Vital Football

Latest Swindon Town News

The 'Sweeper' - 81 Today!

The 'Sweeper'  - 81 Today!

On February 16th 1929, Swindon Town hosted Herbert Chapman's Arsenal at the County Ground in the 5th Round of the F.A. Cup.

Swindon Town's prolific centre forward was a feared front man who Chapman (a former Town player) recognised as a player to had to be contained or his side would be dumped out of the competition.

Chapman's tactic was to instruct his centre half Herbie Roberts to position himself just behind the defensive line. The Sweeper role was created and it worked! Town failed to score that day but still earned a replay but lost 1-0 in London in front of just under 50,000 supporters.

The Arsenal fell at the next hurdle, losing 1-0 at Aston Villa. The Cup was eventually won by Bolton Wanderers.

16/02/1929: SWINDON TOWN 0-0 ARSENAL

S: Ted Nash, Wally Dickenson, Tommy Wylie, David Low, Danny Bew, Bob Archer, Bertie Denyer, Joe Eddleston, Harry Morris, Les Roberts, Alec Thom.

A: Dan Lewis, Tom Parker, Eddie Hapgood, Alf Baker, Herbie Roberts, Bob John, Joe Hulme, David Jack, Jimmy Brain, Harold Peel, Charlie Jones.


HARRY MORRIS

A Town legend. He joined from Swansea Town in 1926 and became an insanely good forward for the Robins scoring 47 in 41 during his debut season alone!

In total he scored 215 goals in 260 league games before being shipped off to Clapton Orient.


HERBERT CHAPMAN

As a footballer he was a bit of a nomad, playing for over ten clubs in just over a decade. This included a brief spell in Wiltshire with Swindon Town in 1899. He played 3 times - his debut in the 3-2 loss at Bristol City. He scored twice against Chatham Town in his next appearance and Chapman's final outing coming in the 1-1 draw at Reading. He joined Kent outfit Sheppey United after departing Swindon.

As a coach, Chapman is considered one of the pioneers of the modern game. He managed Northampton Town first and survived the fallout of scandal with Leeds City before finding major success with Huddersfield Town and then with Arsenal.


HERBIE ROBERTS

297 league games for The Arsenal between 1926 and 1937.

He picked up an F.A. Cup winners medal with the Gunners in 1936 - alongside Arsenal legends Cliff Bastin and Ted Drake.

Sadly, Roberts died of illness while serving as a lieutenant in the Royal Fusiliers during the Second World War, aged 39.


Join Vital Swindon!

It's easy to register , simply click the link and enjoy getting involved (you can even win prizes!)

Message Board To visit the message board, click here. Get involved

This website is your website and we are looking for people to help run the site. Do you go to most of the games and have an opinion? Why not write a match report? Perhaps you are a budding journalist or even just someone who is very opinionated? Well why not join our team? If this interests you please contact Vital Swindon.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Nellup
Date:Tuesday February 16 2010
Time: 7:27PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Swindon Town Articles

FA Boosts Cheating Powers for 2017/18

The Football Association announced earlier today that they have extended their powers when it comes to punishing retrospective simulation.

Potential League Two Make Up 2017/18 (15/5/17)

With no games remaining in the 2016/17 campaign, some promotions and relegations in the football pyramid are already known.

Clubs Agree To EFL Trophy Extension

The majority of League One and Two clubs have today agreed to keep the Under 23 element of the EFL Trophy for a further two years.

Football League Attendances Up In 2016/17

With the curtain coming down on the three Football League tiers, the EFL have released figures showing that more than 18million fans walked through the turnstiles...

Archived Vital Swindon Articles

Vital Swindon articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Swindon
Write For Vital Swindon
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Where do you think Swindon Town will finish in 2016/17?
Suggested By:
Champions5%
Playoffs16%
Mid Table28%
Relegated50%
Don't Know1%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Sheff Utd 46 30 10 6 100 45
P Bolton 46 25 11 10 86 32
3 Scunthorpe 46 24 10 12 82 26
4 Fleetwood 46 23 13 10 82 21
5 Bradford 46 20 19 7 79 19
6 Millwall 46 20 13 13 73 9
7 Southend 46 20 12 14 72 17
8 Oxford 46 20 9 17 69 13
9 Rochdale 46 19 12 15 69 9
10 Bristol Rovers 46 18 12 16 66 -2
11 Peterborough 46 17 11 18 62 0
12 MK Dons 46 16 13 17 61 2
13 Charlton 46 14 18 14 60 7
14 Walsall 46 14 16 16 58 -7
15 Wimbledon 46 13 18 15 57 -3
16 Northampton 46 14 11 21 53 -13
17 Oldham 46 12 17 17 53 -13
18 Shrewsbury 46 13 12 21 51 -17
19 Bury 46 13 11 22 50 -12
20 Gillingham 46 12 14 20 50 -20
R Port Vale 46 12 13 21 49 -25
R Swindon 46 11 11 24 44 -22
R Coventry 46 9 12 25 39 -31
R Chesterfield 46 9 10 27 37 -35
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Swindon Town Results (view all)

Swindon Town Fixtures (view all)

Write for Vital Football