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MONDAY BRIEFING: 19.08.2019

19 August 2019

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Here’s a summary of the week’s events and a look ahead to the next seven days:

Doyle gets off the mark

After signing on-loan from Bradford City on Friday, Eoin Doyle was thrown straight into Richie Wellens’ starting XI against Exeter City.

Doyle almost made it a dream start early on but his effort from just outside the penalty area bounced off the post with Lewis Ward beaten in the Exeter goal.

Doyle kept plugging away and after Town had gone one down to Matt Jay’s opener, the Irishman was on-hand to equalise with five minutes remaining.

Wellens misses Exeter goal

Manager, Richie Wellens was left confused when the Grecians took the lead on Saturday. He wasn’t in his usual dugout position but back in the changing room.

“I went to the toilet when they scored – I heard a big cheer and the toilets are underneath the Town fans, so I thought it was us,” said Wellens.

“I raced back out, and I saw the Exeter players walking back despite Swindon fans singing. My analysis of their goal is for me not to go to the toilet again, but I had stomach ache.

“I would’ve been gutted if we left here without a point, especially after the first half.”

Darby-Rimmer Third Kit Launched

On Friday, Town revealed the third kit for the 2019/20 season featuring the Darby-Rimmer Foundation as its shirt sponsor.

The Darby-Rimmer Foundation was founded by former Swindon Town player, Stephen Darby and Chris Rimmer, an ex-serviceman diagnosed with motor-neurone disease. It is seeking to raise money to help the fight against the disease.

Everyone associated with the football club was shocked by the news of former player Stephen Darby’s diagnosis last year and touched by the speeches at Bradford City’s pre-season friendly in aid of the newly-formed foundation.

The opportunity to offer front-of-shirt sponsorship of our third kit for the 2019/20 season seemed apt to raise awareness and funds for the charity as Darby’s most notable contribution for the club came in 2009/10’s blue option against Charlton at the Valley.

In that year’s third kit, Darby coolly tucked home the deciding penalty after the League One play-off semi final went to a shoot-out.

This year, a purple number has been provided by kit sponsors PUMA with Imagine Cruising, our mainline sponsors, kindly sacrificing their option to have main shirt sponsorship. They will sit at the top of the back of the shirt.

The third kit will not go on sale but all match-worn shirts will be auctioned off at the end of the season with all proceeds going to the Darby-Rimmer Foundation.

Loan Watch

Luke Haines got another full 90 minutes under his belt as Chippenham Town bounced back from defeat in the week to earn a 1-1 draw against Hungerford.

Haines has started every game for the Bluebirds since joining on-loan and has only lost once with his temporary club.

Jacob Bancroft started his first game for Salisbury as they overcame Dorchester Town 4-1 in the Southern Premier League. He came off on 63 minutes with the Whites already one goal to the good.  

Northampton visit the County Ground in another Tuesday-Saturday Week

The games keep on coming for Town who play their third Tuesday in a row – Northampton Town are the visitors in the first midweek league outing of the 2019/20 campaign.

The Cobblers spent big in the summer but have yet to gel or pick up a win in League Two so far this season. Swindon will head into the game top of the tree and looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign.

You can get your ticket here.


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