Di Canio’s Robins ready to take League One by storm

With less than two weeks until the start of the 2012/13 Football League season, Paolo Di Canio’s Swindon Town have not only bolstered their squad with new additions but increased training to an unbelievable level.

Newbie’s Up Front…

James Collins, who joined Swindon from Shrewsbury during the summer, made 47 appearances last season for the Shrews and found the back of the net 16 times. Alongside Collins, 25-year-old striker Andy Williams joined the Robins strike force in June from Yeovil, after rejecting a new contract. With a goal every 180 minutes during last season’s campaign (2nd Highest Scorer), Swindon’s Paul Benson will have competition on his hands from his younger strike partners. This can only enhance Benson’s desire to be involved in the future of the Wiltshire side.

Friendlies…

With a successful pre-season tour of Italy out the way, Swindon Town finished July off with a 6-1 win over Weston Supermare and a 4-0 win over Forest Green. Friday’s comfortable 3-0 win over Salisbury has set up an interesting final friendly with Crystal Palace. This is the first real test for a Paolo Di Canio side, who sold last season’s top scorer Alan Connell to League Two side Bradford City, was this a smart move, only time will tell.

Only The Best Will Do…

Gary Roberts, has openly joined Paolo Di Canio in stating that only winning the league and securing back-to-back promotions will be settled for. After spending six weeks with the club on their pre-season campaign, Roberts admits: “It’s the hardest pre-season I’ve done since I started playing football. It’s the manager’s way to work you hard so you’re prepared fully for the season. I feel fit and sharp so hopefully it benefits me.”

Finally…

After 27 years of existence I am finally a very proud owner of a Season Ticket. Some 10,200 miles of travelling just for 23 home games is going to tiring at times but hopefully the good times will outweigh the bad.

Questions

Can Swindon Town take inspiration from the Team GB Athletes such as Jessica Ennis and co?

Who will start up front on August 18th away to Hartlepool?

Will the new signings have the longevity needed to be a part of this formidable squad?

Was selling Alan Connell the right move?

Trip down memory lane

Tuesday, 8th August 2006
Swindon Town 2 Barnet 1

Goals: R. Shakes (54’), R. Brownlie (90’)

Attendance: 7475 (309 Away Fans)

Starting-Line up: Brezovan, Vincent, Nicholas, Ifil, Smith, Monkhouse, Pook, Weston, Shakes, Roberts, Peacock.

Subs: Williams, Onibuje, Evans, Brownlie, Jutkiewicz.

Reason why I Remember The Game: There is only one reason I remember the game and this was much the talking point on the long 220 mile drive home. Royce Brownlie was making his Swindon debut when he came on with 10 minutes to go. With the game poised at 1-1, the minutes ticked away and eventually injury time was upon us. We hadn’t played well but this was irrelevant as Brownlie fired an arrow type shot from outside the area into the top corner. Spark mass jubilation and immense relief from the 7,000 strong fans. We eventually went on to win the first six games of the season in which promotion was only confirmed on the final day of the season at home to Walsall.

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