Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Swindon Selling Fast + Brown But Not Out

Tickets for the derby game at the County Ground later this month are selling fast, with the 700 given for the Stratton Bank behind the goal almost sold out. Having been given an initial 1400 tickets, with the other 700 being for the Arkells Stand, it's hoped interest will be strong enough to warrant a request for more tickets to be sent for Gasheads to buy.

Stratton Bank with the Arkells Stand on the far side

Clashes are always feisty with the Robins and this year's away game with them will be no different as Paolo Di Canio's men are flying high at the summit of League Two with everything to play for. Whilst we don't have promotion at stake, the players are fighting to be a part of Mark McGhee's plans for next season and will be giving their all in each game to ensure they achieve a continued berth in his starting eleven. There may even be a new face in the squad who will want to show what they can do too.

Wayne Brown prior to injury
I'm not insinuating a new signing, but the return from long-term injury for diminutive midfielder Wayne Brown who is now back in training. The ball playing central midfielder is exactly the sort of player who would fit in to McGhee's style of play as he likes to slide forward through balls for the strikers and wingers to run on to. Not only does he have an excellent passing range but the former Fulham man has also got quality from dead ball situations and will certainly challenge the likes of Matt Gill to take a close-range free-kick.

I've felt sorry for Browner that he's been injured for so long, it really was a cruel blow for him to sustain such an injury in his first appearances of the season. I feared he'd not recover in time to impress the manager and warrant a new contract with his deal set to expire in the summer, but he seems to have healed a month or two earlier than previously predicted and will hope to feature before the campaign is out. I wish him well as I think he could be a star player in League Two for us next season. We've not had his talent at our disposal this year but there's no reason why he couldn't be our new Sammy Igoe, is there?

Hopefully he'll get game time over the next few weeks in order to impress McGhee and earn himself a new deal. If not I think he'll be a more than valuable player for another side at this level soon enough.

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