VIC MORGAN COLUMN: It's a nightmare task to single out 11 Swindon Town players

Glenn Hoddle

Glenn Hoddle

First published in STFC News

HERE’S an idea for your column they said. Pick your all time Swindon Town team. Easy that isn’t it ? That won't take five minutes. Well, I've been thinking about it all week.

The first criteria I set myself was make it players I’ve seen. I’d love to include Harold Fleming but as I never saw him take the field, I think he gets an honorary inclusion in the squad. He is without doubt one of our greatest though.

So then to the task at hand. It’s a nightmare. Who do you put in, who do you leave out? How would players from half a century ago, when I started watching the Town, fit in with the modern game.

The more you think about it the harder it gets. Before we go any further I have to mention my all time favourite, Will Dixon. Loved watching him play and again gets in the squad. The owner of a fearsome moustache and a terrific full back. So get to it Morgan. OK.

In goal is Peter Downsborough. The greatest display of work between the sticks I’ve ever seen was at Wembley on that famous day in 1969. Peter is in just before Fraser Digby and Jimmy Allan. The defence has to be a five-man operation to include a genius at sweeper, Glenn Hoddle. So it is John Trollope, an overlapping full back before they were invented. Colin Calderwood, Shaun Taylor, the best central defensive partnership I’ve seen just ahead of Stan Harland and Frank Burrows with Calderwood captain. At right back our most capped player Roderick Thomas, a man with telescopic legs.

A three man midfield of Ray McHale in the middle, inspirational as a captain and a player. On the right would be David Moss and on the left, of course, the Don. Sir Donald Rogers is a must, our greatest player and he would hover over modern pitches.

Up front? This is a toughie. I’ve said many times I think Charlie Austin is the best natural finisher I’ve seen so he just gets in ahead of Peter Eastoe, Steve White and Alan Mayes. Charlie’s partner would be Andy Rowland. Top centre forward and bloke, who fractionally gets the nod in front of Duncan Shearer.

So here it is (5-3-2) Downsborough, Thomas, Calderwood, Hoddle, Taylor, Trollope; Moss, McHale, Rogers; Austin, Rowland.

Subs... too many to mention!

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6:56am Sat 22 Mar 14

Cricklade Reds says...

Like your selection. Not sure on Charlie Austin , however love the Andy Rowland pick. Worked hard for his many partners/strikers and up there with the likes off Don Roger as a Swindon top ten legend.
Like your selection. Not sure on Charlie Austin , however love the Andy Rowland pick. Worked hard for his many partners/strikers and up there with the likes off Don Roger as a Swindon top ten legend. Cricklade Reds
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7:45am Sat 22 Mar 14

Bassett Hound says...

Mike Summerbee in for David Moss perhaps
Mike Summerbee in for David Moss perhaps Bassett Hound
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8:47am Sat 22 Mar 14

perth red says...

Bassett Hound wrote:
Mike Summerbee in for David Moss perhaps
Absolutely agree, but perhaps Vic didn't see him playing for Swindon. Otherwise I find it hard to disagree with Vic's selection. I might just go with Shearer ahead of Rowlands. Rowlands was half of a brilliant pairing. Shearer could play with anyone.
[quote][p][bold]Bassett Hound[/bold] wrote: Mike Summerbee in for David Moss perhaps[/p][/quote]Absolutely agree, but perhaps Vic didn't see him playing for Swindon. Otherwise I find it hard to disagree with Vic's selection. I might just go with Shearer ahead of Rowlands. Rowlands was half of a brilliant pairing. Shearer could play with anyone. perth red
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10:09am Sat 22 Mar 14

Roy Carter says...

Roy Carter obviously ... edges out McHale for me. Wonderful elegant player in an era of muck and sweat.
Roy Carter obviously ... edges out McHale for me. Wonderful elegant player in an era of muck and sweat. Roy Carter
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10:49am Sat 22 Mar 14

Exiled Bob says...

Kenny Stroud ahead of Shaun Taylor any day.
Kenny Stroud ahead of Shaun Taylor any day. Exiled Bob
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11:53am Sat 22 Mar 14

red white says...

Like you said, a nightmare.

Stan Harland over Taylor anyway.
Like you said, a nightmare. Stan Harland over Taylor anyway. red white
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1:31pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

Peter Noble and Charlie Austin would have been a great strike force. Both good in the air and on the deck. Two of the most consistently reliable Town players ever. White and Shearer scored a lot of goals but they missed shed loads of chances too. Fjortoft was a flash in the pan. I agree with Vic's assessment of Austin - a natural predatory finisher.
Peter Noble and Charlie Austin would have been a great strike force. Both good in the air and on the deck. Two of the most consistently reliable Town players ever. White and Shearer scored a lot of goals but they missed shed loads of chances too. Fjortoft was a flash in the pan. I agree with Vic's assessment of Austin - a natural predatory finisher. Oi Den!
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1:43pm Sat 22 Mar 14

mancrobin says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Peter Noble and Charlie Austin would have been a great strike force. Both good in the air and on the deck. Two of the most consistently reliable Town players ever. White and Shearer scored a lot of goals but they missed shed loads of chances too. Fjortoft was a flash in the pan. I agree with Vic's assessment of Austin - a natural predatory finisher.
Some flash in the biggest blooming pan of 'em all. Don't forget Fjortoft is the only one who scored goals for us at the highest level. He'd get in my best XI every time.

A forward line of Rogers, Fjortoft, Mayes and Summerbee would be unstoppable. Backed up with Jon Moncur and Ray McHale in midfield and Bodin, Burrows, Calderwood and Thomas at the back.

With that team, you've always got the option of bringing Hoddle, Ardilles or Macari off the bench but all 3 never really good enough to hold down a regular slot for the Town!
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Peter Noble and Charlie Austin would have been a great strike force. Both good in the air and on the deck. Two of the most consistently reliable Town players ever. White and Shearer scored a lot of goals but they missed shed loads of chances too. Fjortoft was a flash in the pan. I agree with Vic's assessment of Austin - a natural predatory finisher.[/p][/quote]Some flash in the biggest blooming pan of 'em all. Don't forget Fjortoft is the only one who scored goals for us at the highest level. He'd get in my best XI every time. A forward line of Rogers, Fjortoft, Mayes and Summerbee would be unstoppable. Backed up with Jon Moncur and Ray McHale in midfield and Bodin, Burrows, Calderwood and Thomas at the back. With that team, you've always got the option of bringing Hoddle, Ardilles or Macari off the bench but all 3 never really good enough to hold down a regular slot for the Town! mancrobin
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8:28pm Sat 22 Mar 14

eythorne red says...

On their day Marc Walters and Jimmy Quinn would definitely feature.
On their day Marc Walters and Jimmy Quinn would definitely feature. eythorne red
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9:34am Mon 24 Mar 14

umpcah says...

Rod Thomas would be my first name on the sheet !
Rod Thomas would be my first name on the sheet ! umpcah
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9:34am Mon 24 Mar 14

umpcah says...

umpcah wrote:
Rod Thomas would be my first name on the sheet !
Second Sir Don !
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: Rod Thomas would be my first name on the sheet ![/p][/quote]Second Sir Don ! umpcah
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