Date:Thursday January 26 2006
In Our second interview we talk to the mastermind behind the Red Army Loud and Proud Campaign. You've seen the balloons, face paint, and a sea of red now hear why Rob Tuck got involved, how long he has been a Town fan and why he think's Swindon will be in a brand new stadium in the next few years.
Q: Please tell us a bit about yourself?
A: 30 years old working as an Analyst at Thames Water, Chairman of the Red Army Loud and Proud group and falling into the financial abyss that seems to bring with it!
Q: What made you get involved with Loud and Proud and Keep Town In Swindon?
A: Martin Avenell posted an inspirational essay on a website, which in turn lead me to just think 'what could I do as a fan to try and make a difference to STFC beyond just buying a ticket? and could I get others
to join in?'. The answer would seem to be yes, but we can and will do better.
Q: How long have you supported Swindon Town?
A: since 1983, although I don't really remember much about games back then. My first full season would be 1985-86, not a bad one to pick really.
Q: Who is your favourite player and why?
A: Tough one, Migz (Stefani Miglioranzi) on his day is probably the stand out player, but I have to say Gurney has turned around my opinion of him since returning.
Q: Who has been Iffy’s best signing?
A: It could well turn out to be (Lee) Peacock in the long run but Gurney has had most impact so far.
Q: What’s your favourite Swindon Town Memory?
A: Wembley 1993 just pips 1990 because it was such an exhausting day to be a fan. The semi-final in 1993 against Tranmere away was also pretty damned good.
Q: Do you think the County Ground re-development will go ahead and why?
A: Yes but it will not be easy, it will take a lot of work from everyone involved to stay focussed and negotiate when needed. If everyone is flexible and positive it can happen.
Q: In five years I see Swindon Town……
A: Who knows, we don't tend to spend more than 5 years in the same league, so it could go either way!
Q: If you didn’t support Swindon Town what would you do on Saturdays?
A: Play football. My football career was over before it started because I supported STFC on Saturdays and Sunday League games start too early for my liking!
Q: Do you have a second team? If so who?
A: No, but (he says quietly), I did like Man Utd as a youngster and even went up to meet all the players and Alex Ferguson before a game in the last 80's. I seemed to go off them when they started winning things though
and I can't abide them now.
Q: Will Swindon Town avoid relegation?
A: Yes, it will be a long hard battle but the points we have been picking-up have shown we have the ability now, but it will be a gradual climb out of the bottom 4, not a quick one.
Thanks for taking time to answer our questionnaire, You too can take part in Red Army Loud and Proud by, Wearing as much red as possible to games, sing and shout until your throat hurts and by getting behind the club 100%.
Date:Thursday January 26 2006
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