SWINDON TOWN: THE VIC MORGAN COLUMN: The circus has left Town

Swindon Advertiser: THE VIC MORGAN COLUMN THE VIC MORGAN COLUMN

SO THE circus has left Town. The tent’s been taken down and the pegs removed.

It was always going to happen one day. The memories of the magic tricks and painted smiles are all we have left. It won’t be long before the “Big Top” is performing in another town or city.

Like all circuses, though, it was fun while it was here.

Every day there was the unexpected. Sometimes it was the slight of hand, other days it was the slapstick that kept us thrilled, entertained but never bored.

What happens now to fill that big empty space where once the caravan stood?

Do we look for another travelling show to excite us or is it to be a longer running performance with fewer thrills and spills?

There was a moment on Tuesday night when I believed we’d slipped into an alternate reality. The ringmaster was on the Wirral and was about to bring the tent back. Then that rumour disappeared and lesser lights were in the building.

Are they the people to build a solid foundation or will they be like sawdust - there for one day only?

The thing is the last 20 months have been like no other in the history of our football club. We’ve had drama, disappointment, fun, joy and downright pride.

When Swindon Town was at its lowest ebb a controversial Italian footballing genius picked it up and kicked it up the backside.

Now that genius has gone and taken his foot soldiers with him. It’s a bit like when the Olympics and Paralympics were over. For a moment you’re at a bit of a loss. Then you realise there are other things to concentrate on.

Swindon Town went to the top of League One on Tuesday night with no manager and no owners, but a team proud enough in what they do to make sure they achieved their goal.

I’ve read some say they’ll give up their season ticket now that PDC has gone. 

Why would you do that?

Whatever happens it’s our TEAM, our CLUB. Now is the time to show your support. Thanks Paolo but now the circus master has left Town.

Things may come things may go but the Art School dance goes on forever.

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6:23am Thu 21 Feb 13

Chish and Fips says...

Some poetic words of wisdom there - and I think we all agree it was good while it lasted - but it was never going to last.

Good luck and thank you PDC, hope you can find common ground to pitch up with another club somewhere.
Some poetic words of wisdom there - and I think we all agree it was good while it lasted - but it was never going to last. Good luck and thank you PDC, hope you can find common ground to pitch up with another club somewhere. Chish and Fips

6:51am Thu 21 Feb 13

Since 1950 says...

Billy Smart may have left Town but the Big Top is still up and still has a few clowns inside.
Maybe tomorrow eh?
Billy Smart may have left Town but the Big Top is still up and still has a few clowns inside. Maybe tomorrow eh? Since 1950

6:58am Thu 21 Feb 13

Red Tuareg says...

Perfectly summed up, I'll long remember last season's chants at Crawley "You're only here for the circus" in response to Evans and his pre-match pop at PDC - happy days...........
Perfectly summed up, I'll long remember last season's chants at Crawley "You're only here for the circus" in response to Evans and his pre-match pop at PDC - happy days........... Red Tuareg

7:00am Thu 21 Feb 13

louiscassius says...

Jesus,

That made me so proud to be a Swindon Fan on Tues night.

Come on the Lads!!!

Its YOU thats put STFC top of league 1.......

Just do what you do best......

WIN!!!
Jesus, That made me so proud to be a Swindon Fan on Tues night. Come on the Lads!!! Its YOU thats put STFC top of league 1....... Just do what you do best...... WIN!!! louiscassius

7:25am Thu 21 Feb 13

Ollie Reed's Parky dance! says...

Loving the new names linked to the job
Loving the new names linked to the job Ollie Reed's Parky dance!

7:37am Thu 21 Feb 13

STFC 67 says...

Lets hope the clowns leave as well. As for Butcher and Brown they wouldn't last a season
Lets hope the clowns leave as well. As for Butcher and Brown they wouldn't last a season STFC 67

7:48am Thu 21 Feb 13

jontyg says...

Lets face it. Everyone's been shafted here in this sorry episode. Just hope there's enough ointment to go round.
Lets face it. Everyone's been shafted here in this sorry episode. Just hope there's enough ointment to go round. jontyg

7:48am Thu 21 Feb 13

smirg kcab says...

Vic your always right with me but you have got a few points wrong.

• we did have a manager Tuesday in fab piccareto , please he took the reigns and I was proud to say ALL done there homework on tranny, team and coaching staff we were brilliant and really enjoyed myself with a massive 3 points.

• the big top is bigger than ever, awaiting for newell arrival.

Onwards and upwards
Good read tho
Vic your always right with me but you have got a few points wrong. • we did have a manager Tuesday in fab piccareto , please he took the reigns and I was proud to say ALL done there homework on tranny, team and coaching staff we were brilliant and really enjoyed myself with a massive 3 points. • the big top is bigger than ever, awaiting for newell arrival. Onwards and upwards Good read tho smirg kcab

9:08am Thu 21 Feb 13

TheDukeOfBanbury says...

smirg kcab wrote:
Vic your always right with me but you have got a few points wrong.

• we did have a manager Tuesday in fab piccareto , please he took the reigns and I was proud to say ALL done there homework on tranny, team and coaching staff we were brilliant and really enjoyed myself with a massive 3 points.

• the big top is bigger than ever, awaiting for newell arrival.

Onwards and upwards
Good read tho
Please Smirg, please no mention of Newell please..............
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Vic your always right with me but you have got a few points wrong. • we did have a manager Tuesday in fab piccareto , please he took the reigns and I was proud to say ALL done there homework on tranny, team and coaching staff we were brilliant and really enjoyed myself with a massive 3 points. • the big top is bigger than ever, awaiting for newell arrival. Onwards and upwards Good read tho[/p][/quote]Please Smirg, please no mention of Newell please.............. TheDukeOfBanbury

9:12am Thu 21 Feb 13

TheDukeOfBanbury says...

Lets hope the biggest circus is not around the corner turning STFC into the biggest joke in football.

No way am I convinced or impressed at the moment.

Thanks Andrew Black.
Lets hope the biggest circus is not around the corner turning STFC into the biggest joke in football. No way am I convinced or impressed at the moment. Thanks Andrew Black. TheDukeOfBanbury

9:30am Thu 21 Feb 13

Since 1950 says...

TheDukeOfBanbury wrote:
Lets hope the biggest circus is not around the corner turning STFC into the biggest joke in football. No way am I convinced or impressed at the moment. Thanks Andrew Black.
Hear.
[quote][p][bold]TheDukeOfBanbury[/bold] wrote: Lets hope the biggest circus is not around the corner turning STFC into the biggest joke in football. No way am I convinced or impressed at the moment. Thanks Andrew Black.[/p][/quote]Hear. Since 1950

10:08am Thu 21 Feb 13

Custodian says...

The phrase is 'sleight of hand' unless you think Di Canio has tiny hands. FFS.
The phrase is 'sleight of hand' unless you think Di Canio has tiny hands. FFS. Custodian

11:20am Thu 21 Feb 13

Since 1950 says...

All reminds me of a quite lovely song from years ago. 'Send in the Clowns'. Finishes with the line, 'Don't bother, they're here'!
All reminds me of a quite lovely song from years ago. 'Send in the Clowns'. Finishes with the line, 'Don't bother, they're here'! Since 1950

11:26am Thu 21 Feb 13

redjet says...

Custodian wrote:
The phrase is 'sleight of hand' unless you think Di Canio has tiny hands. FFS.
May I suggest you get a life and leave our Vic alone. He is more STFC than you'll ever be have some respect "FFS".
[quote][p][bold]Custodian[/bold] wrote: The phrase is 'sleight of hand' unless you think Di Canio has tiny hands. FFS.[/p][/quote]May I suggest you get a life and leave our Vic alone. He is more STFC than you'll ever be have some respect "FFS". redjet

11:30am Thu 21 Feb 13

Rhs Boydy says...

People stop worrying about Newell. Jed has said time and again it's not happening.
He'd lose the entire fan base if he went back on that. No one is so stupid as to do that in the first weeks of owning a club.
People stop worrying about Newell. Jed has said time and again it's not happening. He'd lose the entire fan base if he went back on that. No one is so stupid as to do that in the first weeks of owning a club. Rhs Boydy

11:42am Thu 21 Feb 13

Custodian says...

Sorry if I offended you Redjet. I have a life and I'll be taking it to the County Ground on Saturday.
Sorry if I offended you Redjet. I have a life and I'll be taking it to the County Ground on Saturday. Custodian

11:56am Thu 21 Feb 13

madterrier says...

LOL, Custodian. I spotted that one too. But these guys are reporters - not writers.

I do wish though that the Adver would target its reporting resources on getting some answers to the pressing questions. Who are the new owners and what finance, if any, is behind them? What is going on behind the scenes with Black, Jed and Paolo? Is a constructive dismissal case looming? Who put the three proposed loan deals together?

This sort of rambling is already written by most posters on the forum.
LOL, Custodian. I spotted that one too. But these guys are reporters - not writers. I do wish though that the Adver would target its reporting resources on getting some answers to the pressing questions. Who are the new owners and what finance, if any, is behind them? What is going on behind the scenes with Black, Jed and Paolo? Is a constructive dismissal case looming? Who put the three proposed loan deals together? This sort of rambling is already written by most posters on the forum. madterrier

7:09pm Thu 21 Feb 13

leader1111 says...

As said real questions need answered. Who are the new owners. Do they have money to spend and are they willing to do it. Are they "wanna be's" with little money but big ego's. No losers for manager please. If you are going to play with Championship big boys there is NO substitute for money. With only about 14 matches left don't bugger up the team this season.
As said real questions need answered. Who are the new owners. Do they have money to spend and are they willing to do it. Are they "wanna be's" with little money but big ego's. No losers for manager please. If you are going to play with Championship big boys there is NO substitute for money. With only about 14 matches left don't bugger up the team this season. leader1111

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