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Tuning in for Swindon v Chelsea
FOR those fans who are not able to make Swindon’s game against Chelsea on Tuesday, help is at hand.
With the County Ground set to be full to capacity, many fans will have to watch the game on television and pub landlords say they are more than ready as Sky will be broadcasting the game.
“I think there will be a cracking atmosphere because it’s such a big night for the town,” said Peter Neale, the joint manager of the Moonrakers, in Cricklade Road.
“The customers have been really excited about this game since it was first announced we were playing them.
“I’m not sure everyone is going to be able to get a ticket either because the game is so popular so the pub is going to be very busy.”
Peter says when the team play big clubs it is good for the whole town.
He believes while the County Ground is always a great place for big games the people of Swindon also bring the positive atmosphere to the pubs.
He said: “The whole town is always buzzing whenever Swindon play a big team or have a big game.
“When we went to Wembley last year it was absolutely fantastic to be in Swindon because everyone was so excited.
“It was the same when we were in the Premier League. When the top teams come to Swindon the place is buzzing.”
Another pub expecting to be busy is the New Inn, on Swindon Road.
Often a stopping point for fans travelling to the game, the manager is expecting an extra special crowd to turn up on Tuesday evening.
Darren Gee said: “I think because it’s a local team everyone now has an interest.
“It’s obviously an extra big game and there has been lots of interest from the regulars.
“A lot of our customers who don’t go to the game have said they’ll be watching in the pub.
“I don’t usually watch football but because it’s Swindon I’ll be keeping an eye on this one.”
The final stage of the ticket sales has begun today with tickets going on general sale.
It is expected 2,000 will go on sale this morning for those who have not been able to get a ticket through the loyalty system.
They can be purchased online or over the telephone today and in person on Friday, but the club is expecting them to sell out fast so they are encouraging people to get in touch early.
There are also a number of hospitality packages still available for fans who cannot get their hands on a ticket, which includes a three-course meal.
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