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STFC SUPERFAN: Mark Hanrahan

STFC SUPERFAN: Mark Hanrahan
1. When did you start supporting Swindon Town?

1986 although my first game was the following season - away to Fulham in the FA Cup. Town won 1-0 and our sordid love affair began!

2. Which Stand Do you sit in, at the County Ground?

Arkells, Exec Block C. Right in there with my co-sponsors, prawn sandwiches and cuppa soup!

3. What is your most memorable Swindon Town game?

4-3 vs Leicester at Wembley. If any game symbolised my club it was this Division 1 play off final. Seeing my childhood hero, Glenn Hoddle score for Swindon Town at Wembley was pure, unadulterated ecstasy! My son was Matchday mascot for Paolo first competitive home game vs. Crewe last season too. I was the proudest man in Wiltshire that day but the Leicester game just about nicks it... With the 6-4 Birmingham comeback snatching the bronze medal.

4. Who is your favourite Swindon Town player of all time?

Fraser Digby. I'm a (recently retired) keeper myself so I was always going to be a little biased! To be fair, Fraser is not only a true gent but was was quite rightly voted our finest keeper of all time. He's a member of a dying breed of footballers whose length of service and ability combine to make him a genuine club legend. He also transcended four successful eras... and stuck with us during a few bad times when many others jumped ship.

5. What`s your pre-match ritual (County Ground Hotel?, Burger King? Watch Football in Legends Lounge? Etc.)?

120 mile drive up from my home in Kent. Scoop up my Uncle from Covingham en-route and head straight to the Sponsors Lounge for a bite and catch up with old mates.

6. What is your favourite away ground you have been too (excluding Wembley Stadium)?

Charlton Athletic. Just down the road from my home. A lot of my friends are CAFC fans so I grew up in South East London taking a hell of a lot of stick for my Wiltshire persuasion. THAT play off night versus Charlton was made extra special given the context of my upbringing.

7. If you could ask Paolo Di Canio one thing, what would it be?

What's your favourite cheese?

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Writer:Shaun Calderwood
Date:Thursday July 26 2012
Time: 7:54PM

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