SWINDON Town are hoping for a good crowd when Leeds United arrive at the County Ground for a pre-season friendly this evening.
Having welcomed almost 4,000 fans to SN1 for the visit of Southampton last Monday, a similar attendance is anticipated tonight, as former Swindon man Dave Hockaday brings the Whites to his old club.
And Town manager Mark Cooper, who had the use of Hockaday’s services for several months last term, can’t wait for the occasion.
He said: “It’s prestigous. You’re playing against one of the biggest clubs in the world historically, so I’m looking forward to it. Dave Hockaday spent some time with us last year and I’m sure he’ll be looking forward to coming back and it’ll be interesting to see how they’ve been developing during pre-season.
“We’re looking forward to the game. Hopefully it will be a good crowd and Leeds bring plenty of supporters. Hopefully we can pick up a few stray supporters who come to the game.”
Jack Barthram is a minor doubt for tonight’s match with a groin problem. The former Tottenham full-back was substituted at half-time during the 1-1 draw with Bromley at the weekend. Ty Belford could return after a stomach bug, while Town are hopeful both Will Randall and Nathan Thompson will shrug off tight hamstrings.
Meanwhile, Town’s youth side lost their first game at the Milk Cup yesterday.
Albi Hopkins and Jordan Morris scored Swindon’s goals in a 4-2 defeat to Southampton.
Town play Santa Marta de Liray from Chile at 1.30pm this afternoon.