Rovers to the Second Division. The scandal saw then chairman Brian Hillier being given a six-month prison sentence and chief accountant Vince Farrar being put on probation. A later appeal saw Swindon Town being allowed to stay in the Second Division.Cite web|url=http://www.swindon-town-fc.co.uk/Seasons.asp?Decade=1990|title=Season 1989-1990|accessdate=2007-01-14|publisher=swindon-town-fc.co.uk|work=Archive]
Swindon progressed well during the 1991–92 season,
Glenn Hoddle's first full season as manager, and just missed out on the Second Division play-offs. A year later they beat Leicester City 4–3 in the new Football League Division Oneplay-off final to achieve promotion to the Premiership — bringing top-division football to the club for the first time.Cite web|url=http://www.swindon-town-fc.co.uk/Achievements/1993DivOnePlayOffWinners.asp|title=Division One Play-off Winners 1992/1993|accessdate=2007-01-14|publisher=swindon-town-fc.co.uk|work=Achievements] The club are one of the few domestic football teams never to have lost a game at Wembley Stadium. [cite web| url=http://football.guardian.co.uk/News_Story/0,1563,214366,00.html|title=Guardian.co.uk Knowledge Unlimited Football trivia|publisher=football.guardian.co.uk|accessdate=2006-11-16]
Hoddle moved to Chelsea during the summer of 1993 and was replaced by assistant John Gorman, but Swindon never adjusted to the pace of Premiership football.Cite web|url=http://www.swindon-town-fc.co.uk/Seasons.asp?Decade=1990|title=Season 1993-94|accessdate=2007-01-14|publisher=swindon-town-fc.co.uk|work=Archive] They were relegated after recording only five wins and conceding 100 goals — the latter record has yet to be broken. The following year, Swindon were relegated for the second successive time and slipped into Division Two.Cite web|url=http://www.swindon-town-fc.co.uk/Seasons.asp?Decade=1990|title=Season 1995-96|accessdate=2007-01-14|publisher=swindon-town-fc.co.uk|work=Archive]
Steve McMahonsucceeded in getting Swindon back into Division One on his first attempt, as they won the Division Two championship in 1996.Cite web|url=http://www.swindon-town-fc.co.uk/Achievements/1996DivTwoChamps.asp|title=Division Two Champions 1995/1996|accessdate=2007-01-14|publisher=swindon-town-fc.co.uk|work=Achievements] McMahon remained as manager until September 1998, when he left by mutual consent after Swindon had lost 5 of the 9 opening games of the 1998–99 season. The club has then had eight managers in nearly eight years (Andy King was appointed twice), during which time they were relegated back into Division Two. They fully finished 5th in the 2003–04 season but failed in the promotion play-off stage and stayed in the same league, now renamed League One.
Iffy Onuorawas unable to save Swindon from relegation to League Two in 2006.Cite web|url=http://www.thisisstfc.co.uk/news_headlines_Story.asp?NewsID=5491|title=£200,000 - That’s the price of relegation as Town take drop at Ashton Gate|date= 2006-05-01|accessdate=2007-01-15|publisher= Swindon Advertiser|work=News Headlines] Their relegation meant that they became the first ever former Premiership team to be demoted to the lowest Football Leaguedivision. Dennis Wiseagreed to become the new Swindon Town manager in May 2006 following the relegation, with Gustavo Poyetjoining the coaching staff. [cite web |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/swindon_town/4989058.stm |title=Swindon confirm Wise as Manager |publisher= BBC Sport|date= 2006-05-22] The pair left in October when it was announced that they had agreed to move to Leeds United. Adrian Williamsand Barry Huntertook temporary charge until Paul Sturrockwas appointed on 7 November. Sturrock guided Swindon to promotion to League Onein his first season with the club, earning the third automatic promotion place in a 1–1 draw with Walsall in the last game of the 2006–07 season.Cite web|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_3/6602935.stm|title=Swindon 1-1 Walsall|accessdate=2007-05-05|date= 2007-05-05|publisher=BBC News|work=Football]
The club has been beset by financial difficulties throughout its history, having been placed into administration twiceCite web|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/swindon_town/2204022.stm|title=Swindon out of administration|accessdate=2007-02-15|publisher=
BBC Sport|year=2002] and also twice fought off winding-up orders from Her Majesty's Customs and Exciseover unpaid tax-bills.Cite web|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/wiltshire/4357432.stm|title=Club is saved after paying bill|accessdate=2007-02-08|publisher= BBC News] The board currently have to make yearly payments of £100,000 to creditors (2% of the yearly turnover), and only managed to begin the 2006–07 season after sourcing £500,000 to pay for players' wages.Cite web|url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/wiltshire/content/articles/2006/12/19/mike_diamandis_feature.shtml|title=Interview with Mike Diamandis|accessdate=2007-02-08|publisher= BBC|work=Where I Live - Swindon] The club is campaigning for the redevelopment of the County Ground to help finance the team and a takeover bid by a Fans' Consortium was launched in December 2005. In 2008 Swindon Town was taken over by a consortium fronted by local businessman Andrew Fitton along with Jeremy Wray who appointed Maurice Malpas as the new manager, the consortium are in the process of clearing all debts which will be complete by the end of the 07/08 season.
Swindon Town have used at least five different kit badges since their inception.Cite web|url=http://www.swindon-town-fc.co.uk/images/Title/TitleBadgeHistoryWhite.jpg|title=Badge History|accessdate=2007-01-15|publisher=swindon-town-fc.co.uk|format=jpg] The original badge depicted a Robin inside a shield with the letters STFC in the four corners, this changed to the "Steam Train" badge which was a coat of arms for the club based heavily on the coat of arms used by the local council. The "Steam Train" badge was in the form of a traditional shield, bisected with the club's name, a train (as Swindon is a
Railway town), a football and with a Robin sitting on top. Beneath the shield was a motto on a scroll - 'Salubritas et Industria' - meaning 'health and industry'. This motto is also that of the town of Swindonitself.Cite web|url=http://www.swindon.gov.uk/heritage-coatofarms|title=Borough of Swindon Coat of Arms|accessdate=2007-02-07|publisher=Swindon Borough Council|work=Heritage]
During the 1970s the club changed the badge to one referred to as the "ST arrow" or "traffic sign" badge.Cite web|url=http://www.rivals.net/default.asp?sid=1019&p=2&stid=7962086|title=STFC programmes 1985|accessdate=2007-01-15|publisher=My Only Swindon|year=2000|author=Dave Hanley] This was circular and had the letters 'S' and 'T' interlocked, which both ends of the letter 'S' being made into an arrow. Also shown was a simple football and the club name.
A diamond shaped crest for Swindon Town was introduced at the beginning of the 1991–92 season following a series of financial problems for the club. The idea behind the new crest was to give the club a new fresh image and put behind them all the years of failure and misery also to attract new fans after unfortunate incidents to name one... , there was a recorded number of 7 fans who had committed suicide outside of the ground with a banner above them exclaiming 'enough is enough'.
:"The 'travelling' football represents the club that is looking to the future with successful progress. The diamond shape clearly has the letter 'S' (for Swindon) running through it, while a green section was also introduced to match a new 'green trim' on the team's home (red and white) shirts."Cite web|url=http://www.footballcrests.com/swindontownfc.htm|title=Swindon Town FC|accessdate=2007-01-15|publisher=footballcrests.com]
On 5 April 2007 the club unveiled plans to change the badge claiming the diamond badge was correct for the time but did not represent or show any of the clubs heritage or history.Cite web|url=http://www.thisisstfc.co.uk/news_headlines_Story.asp?NewsID=6528|title=Swindon’s crest set to change|accessdate=2007-05-01|date=
2007-04-05|publisher= Swindon Advertiser] Swindon offered fans the chance to vote on-line for the three new choices, which were all similar to the original steam train design, and a fourth option of keeping the 1991 design.
On 23 April 2007, it was announced that option three of the logo vote was the winner of the poll (it can be seen on the far right of the picture).Cite web|url=http://www.thisisstfc.co.uk/news_headlines_Story.asp?NewsID=6587|title=Town decide on new badge|accessdate=2007-05-01|date=
2007-04-23|publisher= Swindon Advertiser] Winning the vote with 68 per cent in favour, the new badge includes the club name, a Robin, a train - the rail industry being an important part of the Town's heritage - a football, and re-introduces the town's motto - 'Salubritas et Industria'. It has been in use since the beginning of the 2007–08 season.
Colours and kits
Football kit box
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title = Original Home kitFootball kit box
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title = 1894 Home kit
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title = 1897 Home kitFootball kit box
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title = 1902 Home kit;Home Kit
Originally playing in black and white with the addition of blue
sashfor away games, the club changed to black and red quarters on entry to the Southern League in 1894. The club changed again in 1897 with the Swindon Advertiserreporting:
With problems obtaining green dyes, the kit was short-lived and Swindon 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. The nickname is a reference to the former name of the
European Robin- "Redbreast".
Swindon Town have played their home games in variations on the red and white theme since then, wearing a red shirt with white collars and white or red shorts for much of their history which has led to the team being known as the "Red and White Army". For example; the kit worn during the 1985–86 Division Four Champions season consisted of a red shirt with white pinstripes, white shorts and red socks and chants of "
Lou Macari's Red and White Army" were heard from the supporters at the final stages of the season.
Following the club being re-branded in 1991, green elements were re-introduced onto the Home Strip and badge to represent the team's short-lived kit from the turn of the century. These were removed in 2007.Cite web|url=http://www.footballshirtculture.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=168&Itemid=26|title=Swindon Town in Lotto until 2009|accessdate=2007-08-08|publisher=footballshirtculture.com]
The club's away kits have only begun to change since the 1990s and the advent of the lucrative replica kit market. Swindon's original away kit (that was entirely separate to the home kit) consisted of an all-blue strip, this was not used for the club's 1969 League Cup Final victory where they elected to wear an all-white strip.
For a period in the 1980s the club changed their away kit to white shirts and black shorts and introduced a new third kit of yellow shirts and blue shorts.Cite web|url=http://www.swindon-town-fc.co.uk/Kits.asp?Season=1984-1985|title=Season 1984-1985|accessdate=2007-01-15|publisher=swindon-town-fc.co.uk|work=Kits] The club alternated between these two schemes as its away kit for the 1980s.
When the club re-branded in the 1991 close season, it introduced a new away strip; the white and green "potato print" shirt with dark blue shorts,Cite web|url=http://www.swindon-town-fc.co.uk/Kits.asp?Season=1991-1992|title=Season 1991-1992|accessdate=2007-01-15|publisher=swindon-town-fc.co.uk|work=Kits] this remained in use until its replacement in 1993 with another yellow and blue strip, integrating the new colour scheme by adding a green collar.Cite web|url=http://www.swindon-town-fc.co.uk/Kits.asp?Season=1993-1994|title=Season 1993-1994|accessdate=2007-01-15|publisher=swindon-town-fc.co.uk|work=Kits]
A special third kit was added for the 1996–97 season and was coloured "Petrol green" in honour of the then sponsors
Swindon wore black and gold striped away shirts for the 2003–04 season with an all-white third kit, following this with variants on the blue theme until returning to all-white in 2007.Cite web|url=http://www.footballshirtculture.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=168&Itemid=26|title=Swindon Town in Lotto until 2009|accessdate=2007-08-08|publisher=footballshirtculture.com]
* 1879–1983: No sponsor
* 1983–1984: ISIS
* 1984–1989: Lowndes Lambert Group
* 1991–1995: Burmah
Nationwide Building Society
* 2007–2008: Kingswood Group (Construction and Finance)
Nationwide announced that after the revelation of more financial problems within the club, they were to terminate the sponsorship deal at the end of the 2006-07 season, this also included the cessation of Stadium Sponsorship. Swindon Town finance director Sandy Gray said on 24 November 2006 – "We are in negotiations with someone already. They are very keen to do a sponsorship deal in the football league." [cite web|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/wiltshire/6180852.stm |title=Swindon Town seeks new bail out |publisher=
BBC News|date= 2006-11-24]
2007-06-07it was announced that Kingswood Construction, a local development company, would undertake a five year sponsorship of the club. The £100,000 a year contract included both shirt and stand sponsorship.Cite web|url=http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/sport/sportlatest/display.var.1452779.0.swindon_town_town_set_to_unveil_their_new_sponsor.php|title=Town set to unveil their new sponsor|accessdate=2007-06-07|publisher= Swindon Advertiser|author=Steve Butt|date= 2007-06-07] This contract was terminated on 17 March 2008 following Kingswood's financial problems and failure to pay the club,Cite web|url=http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/sport/display.var.2123829.0.town_seek_new_sponsor_as_kingswood_are_axed_over_debt.php|title=Town seek new sponsor as Kingswood are axed over debt|accessdate=2008-03-17|publisher= Swindon Advertiser|author=Andy Cryer|date= 2008-03-17] with Swindon Town Chief Executive Ian Watkins commenting "We had to withdraw from Kingswood because they had not paid their money and going forward under new ownership we don't want to work in any past uncertainty."
In June 2008 it was announced that FourFourTwo Magazine would be the club's new sponsors after signing a three year deal with the club.
Swindon Town's original pitch was located south of Bath Road, in the region of Bradford Road, adjacent to the
Okus Quarry. After a young spectator fell into the quarry the team decided to move first to Lansdown Road and then to a pitch near The Croft where they were to remain for the next eleven years.
Swindon Town have been playing at the County Ground since 1896. They played their games on the site of the adjacent cricket pitch also called the County Ground from 1893 until the ground opened.Cite web|url=http://www.swindon-town-fc.co.uk/InTheBeginning.asp|title=In the beginning...|accessdate=2007-01-14|publisher=swindon-town-fc.co.uk]
Thomas Arkell of
Arkell's Brewerydonated £300 to finance the construction of a stand on what was then known as the 'Wiltshire County Ground', this investment was enough to begin development of a purpose built football ground. Since its original construction, the ground has been periodically updated with new features or fittings. A cover on the Shrivenham Road side was erected in 1932, followed by the current roof at the Town End. This cost £4,300, which was raised by the Supporters Club, and was opened on 27 August 1938 by local MP, W.W. Wakefield.
The War Department took over the ground in 1940, where for a while POWs were housed in huts placed on the pitch. For this the club received compensation of £4,570 in 1945.
The addition of floodlights in 1951 at a cost of £350, gave Swindon the honour of being the first League club to do so. These were first tried out "v." Bristol City on 2 April 1951 beating Arsenal by six months.These original set of lights were supplemented by lights on both side stand roofs, which were sufficient for the County Ground to stage its first floodlit league match on 29 February 1956 "v." Millwall. (7 days after
Fratton Parkbecame the 1st ground to stage a floodlit league fixture). The present pylons date from 1960.Inglis, Simon: "Football Grounds of Britain.", page 358. CollinsWillow, 1996.]
The ground currently contains elements constructed between the period 1950–1995, with the latest addition being the large sponsored stand on the south side. The County Ground is also the only football stadium in the world with a
Rolexwatch acting as its timekeeper, the clock on the Stratton Bank stand featuring its name was erected to celebrate promotion in 1963.Cite web|url=http://www.swindonweb.com/stfc/facts&fig.htm|title=STFC Facts & Figures|accessdate=2007-01-15|publisher=swindonweb.com|work=Swindon Town Football Club]
The ground itself is on land owned by Swindon Borough Council to whom the club pay rent. Swindon have in the past considered a move to a club owned stadium to generate more revenue, but have not had the financial backing to do so. In 2006 a redevelopment campaign for the County Ground began,Cite web|url=http://www.swindontownfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/StadiumDevelopment/0,,10341,00.html|title=Stadium Development|accessdate=2007-01-15|publisher=Swindon Town Football Club] with the club and TrustSTFC (the
supporters' trust) raising a petition to 'Save Our Home' urging the Borough Council to "facilitate the redevelopment of the stadium and do everything they can to keep the club within the Borough"Cite web|url=http://www.swindontownfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/StadiumDevelopmentDetail/0,,10341~756594,00.html|title=Keep It Up!|accessdate=2007-01-15|publisher=Swindon Town Football Club|work=Stadium Development] including the proposed upgrading of the adjacent Cricket Club to County standard and Athletic Club to Olympic standard.
As an expanding railway town, the club had attendances of up to 32,000 on match days until the early 1970s. Due to Swindon's low unemployment rate (one of the lowest in the United Kingdom),Cite web|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/static/vote2001/results_constituencies/constituencies/567.stm|title=Swindon North|accessdate=2007-02-15|publisher=
BBC News|year=2001|work=Vote 2001: Results & Constituencies] more people work in the town than live there and so are unlikely to support the team.Cite web|url=http://www.culture.gov.uk/cap/proposals/Swindon.pdf|title=Response to the Call for Proposals - Introduction to Swindon - 1.3|accessdate=2007-02-15|publisher=Swindon Borough Council|year=2006|work=Vote 2001: Results & Constituencies|format=PDF] In addition; poor team performances, the financial instability in the club and the change to an all-seated stadium following the Taylor Reporthave led to attendances at the County Ground dropping.
With an all-seated capacity of 15,728 at the County Ground, Swindon averaged a home attendance of 5,839 for the 2004–05 season.Cite web|url=http://www.soccerstats.com/2khcrowd.asp?league=england3_2005&homeaway=3|title=2004-2005 Division 2 Attendances|accessdate=2007-07-19|publisher=soccerstats.com] Only 37% of the grounds seats were occupied at a game on average. [Calculation - (5,839/15,728)*100=37.125] This rose to 5,950Cite web|url=http://www.soccerstats.com/2khcrowd.asp?league=england3_2006&homeaway=3|title=2005-2006 Division 2 Attendances|accessdate=2007-07-19|publisher=soccerstats.com] (37.8%) [Calculation - (5,950/15,728)*100=37.83] in 2005–06 and was reported as 7,109 (45.2%) [Calculation - (7,109/15,728)*100=45.1996] for the 2006–07 season.Cite web|url=http://www.soccerstats.com/2khcrowd.asp?league=england4_2007&homeaway=3|title=2006-2007 Division 3 Attendances|accessdate=2007-07-19|publisher=soccerstats.com]
A core group of fans has inhabited the Town End of the stadium since the 1980s, producing past fanzines such as "The 69'er", "Bring the Noise" "Randy Robin" and "The Magic Roundabout"Cite web|url=http://archive.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/2000/9/11/235806.html|title=New fanzine a good read|accessdate=2007-02-07|publisher=
Swindon Advertiser|year=2000] amongst others. Supporters call the team "The Town", "The Reds", "STFC" and also the "Red and White Army". The red and white army is a term the supporters use to identify themselves as well. The Junior Robins is the children's supporters club which operates to provide lower ticket prices, away game activities and transport to young fans.Cite web|url=http://www.swindontownfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/JuniorRobinsDetail/|title=Junior Robins|accessdate=2007-02-07|publisher=Swindon Town Football Club] Membership of the club also allows them to be nominated as game mascot and gives them the opportunity to train in one of the many Football Schools run by the club.
supporters' trust, TrustSTFC, was established in 2000. This organisation is a democratically elected group of fans who raise funds for the club and aim to give supporters access and input into decisions made by the club's board.Cite web|url=http://www.truststfc.co.uk/aims.php|title=Aims of the Trust|accessdate=2007-02-14|publisher=TrustSTFC] The group run a number of schemes including the "Loan Note Scheme", the aim of which is to buy shares in the club and assist with investment.Cite web|url=http://www.truststfc.co.uk/loan_notes.php|title=Loan Note Scheme|accessdate=2007-02-14|publisher=TrustSTFC] Another scheme is the Red Army Fund, the money raised by this fund is given to the club to contribute towards the purchase and wages of new players.Cite web|url=http://www.truststfc.co.uk/RAF_main.php|title=Red Army Fund|accessdate=2007-02-14|publisher=TrustSTFC] TrustSTFC also take part in the Fans' Consortium, who aim to place a supporter with a large stake-holding in the club onto the Board of Directors.Cite web|url=http://www.truststfc.co.uk/fc_manifesto.php|title=Swindon Town Fans' Consortium|accessdate=2007-02-14|publisher=TrustSTFC] The trust is also currently campaigning with the club for the re-development of the County Ground.
The "Football Fever Report" published by statisticians of the Littlewoods Football Pools was released in January 2007. This report researched those teams that were the most stressful to become a supporter of, Swindon Town were placed 5th out of all 92 League clubs, with the report stating -
"It's only just over a decade ago that Swindon were a Premiership side, but the past 10 years have been tough going for fans at the County Ground. Relegation from the top flight in 1994 was followed by a second successive drop, and although promotion from Division Two was secured a year later, the team struggled in Division One in the next three seasons, finishing 19th, 18th and 17th. In 2000 came relegation, and a year later Swindon avoided another 'double relegation' by just one point. A glimmer of hope came when the play-offs were reached in 2004 - ending in a semi-final loss to Brighton - but last term Town became the first club to drop into the bottom tier of the Football League having once been in the Premiership. We bet Robins' fans can hardly believe it."Cite web|url=http://www.footballpools.com/thepools/new/football-fever/topten.jsp|title=Top Ten Clubs|accessdate=2007-02-07|publisher=Littlewoods Football Pools|year=2007|work=Football Fever Report]
With the dwindling support during matches in the 2004–05 season, another fans' group "Red Army Loud and Proud" was formed. Red Army Loud and Proud is a small group of fans attempting to bring back the atmosphere and fun to match days. With the stated aim of being "the 12th man on the pitch",Cite web|url=http://www.redarmyloudnproud.org.uk/aboutus.shtml|title=About Us|accessdate=2007-02-14|publisher=Red Army Loud and Proud] the group sponsors players and also provides large colourful flags to the matches.
Swindon Town has had problems with Hooliganism since the 1970s, with the first known group being called the "Swindon Town Aggro Boys (STAB)".Cite web|url=http://archive.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/2006/6/21/269467.html|title=Not so beautiful|accessdate=2007-08-04|publisher=
Swindon Advertiser|date= 2006-06-21] In a home game against Wrexham in March 1978, STAB were responsible for pelting the opposing goalkeeper with carrots. Club chairman Cecil Green later proclaimed: "We intend to stamp out this thuggery. The incidents were diabolical." A new hooligan gang emerged in the 1980s; the "Southside Scuffing Firm (SSF)" who were named after the area of terracing they occupied. In a match at Northampton Town, then manager Lou Macariwalked straight into a group of more than 100 SSF members chasing Northampton fans up the street. Macari said the incident was "worse than a Celtic-Rangers game".
In the 1990s, the "Swindon Active Service (SAS)" came to prominence and it is believed they were at the centre of several hostilities with fans of local rivals Oxford and Reading. In September 1998, 19 SAS members were arrested at the home match with Oxford. A fracas at an away game versus Bournemouth on 18 December 2004 resulted in the arrest of seventeen and the imposition of banning orders on those found to be guilty.Cite web|url=http://archive.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/2005/11/23/254729.html|title='He could have caused a riot'|accessdate=2007-08-04|publisher=
Swindon Advertiser|date= 2005-11-25] The fighting, involving more than forty supporters, occurred in a busy shopping centre before the game, "District Judge Roger House said it had been a 'frightening and terrifying' experience for scores of Christmas shoppers who witnessed the scenes."Cite web|url=http://archive.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/2005/4/13/89161.html|title=Swindon fans up in court|accessdate=2007-08-04|publisher= Swindon Advertiser|date= 2005-04-13] With the Swindon Advertiserreporting that "The area was packed with Christmas shoppers, who watched in horror as pub windows were smashed and fans traded insults."Cite web|url=http://archive.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/2005/3/26/90407.html|title=17 arrests made after soccer fight|accessdate=2007-08-04|publisher= Swindon Advertiser|date= 2005-05-26]
On 16 December 2006, Swindon recorded one of their highest attendances of the season- 10,010 at a home win against rivals Bristol Rovers.Cite web|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_3/6164443.stm|title=Swindon 2-1 Bristol Rovers|accessdate=2007-02-08|publisher=
BBC Sport] The game was marred with supporter trouble which resulted in 11 arrests and saw an area of seating in the Arkell's Stand damaged,Cite web|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/wiltshire/6187849.stm|title=Probe after fans ripped up seats|accessdate=2007-02-08|publisher= BBC Sport] Cite web|url=http://uk.sports.yahoo.com/18122006/1/starnes-vows-severe-action.html|title=Starnes vows 'severe' action|accessdate=2007-02-08|publisher= TEAMtalk] with the Western Daily Pressreporting - "the incident [...] ended with damage to 60 seats after they were used as missiles between opposing fans".Cite web|url=http://www.westpress.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=145786&command=displayContent&sourceNode=145786&contentPK=16224108&folderPk=76224|title=Swindon set to ban thugs|accessdate=2007-02-08|publisher= Western Daily Press] On the day of the return game in Bristol, twenty Rovers' fans attacked a number of Swindon supporters with baseball bats at a local pub.Cite web|url=http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/search/display.var.1363159.0.thugs_baseball_attack_on_town_fans.php|title=Thugs' baseball attack on Town fans|accessdate=2007-08-04|publisher= Swindon Advertiser|author=Kevin Burchall|date= 2007-04-30]
Nick Lowles, author of Hooligans 2: The M–Z of Britain's Football Hooligan Gangs, has said "If you look at Swindon, the police have been very proactive in the last five years in terms of stopping hooliganism".
Swindon Town has imposed Banning Orders on those supporters who cause disruption, criminal damage or are violent when attending games. There were 29 banning orders in place in 2006, which was an increase from a total of 11 in 2005. [cite web |url = http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/documents/football-arrests-0506?view=Binary
title = Football Banning Orders by club supported (10 October 2006) |accessdate = 2007-07-25 |date =
2006-10-21|format = PDF |work = Statistics on Football related arrests & Banning Orders - Season 2005-6|publisher = Home Office|pages = page 4 ] The increase in banning orders has resulted in a reduction of arrests at games, with only 22 people being arrested attending games in 2005–06 compared to 39 arrests in 2004–05. [cite web |url = http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/documents/football-arrests-0506?view=Binary
title = Football related arrests - 2005/6 season, Arrests of supporters of Football League Division One and Two clubs |accessdate = 2007-07-25 |date =
2006-10-21|format = PDF |work = Statistics on Football related arrests & Banning Orders - Season 2005-6|publisher = Home Office|pages = page 8 ] Of the 22 arrests in 2005–06; 11 were for Public Disorder, 5 for Violent Disorderand the rest were made up of offences relating to missile throwing, racist chanting, pitch invasion, alcohol related offences and one incident of being in possession of an offensive weapon. [cite web |url = http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/documents/football-arrests-0506?view=Binary
title = Arrests by club supported & type of offence - League One 2005/6 season |accessdate = 2007-07-25 |date =
2006-10-21|format = PDF |work = Statistics on Football related arrests & Banning Orders - Season 2005-6|publisher = Home Office|pages = page 11 ] 33 people were also banned from travelling to the 2006 FIFA World Cup.Cite web|url=http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/search/display.var.748248.0.cup_ban_for_fans.php|title=Cup ban for 'fans'|accessdate=2007-08-04|publisher= Swindon Advertiser|author=Gareth Bethell & Mark Hookham]
In 2003, a poll between supporters of all Football League clubs into the teams they see as their main rivals was conducted by the
Football Fans Census, the results of the poll put Swindon in joint 13th place of the teams with most rivals. This was calculated on the amount of other clubs that consider Swindon Town to be their first, second or third main rivals.Historically, Swindon's main rivals are the other West Countryteams of Bristol City, Bristol Rovers and Cheltenham Town with rivalries also with Thames Valleyteams Reading and Oxford who joined the list in the 1960s following their promotion to the league.;Local rivals
*Oxford United - The subject of Swindon fans' most intense rivalry. A large number of terrace chants from both Oxford and Swindon refer to this, whether they are playing each other or not. The survey of 2003 revealed that amongst other names, Swindon fans called Oxford United "Poxford"Cite web|url=http://www.footballfanscensus.com/issueresults/Club_Rivalries_Uncovered_Results.pdf|title=Rivalry Uncovered|accessdate=2007-02-07|publisher=The
Football Fans Census|year=2003|format=PDF] whilst Oxford called Swindon Town "Scumdon".Cite Swindon Town are also very jealous of Oxford because the last time these two clubs met Oxford won 1-0 in the FA cup.web|url=http://www.footballfanscensus.com/issueresults/Club_Rivalries_Uncovered_Results.pdf|title=Rivalry Uncovered|accessdate=2007-02-07|publisher=The Football Fans Census|year=2003|format=PDF]
*Bristol City - Although both sets of clubs have bigger rivals this is a rivalry that intensifies when the two clubs are in the same division, especially around fixture time. Bristol City dub Swindon, "Swindle" or "Swinedon" whereas Swindon fans see City, or "The Slave Traders", as above their station in the sense that many City fans feel they are a bigger club than they probably are.
*Bristol Rovers - The club's second oldest rivals. Swindon first played competitive football against Bristol Rovers in the Western League in 1897. Rovers' election to the Southern League in 1899 saw the two clubs playing against each other in the same division until 1953.
*Reading - The club's oldest rivals. Swindon first played competitive football against Reading in 1892. Due to Reading's movement through the leagues the rivalry has abated and they are not considered to be a constant target for terrace chants.
*Gillingham - There is an ongoing feud between fans dating back to 1979,Cite web|url=http://www.gillingham-mad.co.uk/news/loadfeat.asp?cid=EDW3&id=183555|title=Swindon Town: 25 years of hate|accessdate=2007-02-07|publisher=Gills365|year=2004|author=Eccles|work=The Swindon Saga] when several Gillingham players were arrested and taken to Swindon police station for questioning after a post-match fracas at the County Ground. [Cite web
url = http://www.wiltshiregazetteandherald.co.uk/news/swindon/display.var.675072.0.town_fans_get_blame_for_match_day_disorder.php
title = Town fans get blame for match day disorder
accessdate = 2007-07-27
Gazette and Herald
quote = There has been bad feeling between the two clubs since 1979, when several Gillingham players were arrested and taken to Swindon police station for questioning after a post-match fracas at the County Ground.] Seven Swindon fans appeared in court following match day violence in 2006. [Cite web
url = http://archive.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/2006/1/17/259405.html
title = Town set to pay price for crowd trouble
accessdate = 2007-07-05
Cheltenham Townfans consider Swindon Town a rival due to their geographical proximity and perhaps more significantly because of behind-the-scenes issues involving delayed matchday payments to Cheltenham from Swindon's former owners. This rivalry is not mutual though as the overwhelming majority of Swindon fans do not recognise Cheltenham as a rival, possibly because the two clubs have rarely played each other in a competitive fixture.
tatistics and records
John Trollope holds the record for Swindon Town appearances, having played 889 first-team matches between 1960 and 1980. Trollope also holds the English Football League Record of most appearances by a player at one club, having played in 770 League games.Cite web|url=http://www.swindontownfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/LegendsDetail/0,,10341~105163,00.html|title=John Trollope|accessdate=2007-02-15|publisher=Swindon Town Football Club|work=Legends] Central defender
Maurice Owencomes second, having played 601 times. The record for a goalkeeper is held by Sam Burton, who is third with 509 appearances.
Harry Morris holds all of Swindon's goal records, having scored 229 goals for the club between 1926 and 1933.Cite web|url=http://www.swindonweb.com/stfc/facts&fig.htm|title=STFC Facts & Figures|accessdate=2007-01-15|publisher=swindonweb.com|work=Swindon Town Football Club] Harold Fleming is second with 203, with Don Rogers third with 178. Morris scored the most goals in a season with 48 during 1926–27, 47 of which were in League games which is another club record. The most goals scored by an individual is also held by Morris and Keith East, who have both scored 5 against League opposition (Morris having achieved this in 1926 and 1930).
The highest attendance at the County Ground of 32,000 was recorded on 15 January 1972 in a FA Cup Third Round replay match against Arsenal.Cite web|url=http://www.swindontownfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/CountyGround/0,,10341,00.html|title= Stadium Info|accessdate=2007-02-01|publisher=Swindon Town FC|work=Welcome to the County Ground] The capacity of the ground is now 15,728 so it is unlikely that this record will be broken in the foreseeable future.
Swindon Town have also set records in English football, being the second team (after York City in 1983/4) to score over 100 points in the League when they became Fourth Division champions in 1985–86. The total of 102 that the club scored has since been beaten. They also hold the FA Premier League Record for most goals conceded in a season, 100 in 1993–94.
On 20 February 2007 the club played in a landmark League game away to Barnet, a 1–0 loss. The completion of this match meant that Swindon had played a League game at home and away against every 2006-07 season team in the
FA Premier League, Championship, League One and League Two.
On 22 January 2008, Swindon Town became the first club in the
FA Cupto miss all four of their penalties in a penalty shootout, against Barnet in a third round replay.
:"As of 30 June 2008."cite news
title = THREE SQUADLIST CHANGES MADE
url = http://www.swindontownfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10341~1334916,00.html
publisher = Swindon Town FC
accessdate = 2008-06-30]
Players out on loan
Blair Sturrock|other=at Bournemouth to November 2008 [http://www.thisisswindontownfc.co.uk/news/headlines/display.var.2451914.0.blairs_loaned_to_bournemouth_in_onemonth_deal.php|1]
Notable former players
Glenn Hoddle,Don Rogers,John Trollope,Lou Macari,Ossie Ardiles,John Moncour,Fraser Digby,Chris Kamara,Duncan Shearer,Steve White,Paul Bodin,Colin Calderwood,Jan-Åge Fjørtoft, Alan McLoughlin,Jimmy Quinn,Mickey Hazard,Peter Eastoe,Alan Mayes,Paul Rideout,Harry Morris,Harold Fleming,Stan Harland,Peter Downsborough,Peter Noble,Mike Summerbee,Ernie Hunt,Rod Thomas,Maurice Owen,charlie Henry,Bobby Woodruff,Sam Burton,Shaun Taylor,Frank Burrows,David Moss.
*Chairman: Andrew Fitton
*Owners: Swindon Football Holdings
Andrew Fitton, Jeremy Wray, Russell Backhouse, Sir Martyn Arbib, Nick Watkins, Andrew Black
*Chief Executive: Nick Watkins
Jeremy Wray, Andrew Fitton, Russell Backhouse, Nick Watkins
*Assistant Manager: David Byrne
*Goalkeeper Coach: John Granville
*Head of Youth:
*Centre of Excellence Director: Jeremy Newton
*Under 15's Coach: John Trollope
*Physio: Dick Mackey
*Football Development Officer: Dave Warren
*Club Chaplain: Simon Stevenette
*Finance Director: Vacant
*Club Secretary: Louise Fletcher
*Media and Communications: Chris Tanner
*Pitch Maintenance: Marcus Cassidy
*Stadium Manager: Ron Topp
*Club Captain: Ady Williams
*Team Captain: Hasney Aljofree
*Matchday Announcers: Stuart Morse & Shaun Skinner
"As of 4 May 2008. Only competitive matches are counted."
* Caretaker Managers over the years have included Danny Williams, Andy Rowland,
David Tuttle, Adrian Williamsand David Byrne.
Wiltshire Cup- Winners 1887, 1888, 1889, 1890, 1891, 1892 (as Amateurs)
FA Amateur Cup- 2nd round 1894 (as Amateurs)
Dubonnet Cup- Winners 1910
*Charity Shield - Runners-up 1911
FA Cup- Semi-finalists 1910, 1912
*Division 3 (South) Cup - Runners-up 1936
*League Cup - Winners 1969, Semi Finalists 1979/80 season and 1995
Anglo-Italian League Cup- Winners 1969
Anglo-Italian Cup- Winners 1970
Wiltshire Premier Shield- Winners 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992
Football League Trophy- Semi Finalists 1987, 2001, 2004
Milk Cup- Winners of the Junior section 2006
Milk Cup- Winners of the B.T. Northern Ireland Trophy 2007
*Western League - Champions 1899
*Southern League - Champions 1911, 1914; Runners-up 1898, 1909, 1910, 1913
*Fourth Division - Champions 1986
*Third Division - Play-off Winners 1987
*Third Division - Runners-up 1963, 1969
*Second Division - Play-off Winners 1990 [Following successful prosecutions against the club and chairman for breach of League rules, the club remained in the Second Division and the losing team (Sunderland) took their promotion place (see )]
*League Division One - Play-off Winners 1993
*League Division Two - Champions 1996
Football League Two- 3rd Promoted 2006–07
English Football Hall of Fame
"The following have either played for or managed Swindon and have been inducted into the
English Football Hall of Fame"
windon Town F.C. Reserves
The Reserve team currently play in the Football Combination Wales & West League. They were formed as a separate team in the 1890s and won the Wiltshire Cup twice before 1900, although on two occasions they lost in the final to the Swindon Town first team (2–0 in 1891 and 13–0 in 1892). The side was entered into the Western League in 1902 and remained there until 1949.cite book | title=The Robins - The Story of Swindon Town Football Club | last=Mattick | first=Dick | date=1989 | pages= | publisher=Sporting and Leisure press | location=Buckingham | id=ISBN 0-86023-460-6 ] The reserve side have also won the Wiltshire Premier Shield on 27 occasions during the period 1927–92.
windon Town Youth
Swindon Town's Youth Team were
FA Youth Cupfinalists in 1964, where they were beaten over two legs by a Manchester United side containing George Best.Cite web|url=http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/sport/swindontownfc/display.var.1185973.0.swindon_town_pook_the_star_of_previous_memorable_campaign.php|title=Pook the star of previous memorable campaign|accessdate=2007-02-13|publisher= Swindon Advertiser|work=Swindon Town] The team did not appear in the final stages of the competition again until 2004 where they lost 3-0 to Chesterfield in the Quarter-final.Cite web|url=http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/sport/swindontownfc/display.var.1185973.0.swindon_town_pook_the_star_of_previous_memorable_campaign.php|title=Pook the star of previous memorable campaign|accessdate=2007-02-13|publisher= Swindon Advertiser|work=Swindon Town]
Managed by David Byrne, the Youth team reached the Quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup again in 2007 before being knocked-out of the competition by Newcastle.Cite web|url=http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/sport/swindontownfc/display.var.1188413.0.swindon_town_cup_heartbreak_for_town_youngsters.php|title=Cup heartbreak for Town youngsters|accessdate=2007-02-13|publisher=
Swindon Advertiser|work=Swindon Town] Cite web|url=http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/sport/swindontownfc/display.var.1188796.0.swindon_town_hold_your_heads_high.php|title=Hold your heads high|accessdate=2007-02-13|publisher= Swindon Advertiser|author=Ritson, John|work=Swindon Town] Cite web|url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/wiltshire/content/articles/2007/02/13/stfc_130207_feature.shtml|title=Swindon knocked out of the FA Youth Cup|accessdate=2007-02-13|publisher= BBC|work=Where I Live - Swindon]
During the 2000s Swindon Town's juniors have enjoyed a degree of success at the famous Milk Cup tournament.
* Player of the Tournament Award -
* Adidas Golden Boot Award -
* Tayto Most Sporting Team Award - Winners (2005)
* Northern Ireland Tourist Board Trophy - Winners (2006)
Northern Ireland Milk Cup- Winners (2006)
* B.T. Northern Ireland Trophy - Winners (2007)
Swindon Town Ladies F.C.
Established on 28 September 1993,Cite web|url=http://www.communigate.co.uk/wilts/stlfc/page35.phtml|title=Club Photos|accessdate=2007-02-13|publisher=
Swindon Advertiser|work=This is Wiltshire - Communigate] the current Swindon Town Ladies Football Club (STLFC) first team play in the South West Combination Women's Football Leagueand reached the first round proper of the FA Women's Cupfor the second time in their history during the 2006–07 season.Cite web|url=http://www.thefa.com/Womens/TheFAWomensCup/Results/|title=Results|accessdate=2007-02-13|publisher= The Football Association|work=The FA Women's Cup] Swindon Town Ladies Reserves currently play in the South West League, Division 1 North and both squads play their home games at the ground of AldbourneFootball Club.Cite web|url=http://www.communigate.co.uk/wilts/stlfc/page17.phtml|title=Where do STLFC play?|accessdate=2007-02-13|publisher= Swindon Advertiser|work=This is Wiltshire - Communigate] Over 150 female players represent the club in local football leagues, with the club running seven full strength junior teams for those aged 8 and above in addition to the two senior squads.Cite web|url=http://www.communigate.co.uk/wilts/stlfc/index.phtml|title=Welcome to Swindon Town Ladies Football Club|accessdate=2007-02-13|publisher= Swindon Advertiser|work=This is Wiltshire - Communigate]
*cite book | title=The Robins - The Story of Swindon Town Football Club | last=Mattick | first=Dick | date=1989 | publisher=Sporting and Leisure press | location=Buckingham | id=ISBN 0-86023-460-6
*cite book |last=Mattick | first=Dick | title=
Swindon Town Football Club 100 Greats| publisher= Tempus Publishing| year=2002 | id=ISBN 0-7524-2714-8
*cite book | last=Mattick | first=Dick| title=Swindon Town F.C.: 50 Classic Matches | publisher=
Tempus Publishing| year=2004 | id=ISBN 0-7524-2866-7
*cite book | last=Hayes| first=Dean| title=Swindon Town Football Club: An A-Z | publisher=Aureus | year=2001 | id=ISBN 1-8997-5006-1
* [http://www.swindon-town-fc.co.uk swindon-town-fc.co.uk] – a
fansitewith extensive historical information
* [http://www.thetownend.com thetownend.com] –Independent fans discussion forum
* [http://www.swindontownforum.com swindontownforum.com] – Independent fans website
* [http://www.swindon.vitalfootball.co.uk/index.asp Vital Football] – News, stats, match previews and travel information
* [http://swindontown.rivals.net/default.asp?sid=1019 myonlyswindon.com] - Independent news website and fans discussion forum
* [http://www.redarmyloudnproud.org.uk Red Army Loud & Proud] – fans group formed during the relegation season of 2005–06 to enhance the matchday experience
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/wiltshire/sport/football/swindon/index.shtml BBC Swindon] - Audio match reports and interviews from
BBC Radio Swindon
* [http://www.thisisswindontownfc.co.uk This is STFC] - News, match reports, forums and other information from the
* [http://www.westpress.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=150310&command=newPage Western Daily Press] - Match reports, live text commentary and other information
* [http://www.truststfc.co.uk/ TrustSTFC] – Swindon Town Supporters Trust; a fans organisation created in 2001
* [http://www.swindontownsupportersclub.com Supporters Club] - Organisation which provides funds to the club through various methods of fundraising
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/wiltshire/content/articles/2008/05/12/six_days_to_saturday_stfc_film_1963_feature.shtml "Six Days to Saturday"] - a 40 minute documentary made in 1963 about Swindon Town F.C. and directed by
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