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STFC match brought forward to give players recovery time
SWINDON Town fans will be hoping the weekend gets off to a flyer when the team plays Notts County tonight.
The two clubs have taken the unusual step of moving the game from the traditional Saturday 3pm kick-off time to help them recover ahead of another game on Tuesday.
Swindon are hoping the chance to play a night game will increase the atmosphere in the County Ground.
Stadium manager Mark Isaacs said: “When you play a night-time game under floodlights there is an extra dimension.
“The previous manager made the request shortly after the fixture list was announced in the summer. We contacted Notts County and they agreed to move the fixture.
“When there are a number of Saturday games followed by Tuesday games it can limit the recovery time, so hopefully the extra day will mean they are slightly fresher ahead of Walsall.”
The club last moved a game to a Friday night shortly before Christmas last year. They beat Tranmere 5-0.
The match was originally scheduled for the final Saturday before Christmas but was moved to avoid a dip in crowds due to shopping.
“It is something we looked at doing this year but we needed the agreement of the club involved,” said Mark.
“There are lots of things we have to consider with holding midweek games because not everyone can make them, so we have to weigh everything up.
“We don’t think there will be too much of an impact on ticket sales as they are about the same as a normal game.”
The Swindon Town Supporters Club accepts that a Friday night game may not be for everyone, but as a one-off occasion some fans may benefit.
Spokesman Nigel Bennett said: “Football under lights at the County Ground always has a special atmosphere, and while a few fans may find the game on a Friday rather than a Saturday an inconvenience, it will probably be the only time this season that it happens, and I can fully appreciate the clubs’ position regarding the players, with another important game on Tuesday night against Walsall.”
To limit the cost to fans of two home games close together, the club has reduced ticket prices for the Walsall fixture.
“It’s not often we do these offers but we feel in this case it is necessary.”
Tickets for the Walsall game are £15 for adults, £10 for concessions and £5 for juniors and can be bought at www.swindontownfc.co.uk or by going to the club shop.
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