The rise of Charlie Austin is astonishing, just in early August he was playing football in the Wessex league for Poole Town and on trial at Bournemouth.
Financial problems and a transfer embargo at Bournemouth scuppered the deal so that is when Danny Wilson and Andrew Fitton came calling for the front man. A trial offer was accepted by the player in early September and Austin impressed in reserve games against Reading and Plymouth scoring 4 goals. A deal between Poole and Swindon was thrashed out with a fee off around £50,000 and an initial contract to the end of the season. As a lad who was born in Swindon and was brought up in Hungerford this was a dream come true for Austin.
He made his debut for the club in the JPT away at Exeter replacing Ben Hutchinson with 2 minutes to go. Swindon went on to win the game on penalties. His 1st league appearance was away at Norwich when he came on as a 70th minute substitute and impressed. On the 21st November came his 1st start away at Carlisle and his 1st goal came in the 3rd minute and he never looked back. Goals against Huddesfield, Leyton Orient, Brighton, Charlton, Yeovil and then a goal at the weekend in the home victory against Gillingham.
Austin’s record at Poole town was impressive with 48 goals in 43 games, for Swindon it is 8 goals in 10 games. Now with the signing of Vincent Pericard to bolster the attack at the County Ground things are looking good for the Robins. Contract talks between the club and the player hopefully will start soon and Swindon can tie this young hot prospect to a long time deal.
I am clearly looking forward to hear the chant at the County Ground “Nice one Charlie, Nice one son, Nice one Charlie, let’s have another one” for a long time now.
Written By Scot Munroe