Sunday, 18 December 2011

Swindon Town - The County Ground

Swindon Town FC
The County Ground
County Road

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Official Website

Matchday Number: 32
Wednesday 12th August 1998
Swindon Town 2-1 Wycombe Wanderers
Worthington Cup 1st Round, 1st Leg

I have made many visits to the County Ground to see Wycombe play, but the first came in August 1998. My brother and I took the supporters coach to the game, and if I recall correctly I think I paid for him to come as a birthday present, no mean fear as I was only earning a pittance at the time! Nothing changes in that case then!

It was the Worthington Cup, or the League Cup as it should be known. In those days the early rounds had 2 legs and Wycombe had been drawn away for the first leg. At the time Swindon were in what is now known as the Championship. And they took the lead just before half time when Alan Reeves headed in. Paul Read got a vital away goal to make it 1-1 but George Ndah restored Swindon's lead to give Swindon a first leg advantage. Wycombe turned it round in the 2nd leg at Adams Park, winning 2-0 and setting up a 2nd round duel with Middlesbrough.

At present, I have been to Swindon 8 times in total, the best result coming when we beat them 3-0 in February 2003 and the worst when later that year, when we lost 2-0. Swindon in general has been a happy hunting ground for Wycombe as we have not lost there too often

THE COUNTY GROUND is a bit of a mixed bag so far as the stadium is concerned. Undoubtably the best stand is the Don Rogers Stand, along the side. It's a smart modern stand that looks great and holds around 5500. Opposite is the Arkells Stand, around the same size but looking a bit long in the tooth. This holds the away support is not huge. If it is, away fans also get the Stratton Bank end, an uncovered all seated stand behind the goal, which is a former terrace and is the worst end. Finally, The Town End, is behind the other goal, holds around 1500 and is covered.

The Town Centre is about 20 minutes walk away if you fancy it, but if not there is a half decent chippy nearby, and also a pub that used to be called The Oxford, which is the name of their bitter rivals. This is an away fans friendly pub and is fairly decent.

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