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Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: Reviewing a compelling campaign

Posted on 6:00am Friday 22nd May 2015

AHEAD of the final at Wembley on Sunday, it’s time to look back on some of the key moments and players from an eventful last 10 months at Swindon Town.

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: A night we'll never forget

Posted on 1:15am Friday 22nd May 2015

SWINDON Town have a new ‘where you there?’ moment.

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: Not the finish we want - yet

Posted on 6:00am Friday 1st May 2015

Out of a possible twenty-four points Mark Cooper’s side collected just eight, a worrying amount considering how much was at stake.

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: A feeling it could have been more

Posted on 7:59pm Friday 24th April 2015

It’s the hope that kills you.

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: Is second still within reach?

Posted on 2:12am Saturday 18th April 2015

Town responded in the perfect fashion this week to their broadcast humiliation over the Easter weekend.

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: Can we just press reset?

Posted on 1:43am Saturday 18th April 2015

FOOTBALL Manager is the greatest game on earth, I’ve been an avid fan for nearly two decades.

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: Call-ups the price of success

Posted on 6:00am Friday 3rd April 2015

SWINDON’S overachievement this season has come at a price this weekend as seven of Mark Cooper’s team go and represent their country at senior and youth level.

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: We will drown out City

Posted on 6:00am Friday 3rd April 2015

AS Swindon fans endure a football drought at the County Ground, it’s the seven international players who have been under the spotlight.

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: Staying in form is so vital now

Posted on 6:00am Friday 20th March 2015

AS THE clock hit the 90-minute mark on Tuesday night at the Keepmoat Stadium, Town’s dream of automatic promotion looked to be on shaky ground.

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: A Swift return to top form

Posted on 6:00am Friday 13th March 2015

TOWN returned to form with a bang last weekend as Mark Cooper’s 3-6-1 formation helped raise the performance of our on-loan Chelsea midfielder John Swift.

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: Squad is feeling the strain

Posted on 6:00am Friday 6th March 2015

The result puts Town bottom of the recent form charts, after taking just four points from a possible eighteen in the last six League One games.

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: Grumbles betraying nerves

Posted on 6:00am Friday 27th February 2015

AFTER a total no show at the weekend, Swindon Town got back to winnings ways with a 2-1 win over Bradford City at the County Ground on Tuesday evening.

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: Boss Mark has got it good at Swindon

Posted on 6:00am Friday 20th February 2015

As we watch Town suffer a dip in form on the pitch, it’s been possible movement from the coaching staff making the headlines.

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: In need of a touch of experience

Posted on 6:00am Friday 13th February 2015

Town have 17 cup finals to achieve the unthinkable at the start of the season – promotion into the Championship.

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: For ref’s sake, let’s help them

Posted on 6:00am Friday 13th February 2015

Town’s 45-year wait for a win at Bramall Lane goes on after a fiery encounter last Saturday.

View From The Sticks

Space. The final frontier.

Swindon Advertiser: Dave Wallis

Posted on 3:54pm Tuesday 3rd February 2015

‘Shared space’.

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: Hanging on to our finest

Posted on 6:00am Friday 30th January 2015

WITH the majority of Town’s squad enjoying a mid-season break under the sun in Tenerife, it’s been talk of possible departures and the Asian Cup making the headlines in Wiltshire.

Born Again Swindonian

Video killed the radio star - or maybe not

Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 6:22pm Wednesday 21st January 2015

Shortly before Christmas 2014 I paid a visit to the studios of Swindon 105.5 for a couple of reasons. One was to talk to Shirley Ludford, the station manager, about the money-raising initiative the station was running in December whereby local businesses could, for a very small fee, have a song of their choice played and talk about their business. I was delighted to kick the initiative off on the 1st of December with a chat over the phone about my own business, AA Editorial Services: http://www.aaedits.co.uk I also had a few minutes on the actual radio talking about this here blog.

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: The Adver ban helps nobody

Posted on 6:00am Friday 16th January 2015

IN A season that has shocked and surprised many fans, Swindon has once again delivered the unthinkable, a comfortable win live on the box.

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: View from the top is a good one

Posted on 6:00am Saturday 10th January 2015

It finally happened, after weeks of nearly reaching the summit, Swindon Town now sit top of the League One table.

Born Again Swindonian

An actual Swindonian's recollections of growing up here in the 50s and 60s

Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 4:24pm Wednesday 7th January 2015

Happy new year listeners! I hope that the festive season was kind to you and that 2015 will bring you some good things.

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: Different approach is working

Posted on 6:00am Saturday 3rd January 2015

As 2014 comes to an end, it’s time to take a look back at the previous 12 months for Swindon Town.

View From The Sticks

Happy New Year

Swindon Advertiser: Dave Wallis

Posted on 12:15pm Wednesday 24th December 2014

When I was growing up in Swindon I had the wide eyed excitement of youth that meant that every new year seemed like an achievement.

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: Second for the best - for now

Posted on 6:00am Friday 19th December 2014

Of course fans want to see Town sit at the top of the table, but Bristol City’s result may well turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: A trio of moments to savour

Posted on 6:00am Friday 12th December 2014

As we enter the final act in 2014, it’s time to look back at the key moments throughout the past 12 months at Swindon Town.

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: Remembering the good – and not so good

Posted on 12:14am Saturday 6th December 2014

After being humiliated in Cheltenham a few weeks ago, Town find themselves kicking their heels for a weekend as the F.A Cup takes centre stage across the footballing calendar.

View From The Sticks

Ah! The Mechanics!

Swindon Advertiser: Dave Wallis

Posted on 8:52am Friday 28th November 2014

I have very fond memories of an annual event that used to take place at the Mechanics Institute.

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: Now Town must prove themselves against division’s lesser lights

Posted on 6:00am Friday 28th November 2014

Ten years after their last victory at London Road, Town produced a superb away performance to move themselves within one point off the summit in League One.

View From The Sticks

Shopping Therapy

Swindon Advertiser: Dave Wallis

Posted on 10:07am Friday 21st November 2014

You know what they say about shopping therapy?

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: Passion cannot be punished

Posted on 3:02am Friday 28th November 2014

Michael Smith’s superb solo run and finish last Saturday was enough to continue Town’s 14 year unbeaten run against local rivals Bristol City in a fiery encounter at the County Ground.

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: Derby triumph can make up for our cup capitulation

Posted on 6:00am Friday 14th November 2014

Last Saturday was a humiliating day to be a Swindon Town fan.

Born Again Swindonian

Swindon in business and my journey into self-employment

Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 8:29am Friday 7th November 2014

Hello listeners. Just for a change here’s a blog post about me, myself and I – in my other hat as AA Editorial Services:

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: Williams has done enough for a start

Posted on 6:00am Friday 7th November 2014

After a rare away defeat last Saturday, Town got back to winning ways this week with an important win over 2nd place Preston North End.

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: Skipper Thompson's midweek return shows why he is so crucial

Posted on 2:40pm Thursday 30th October 2014

Both Jordan Turnbull and Jack Stephens are good defenders but their shortcomings were highlighted without Thompson alongside them.

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: Putting Trust in the fans

Posted on 6:00am Friday 17th October 2014

Our current chairman Lee Power is doing a sterling job.

View From The Sticks

Wailways and Carnage

Swindon Advertiser: Dave Wallis

Posted on 1:48pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

There’s a circumstance that will develop over the next few months which will have huge consequences for traffic movements around north Wiltshire and Swindon, and there appears to be very little attention being paid to it.

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: The Orient showed us the way

Posted on 6:00am Friday 10th October 2014

Last week I briefly mentioned that the clubs biggest test of the season would be when the clock strikes midnight on 1st January.

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: Town’s excellent start to the season is like a trip back in time

Posted on 6:00am Friday 10th October 2014

NINE games into the season and Mark Cooper’s side continue to upset the odds and entertain the fans.

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: Saturday’s win was also a victory for the manager’s persistence

Posted on 6:00am Friday 10th October 2014

LAST Saturday, Town put in their best performance of the season as they brushed aside promotion contenders Sheffield Utd with ease in one of the best footballing displays I’ve seen at the County Ground.

View From The Sticks

The future is bright. If you believe the artist’s impression.

Swindon Advertiser: Dave Wallis

Posted on 10:17am Thursday 9th October 2014

It’s occurred to me, and rather frighteningly so, that it’s more than 40 years since I first started reading the Adver. Since I began taking a look at my parent’s paper until today, I will have paid attention to what the Adver had to report through well over 10,000 copies. And while there is much to say about modern technology and accessing the news through a variety of ‘technological media platforms’ or however the jargon goes, there’s nothing like sitting down with a hard copy, perhaps with a coffee, or even better a beer, to catch up on local goings on. The daily ritual of buying it (and that’s not always easy out here in the sticks where there’s no shop in the village and the closest place to pick up a copy is a good four miles away), to the time earmarked in the day to sit down and have a good perusal, has become a way of life. If Swindon have played the night before you need to get in early, otherwise likeminded Town supporters will have wanted their regular match report fix and the shop may have sold out. Some newsagents think Swindon is too far away to be of interest and don’t stock it, while some neighbouring towns can be complete Adver-free zones, stocking things like the Bath Doodah instead. Missing my Adver is something I don’t entertain easily. It has become an old friend whose presence is missed if holidays intervene, and just like old friends it’s sometimes infuriating, frustrating and downright annoying. But it’s a relationship that has endured and over the years I feel I know some of the journos personally. Barrie Hudson usually makes me laugh and I often think Graham Carter and I must be brothers separated at birth, so many things he writes that have me nodding my head in agreement. And when I spotted Barry Leighton’s piece this week detailing all those developments that have been proposed for Swindon over the years it really struck a chord with me. Because I remember all of those ‘artists impressions’ showing the Shangri la of peacefulness that Swindon was to become, and I know just how few have come to fruition. To celebrate the successful library development that was built after 40 years of talking, (that would have started around the time I started reading the Adver I suppose) is pretty hollow for a town that regularly entertains thoughts of becoming a city. Almost all other redevelopment proposals have fallen by the wayside. Of course the Regent Circus rebuild is nearing completion, but that attracts more negative comment by the affect it has had on traffic flow and danger to pedestrians (that’s pedestrians. Not pedestrains), than it does positive. Similarly with Whale Bridge. Almost all town centre restructuring plans involve ‘restaurants’ (fast food outlets), shopping complexes (further discounters) and offices… despite the surplus of free office space the town has always had and can never fill. There will be talk of bars and pictures showing half a dozen people sitting outside enjoying some café culture, but it won’t show the fight going on outside at 2:00 on a Saturday morning when kicking out time arrives. Take a trip to Bath and see how the old bus station area has been redeveloped and you can see what can be achieved, and just how it can enhance a city/town. How new buildings can be integrated into the surrounding architecture in such a manner that they don’t jar the senses. And I’m afraid that difference encapsulates why Swindon’s persona is perceived the way it is outside of the town. Recently there was a fad for cladding parts of buildings with wood, such as those of the Plaza 21 development and the revamp of the old Nationwide building in Princes Street. This looks OK for around 18 months before the lack of required maintenance to protect it from the weather leaves the building looking like a shanty town built from old pallets. The proposed developments are presented in such a manner that they look modern and imaginative, which is how Swindon appears to want to be seen, but as everyone has become weary of expecting them to happen, there seems little reason to pay much attention to them. And those that happen won’t end up anything like the artists impressions.

Born Again Swindonian

Vendor of soulful streetood Eggelicious is expanding into Old Town

Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 12:09pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

I popped into Eggelicious recently as is my wont, and fell into conversation with an interesting chap who works at English Heritage over near STEAM and the Outlet Centre – and there may well be a blog post in there somewhere – but to return to the raison d’être of this particular blog post… Sharing the counter and ‘breaking bread’ with your neighbour is very much what Eggelicious and its new sister ship E2, soon to open in Wood Street, is all about.

Born Again Swindonian

Moving over to the dark side - a burgeoning cafe culture in Swindon

Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 8:59am Wednesday 1st October 2014

The newest coffee shop in town, Dark Room Espresso, is gaining ground as a cool place to go.There’s certainly much to delight the coffee lover here and in the plethora of coffee shops around Swindon generally.

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: Nathan is burning bright in Town's good start to the campaign

Posted on 6:00am Friday 19th September 2014

The squad has adapted well to the managers new system, and some players are flourishing in their new roles, especially Nathan Byrne.

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: If Town are going to cash in, they will need to make it pay

Posted on 6:00am Friday 19th September 2014

EVERY week that goes by, it looks less and less likely that Massimo Luongo will be a Swindon player when the January transfer window slams shut.

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: Town's deadline day mirrors successful transfer window

Posted on 6:00am Friday 5th September 2014

Since the first transfer deadline day on 31st August 2002, it has become a key date for millions of fans, but throughout it’s 12 years, Town aren’t normally anywhere to be seen.

Born Again Swindonian

Further adventures of Born again Swindonian & Swindon Driver - with Swindon Bear

Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 8:58am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Hello listeners. Here we have the second installment of posts featuring just a few of Swindon's roundabouts and the reasoning behind their names. In the first post - Round and Round - I looked at roundabouts that are related, by dint of name and location, to some of Swindon's industry. This time around it's pubs. Unsurprisingly, what with coaching inns in days gone by often being on road junctions, a number of Swindon's pubs are situated on or near to roundabouts thus giving the planners a convenient handle for said roundabout. So on a somewhat dreek and dismal day, @Swindondriver, Swindon bear, Penny penguin and myself set out on a second EXPOTITION to check them out.

Born Again Swindonian

The story behind some of Swindon's many roundabouts

Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 8:15am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Swindon, as we know, is famous – even infamous – for its roundabouts. Of course there’s the grand-daddy of them all, the Magic Roundabout. Such a rich vein of material is that particular jewel in Swindon’s roundabout crown that it has its own category on the blog. Better than that though, is that the imagined guide-book entry I wrote on it for my travel writing module, helped me to a 1st for the module and a 1st class degree overall. So huge thanks go to the Magic Roundabout for being such a great creative source!

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: Kasim continues to steal the show

Posted on 6:00am Friday 29th August 2014

Despite being on the end of a 4-2 defeat on Tuesday night, Town’s performances continue to give fans hope for the upcoming season.

Dan Johnson

DAN THE FAN: Striker Smith coming good in promising opening

Posted on 6:00am Friday 29th August 2014

Last season’s fall guy Michael Smith has been one of the most impressive performers so far, the former Charlton man scoring four goals in as many games.

View From The Sticks

Lydiard Park. Just passing through.

Swindon Advertiser: Dave Wallis

Posted on 1:12pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

I have a bit of a reputation for being a devil’s advocate. Show me a story and I’ll try to see another way of looking at it. I like to feel that’s me being open minded. Others think I’m being a pain the rear end.

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