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7 March 2019

Swindon’s impeccable run of form has seen them rise to tenth in the league and only four points off the play-offs with the prospect of two games in four days against teams directly above and below them.

First up, Town look up geographically and numerically to Carlisle. The Robins sit a place below the Cumbrians and three points behind as they travel to Brunton Park before making the trip to Stevenage on Tuesday night, with the Hertfordshire side one place below Wellens’ men.

Carlisle were the Swindon boss’ first opponents after taking over in November and they gave him a very difficult welcome – a 4-0 defeat at the County Ground. Since then, however, Town’s form has been fifth best in the league

And the Wiltshire side’s feel-good factor has gone up another notch of late – with the addition of Theo Robinson, who scored two in his first three games after joining on deadline day, Swindon have been unbeaten in an impressive run of results all coming against play-off rivals.

February saw Wellens’ team see off MK Dons and Forest Green in impressive fashion before starting March with a comprehensive victory over fifth-placed Colchester putting them at the helm of a competitive chasing pack.

The Oppo

From the 15th December to the end of January, they won eight of their nine games and flew up the table but they picked up only two points in February – draws at the start and end of the month against Exeter and Colchester bookended defeats against Crewe and Carlisle.After a rip-roaring Christmas in which they won every game, Carlisle have struggled in their last five games.

Hallam Hope is the Cumbrians top goalscorer with 11 goals but also leads their assist charts with seven. Jamie Devitt is hot on his heels with ten strikes and has teed up his teammates six times too.


05 Jan 2013         Swindon Town v Carlisle United                 W            4-0          League One

30 Nov 2013        Swindon Town v Carlisle United                 W            3-1          League One

05 Apr 2014        Carlisle United v Swindon Town                 L              1-0          League One

05 Aug 2017        Carlisle United v Swindon Town                 W            1-2          League Two

07 Apr 2018        Swindon Town v Carlisle United                 D             0-0          League Two

17 Nov 2018        Swindon Town v Carlisle United                 L              0-4          League Two

The Gaffer

When the two sides played in November, Richie Wellens was just starting out with his respective club whereas John Sheridan was in the last knockings of his tenure with the Cumbrians.

With Sheridan leaving for National League Chesterfield, Scotsman Steven Pressley took the reigns on 16th January 2019.

As a player, Pressley only ventured south of the border once – a year at Coventry City between 1995 and ’95. Aside from that, he spent time with both sides of the Old Firm Derby, starting his career at Rangers before two years at Celtic in the twilight of his career.

The club he spent, by far, the most time at was Heart of Midlothian – between 1998 and 2006 he made 333 appearances – a single substitute appearance included.

Pressley’s time Hearts saw his second of three Scottish Cups before moving to Celtic where he won his third Scottish Premiership and second consecutive domestic cup.

Pressley’s first experience of management came while still a player at Hearts – he took over as caretaker for two games during the 2004-/05 season, losing both games. It was his link with George Burley, who he had played under at Tyncastle Park, that got Pressley a chance as his national side’s assistant manager while sitting his UEFA Pro Licence.

His only management gong to date came during his time at Falkirk – after suffering relegation with them in 2010 he led them to Scottish Challenge Cup in 2012. His side overcame Hamilton Academical at Almondvale Stadium, although a year later Pressley accepted his first management job in England.

Coventry City were the side to tempt him away as he took over from Mark Robins and, in a turbulent time in the club’s history, the Scotsman was sacked after 100 games in charge and an average spell in charge. 

Since then, Pressley has spent time with Pafos in the Cypriot First Division  and Fleetwood before that before his time started at Brunton Park at the start of this year.

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Match Reports


9 March 2019

Swindon’s unbeaten run came to an end at the hands of Carlisle after Callum O’Hare’s late strike ensured a 2-1 win for the Cumbrians.

Hallam Hope opened the scoring with a deflected strike after 12 minutes before Kyle Bennett levelled the scoring with a sublime free-kick just before half-time – his second in two games.

O’Hare popped up late on to seal three points for the Cumbrians despite a dominant second-half performance from the visitors.

First Half

Carlisle started the half with plenty of the ball but not much penetration – Swindon were content to sit in and wait for their chance to break but after wasting a couple of opportunities to do just that, they found themselves behind.

Hallam Hope latched onto a through ball and went for goal on his second touch – his effort was going towards the far corner but an unfortunate deflection took the ball away from Lawrence Vigouroux and into the net.

On 15 minutes, Tom Broadbent almost provided a perfect response – grappling with his man from a corner, he headed goalwards only for Adam Collin to tip over.

Town were struggling to stop the Cumbrians from playing in between the lines but a change of personnel and shape from Richie Wellens made the difference – Keshi Anderson came on for Jak McCourt as Town moved into a 4-2-3-1 formation and pressed the Carlisle back four relentlessly.

And Anderson’s presence brought about the equaliser – he was fouled, foolishly, on the edge of the box with five minutes left of the half. Kyle Bennett grabbed his second in two games with a sublime free-kick that floated over the wall and post a helpless Collin.

Second Half

Swindon started the second half much improved from the first, and maintained it well – Kaiyne Woolery was giving the Carlisle back four a torrid time too.

His powerful running enabled him to open up from 20 yards but Collin got behind it and five minutes later, a delightful touch round the corner set the speedster away only for his cutback to meet a bundle of Carlisle defenders.

Keshi Anderson was next to almost convert this one-way traffic - the substitute picked up the ball on the centre circle, moved wide, cut in on his left and struck but the Carlisle keeper palmed out.

And then the tide turned – out of the blue, Gary Liddle had the ball in the back of the net but his header was disallowed for offside.

However, three minutes later the ball hit the net again - and this one stuck. Callum O’Hare picked up space in the box and struck low past Vigouroux.

The Town keeper kept the visitors within touching distance with a strong save from Nathan Thomas and that could have been all important had referee, Ben Toner seen Anthony Gerrard’s handball differently. Keshi toe-poked towards goal and a mix of Gerrard’s body and arm stopped the ball on its flight.

After James Dunne’s booking for his protests, Carlisle saw out the remainder of the game to leave Town with a long trip home pointless.

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Ticket News


14 February 2019

Saturday 9th March 2019 – KO 3pm

Swindon Town are pleased to announce ticket information for our upcoming fixture against Carlisle United on Saturday 9th March 2019. We have been allocated the Pioneer Foods Stand.


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Age Related

Supporters have until 12pm Friday 8th March to purchase tickets for this fixture. Tickets will also be available on the day to Swindon supporters at a £3 increase (excluding Junior and child rates)

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

Priority Windows

General Sale – Friday 15th February 9am

For wheelchair tickets please contact Swindon  

How to Book

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In person @ STFC Club Shop

Telephone @ 0330 002 1993 option 2

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