CHARISMATIC midfielder Simon Ferry spoke to hundreds of adoring Swindon Town fans on Wednesday night as the Loathed Strangers podcast put on its second live show in conjunction with Trust STFC and the Official Supporters Club.

Ferry, who played for Town for four seasons between 2009 and 2013, told stories from one of the most successful and entertaining periods in the club’s recent history.

The Scotsman discussed all three managers he worked under – Danny Wilson, Paul Hart and Paolo Di Canio – as well as a plethora of different teammates who he pranked along the way.

Efficiently and expertly run by the OSC, Ferry was able to tickle the ribs of the capacity crowd for around 90 minutes before posing for pictures and signing autographs.

Specific tales from the night are unlikely to ever leave the Legends Lounge underneath the Arkells Stand.

But speaking to the Adver afterwards, the Peterhead man revealed how much Swindon Town means to him and why he was so keen to make the six-hour trip down south just hours after being involved in a 1-1 draw against Forfar.

Ferry said: “I’ve always said to my wife since I left the club that I never got a chance to come back here and play against Swindon, which I would have loved – I’ve always been keen to come back here.

“My two boys are Swindon daft because they’ve Googled me and seen pictures of me in a Swindon top. They’re always saying to me: “dad, can we go to Swindon games?”

“Obviously it’s tough because I’m still playing for Peterhead on a Saturday, so coming to this was a perfect opportunity for me to come down, see everyone and tell a few stories.”

Switching attention to the current crop of players, Ferry admitted he had not seen much of Richie Wellens’ men until good friend, League Two winning captain and current squad member Paul Caddis joined the team’s ranks in November last year.

Ferry, who played 175 times for Swindon, believes there are plenty of similarities between his side and the current League Two leaders – not least in the respect that both managers demand in the dressing room.

Ferry said: “They both instantly got the respect of the players.

“I played against Richie Wellens and he demands high standards – I think that’s similar to Di Canio – and they’re both very honest too.

“Ultimately, players just want managers who are honest with them, and because they both played at such a high level they know what it takes to be great.

“If you get a good group of players who follow their manager, listen to him and have the same sort of drive that he’s got, you’ve always got a chance.”