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THE VIC MORGAN COLUMN: Football is the fans' game

CAST your mind back to May 1986. I know, a long time ago wasn't it ? An era of brick-like mobile phones and roll-up sleeves on jackets.

Just two days into that fledgling month, the Town won at Halifax Town. Notable for the fact that it set up a record points victory achieved three days later against Crewe. Heady days indeed.

It was also notable for one fan in particular. The game at the Shay was the last Swindon game that Rob Hartley missed. Yes, that's right. Nearly 30 years and 1,500 consecutive Town games. An amazing achievement which shows the loyalty that our football club receives.

During that time, of course, Rob has seen us move up and down the leagues like the proverbial fiddler’s elbow. Moments of joy and despair. Players of talent and some not. Times of riches and others of rags. One thing remains the same though, the desire to watch team in red and white play.

I remember one particular occasion where that desire came to the fore. Another supporter with well over 1,000 consecutive games under his belt, Marc Walters, usually drove a group of us to away games.

This time though, mechanical problems meant a slight change of plan. Could always give up and go home? No, a train north, another train, and then a taxi, got us to Huddersfield, our destination. The Town won and Rob and Marc's incredible run continued.

Football is about many things. Mainly though, its about the fans. Proud to know them, proud to share journeys and games with them. Its OUR game. Sometimes I think that's forgotten.

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6:37am Thu 6 Feb 14

oo-r-ya? says...

Absolutely agree with you there Vic. A good example of that is us having to wait for Sky to decide whether they want to show the second leg and if so when they will show it.. Never mind that we always play on a Tuesday night. Never mind that some of us work shifts or have other commitments on other nights. So long as the armchair "fans" get to see it us actual fans that go to games are not worth considering.
Absolutely agree with you there Vic. A good example of that is us having to wait for Sky to decide whether they want to show the second leg and if so when they will show it.. Never mind that we always play on a Tuesday night. Never mind that some of us work shifts or have other commitments on other nights. So long as the armchair "fans" get to see it us actual fans that go to games are not worth considering. oo-r-ya?
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9:28am Thu 6 Feb 14

old town robin says...

oo-r-ya? wrote:
Absolutely agree with you there Vic. A good example of that is us having to wait for Sky to decide whether they want to show the second leg and if so when they will show it.. Never mind that we always play on a Tuesday night. Never mind that some of us work shifts or have other commitments on other nights. So long as the armchair "fans" get to see it us actual fans that go to games are not worth considering.
I have great admiration for the likes of Rob and Marc and all those die-hard fans that travel to every away game, may it long continue for all of them. I also appreciate there are many Swindon fans that can't get to home games for all sorts of reasons other than them being armchair fans as you call them.

A bit harsh moaning about Sky if they have an agreement with the FL to show one of the semi's live on the Monday evening of the 17th, We don't play on Wednesdays either, but I didn't hear too many complaints about the game not being played on the Tuesday this week. One thing I would say is if we do play on the Monday it doesn't leave a lot of time to rest after the game against Colchester on the Saturday.

Think most fans are pleased that they get the chance to see the town on the box. occasionally .I don't remember them having televised us playing at home once this season, so it only happens once in a while and remember the return game will bring in extra revenue to the club to compensate for any fans that can't make it. I haven't bought my tickets yet, but hope the prices are reduced as it has been for the previous JPT games as a good turn out will lend their support to getting behind the team.
[quote][p][bold]oo-r-ya?[/bold] wrote: Absolutely agree with you there Vic. A good example of that is us having to wait for Sky to decide whether they want to show the second leg and if so when they will show it.. Never mind that we always play on a Tuesday night. Never mind that some of us work shifts or have other commitments on other nights. So long as the armchair "fans" get to see it us actual fans that go to games are not worth considering.[/p][/quote]I have great admiration for the likes of Rob and Marc and all those die-hard fans that travel to every away game, may it long continue for all of them. I also appreciate there are many Swindon fans that can't get to home games for all sorts of reasons other than them being armchair fans as you call them. A bit harsh moaning about Sky if they have an agreement with the FL to show one of the semi's live on the Monday evening of the 17th, We don't play on Wednesdays either, but I didn't hear too many complaints about the game not being played on the Tuesday this week. One thing I would say is if we do play on the Monday it doesn't leave a lot of time to rest after the game against Colchester on the Saturday. Think most fans are pleased that they get the chance to see the town on the box. occasionally .I don't remember them having televised us playing at home once this season, so it only happens once in a while and remember the return game will bring in extra revenue to the club to compensate for any fans that can't make it. I haven't bought my tickets yet, but hope the prices are reduced as it has been for the previous JPT games as a good turn out will lend their support to getting behind the team. old town robin
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1:33pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Micky Hazard says...

2nd leg prices were announced over a week ago, & they've also been on sale since then.
£15 adults.
As always all details are on the club's official site.
2nd leg prices were announced over a week ago, & they've also been on sale since then. £15 adults. As always all details are on the club's official site. Micky Hazard
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5:11pm Thu 6 Feb 14

King Doink says...

I will never forget the Crewe game, so much tension on trying to get that elusive goal that would eventually get us the record haul points tally. When Peter Coyne slotted the penalty home, wow what a feeling!!!
Celebrating on the pitch and watching Calderwood emerge from the North stand lifting the trophy!!!
Great times!! I'm sure our time will come again soon once the stability of the wage structure is in place.
I will never forget the Crewe game, so much tension on trying to get that elusive goal that would eventually get us the record haul points tally. When Peter Coyne slotted the penalty home, wow what a feeling!!! Celebrating on the pitch and watching Calderwood emerge from the North stand lifting the trophy!!! Great times!! I'm sure our time will come again soon once the stability of the wage structure is in place. King Doink
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