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THE SAM MORSHEAD COLUMN: There's no need to panic

Swindon Advertiser: Adver chief sports writer Sam Morshead Adver chief sports writer Sam Morshead

IN THESE situations, it’s good to take time and read everything through, listen to every last word and consider all you’ve heard.

We’re all very good at jumping to conclusions based on a nugget of information, myself included, and as followers of Swindon Town we are all a little bit touchy when the word administration lingers in the room.

I guess we’re all still treating the bruises left by two almighty beatings in the early years of this century, the mention of the dreaded A-word brings back unwanted memories and swathes of anger we thought we’d learnt to restrain.

As if you didn’t realise, we in the media and in the press enjoy capturing your attention and for Town fans any reminder of what life was like in the 2000-2002 era and the threat posed in 2007 instantly provokes a reaction akin to an electric shock.

In reality, and quite eloquently outlined by Andrew Black, Nick Watkins and Paolo Di Canio yesterday, we are far from the abyss. Currently we’re not even a short-haul flight away.

However, administration remains a possibility. It has been discussed within the club and could be seen as a method to wipe clean debts owed to existing investors, excluding Mr Black, should the need arise. We all sincerely hope it does not - and until the time it rears its ugly head perhaps it is best to try to focus elsewhere.

Some have questioned Mr Black’s decision, and he has received criticism for choosing to make his exit at a time where Swindon Town appear to be on the up.

Mr Black wants out. It’s his money, fair enough. In his five-year association with the club he’s been the saviour, cash cow and rock of the Robins and without him we almost certainly would not be discussing the possibility of promotion to the Championship today.

Without him, many of us would still be getting used to navigating the non-league road-map. Without him, we wouldn’t have had Di Canio, a League Two title, memorable nights against Stoke and Wigan, two trips to Wembley, some of the most scintillating football seen at the County Ground, a perfect playing surface and enough positive experiences to fill an ordinary fan’s lifetime.

In this column in recent weeks I’ve expressed a desire that, if and when Mr Black leaves, he does so responsibly and leaves the club in good hands and in good health. The steps are being taken to ensure that he does exactly that.

A personal investment of £10million, most of which he must have known he was never going to see again, is a remarkable gesture by a man who is neither a fan of football nor Swindon Town.

He may be the reluctant owner, but he has certainly been a mighty fine one.

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6:50am Fri 18 Jan 13

louiscassius says...

Sam,

I'll be honest. I've not been your biggest supporter over the last few weeks because of some of the comments you made to certain groups within our supportive fan network.

Like most fans i've been feeling quite sick over the last 24 hours since the news broke officially yesterday and have been reluctant to look at either the news of this column.

However, your column this morning has brought a small smile of hope into my heart and soul, and i pray to the mighty one that a positive conclusion can be reached with the new prospective buyers of our wonderfully troubled Club.

We (STFC) oh and fans included; deserve something positive; something secure!!

In this day and age of austerity; fans work long hours and wages that have in the main been capped for over 5 years now.......shopping that was for a family 2 - 4 years ago came to £60 now cost £120........rising fuel prices; rising Electricity and Gas bills through the roof.....at 8 - 10% at a time.........some fans live week to week.......

STFC is our light at the end of the tunnel; something to look forward to, something to cherish.......we part with our money with open heart; hoping to see our beloved Robins give 100% and watch some terrific football.

STFC is Swindon Town and Swindon Town is STFC......i just with more Swindon Town residents realised how amazing their Club is and we could fill those stands once a fortnight......

Long live STFC and Paolo.....

Thank you Mr Black from the bottom of my heart. Me and my 2 girls have enjoyed some of the most amazing games/days......whic
h my girls still remind me of every week.

Thank you!!

Kind regards

Louis :-))))
Sam, I'll be honest. I've not been your biggest supporter over the last few weeks because of some of the comments you made to certain groups within our supportive fan network. Like most fans i've been feeling quite sick over the last 24 hours since the news broke officially yesterday and have been reluctant to look at either the news of this column. However, your column this morning has brought a small smile of hope into my heart and soul, and i pray to the mighty one that a positive conclusion can be reached with the new prospective buyers of our wonderfully troubled Club. We (STFC) oh and fans included; deserve something positive; something secure!! In this day and age of austerity; fans work long hours and wages that have in the main been capped for over 5 years now.......shopping that was for a family 2 - 4 years ago came to £60 now cost £120........rising fuel prices; rising Electricity and Gas bills through the roof.....at 8 - 10% at a time.........some fans live week to week....... STFC is our light at the end of the tunnel; something to look forward to, something to cherish.......we part with our money with open heart; hoping to see our beloved Robins give 100% and watch some terrific football. STFC is Swindon Town and Swindon Town is STFC......i just with more Swindon Town residents realised how amazing their Club is and we could fill those stands once a fortnight...... Long live STFC and Paolo..... Thank you Mr Black from the bottom of my heart. Me and my 2 girls have enjoyed some of the most amazing games/days......whic h my girls still remind me of every week. Thank you!! Kind regards Louis :-)))) louiscassius
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6:53am Fri 18 Jan 13

the wizard says...

The thing is Sam, a lot of us here lived through the previous Diamond Mike era and saw what he and the likes of a few others did to this club, and the knock on effects that had, when, with the greatest respect, I doubt if you were even interested in football at the time.

You say the admin is not even a short haul away yet Black has said, who is going to fund the club in February and that is 13 days away. He aint the only one now losing sleep at night as we potentially border on yet another nightmare situation. Lets just hope the sun shines on the board meeting tomorrow and they agree to fund us until the new owners which Nick Watkins and others are talking about come into place. I see you had better luck with Black than you did with Patey and at least you got the truth and straight answers and on behalf of many I thank you for that.
The thing is Sam, a lot of us here lived through the previous Diamond Mike era and saw what he and the likes of a few others did to this club, and the knock on effects that had, when, with the greatest respect, I doubt if you were even interested in football at the time. You say the admin is not even a short haul away yet Black has said, who is going to fund the club in February and that is 13 days away. He aint the only one now losing sleep at night as we potentially border on yet another nightmare situation. Lets just hope the sun shines on the board meeting tomorrow and they agree to fund us until the new owners which Nick Watkins and others are talking about come into place. I see you had better luck with Black than you did with Patey and at least you got the truth and straight answers and on behalf of many I thank you for that. the wizard
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7:10am Fri 18 Jan 13

batch says...

Thin Sam's a Town fan Wizard, he has probably felt enough of Town's past to know.

Think he got a bit of undue stick yesterday, BBC radio broke the story, he gets it in the neck for scaremongering!

That said, the situation is serious in so much as our last remaining benefactor wants out. Now we all play the waiting game..
Thin Sam's a Town fan Wizard, he has probably felt enough of Town's past to know. Think he got a bit of undue stick yesterday, BBC radio broke the story, he gets it in the neck for scaremongering! That said, the situation is serious in so much as our last remaining benefactor wants out. Now we all play the waiting game.. batch
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7:22am Fri 18 Jan 13

ciclosporindorset says...

Quite right no need to panic. The trouble is the bbc and other media don't respect swindon and as far as they are concerned the club are going into administration whether that's the case or not. I cannot believe the drivel I hear from the bbc who have no respect for a due diligence process and prefer to sensationalise the clubs activities. Ff s bbc get a grip and talk sport too!
Quite right no need to panic. The trouble is the bbc and other media don't respect swindon and as far as they are concerned the club are going into administration whether that's the case or not. I cannot believe the drivel I hear from the bbc who have no respect for a due diligence process and prefer to sensationalise the clubs activities. Ff s bbc get a grip and talk sport too! ciclosporindorset
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7:23am Fri 18 Jan 13

the wizard says...

batch wrote:
Thin Sam's a Town fan Wizard, he has probably felt enough of Town's past to know.

Think he got a bit of undue stick yesterday, BBC radio broke the story, he gets it in the neck for scaremongering!

That said, the situation is serious in so much as our last remaining benefactor wants out. Now we all play the waiting game..
Batch, yes I think he is a Town fan, and in fairness he probably doesn't get to choose the headline. I also think you have to live through bad times yourself to get first hand knowledge of what it is really like, and that is not being disrespectful. I don't think Pateys PR is up to much and his radio interview left a lot to be desired, but todays numerous articles here do go a long way to repairing some of the mis deeds and almost mis representation of that broadcast yesterday.
[quote][p][bold]batch[/bold] wrote: Thin Sam's a Town fan Wizard, he has probably felt enough of Town's past to know. Think he got a bit of undue stick yesterday, BBC radio broke the story, he gets it in the neck for scaremongering! That said, the situation is serious in so much as our last remaining benefactor wants out. Now we all play the waiting game..[/p][/quote]Batch, yes I think he is a Town fan, and in fairness he probably doesn't get to choose the headline. I also think you have to live through bad times yourself to get first hand knowledge of what it is really like, and that is not being disrespectful. I don't think Pateys PR is up to much and his radio interview left a lot to be desired, but todays numerous articles here do go a long way to repairing some of the mis deeds and almost mis representation of that broadcast yesterday. the wizard
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7:35am Fri 18 Jan 13

Haydonender says...

Interesting column but I think the default mode for a STFC supporter is doom and gloom just because of everything we have seen before.

Will just have to wait and see I guess. This time next year we might have decent new owners, be in the championship and getting some movement on ground redevelopment. Although that is probably too much to hope for.
Interesting column but I think the default mode for a STFC supporter is doom and gloom just because of everything we have seen before. Will just have to wait and see I guess. This time next year we might have decent new owners, be in the championship and getting some movement on ground redevelopment. Although that is probably too much to hope for. Haydonender
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7:50am Fri 18 Jan 13

stfc2012 says...

I can't see what the journo has done here. Reported the news. Everything he has said has been in good faith. If people don't like the word 'administration' then it's tough. It needs to be mentioned or people would be asking why, if it did happen, it wasn't reported as a possibility. Of course news headlines are there to engage us but it is up to us as the public to respond and if we are all get carried away panicking on message boards then we are just as much if not more to blame. Can't blame the reporter for any of this situation no matter how much we want a scapegoat.

The owner wants out and we should respect that.

I still think we need to address the main issues regarding the running of a club and that is we are still spending too much and have wasted far too much money in the last 18 months. A TV game here and there and a few loan players sent back cannot fix all of that. 10,000 fans every other week and Championship football will also not act as a magic wand like some believe. Lets also remember PDC may not be here forever and I'm not sure whether or not potential investors will see him as an asset or not.

Fortunately most of the debt is with the shareholders but still let this be a lesson to all that this can happen to any club but stfc should be well aware of these risks and history should not repeat itself this soon if at all. We are in a good league position but at what cost? Is J Wray the saviour or has his open chequebook been a significant factor in this situation? Did Black plan this from last season? PDC I believe has good intentions but how has his spending influenced all of this?

No finger pointing but questions. But I believe many fans have been a bit ignorant thinking we could go on with such a cavalier attitude to spending. Some predicted this outcome a long time time ago. One thing is true:

we must unite.
I can't see what the journo has done here. Reported the news. Everything he has said has been in good faith. If people don't like the word 'administration' then it's tough. It needs to be mentioned or people would be asking why, if it did happen, it wasn't reported as a possibility. Of course news headlines are there to engage us but it is up to us as the public to respond and if we are all get carried away panicking on message boards then we are just as much if not more to blame. Can't blame the reporter for any of this situation no matter how much we want a scapegoat. The owner wants out and we should respect that. I still think we need to address the main issues regarding the running of a club and that is we are still spending too much and have wasted far too much money in the last 18 months. A TV game here and there and a few loan players sent back cannot fix all of that. 10,000 fans every other week and Championship football will also not act as a magic wand like some believe. Lets also remember PDC may not be here forever and I'm not sure whether or not potential investors will see him as an asset or not. Fortunately most of the debt is with the shareholders but still let this be a lesson to all that this can happen to any club but stfc should be well aware of these risks and history should not repeat itself this soon if at all. We are in a good league position but at what cost? Is J Wray the saviour or has his open chequebook been a significant factor in this situation? Did Black plan this from last season? PDC I believe has good intentions but how has his spending influenced all of this? No finger pointing but questions. But I believe many fans have been a bit ignorant thinking we could go on with such a cavalier attitude to spending. Some predicted this outcome a long time time ago. One thing is true: we must unite. stfc2012
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8:11am Fri 18 Jan 13

Since 1950 says...

Not a bad piece Sam. Helps to redress the balance. It isn't easy being a Town Fan - that's for sure. Administration? Some of us still have lingering memories of re election to the 3rd Div South! It's our Club. It's like a family. We love it. That's why sensational headlines tend to make some of us a little touchy.

COYR!
Not a bad piece Sam. Helps to redress the balance. It isn't easy being a Town Fan - that's for sure. Administration? Some of us still have lingering memories of re election to the 3rd Div South! It's our Club. It's like a family. We love it. That's why sensational headlines tend to make some of us a little touchy. COYR! Since 1950
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8:17am Fri 18 Jan 13

Lambourn Red says...

Sam and the adver are not at fault here the BBC are the culprits who broke the news before even letting the club give a balanced response very irresponsible journalism. The damage is done now with many fans of other clubs revelling in the news of the 2 words Swindon and Administration. I notice that the BBC have made no attempt to headline Nick Watkins interview .
Sam and the adver are not at fault here the BBC are the culprits who broke the news before even letting the club give a balanced response very irresponsible journalism. The damage is done now with many fans of other clubs revelling in the news of the 2 words Swindon and Administration. I notice that the BBC have made no attempt to headline Nick Watkins interview . Lambourn Red
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10:55am Fri 18 Jan 13

ciclosporindorset says...

Lambourn Red wrote:
Sam and the adver are not at fault here the BBC are the culprits who broke the news before even letting the club give a balanced response very irresponsible journalism. The damage is done now with many fans of other clubs revelling in the news of the 2 words Swindon and Administration. I notice that the BBC have made no attempt to headline Nick Watkins interview .
Well said LR. When the race business came up the bbc jumped up and down then shut up without a word of apology. Same here. Not only that the bbc reporters at stfc games are the biggest idiots on the radio except Alan mac.give us a change. Bbc set to go into administration because I won't pay my licence fee?
[quote][p][bold]Lambourn Red[/bold] wrote: Sam and the adver are not at fault here the BBC are the culprits who broke the news before even letting the club give a balanced response very irresponsible journalism. The damage is done now with many fans of other clubs revelling in the news of the 2 words Swindon and Administration. I notice that the BBC have made no attempt to headline Nick Watkins interview .[/p][/quote]Well said LR. When the race business came up the bbc jumped up and down then shut up without a word of apology. Same here. Not only that the bbc reporters at stfc games are the biggest idiots on the radio except Alan mac.give us a change. Bbc set to go into administration because I won't pay my licence fee? ciclosporindorset
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