SWINDON Town loanee Dominic Thompson described a dream debut against Ipswich Town by saying he had not enjoyed football as much since playing with his mates in the park.

Speaking on the Swindon Town Official Supporters Club’s Monday Night Panel this week, the Brentford left-back was quizzed on everything from his start in football to the current day at the County Ground.

The 20-year-old discussed his amusing reason for choosing to support Arsenal in the first place, his career at the Gunners, before going onto dissect his own debut for Swindon – a game in which he claimed three assists and won man of the match from Adver Sport.

Thompson played 90 minutes in the 2-1 defeat to Doncaster Rovers at the weekend in what was his second appearance for Town since joining.

But, reflecting back on the 3-2 win in which Thompson instantly endeared himself to every fan at the club, Town’s left-back picked out his cross for the opening goal as a particular highlight.

Thompson said: “It was a bit of a dream debut! I think the only things that were messing were a goal and a clean sheet.

“But I think given the position Swindon are in at the moment, to come in and get the three points was amazing, and as you can imagine, the whole team was buzzing.

“On an individual level, I haven’t enjoyed football the way I did in that game in a very, very long time - probably since playing with my friends.

“The confidence that I felt in that game off of every touch.

“One assist was a really good ball, if I do say so myself, but the two others were good strikes from my teammates who gifted me two other assists. It was an amazing feeling.”

Before making the move to Brentford in 2019, Thompson spent seven years at Arsenal – joining as an 11-year-old, six years after finally making the significant decision to support the Gunners.

The likeable now-20-year-old chuckled as he explained the tale behind his decision to defy his Chelsea-supporting father and side with his auntie instead.

Thompson said: “My first football kit was a Chelsea one, thanks to my dad, but when I was old enough to make my own mind up – which was probably when I was about five – it’s been Arsenal ever since. That was down to my auntie.

“There is a story my family keep telling me where, whenever Arsenal and Chelsea would play each other on the TV, my dad would say: “Dominic – blue team”, and I would say: “no, red team, red team!” In the end, I ended up picking the red team.”