SWINDON Town chairman Lee Power has added his voice to the push to pack the County Ground this weekend by urging Robins fans to flock to the local derby against Bristol City in big numbers.
In a joint effort with Link Sport, BBC Wiltshire, the Swindon Advertiser and FLIC Wiltshire, Power has issued his own, personal rallying cry to Town supporters, saying “we need a 12th man”.
Swindon are currently anticipating a crowd of around 12,000 for the third versus first encounter at the County Ground, with 3,000 of those making the short trip down the M4 from Ashton Gate.
However, Power has asked those fans who have yet to book their place at the biggest match of the season to throw their backing behind his players, saying “On Saturday, the players need you. Everything appears to be against us and we need to pull together.”
The Town owner’s full statement reads: “It’s an old saying in football but, on Saturday, we need a twelfth man.
“I have said on many occasions that I think we have got a special group of young players and I think I have already been proved right with some of our performances so far this season which, I think, we have all taken great pride in.
“I have also said that I expect us to have some low points where the team struggles due to its inexperience – that happened last Saturday, on a day that was embarrassing for all of us and I know how much it hurt the players and coaching staff.
“The boys have been in every day this week working hard to make things right. This Saturday we are playing a local derby against an unbeaten, top of the league side with probably the biggest budget in the division.
“We’re also coming into the game on the back of a five nil humiliation and are without two of our most influential players. On Saturday, the players need you. Everything appears to be against us and we need to pull together.
“They are very strong group of young men and I know they will give you everything they’ve got on Saturday but they need you behind them from the first to the last minute. This is your team, your club and your town.
“We need everyone associated with Swindon to come out and support what’s yours and hopefully, if we stick together, we can send the 3,000 supporters from Bristol back unhappy after a brilliant performance from our team.”
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