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New Season, New Team: Swindon Town

20 June 2017

As part of our countdown to fixture release day on Wednesday 21st June, we take a look at some of our new opponents in 2017/18. Next up: Swindon Town.

Who are this lot then?

Swindon will be looking to secure an immediate return to Sky Bet League One following relegation last season. 

The Robins will start the season under a new regime after David Flitcroft was appointed as manager at the beginning of June.

The former Bury boss will now look to assemble a squad capable of mounting a promotion push in 2017/18.

How did they get on last season?

Swindon Town were relegated from League One on the penultimate weekend of the season, following a 2-1 home defeat to Scunthorpe United.

The Robins finished the season in 22nd position, with 44 points from 46 games (W 11, D11, L24).

Who’s the boss?

Swindon Town confirmed former Bury and Barnsley boss David Flitcroft as their new manager in early June.

Flitcroft has experience of promotion from League Two after guiding Bury to a third place finish in 2014/15; narrowly beating the Chairboys to an automatic spot as the tightly-contested race went down to the wire.

What happened last time?

Nicky Ajose scored deep into injury-time as Wanderers were cruelly denied at least a penalty shootout at League One side Swindon, in the Checkatrade Trophy in November 2013 (then known as the Johnstone's Paint Trophy). 

Matt McClure gave Chairboys the lead in a first half dominated by the hosts, but Blues saw much more of the ball in the second period, and after Ajose’s first the game looked to be heading to penalties. 

Max Kretzschmar thought he had won the tie four minutes from time when he slotted home from close-range, but the goal was controversially ruled out as Josh Scowen, who did not touch the ball, was harshly ruled offside.

The hosts took full advantage of their reprieve and booked their passage into the semi-finals when Wanderers failed to clear a free-kick and Ajose scrambled home.

What’s their ground like?

The County Ground is a 15,728 all seater stadium. 

Away fans are located in the Arkells Stand at one side of the pitch, where up to 1,200 fans can be housed.

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