SO here we are at the start of a new venture. It was a great pleasure to be asked to contribute to Swindon Link and particularly on the subject of Swindon Town FC.
The problem is this first column comes after a weekend off for the County Ground team. International call-ups meant no trip to Chesterfield. It’s a pleasure we’ll look forward to just before Halloween.
I’m not a big fan of these breaks in the season. I know Mark Cooper was happy for this match to be postponed, after all he would have been without three of his squad, it’s just that we’ve only got back into the habit of going to football again recently and it’s a habit I like.
Still, it means more work can be done in getting the new players integrated into the Swindon way of things. It’s fair to say that the club had a decent transfer window and it’s great to see Jack Stephens back again.
The modern invention of international breaks live alongside the hype of the buying and selling cattle market we’ve just been through. Last-minute deals done in haste can ruin your season. I prefer the old system where you had until the third Thursday in March to get players in and move them out. It also meant any face that didn’t fit could move on without having to wait for January’s jamboree.
Still that’s the way it is and we have to live with it.
I was thinking of one last-minute deal that was a great success many years ago. The transfer of one Peter Eastoe from Wolves back in the 70s – a player who’d enjoyed a loan spell earlier in the season at the Town and then went on to be one of the best forwards we’ve ever had.
The princely sum of £8,000 brought Peter to Wiltshire. What a bargain! Eastoe went on to move to QPR in a swap which brought Sir Donald back to his spiritual home, before Peter later played for Everton. What a bargain, what a player.