Writer: Shaun Calderwood
Date:Thursday June 14 2012
Vital Swindon Town grades our goalkeepers for the 2011/12 season.
Mark Scott - C
Failed to make one first team appearance but spent plenty of time on loan to Blue Square South side Salisbury City during the season. Was released a the end of the season.
Mattia Lanzano - D
Was touted as Paolo Di Canio`s number 1 goalkeeper and accordingly was handed the number 1 shirt. It became apparent very quickly that signing Lanzano was a mistake. It took Lanzano ages to get up to match fitness and when he finally played he was frequently caught off his lines and didn`t really seem to know what he was doing, Made 6 appearances for Town with his final match a 2-0 away loss to Macclesfield. Later said he wasn`t comfortable in England and would leave in January. As no club wanted to sign him, he remains on the payroll at Swindon Town but Di Canio clearly wants rid of him.
Phil Smith - C
Town`s longest serving player came into the season knowing he was playing second fiddle to Lanzano. Would only make 10 appearances this season for Town, including a heroic effort against AFC Wimbledon in the Johnstone`s Paint Trophy where he would save several penalties which paved the way to Swindon playing in the final at Wembley. Made his last appearance for Town against Gillingham where he was started in place of Wesley Foderingham. Smith looked rusty but you could hardly blame him given the lack of reserve games and friendlies to build up match fitness. Was released at the end of the season and made 124 appearances for Swindon between 2006 and 2012.
Wesley Foderingham - A+
A product of Fulham and Crystal Palace had represented England at under 19 level. Was third choice keeper at Palace so came on loan to Swindon to get some much needed much fitness. With his brilliant command of defence and brilliant shot stopping capabilities he immediately became a fan favourite. Would eventually sign a permanent deal to remain at Swindon and soon established himself as Town`s number one keeper and at one stage conceded just 1 goal in 18 home games setting a new record at Swindon Town. Best Swindon goalkeeper since Fraser Digby by a country mile.
Date:Thursday June 14 2012
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