WHILE thousands of supporters were left frustrated when Swindon’s clash with Crawley was postponed yesterday, one young Town fan was more disappointed than most.
Eleven-year-old Ciaran Bizley was due to lead the Robins out as mascot after being given the experience as a Christmas present from his grandparents, during what has been his first return to the town of his birth since moving to Australia with parents Lee and Charlotte in 2007.
Ciaran, who plays for local side Sky United in home city Melbourne, lists Wes Foderingham as his favourite player and although he was disappointed not to have been able to meet his hero, he did manage to enjoy his visit to the County Ground despite the weather.
“We had a tour and I got to see the boardroom, the away and home dressing rooms and see all the history about the club and the best players of all-time and it was fun,” Ciaran said.
“I love Swindon but I like Chelsea as well. My favourite player is Wes Foderingham but I also like Nathan Byrne and Alex Pritchard.”
Ciaran’s father Lee, who has been a Town fan since the age of nine, has played a major part in getting Swindon games televised by Fox Sports in Australia in the past and was also disappointed his son was not able to walk out with his heroes.
“I wanted to time our visit so we were here during the Christmas period because it’s an important time for football with lots of games and we managed to get to the Coventry and Brentford matches,” he said.
“It would have been great to have seen Ciaran be a mascot but sadly it didn’t happen, although the club really looked after us and we had a great day.”