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MATCHDAY LIVE: Swindon Town v Tranmere Rovers

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    REPORTING BY SAM MORSHEAD & ANDY WARREN
  • FT: Swindon Town 5 (Hollands, 4; De Vita, 7; Williams 21, 51; Ritchie 33) Tranmere Rovers 0
  • Williams adds a fifth for Town a the start of the second half
  • Goals from Hollands, De Vita, Williams and Ritchie had given Town a 4-0 half-time lead
  • Williams misses a penalty as he goes for his hat-trick

Comments


Blazing Riff 6:36pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Merry Xmas everyone with 3 points as the ideal present.

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mallorca 6:47pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Yes a win would be a great start to the Festive season,and why not as said they have not done much in the last 5 games.
Is a chance for the Town to do the business
So 3 points please
MERRY XMAS FROM US IN PORT DE SOLLER

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KojaktheWarg 6:49pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Tranmere have been a revelation this season. Lets hope we stop them in their tracks today.

On the whole they aren't usually a team associated with anything vaguely romantic, however, Tranmere is Old Norse for Cranebird Sandbank, which is probably a little nicer than Pig Hill, but hey, we love Swindon.

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Lazaat 7:02pm Fri 21 Dec 12

It's a safe bet we will dominate so the key is our 2 strikers Martin and Williams. This is an area we have been generally poor this season so could do with the front men scoring a few goals and turning those home draws into wins!

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louiscassius 7:14pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Lazaat wrote…


It's a safe bet we will dominate so the key is our 2 strikers Martin and Williams. This is an area we have been generally poor this season so could do with the front men scoring a few goals and turning those home draws into wins!

Long time no hear Lazz??

What part of the world you been coasting in these days?

Louis :-))

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Roger_Smart 7:55pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Sporting life has just reported a Town Goal but I refuse to believe until I see it on this page!

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JohnNeal4me 8:22pm Fri 21 Dec 12

3-0 up in 20 minutes AND a striker has got 1 of the goals!!

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Roger_Smart 8:31pm Fri 21 Dec 12

This is becoming cruel and unnecessary .....call it off!

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EeeByGum 8:32pm Fri 21 Dec 12

4-0!

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Roger_Smart 8:33pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Nightmere!

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TenerifeRed 8:33pm Fri 21 Dec 12

4-0 against the top team in the league and it's only half-time.
Haters gonna hate

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louiscassius 8:34pm Fri 21 Dec 12

What the F*ck!!!!

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louiscassius 8:36pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Jesus, no-one........just no-one could have imagined the start we have just made....

We set about Tranmere like our lives depended on it.

Come on Town; must start the second half, just the same as the first.....

Hit em hard....Hit em fast...

No retreat....No surrender!!!!

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louiscassius 8:39pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Sky Sports reporter quoted:

"I've never seen a team dominate and carve a defence apart quite like Swindon have against Tranmere in this first half this evening"

COYR'ssssssssss

Same again please.....

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TenerifeRed 8:55pm Fri 21 Dec 12

5

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EeeByGum 9:02pm Fri 21 Dec 12

5-0

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Roger_Smart 9:02pm Fri 21 Dec 12

well Williams goes and breaks the pattern of one goal per player. Wondering how they were going to get Fotheringham on the scoresheet anyway.

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EeeByGum 9:10pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Missed pen by Williams

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Roger_Smart 9:32pm Fri 21 Dec 12

The kick should have gone to Martin ...we need him to get some goals

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oz5000 9:35pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Christmas comes early at the CG! COYR!

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TenerifeRed 9:37pm Fri 21 Dec 12

not long now and we can all have a moan about what Paolo has to say about the missed penalty..

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louiscassius 9:42pm Fri 21 Dec 12

I'm telling ya......

We are Paolo's Red 7 White Army!!!

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louiscassius 9:42pm Fri 21 Dec 12

louiscassius wrote…


I'm telling ya......

We are Paolo's Red 7 White Army!!!

We are Paolo's Red & White Army!!!

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louiscassius 9:45pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Amazing result!!

Watch out League 1.....

Now we're back......

And back to back promotions are on the cards......

Our boys, our Manager, our Board and our fans are fighting together for one single cause........

Championship football here we come!!!!!!!

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Stfc_BristolRed 9:51pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Excellent result! We now have the best goal difference in the league!

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stfc2012 9:59pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Great result. But let's not get carried away just yet. Another 6 points out of 9 and I'd say that's a good Xmas.

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STFCman&boy1973 10:07pm Fri 21 Dec 12

To the three or four negative, supporters, its that term loosely, its going to be nice to not read your negativity, for a few days at least, to all the other STFC true fans, get in there, and seasons tidings and goodwill to all the fans even the nay Sayers, thestaff, the board (who we owe so much to, thank you...), the players, PDC himself, thanks guys enjoy Christmas, I know I will, it will be nice to read the forums in peace, without all the anti PDC mob, spoiling the good times for the mighty ROBINS fans, get in there...

Sorry to the 291Tranmere fans who must be gutted, merry Christmas to you, that's how good we are, and some people want our manager out...football its a funny game...

COYMRs

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Last step 10:12pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Good post^^

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louiscassius 10:25pm Fri 21 Dec 12

STFCman&boy1973 wrote…


To the three or four negative, supporters, its that term loosely, its going to be nice to not read your negativity, for a few days at least, to all the other STFC true fans, get in there, and seasons tidings and goodwill to all the fans even the nay Sayers, thestaff, the board (who we owe so much to, thank you...), the players, PDC himself, thanks guys enjoy Christmas, I know I will, it will be nice to read the forums in peace, without all the anti PDC mob, spoiling the good times for the mighty ROBINS fans, get in there...

Sorry to the 291Tranmere fans who must be gutted, merry Christmas to you, that's how good we are, and some people want our manager out...football its a funny game...

COYMRs

Great post buddy.

I like you, always feel frightened when logging on in the morning in case our amazing manager PDC has left by mutual consent.

I think PDC has/is amazing for our Club and his rants/comments are heart felt and he wears his heart on his sleeve....so what!!]

What he gives back in Passion, Committment, Desire, Courage and Proffessionalism far outways anything that some fans say he should shut up or leave!!!

Lets see those fans raise their heads now and be counted......

One happy, crying, silly old Swindon fan....having a few home brews on his own wishing he was in the County Ground now, sharing with real fans...........

Louis :-))))

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the don69 10:26pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Wow best 45 mins for a long time!we made the league leaders look like a pub team,they were lucky not to be 7 or 8 down by half-time,lovely early Christmas present from Paolo and the players!well played lads and keep it going,can't wait for Orient on boxing day,we owe them one,Paolo made me laugh,when Willo missed that pen,he kicked and punched the dug-out,don't think he was very happy!LOL!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!

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mikek 10:42pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Wow we have been threatening that all season and then go and turn the league leaders over in a breathtaking first half the best I have seen at the County Ground. The football was just out of this world and we could easily have been 8-0 up at half time. Ferry had the best game I have seen him play and what a shame he got injured. That was just an awesome game and poor Ronnie Moore must have been totally shell shocked just how easily his team were dismantled tonight and that they could suffer ever lasting damage from this game.Ritchie was on fire and MOM for me but the other 10 players could easily have got that title tonight. Thompson just gets better every game and looks a class act who needs Caddis. Ward and Devera simply outstanding and Hollands had his best game in a Town shirt. My poor old brother in law had to miss this game due to his works night out so he will be gutted but I did txt him the updates. What a Christmas prezzie from the Town players simply the best ever.

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Wilesy 10:46pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Awesome performance, thought we'd win but that was men against boys.

I think Tranmere must have scouted one of our long ball games, they just couldn't deal with our pace and one touch passing. Fantastic stuff.

Football is a funny old game how are they top of the league? It was bizarre they were standing off our players and looked scared to death of making a tackle. Lots and lots of individual errors too. My personal favourite was the right back who with a ball over the top being chased towards Town End by Roberts, bent over over while running, it him slap on his back and he saw it out for a corner. WTF?

Although Macca got man of the match (?) they all played so well but Williams stood out for me, he looked back to how he was just before he got injured. Bodes very well for the future. Martin looks a stone lighter than when he joined as well.

Should say a word for the defence as well, Ward and Devera quietly went about their business, and both full backs played well too. Deserved clean sheet.

Great stuff well done Paolo and the team.

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louiscassius 10:53pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Wilesy wrote…


Awesome performance, thought we'd win but that was men against boys.

I think Tranmere must have scouted one of our long ball games, they just couldn't deal with our pace and one touch passing. Fantastic stuff.

Football is a funny old game how are they top of the league? It was bizarre they were standing off our players and looked scared to death of making a tackle. Lots and lots of individual errors too. My personal favourite was the right back who with a ball over the top being chased towards Town End by Roberts, bent over over while running, it him slap on his back and he saw it out for a corner. WTF?

Although Macca got man of the match (?) they all played so well but Williams stood out for me, he looked back to how he was just before he got injured. Bodes very well for the future. Martin looks a stone lighter than when he joined as well.

Should say a word for the defence as well, Ward and Devera quietly went about their business, and both full backs played well too. Deserved clean sheet.

Great stuff well done Paolo and the team.

Mate,

I thank you for your insight. Im in Harrogate and could not make tonight game.

I so wish i was there with you fans tonight.....i'm sat along watching an empty PC screen drinking my home brew......so so jealous//.......

I love our Club........Amazing to be a Town fan tonight this day i will remember for a long long time!!

Stay safe all connected with STFC, have an amazing Christmas and bring it on Leyton...........Boo
ommm!!!!

Louis :-))))

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Davidsyrett 11:02pm Fri 21 Dec 12

The first 45mins was as good as we have played for a long long time, quite awesome. If we play like that for the rest of the season we will make top 2. What a great early Christmas present.!

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Oi Den! 11:04pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Great performance. Tonight the players realised their true potential as a team. If we play with that energy and belief from now until the end of the season, we'll win the title easily. We don't need to add to this squad, we just need to have them motivated like they were tonight. Stellar performances all over the pitch, with Thompson, De Vita (yet again) and Williams probably the pick of the bunch.

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dreamofacleansheet2 11:12pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Grim I'm off to the bookies tomorrow for a very good Christmas..... For those that doubt see the majority fnTown fans that stayed at the end to salute our Emperor.

That was some of the best football I've ever seen us play. Extraordinary stuff.

Paolo's note review with radio Wiltshire also well worth a listen. Praising the players on the bench and in the stands for their commitment during training. Tat everyone fights to get into the team which means training is so good which results in great performances.

We've been threatening that for ages and frankly I should think Ronnie Moore was happy to get out at only five. We've had injuries and come up against inspired keepers and hit woodwork countless times.

Enjoy your Christmas all comrades and those that didn't before start to believe what Grim and I have been saying for ages.... We're winning this league....

Back to back to back promotions coming. Watching the birth of a managerial legend. (Isn't he already)?! Build a statue of him when he takes us into the the Premiership.....

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Oxon-Red 11:16pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Only one word for that first half performance.

WOW

Most complete team display you will see IMO. Hollands and Ferry were awesome in midfield. The passes were quick, intelligent and Tranmere didn't know which way to turn.

They couldn't handle Williams's pace and Martin (really deserved a goal) linked with him and the midfield superbly.

Ritchie and De Vita were fantastic and delivered real quality balls into the box.

Defence once again was outstanding, that is two games running where the opponents have not had a chance inside our penalty area, six attempts on goal all from distance speaks volumes. IMO the most important signing Paolo can make in January is Ward on a permanent deal or at least extend to the end of the season.

There were many options for MOM but I have to admit that I was a bit surprised when McCormack was announced. I suspect most of the crowd were as well judging by the reaction but hey ho the TEAM performance is more important and that CANNOT be knocked tonight.

MORE PLEASE.

Merry Christmas to all Town Fans,
Oxon

COYMR

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bongiaz 11:24pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Where are all of the moaners gone? Biting on your knuckles are we? Scared to come on this forum after witnessing the most devastating 45 minutes I've ever seen from a Swindon side! Yes it really did look as though the players were not behind PDC? Lol!! What a fantastic performance tonight, cant wait for the next game! COYMR's!!

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tobruk 11:25pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Thanks to all those who turned up to watch that fantastic display of superb football! Ref was on the ball too. He let the game flow and only blew up when absolutely necessary. Lets have another 3 against Orient! happy Christmas everyone!! See you all at the Pompey game.

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billbst 11:33pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Back home after one of the best games I can recall in recent times. Wilsey, Den and mikek summed it up well. I was so impressed with the total domination we retained throughout. You saw glimpses of what Tranmere could do given the opportunity but that's all it was - glimpses. It was such a strong team performance that it seems wrong to have a MoM award. I would give 8s across the board with the exception of Devera, Thompson, Ritchie and Williams who I would give 9s. Such a good real football night. If you could have gone and didn't - cry because you will wait a long time to see better.

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Oxon-Red 11:37pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Ballacks, I'll have a moan. We scored 5 and the strikers only scored 2 :-)

COYMR

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joey butler 11:41pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Fantastic result without any doubt, but we cannot continue to miss penalties.

I share the frustration that PDC has expressed and while it made little difference tonight, come the end of the season all these misses could prove very costly.

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billbst 11:44pm Fri 21 Dec 12

billbst wrote…


Back home after one of the best games I can recall in recent times. Wilsey, Den and mikek summed it up well. I was so impressed with the total domination we retained throughout. You saw glimpses of what Tranmere could do given the opportunity but that's all it was - glimpses. It was such a strong team performance that it seems wrong to have a MoM award. I would give 8s across the board with the exception of Devera, Thompson, Ritchie and Williams who I would give 9s. Such a good real football night. If you could have gone and didn't - cry because you will wait a long time to see better.

Changed my mind 9s across the board!!

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southside7 11:45pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Was a very charged Town side this evening. Paolo really got them pumped and I've never seen him so agitated before, he was twitching and ticking from the outset. A truly magnificent display. Skill, determination and ruthless effciency. Williams proved the doubters wrong tonight. Still back him as our next great striker.

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TheDukeOfBanbury 11:49pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Great night and still buzzing.

Special mention to Paisley Red for getting to the game from Glasgow on time.....A true Supporter well done.

There you go Grim ......Our Shiit Strikers as you put it.......:) that double for you.
Oh and if Martin gets one he will go on a roll for sure.

Everyone played so well tonight.
What a great early present that was.....The Town are moving up the gears :)

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dreamofacleansheet2 11:56pm Fri 21 Dec 12

billbst changed your mind, 9 across the board. You're an even harder task master than the Emperor. Brilliant stuff....

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Since 1950 11:57pm Fri 21 Dec 12

We made them look like a pub side!

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billbst 12:05am Sat 22 Dec 12

dreamofacleansheet2 wrote…


billbst changed your mind, 9 across the board. You're an even harder task master than the Emperor. Brilliant stuff....

Ok 10s!!!! Still buzzing.

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stigger 12:08am Sat 22 Dec 12

Just got back from one of the greatest swindon nights of my life but also probably nights full stop. Paid for my son and daughter to be mascots for xmas present and what a game to pick. Firstly i've got to say how brilliantly Swindon organise this as a club, George and Brenda the hosts are amazing and was a wonderful experience from start to finish, with them getting to meet all the players, meet PDC personally and go on the hallowed turf and go out with their favourite players (Macca and Ferry respectively, although Wes is also my lads fav as well). I'm a pro PDC supporter who occasionally doesn't like some of his rants but what a charming man he was in person, making the kids feel special, posing for pics and autographs and picking them up and generally making their day. Think i might forgive the odd rant from now on lol!! And then to the game itself, what a first half performance, we tore them apart and could have had even more. Many, many top performances out there. Macca did play well, especially first half, but overdid a few times 2nd and MOM for me was between Ritchie, Raffa and Nathan. Wes had little or nothing to do. I love the way Nathan snaps into the tackle and got forward really well in first half where he was found a few times with excellent passing from Ferry and Ritchie. Dev and Wardy were rock solid, sign him up! Raffa was class first half, great positioning, great touch and control, a really intelligent footballer, Ferry was usual self, all over the pitch, harrying the oppositon and neat and tidy passing with some incisive through balls as well. Dont think was bad injury just precaution. Hollands had best game i've seen from him, one lovely outside of the boot ball to Ritchie and good to see him notch as well. Miller was decent when on as well. Ritchie was excellent, won the ball a few times with his anticipation, some good deliveries, shots, through balls and goal to boot as well. Willo was very sharp tonight, could have had 5 but for some good saves and missed pen!! Impressed with Martins strength, hold up play and link up play but still think the best is yet to come form him. Both Roberts and Collins also played part when on, not a bad performance all round tonight. On penalty, PDC went mental and to an extent i agree, i would not have thought Willo was a pen taker and should stick with nominated pen taker whatever score or no of goals a player on, plus more important for Martin to get off mark fullstop than Willo to get a hat trick. Had to laugh when Willo came off, PDC did his classic shake his hand then smack him round the back of the head to tell him off, Willo just laughed. A great, great night. COYR!

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Oi Den! 12:10am Sat 22 Dec 12

southside7 wrote…


Was a very charged Town side this evening. Paolo really got them pumped and I've never seen him so agitated before, he was twitching and ticking from the outset. A truly magnificent display. Skill, determination and ruthless effciency. Williams proved the doubters wrong tonight. Still back him as our next great striker.

I rate Williams as a superb player at this level and maybe even higher. 2 goals tonight from balls delivered to his feet. That's what he needs, not aerial battles with brick outhouses. I wouldn't be too harsh on his penalty attempt either. His concentration was clearly broken by the mixed messages he was getting.

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therock4u 12:18am Sat 22 Dec 12

"I've never seen a team dominate and carve a defence apart quite like Swindon have against Tranmere in this first half this evening"

Perhaps some of you missed the above post by Louis.

Not only the best football you have seen at STFC but probably you will see anywhere.

Same goal difference as the other red team Man-u, and only Gillingham and Port Vale have a better one at +21. Thats the = 3rd best in 4 leagues.

Roll LO and hope we keep the players motivated.

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dreamofacleansheet2 12:19am Sat 22 Dec 12

Den completely agree on the penalty. Paolo shouldn't have got involved but he can't help himself!

Stagger, great post, loved that, especially your kids with Paolo.

Billbst well done ten's better.

Paul Caddis anyone?.........

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red white 12:20am Sat 22 Dec 12

That's why we're champions!

Well done,what a feeling.

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Psychedelic Syd 12:25am Sat 22 Dec 12

First half superb. Everyone played well. Ferry made some fantastic runs and passes, Nathan too was right on top of his game. Once Si went off injured and Raffa and Williams were subbed we looked pretty ordinary again - no real pace or guile. Why doesn't Raffa get to stay on? I just don't get it. As soon as he went off against Doncaster our hopes of winning and our dominance finished and similar story tonight. Some excellent play tonight though and great relief after recent results at home. COYMR

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red white 12:27am Sat 22 Dec 12

stigger wrote…


Just got back from one of the greatest swindon nights of my life but also probably nights full stop. Paid for my son and daughter to be mascots for xmas present and what a game to pick. Firstly i've got to say how brilliantly Swindon organise this as a club, George and Brenda the hosts are amazing and was a wonderful experience from start to finish, with them getting to meet all the players, meet PDC personally and go on the hallowed turf and go out with their favourite players (Macca and Ferry respectively, although Wes is also my lads fav as well). I'm a pro PDC supporter who occasionally doesn't like some of his rants but what a charming man he was in person, making the kids feel special, posing for pics and autographs and picking them up and generally making their day. Think i might forgive the odd rant from now on lol!! And then to the game itself, what a first half performance, we tore them apart and could have had even more. Many, many top performances out there. Macca did play well, especially first half, but overdid a few times 2nd and MOM for me was between Ritchie, Raffa and Nathan. Wes had little or nothing to do. I love the way Nathan snaps into the tackle and got forward really well in first half where he was found a few times with excellent passing from Ferry and Ritchie. Dev and Wardy were rock solid, sign him up! Raffa was class first half, great positioning, great touch and control, a really intelligent footballer, Ferry was usual self, all over the pitch, harrying the oppositon and neat and tidy passing with some incisive through balls as well. Dont think was bad injury just precaution. Hollands had best game i've seen from him, one lovely outside of the boot ball to Ritchie and good to see him notch as well. Miller was decent when on as well. Ritchie was excellent, won the ball a few times with his anticipation, some good deliveries, shots, through balls and goal to boot as well. Willo was very sharp tonight, could have had 5 but for some good saves and missed pen!! Impressed with Martins strength, hold up play and link up play but still think the best is yet to come form him. Both Roberts and Collins also played part when on, not a bad performance all round tonight. On penalty, PDC went mental and to an extent i agree, i would not have thought Willo was a pen taker and should stick with nominated pen taker whatever score or no of goals a player on, plus more important for Martin to get off mark fullstop than Willo to get a hat trick. Had to laugh when Willo came off, PDC did his classic shake his hand then smack him round the back of the head to tell him off, Willo just laughed. A great, great night. COYR!

Well spoken,well done and great for the kids and family,a proper night out.

Get them floodlights on!

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red white 12:31am Sat 22 Dec 12

louiscassius wrote…


Amazing result!!

Watch out League 1.....

Now we're back......

And back to back promotions are on the cards......

Our boys, our Manager, our Board and our fans are fighting together for one single cause........

Championship football here we come!!!!!!!

Of course,as championes.

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southside7 12:43am Sat 22 Dec 12

stigger wrote…


Just got back from one of the greatest swindon nights of my life but also probably nights full stop. Paid for my son and daughter to be mascots for xmas present and what a game to pick. Firstly i've got to say how brilliantly Swindon organise this as a club, George and Brenda the hosts are amazing and was a wonderful experience from start to finish, with them getting to meet all the players, meet PDC personally and go on the hallowed turf and go out with their favourite players (Macca and Ferry respectively, although Wes is also my lads fav as well). I'm a pro PDC supporter who occasionally doesn't like some of his rants but what a charming man he was in person, making the kids feel special, posing for pics and autographs and picking them up and generally making their day. Think i might forgive the odd rant from now on lol!! And then to the game itself, what a first half performance, we tore them apart and could have had even more. Many, many top performances out there. Macca did play well, especially first half, but overdid a few times 2nd and MOM for me was between Ritchie, Raffa and Nathan. Wes had little or nothing to do. I love the way Nathan snaps into the tackle and got forward really well in first half where he was found a few times with excellent passing from Ferry and Ritchie. Dev and Wardy were rock solid, sign him up! Raffa was class first half, great positioning, great touch and control, a really intelligent footballer, Ferry was usual self, all over the pitch, harrying the oppositon and neat and tidy passing with some incisive through balls as well. Dont think was bad injury just precaution. Hollands had best game i've seen from him, one lovely outside of the boot ball to Ritchie and good to see him notch as well. Miller was decent when on as well. Ritchie was excellent, won the ball a few times with his anticipation, some good deliveries, shots, through balls and goal to boot as well. Willo was very sharp tonight, could have had 5 but for some good saves and missed pen!! Impressed with Martins strength, hold up play and link up play but still think the best is yet to come form him. Both Roberts and Collins also played part when on, not a bad performance all round tonight. On penalty, PDC went mental and to an extent i agree, i would not have thought Willo was a pen taker and should stick with nominated pen taker whatever score or no of goals a player on, plus more important for Martin to get off mark fullstop than Willo to get a hat trick. Had to laugh when Willo came off, PDC did his classic shake his hand then smack him round the back of the head to tell him off, Willo just laughed. A great, great night. COYR!

I know where you're coming from,I did the mascot thing at the orient game (yeah I know) with my 9 year old son and Geroge and Brenda are a credit to the club. Paolo was very charming and simply brilliant with the kids, made a point of chatting with us, the adults too. I'm a harsh critic of PdC with some of his diatribes and I stand by this, I think the way he treats some people at the club is disgraceful, but I think I do also credit him where credit is due...Rome treatments, round the clock commitent, undying passion and that day was amazing for me as much as the kid. What a great night tonight was.

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the wizard 12:51am Sat 22 Dec 12

So very pleased for Williams, he certainly went for it and got the result, as did all the other players. The first half was the best 45 minutes I've seen at CG for a very long time.
We came out with a hunger that I have not seen for a very long time. I did say that this team would come together in the New Year, seems I was wrong, it started to come together two weeks ago, seems gelling has happened.
I got my Christmas present tonight 5-0, that will do nicely for me.

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Oxon-Red 1:17am Sat 22 Dec 12

Psychedelic Syd wrote…


First half superb. Everyone played well. Ferry made some fantastic runs and passes, Nathan too was right on top of his game. Once Si went off injured and Raffa and Williams were subbed we looked pretty ordinary again - no real pace or guile. Why doesn't Raffa get to stay on? I just don't get it. As soon as he went off against Doncaster our hopes of winning and our dominance finished and similar story tonight. Some excellent play tonight though and great relief after recent results at home. COYMR

Why doesn't Raffa get to stay on?

Syd, I think the answer may be stamina. Raffa was subbed earlier in the year after suffering from cramp so this may be a reason.

Another possibility, which we saw quite often last season, is introducing a fresh pair of legs to run at tired legs. Worked well with Rooney and could again when Roberts starts to fire.

As for looking ordinary, when the subs took place we were 5-0 up, the game was over and we just needed to see the game out.

COYMR

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Malkym 1:18am Sat 22 Dec 12

stfc2012 wrote…


Great result. But let's not get carried away just yet. Another 6 points out of 9 and I'd say that's a good Xmas.

Me too 12 superb all round performance tonight and thought Macca a worthy mom. Some great touches from young Nathan too. Poor pen from Willo but at least he scored one good goal can't rave about the tap in my old wheelchair bound 92 year old grannie would have scored that. Here's hoping its the start of a rich vein of form.

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Malkym 1:38am Sat 22 Dec 12

the wizard wrote…


So very pleased for Williams, he certainly went for it and got the result, as did all the other players. The first half was the best 45 minutes I've seen at CG for a very long time.
We came out with a hunger that I have not seen for a very long time. I did say that this team would come together in the New Year, seems I was wrong, it started to come together two weeks ago, seems gelling has happened.
I got my Christmas present tonight 5-0, that will do nicely for me.

Think the manager might be due a bit of credit as well eh? A bouquet perhaps instead of the brickbats will make a nice change.

Stigger & Southside you're both right about George & Brenda I've known them since they started doing the mascot thing back in the Lou 4th div days when I was working for the club on match days. Salt of the earth both of them and not locals either, both totally dedicated to ensuring the squirts enjoy their day.

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Wilesy 1:58am Sat 22 Dec 12

Important we keep the loan signings for the rest of the season in my opinion. Martin has good vision and did play well and deserved a goal, Hollands not flashy but works hard, reads the game well, has an eye for a pass and is better than both Miller and Navarro for me. Ward almost Greer like at the back, and Bostock althogh he didn't get on tonight is obviously class.

Also vey pleased De Vita has come good. I really thought he was on his way out with the arrival of Luke Rooney last season, then Holmes, and then Roberts, but he has seen them all off. Well done to him.

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jayden 7:04am Sat 22 Dec 12

Well done lads nothing to moan about BUT ............... im sure somefans will have a moan about something .Happy xmas to one and all .

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Okus Road 8:20am Sat 22 Dec 12

jayden wrote…


Well done lads nothing to moan about BUT ............... im sure somefans will have a moan about something .Happy xmas to one and all .

My moan I had £10 @ 28/1 for a 3 - 2 win for Town. Still really happy with result and more important the performance. We're going up as champions.

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sagadude 9:41am Sat 22 Dec 12

Unbelievable last night!

Certainly made me eat my words/comments over the last few weeks. We seem to perform better against the best sides.

Not getting carried away though, and being careful of rose tinted glasses appearing. If we beat Portsmouth and get good a good result against Bournemouth then I will be definitely convinced all is well. However we have been here before - Stevenage away!.

Some people will say with the money PDC has spent it should be this way :-)

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TheDukeOfBanbury 10:44am Sat 22 Dec 12

stigger wrote…


Just got back from one of the greatest swindon nights of my life but also probably nights full stop. Paid for my son and daughter to be mascots for xmas present and what a game to pick. Firstly i've got to say how brilliantly Swindon organise this as a club, George and Brenda the hosts are amazing and was a wonderful experience from start to finish, with them getting to meet all the players, meet PDC personally and go on the hallowed turf and go out with their favourite players (Macca and Ferry respectively, although Wes is also my lads fav as well). I'm a pro PDC supporter who occasionally doesn't like some of his rants but what a charming man he was in person, making the kids feel special, posing for pics and autographs and picking them up and generally making their day. Think i might forgive the odd rant from now on lol!! And then to the game itself, what a first half performance, we tore them apart and could have had even more. Many, many top performances out there. Macca did play well, especially first half, but overdid a few times 2nd and MOM for me was between Ritchie, Raffa and Nathan. Wes had little or nothing to do. I love the way Nathan snaps into the tackle and got forward really well in first half where he was found a few times with excellent passing from Ferry and Ritchie. Dev and Wardy were rock solid, sign him up! Raffa was class first half, great positioning, great touch and control, a really intelligent footballer, Ferry was usual self, all over the pitch, harrying the oppositon and neat and tidy passing with some incisive through balls as well. Dont think was bad injury just precaution. Hollands had best game i've seen from him, one lovely outside of the boot ball to Ritchie and good to see him notch as well. Miller was decent when on as well. Ritchie was excellent, won the ball a few times with his anticipation, some good deliveries, shots, through balls and goal to boot as well. Willo was very sharp tonight, could have had 5 but for some good saves and missed pen!! Impressed with Martins strength, hold up play and link up play but still think the best is yet to come form him. Both Roberts and Collins also played part when on, not a bad performance all round tonight. On penalty, PDC went mental and to an extent i agree, i would not have thought Willo was a pen taker and should stick with nominated pen taker whatever score or no of goals a player on, plus more important for Martin to get off mark fullstop than Willo to get a hat trick. Had to laugh when Willo came off, PDC did his classic shake his hand then smack him round the back of the head to tell him off, Willo just laughed. A great, great night. COYR!

Great post and so glad your children enyoyed the experience. One never to forget.
Glad you met PDC also in person. His passion just shines through but equally he comes across as a normal "football supporter" and a respectful guy.

My two lads are mascots for the Crewe game and not sure who is more excited me or the kids.
My eldest has done it before and I am glad you mention George & Brenda two wonderful human beings.

Bet you're still buzzing :)

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horaice wimp 11:40am Sun 23 Dec 12

TheDukeOfBanbury wrote…


stigger wrote…


Just got back from one of the greatest swindon nights of my life but also probably nights full stop. Paid for my son and daughter to be mascots for xmas present and what a game to pick. Firstly i've got to say how brilliantly Swindon organise this as a club, George and Brenda the hosts are amazing and was a wonderful experience from start to finish, with them getting to meet all the players, meet PDC personally and go on the hallowed turf and go out with their favourite players (Macca and Ferry respectively, although Wes is also my lads fav as well). I'm a pro PDC supporter who occasionally doesn't like some of his rants but what a charming man he was in person, making the kids feel special, posing for pics and autographs and picking them up and generally making their day. Think i might forgive the odd rant from now on lol!! And then to the game itself, what a first half performance, we tore them apart and could have had even more. Many, many top performances out there. Macca did play well, especially first half, but overdid a few times 2nd and MOM for me was between Ritchie, Raffa and Nathan. Wes had little or nothing to do. I love the way Nathan snaps into the tackle and got forward really well in first half where he was found a few times with excellent passing from Ferry and Ritchie. Dev and Wardy were rock solid, sign him up! Raffa was class first half, great positioning, great touch and control, a really intelligent footballer, Ferry was usual self, all over the pitch, harrying the oppositon and neat and tidy passing with some incisive through balls as well. Dont think was bad injury just precaution. Hollands had best game i've seen from him, one lovely outside of the boot ball to Ritchie and good to see him notch as well. Miller was decent when on as well. Ritchie was excellent, won the ball a few times with his anticipation, some good deliveries, shots, through balls and goal to boot as well. Willo was very sharp tonight, could have had 5 but for some good saves and missed pen!! Impressed with Martins strength, hold up play and link up play but still think the best is yet to come form him. Both Roberts and Collins also played part when on, not a bad performance all round tonight. On penalty, PDC went mental and to an extent i agree, i would not have thought Willo was a pen taker and should stick with nominated pen taker whatever score or no of goals a player on, plus more important for Martin to get off mark fullstop than Willo to get a hat trick. Had to laugh when Willo came off, PDC did his classic shake his hand then smack him round the back of the head to tell him off, Willo just laughed. A great, great night. COYR!
Great post and so glad your children enyoyed the experience. One never to forget.
Glad you met PDC also in person. His passion just shines through but equally he comes across as a normal "football supporter" and a respectful guy.

My two lads are mascots for the Crewe game and not sure who is more excited me or the kids.
My eldest has done it before and I am glad you mention George & Brenda two wonderful human beings.

Bet you're still buzzing :)

My son is mascot at home on new years day.
I don't know who is more excited either.
wil be a great day I am sure.

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stigger 4:33pm Sun 23 Dec 12

TheDukeOfBanbury wrote…


stigger wrote…


Just got back from one of the greatest swindon nights of my life but also probably nights full stop. Paid for my son and daughter to be mascots for xmas present and what a game to pick. Firstly i've got to say how brilliantly Swindon organise this as a club, George and Brenda the hosts are amazing and was a wonderful experience from start to finish, with them getting to meet all the players, meet PDC personally and go on the hallowed turf and go out with their favourite players (Macca and Ferry respectively, although Wes is also my lads fav as well). I'm a pro PDC supporter who occasionally doesn't like some of his rants but what a charming man he was in person, making the kids feel special, posing for pics and autographs and picking them up and generally making their day. Think i might forgive the odd rant from now on lol!! And then to the game itself, what a first half performance, we tore them apart and could have had even more. Many, many top performances out there. Macca did play well, especially first half, but overdid a few times 2nd and MOM for me was between Ritchie, Raffa and Nathan. Wes had little or nothing to do. I love the way Nathan snaps into the tackle and got forward really well in first half where he was found a few times with excellent passing from Ferry and Ritchie. Dev and Wardy were rock solid, sign him up! Raffa was class first half, great positioning, great touch and control, a really intelligent footballer, Ferry was usual self, all over the pitch, harrying the oppositon and neat and tidy passing with some incisive through balls as well. Dont think was bad injury just precaution. Hollands had best game i've seen from him, one lovely outside of the boot ball to Ritchie and good to see him notch as well. Miller was decent when on as well. Ritchie was excellent, won the ball a few times with his anticipation, some good deliveries, shots, through balls and goal to boot as well. Willo was very sharp tonight, could have had 5 but for some good saves and missed pen!! Impressed with Martins strength, hold up play and link up play but still think the best is yet to come form him. Both Roberts and Collins also played part when on, not a bad performance all round tonight. On penalty, PDC went mental and to an extent i agree, i would not have thought Willo was a pen taker and should stick with nominated pen taker whatever score or no of goals a player on, plus more important for Martin to get off mark fullstop than Willo to get a hat trick. Had to laugh when Willo came off, PDC did his classic shake his hand then smack him round the back of the head to tell him off, Willo just laughed. A great, great night. COYR!
Great post and so glad your children enyoyed the experience. One never to forget.
Glad you met PDC also in person. His passion just shines through but equally he comes across as a normal "football supporter" and a respectful guy.

My two lads are mascots for the Crewe game and not sure who is more excited me or the kids.
My eldest has done it before and I am glad you mention George & Brenda two wonderful human beings.

Bet you're still buzzing :)

yeah i am!! they will love it and you will as well!

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stigger 4:35pm Sun 23 Dec 12

horaice wimp wrote…


TheDukeOfBanbury wrote…


stigger wrote…


Just got back from one of the greatest swindon nights of my life but also probably nights full stop. Paid for my son and daughter to be mascots for xmas present and what a game to pick. Firstly i've got to say how brilliantly Swindon organise this as a club, George and Brenda the hosts are amazing and was a wonderful experience from start to finish, with them getting to meet all the players, meet PDC personally and go on the hallowed turf and go out with their favourite players (Macca and Ferry respectively, although Wes is also my lads fav as well). I'm a pro PDC supporter who occasionally doesn't like some of his rants but what a charming man he was in person, making the kids feel special, posing for pics and autographs and picking them up and generally making their day. Think i might forgive the odd rant from now on lol!! And then to the game itself, what a first half performance, we tore them apart and could have had even more. Many, many top performances out there. Macca did play well, especially first half, but overdid a few times 2nd and MOM for me was between Ritchie, Raffa and Nathan. Wes had little or nothing to do. I love the way Nathan snaps into the tackle and got forward really well in first half where he was found a few times with excellent passing from Ferry and Ritchie. Dev and Wardy were rock solid, sign him up! Raffa was class first half, great positioning, great touch and control, a really intelligent footballer, Ferry was usual self, all over the pitch, harrying the oppositon and neat and tidy passing with some incisive through balls as well. Dont think was bad injury just precaution. Hollands had best game i've seen from him, one lovely outside of the boot ball to Ritchie and good to see him notch as well. Miller was decent when on as well. Ritchie was excellent, won the ball a few times with his anticipation, some good deliveries, shots, through balls and goal to boot as well. Willo was very sharp tonight, could have had 5 but for some good saves and missed pen!! Impressed with Martins strength, hold up play and link up play but still think the best is yet to come form him. Both Roberts and Collins also played part when on, not a bad performance all round tonight. On penalty, PDC went mental and to an extent i agree, i would not have thought Willo was a pen taker and should stick with nominated pen taker whatever score or no of goals a player on, plus more important for Martin to get off mark fullstop than Willo to get a hat trick. Had to laugh when Willo came off, PDC did his classic shake his hand then smack him round the back of the head to tell him off, Willo just laughed. A great, great night. COYR!
Great post and so glad your children enyoyed the experience. One never to forget.
Glad you met PDC also in person. His passion just shines through but equally he comes across as a normal "football supporter" and a respectful guy.

My two lads are mascots for the Crewe game and not sure who is more excited me or the kids.
My eldest has done it before and I am glad you mention George & Brenda two wonderful human beings.

Bet you're still buzzing :)
My son is mascot at home on new years day.
I don't know who is more excited either.
wil be a great day I am sure.

you will both love it!! great way to start new year

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