Sky Bet League Two Preview: Swindon Town

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sun 22 Jul 2018

We continue to preview our opponents in Sky Bet League Two and next up it's former Premier League side Swindon Town.

So, here’s everything you need to know about the Robins.

History

Swindon were founded in 1879 and joined the Football League in 1920 as a founder member of Division Three.

After World War Two the club didn’t make any real impression on their league standings and would only be promoted to Division Two in 1963 for two seasons before being relegated.

In 1969 Swindon beat Arsenal 3-1 in the League Cup Final and qualified for the Anglo-Italian Cup where they went on to beat AS Roma.

Glenn Hoddle was appointed as Player/Manager in 1991 and in his second full season with the club, they won promotion to the Premier League for the first and only time in their history.

However, success was short lived as they then suffered two back to back relegations.

In 2006 the club were relegated to League Two and became the first ex-Premier League club to reach the division.

The club won promotion back to League One under Paolo Di Canio and sat towards the top of the table ever since, until they were relegated back to League Two in the 2016/17 season.

Last Season

Swindon would’ve hoped that they could have bounced straight back to League One - but it wasn’t to be.

Manager David Flitcroft was appointed at the start of the season after Luke Williams was sacked, yet he made the move to Mansfield in March.

Ex-Portsmouth and Burnley player Matt Taylor took charge of the team, before Phil Brown filled the vacancy on a permanent basis.

The club finished ninth in the league, seven points off the play-offs with Luke Norris their top scorer with 13 goals.

With a fresh start next season, the club will certainly be looking to return to football’s third tier.

Head to Head

Macclesfield wins – 4

Draws – 0

Swindon wins - 2

How to get there - County Road, Swindon, SN1 2ED

By Train: Macclesfield – Bristol Parkway - Swindon

By Car: Continue on the A419 until reaching the top of the new 3 lane stretch of dual-carriageway, which runs uphill. Take the exit at the top of the hill (Lady Lane Junction). At the lights go right, then almost immediately at the next set of lights go left. Follow this road through the next set of traffic lights then branch left onto the A4311. From here follow this road, following signs for Town Centre. At Transfer Bridges roundabouts turn left at the first and then straight over the second. The County ground will be on the left.

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