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14 December 2018

Town head to Grimsby this weekend looking for four wins a row in the league – the last time they achieved that was back in 2015.

The Robins have been in exciting form since Richie Wellens’ arrival – and started their mini-run with a win away at Port Vale, and followed up with successful outings at home against Stevenage and Newport County.

Kaiyne Woolery made a fantastic return from injury in last week’s dramatic win over the Exiles – he popped up to score the winner with only ten minutes to play.

Martin Ling took Swindon to a run of consecutive wins starting at the end of November the last time they made four on the spin and heading into Advent – starting with a win at the County Ground against Walsall, and ending with a 1-0 win away at Shrewsbury.

The Oppo

The Mariners sit 18th in League Two, eight points behind Swindon and come into Saturday’s fixture in indifferent form.

Last time out, they were defeated by Cheltenham at Whaddon Road by a last-gasp Conor Thomas penalty after Elliot Embleton had cancelled out Ryan Broom’s opener just after the hour mark.

The week before, Grimsby overcame Chesterfield, of the National League, in the FA Cup and have been rewarded with a trip to Crystal Palace.


Town have not beaten the Mariners since their return to league football in May 2017 – last season, Mitch Rose scored in the 86th minute to deny Town a point at Blundell Park.

And in April this year, Rose was the man to scupper the Robins – he scored a 45th-minute penalty winning the game with its only goal.

Swindon’s last win over the Lincolnshire club came back in 2006 – a 3-0 win at the County Ground, with all three goals coming in multiples of eleven, the 33rd, 44th and 88th minute.

Michael Pook, Andy Monkhouse and Lea Peacock were the goalscorers that day.

16 Sep 2003        Grimsby Town v Swindon Town W            1-2          League Division 2

17 Mar 2004       Swindon Town v Grimsby Town W            2-0          League Division 2

14 Oct 2006         Swindon Town v Grimsby Town W            3-0          League Two

17 Mar 2007       Grimsby Town v Swindon Town L              1-0          League Two

21 Nov 2017        Grimsby Town v Swindon Town L              3-2          League Two

21 Apr 2018        Swindon Town v Grimsby Town L              0-1          League Two

The Gaffer

Michael Jolley has never played a professional football match and has a degree in Economics from Cambridge University. After graduating, Jolley worked for HSBC in London and New York before getting back in the professional game for the first time since he left Barnsley at the age of 16.

While obtaining a sports coaching diploma he managed the Stirling University side in 2008 before going onto Burnley Under-23s, AFC Eskilstuna and Grimsby in March of this year.

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Match Reports


15 December 2018

Swindon left a freezing Blundell Park empty-handed, with Grimsby Town winning 2-1 in wintery and windy conditions.

The home side opened the scoring through Wes Thomas before Matty Taylor equalised moments later with a trademark free-kick.

However, Thomas won the game on the hour mark with Town unable to come from behind again.

First Half

Chances were at a premium in a first-half that allowed neither side to get true foothold in the game.

The first indication that the elements were to play a part came in the sixth minute when Kyle Knoyle flicked on and almost bamboozled James Mckeown as the ball was taken by the wind.

The opening exchanges were frantic but Swindon nearly took the lead – Michael Doughty latched onto an Elijah Adebayo knock down and tried to roll past the Grimsby goalkeeper. The stopper got down low to push wide, however.

On 22 minutes, Scott Twine had the game’s second chance – he got in front of his man from a Taylor corner but a cluster of bodies prevented the ball from going in.

Three minutes later, the Mariners had a golden chance to take the lead – after Sid Nelson handled in the box, Wes Thomas put away the penalty, to which no Town player had any complaints. Lawrence Vigouroux was ever so close to stopping.

Swindon reacted in perfect fashion, however – Adebayo picked up the ball and tried to turn. Danny Collins fouled him and up stepped Matty Taylor to whip in a trademark free-kick to level the game two minutes after going behind.

Taylor was next up for a chance almost a full 20 minutes after his goal as both sides struggled to really dominate play – he struck from 30 yards with a swerving effort that had McKeown worried. The Grimsby keeper managed to get a nervous hand on the ball and parry away with Harry Davis clearing up.

That was the last action of the first half.

Second Half

The second half started in a similar vein – frantic and hard-fought. Elijah Adebayo had the first chance after the break, carving a chance for himself after turning well on the halfway line and driving towards goal.

His low shot as tipped away by the Grimsby keeper who would prove the difference between the two sides.

Michael Doughty was next to create for the visitors – he won the ball high up and crossed to the back post, where the ball was met by a cluster of bodies. The ball bounced out towards goal but McKeown managed to claw clear.

And four minutes later, Grimsby took the lead – Vigouroux parried a shot away and Thomas was in the right place for the home side to put the ball away for his second of the day.

The Swindon keeper had to be alert to prevent another just two minutes later – the stopper got down low to stop Ben Pringle’s driven effort.

 The came the best chance Town had to get back into it – Adebayo was played through by Doughty but was denied by McKeown before James Dunne dragged the rebound wide.

The final effort for the visitors came through Kaiyne Woolery who worked a half yard and struck with his left foot – McKeown, once again, equal to it, leaving Town frustrated.

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Ticket News


28 November 2018

Grimsby Town v Swindon Town

Saturday 15th December 2018 – KO 3pm

Swindon Town are pleased to announce ticket information for our upcoming fixture against

Grimsby Town on Saturday 15th December KO 3pm

Swindon have been allocated the Osmond Visitor section (Unreserved seating)

Pricing is as below;


Ticket Category




Unreserved Seating








Over 65






Student / 18 and Under





Juniors Accompanied 14 and Under





Juniors Unaccompanied 12-14









Supporters have until 12pm on Friday 14th December to purchase tickets for this fixture. Tickets will also be available on the day to Swindon supporters at a price increase of £2.00

(juniors stay the same price)

All tickets not collected from STFC will be taken up to Grimsby by our official coach travel for supporters to collect on match day.

Priority Windows

General Sale – Thursday 29th November 9am

For wheelchair tickets please contact Grimsby Town on 01472 605050

How to Book

Online @

In person @ STFC Club Shop

Telephone @ 0330 002 1993 option 2


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