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STFC: 2010 Review

It's been a funny year at Swindon Town F.C.

As 2011 begins Swindon Town enjoyed a rare feeling of football ecstacy before the horrible crash of 'what-ifs'.

The new year doesn't appear to promise much for the Swindon Town fan. The 2010/11 has been one of disappointments and false starts as Town struggle to emulate the previous season.

The tail end of the 2009/10 campaign was one of the best I can remember.

THE HIGHS

CHARLIE AUSTIN

A relevation! Poole Town fans can tell you that they expected Austin to do well at Swindon Town but NOBODY could have anticipated this sort of form.

Danny Ward

So often do Swindon Town bring in highly rated young players from the leagues above with promises of great things and so often these promises result in disappointment.

However, Danny Ward was superb! Danny Wilson brought him in and he struggled to get a game originally but when he took his chance... He didn't half it!

Swindon Town 3-0 Leeds United (TWICE)

Possibly the most satisfying double we've done in while. Not ject because it was 'mighty' Leeds but I tend to think that we bottle it against the bigger teams that find themselves in the third tier. To go to Elland Road and humiliate them was a great achievement.

Southampton 0-1 Swindon Town

For much the same reasons really. We enjoyed playing the Saints in 2010 winning three out of three.

However, this victory at St. Mary's in March thanks to a composed Charlie Austin effort shut Alan Pardew up. Earlier he had told the press that Swindon would treat a draw like a win.

Charlton Athletic in the Play-Offs

These two fixtures brought back memories of better times following Swindon Town.

A fantastic atmosphere at the County Ground resulting in a great 2-1 victory which could have been more.

However, Charlton bombard Town in the 2nd Leg and fully deserved to beat Swindon until the defensive error that allowed Danny Ward to nick a goal.

The penalties were brilliant as unfancied players like Amankwaah and Darby put their efforts away. The reaction of fans afterwards made anyone who wasn't there (like me) so envious!


THE LOWS

Wembley 2010

I don't think we're the only set of supporters who have gone to Wembley and left sad and disillusioned. Town wearing white didn't help!

Nobody could argue that Millwall deserved to win on the day. In fairness they didn't have to do that much. Charlie Austin had Town's only major chance but he didn't anticipate that freak bobble and the rest was history.

Tonkings

When Danny Wilson got things right, he did it quietly and efficiently. However, when he got it wrong it resulted in some heavy losses.

Bristol Rovers winning 4-0 at the County Ground probably hurt the most.

Losing Billy Paynter & Gordon Greer

Perhaps losing them wasn't the worst thing? Without doubt the clubs inability to REPLACE them has caused Swindon all sorts of problems on the pitch.

I think like all fans we are too fickle. We forget the good stuff whenever a pinch of the bad stuff arrives.

To be honest I do suscribe to the idea that Swindon Town overachieved last season but that wasn't a fluke, it was because Danny Wilson made the calls and it worked.

Now we're stuttering and people are calling for his head! Why?


TIMELINE

JANUARY

Fulham 1-0 Swindon Town (FA Cup)

Swindon Town 3-1 Gillingham

Stockport County 0-1 Swindon Town

Swindon Town 3-0 Leeds United

Southend United 2-2 Swindon Town


FEBRUARY

Swindon Town 1-1 Charlton Athletic

Swindon Town 4-2 Oldham Athletic

Huddersfield Town 2-2 Swindon Town

Swindon Town 2-0 Carlisle United

Swindon Town 4-1 Stockport County

Leyton Orient 0-0 Swindon Town


MARCH

Swindon Town 0-4 Bristol Rovers

Milton Keynes Dons 2-1 Swindon Town

Brighton and Hove Albion 0-1 Swindon Town

Southampton 0-1 Swindon Town

Swindon Town 1-1 Norwich City

Hartlepool United 0-1 Swindon Town


APRIL

Leeds United 0-3 Swindon Town

Swindon Town 3-0 Tranmere Rovers

Colchester United 3-0 Swindon Town

Swindon Town 1-1 Exeter City

Swindon Town 1-1 Walsall

Wycombe Wanderers 2-2 Swindon Town


MAY

Swindon Town 3-2 Brentford

Millwall 3-2 Swindon Town


MAY: PLAY-OFFS

Swindon Town 2-1 Charlton Athletic

Charlton Athletic 2-1 Swindon Town*

* Swindon Town won 5-4 on penalties

Millwall 1-0 Swindon Town


JULY & AUGUST FRIENDLIES

Swindon Supermarine 0-3 Swindon Town
Hereford United 1-5 Swindon Town
Swindon Town 1-1 Al-Sadd
Swindon Town 3-2 Karlsruhe
Cirencester Town 1-2 Swindon Town
Swindon Town 3-2 Nottingham Forest
Poole Town 2-4 Swindon Town


AUGUST

Swindon Town 1-2 Brigton and Hove Albion
Swindon Town 1-2 Leyton Orient (League Cup)
Hartlepool United 2-2 Swindon Town
Swindon Town 1-1 Brentford
Milton Keynes 2-1 Swindon Town
Southampton 0-3 Swindon Town (JPT)


SEPTEMBER

Carlisle United 0-0 Swindon Town
Swindon Town 1-0 Southampton
Walsall 1-2 Swindon Town
Swindon Town 1-0 Huddersfield Town
Swindon Town 2-3 Plymouth Argyle


OCTOBER

Dagenham and Redbridge 2-1 Swindon Town
Swindon Town 2-0 Torquay United (JPT)
Swindon Town 2-1 Bristol Rovers
Peterborough United 5-4 Swindon Town
Swindon Town 2-2 Leyton Orient
Yeovil Town 3-3 Swindon Town


NOVEMBER

Swindon Town 0-3 Charlton Athletic
Plymouth Argyle 0-4 Swindon Town (FA Cup)
Swindon Town 1-1 Brentford*
* Brentford won 4-2 on penalties
Swindon Town 2-1 Colchester United
Rochdale 3-3 Swindon Town
Notts County 1-0 Swindon Town
Crawley Town 1-1 Swindon Town (FA Cup)


DECEMBER

Swindon Town 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday
Swindon Town 2-3 Crawley Town (FA Cup)
Swindon Town 1-1 Peterborough United


TRANSFERS IN

Vincent Pericard - Free (Carlisle United)
Matt Ritchie - Loan (Portsmouth)
Stephen Darby - Loan (Liverpool)
Frank Nouble - Loan (West Ham United)
Michael Rose - Free (Stockport County)
David Prutton - Free (Colchester United)
David Ball - Loan (Manchester City)
Paul Caddis - Undisclosed (Celtic)
Simon Ferry - Undisclosed (Celtic)
Thomas Dossevi - Free (Nantes)
Alan Sheehan - Free (Leeds United)
Matt Ritchie - Loan (Portsmouth)
Andy Frampton - Loan (Millwall)


TRANSFERS OUT

Anthony McNamee - Undisclosed (Norwich City)
Kasali Yinka Casal - Released (Cluj)
Lee Peacock - Free (Grimsby Town)
Mark Scott - Loan (Banbury United)
Kurt Hammonds - Released
Mark Marshall - Released (Barnet)
Billy Paynter - Bosman (Leeds United)
Alex Henshall - 250,000 (Manchester City)
Lloyd Macklin - Released (Torquay United)
Craig Easton - Released (Southend United)
Gordon Greer - Undisclosed (Brighton & HA)
Mark Scott - Loan (Swindon Supermarine)
Michael Timlin - Loan (Southend United)
Jakub Jesionkowski - Loan (Oxford City)

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Date:Thursday December 30 2010

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