Tag: Swindon Town

Robins Could Be Rocked Again

Over the fortnight Sheffield Wednesday supporters should be feeling relieved and maybe still a touch groggy from imbibing a few drinks for the dink. Having been frustrated until recently by the form of Gary Megson’s side which saw Wednesday drift agonizingly close to the relegation zone of League One, Owls faithful saw the club come around on Hartlepool 2-1 and nick a point off Walsall to mathematically avoid demotion to League Two. In between, Wednesdayites  celebrated the 20th anniversary of their last League Cup triumph over Manchester United, relishing the fact they are the last club outside the top flight to have taken home one of the two major domestic trophies in the English game. John Sheridan’s winner, affectionately recollected now as “The Dink,” is a lasting moment of glory for a club that can still be considered big despite not having played in the top flight for over a decade. That sense of easement and giddiness from conquests of old cannot be felt by those SWFC last opposed in Hillsborough, though, as Wednesday condemned Swindon Town to League Two football next season with a 3-1 post-anniversary victory on Monday. As the week has progressed, Town’s chair Andrew Fitton has stood down after three years at the helm and manager Paul Hart was sacked by the interim chair Jeremy Wray rather than be allowed to finish the final two matches of a season that is finished. Hart’s record since taking...

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Match Of The Week: Charlton Athletic 2-4 Swindon Town

As we approach the halfway point in the League One season, more or less nothing has yet been decided and with each passing week more questions are being asked of which more or less none are being definitively answered. No matter which we way we choose to interpret this league table, it makes for extraordinary reading. There are, for example, just six points between Southampton in second place in the table and Colchester United, in eleventh place in the table. There are just nine points between this evening’s two teams – Charlton Athletic, in third place in the table and chasing an automatic promotion spot, and Swindon Town, who are in eighteenth place in the table are peering over their shoulders at the relegation places with some concern. A win at The Valley this evening for Swindon will lift them three places in a league table that is still anybody’s to get promoted from and, while Brighton & Hove Albion have something of a cushion at the top of the table, the team to accompany them up will be the team that hits a purple patch of form between now and May. As such, a place in the play-offs or perhaps even an automatic promotion spot is not as far beyond Swindon Town as they should be by any stretch of the imagination. Charlton Athletic, meanwhile, have gone five...

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Andrew Andronikou: Football Club Saviour

A source close to Portsmouth FC’s administration recently described Portsmouth FC’s most public joint-administrator, Andrew Andronikou, as a saviour of Swindon Town, who spent six years of this decade in a financial hole, having their voluntary arrangement with their many creditors supervised by him. The source was, of course, Andrew Andronikou, recently caught on camera signing autographs for Portsmouth fans as if he were one of Pompey’s wildly overpaid players, as opposed to their wildly overpaid administrator. And you would have to search long and hard in Wiltshire for independent evidence of this claim.Describing him as Swindon’s saviour is Stalinist revisionism on a scale not seen since, well, Stalin. True, his role as “supervisor” of the Robins long-term deal to pay their creditors was difficult. And the club was plagued by division and financial irresponsibility. Indeed, he was right to say, in April 2002 that: “Football in this country has neglected too many simple business rules. Players command big money and clubs have paid it in order to chase their dream. It is no co-incidence that so many clubs are in a state.” But the impact of his comments was virtually nil, coming as they did alongside his justification for hyper-inflationary season-ticket price rises – 100% increases in many cases – to help Town’s exit from a then rare second administration spell. His exhortations to fans to deal “with...

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Portsmouth’s Pain In The Neck

Nothing in Adrian Chiles’ BBC career became him like the leaving of it, as Shakespeare might have written of his fellow-midlander if he watched ‘Match of the Day 2’. “This is what modern football has become.” Chiles told his last MOTD2 audience, with all the indignation at his disposal. “An administrator signing autographs. Whatever next?” (ITV in Chiles’ case, of course, as predicted in these pages…oh, come on, I got ONE right). And there, in the “2 Bad” bit of the programme’s closing feature “2 Good 2 Bad” was Andrew Andronikou, joint administrator of Portsmouth Football Club, getting out of a motor vehicle so big he had to jump to the ground, before signing autographs for people whose faces betrayed uncertainty as to he was, other than it couldn’t be David James. They’ll know him soon enough, though. He is only joint-administrator of the curiously named ‘Portsmouth City Football Club Limited’, but his two colleagues (Peter Kubik and Michael Kiely) could go about their business semi-naked, and not necessarily topless, and still not attract a shaft of limelight. Andronikou came to Portsmouth with a good reputation in the ‘football club in administration’ community, after some years as apparent saviour of Swindon Town. However, this news will have sent mouthfuls of tea flying across breakfast tables all over Wiltshire. Andronikou was a largely unpopular figure among Swindon fans who, get...

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10 Must-See Football TV Shows & Films

The relationship between football and the box in the corner of your living room is a somewhat complex one. There is some great stuff out there. You just have to wade through a lot of crap to get to it.

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