ALL the talk this week has been about the new manager, and we’re sure the vast majority of Town fans will be very happy to see Martin Ling appointed into the hot-seat.

Many of you will remember him as a player in the early 90s when he starred in one of our most successful sides ever, and that will hopefully guarantee him a warm welcome.

He ticks a lot of boxes, not only through the local connection, but he’s had success as a manager in the past, is vastly experienced, and has some great connections throughout the football world, where he is equally well-respected and liked.

Having been out of the managerial game for some time, he has shown great courage to get himself back on track, and this week he sounds fresh and full of enthusiasm to get going, which can only be a good thing for Swindon Town.

It would be great to hear “We are Lingy’s Red and White Army” booming around the County Ground when he steps out for the first time at home as our manager, against Scunthorpe United on November 14. If you’re at the game, please make the effort to give him plenty of support.

In other news - October 25 saw the 70th birthday of Don Rogers, and so we visited him in his shop and presented him with a birthday cake on behalf of all Town fans.

Our special thanks go to Marion Childers, who did a fantastic job creating a cake depicting one of his goals from that glorious day in March 1969.

Don was delighted with the gesture and we made a video of the presentation, which you can see by visiting our Facebook page (Trust STFC) or via our website. Around 9,000 people have watched the video online and many fans took to social media to wish him all the best.

Finally, we are currently looking to arrange some football days out for local charitable organisations, so if you represent one of these groups please get in touch. This is all part of bringing the club and community closer together and is supported by donations given via

Your club, your Trust.