IN THE first of a regular column from the Swindon Town Official Supporters Club, treasurer Tim Keen pens his thoughts on life as a Town fan in the current climate.

So where do we start? I guess the main feeling that Swindon Town fans are sharing right now is one of disbelief – was it really only 12 months ago that over 13,000 fans packed into the County Ground to watch Hallam Hope score the winning goal in what turned out to be a pivotal result in securing the League Two championship?

Now, only a handful of players from that Exeter City match remain at the County Ground, former boss Richie Wellens has left - along with his brilliant brand of attacking football - and we’ve racked up 18 defeats and are facing relegation back to League Two.

What’s making the situation worse is that off the field a lack of transparency from the club is leaving Swindon Town fans not knowing where to turn or what to think in regard to a number of issues.

And while John Sheridan does have a couple of successful relegation battles on his CV, it’s fair to say the jury is still out on whether he’s the man to keep our team in League One.

As the Official Supporters Club at Swindon Town, we’re trying to work closely with the club to improve the situation and keep the dialogue open between fans and the club.

We fully support the recent statement from the Trust and are looking forward to working with the club and the Trust on future plans for season tickets and other initiatives – so watch this space!

The coronavirus pandemic has also been difficult for everyone and has hit football clubs and supporters hard.

We’ve missed seeing the fans at the County Ground and organizing more of the live events that we had started. Instead of these, we’ve been running On the Sofa virtual events - a great way to remember the good old days and are worth finding on our YouTube channel.

We’ve also been running Monday Night Panels which we hoped would be a positive reflection on the recent home match, but unfortunately are often quite the opposite!

So that brings this first article to a close - keep the faith everyone, and Come On You Reds!