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THE VIC MORGAN COLUMN: Not a lot has changed in 50 years

AS WE prepare to meet for the final time this season, I thought I'd see how far my beloved club has progressed in the near 50 years I've been supporting the red and white.

I guess it's easy to run away with the idea that things were always better then and that life was generally good. Well here's the thing.

Swindon finished 10th in Division Three in my first season on the equivalent of 65 points (two points for a win in those days). That's just one point and three places worse off than we are now. What's even more bizarre is that the side that finished above them was Peterborough.

I know, spooky isn't it? So in nearly half a century we have moved up the league ladder three places. Of course in the meantime there have been considerable ups and downs. We've been with the elite and in the basement and it was a season later that the famous League Cup triumph happened.

Finishing top of division three that 67/68 season was a team from along the A420. All right, perhaps some things do change.

So here we are at the end of another campaign having done slightly better than the late sixties. We are a club that's spent most of its history in the league we're in now with the occasional foray elsewhere. But that never dims our passion and our ambition.

Alright the chances are that we'll never be among the top clubs in Europe, but do we care? Of course not.

Supporting a football team is more than about winning it's about being there. I hope the current warring factions over the ownership realise that. It's not about money, ego or one upmanship. It's about football pure and simple.

Fans are in it for the long haul good and bad.

Have a good summer.

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7:09am Sat 3 May 14

smirg kcab says...

We will be in Europe when there's a war
We will be in Europe when there's a war smirg kcab
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7:58am Sat 3 May 14

Bassett Hound says...

In that 50 years Vic ,our basically smallish provincial town has played in all football league divisions, champions in 2 of the leagues. Played in the premiership,one a major cup competition,played and won a European cup competition playing and beating world famous clubs.

What a history for a club like us,we have had some bad times but what a record of achievement .
In that 50 years Vic ,our basically smallish provincial town has played in all football league divisions, champions in 2 of the leagues. Played in the premiership,one a major cup competition,played and won a European cup competition playing and beating world famous clubs. What a history for a club like us,we have had some bad times but what a record of achievement . Bassett Hound
  • Score: 19

9:20am Sat 3 May 14

nosyrudeman says...

Bassett Hound wrote:
In that 50 years Vic ,our basically smallish provincial town has played in all football league divisions, champions in 2 of the leagues. Played in the premiership,one a major cup competition,played and won a European cup competition playing and beating world famous clubs.

What a history for a club like us,we have had some bad times but what a record of achievement .
Quite true BH and I've seen most of those achievments apart from the away games in Italy, not from this Town (from Glasgow) but lived here since '61, and I love this club to bits. Also to confuse a lot of people I do NOT have a second football club to support thru' an armchair. Nothing beats going to games, I'm 60 now and still get butterflies before a game and get annoyed if the bus is late. Lol.
C'Mon you REDZZZZZZ
[quote][p][bold]Bassett Hound[/bold] wrote: In that 50 years Vic ,our basically smallish provincial town has played in all football league divisions, champions in 2 of the leagues. Played in the premiership,one a major cup competition,played and won a European cup competition playing and beating world famous clubs. What a history for a club like us,we have had some bad times but what a record of achievement .[/p][/quote]Quite true BH and I've seen most of those achievments apart from the away games in Italy, not from this Town (from Glasgow) but lived here since '61, and I love this club to bits. Also to confuse a lot of people I do NOT have a second football club to support thru' an armchair. Nothing beats going to games, I'm 60 now and still get butterflies before a game and get annoyed if the bus is late. Lol. C'Mon you REDZZZZZZ nosyrudeman
  • Score: 6

9:52am Sat 3 May 14

Swindonian63 says...

Bassett Hound wrote:
In that 50 years Vic ,our basically smallish provincial town has played in all football league divisions, champions in 2 of the leagues. Played in the premiership,one a major cup competition,played and won a European cup competition playing and beating world famous clubs.

What a history for a club like us,we have had some bad times but what a record of achievement .
Very well said, we have a tremendous history and heritage for a small club. In the last 50 years I've been privileged to witness some unforgettable and tremendous achievements. That's part of the reason why so many of us love our club.
[quote][p][bold]Bassett Hound[/bold] wrote: In that 50 years Vic ,our basically smallish provincial town has played in all football league divisions, champions in 2 of the leagues. Played in the premiership,one a major cup competition,played and won a European cup competition playing and beating world famous clubs. What a history for a club like us,we have had some bad times but what a record of achievement .[/p][/quote]Very well said, we have a tremendous history and heritage for a small club. In the last 50 years I've been privileged to witness some unforgettable and tremendous achievements. That's part of the reason why so many of us love our club. Swindonian63
  • Score: 4

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