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Rob Angus on Man City Cup Draw

CEO on plum FA Cup Draw

6 December 2021

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Swindon Town Chief Executive Rob Angus was delighted with drawing Manchester City at home in the Emirates FA Cup and knows it is a huge draw for the Football Club.

Ben Garner's team were drawn at home to Premier League giants Manchester City in the Third Round of the Emirates FA Cup earlier tonight, with Pep Guardiola's team heading to The County Ground on the weekend of Saturday 8th January 2022.

It is a huge, huge draw for the Club and rich rewards for all the hard work that has been put in since the new ownership back in the summer.

And, speaking exclusively to, CEO Rob Angus reflected on what the draw and the prospect of welcoming the reigning Premier League leaders to SN1 means to the Football Club.

"It is massive," Angus said.

"It is a huge draw for all of the town, for all of our loyal fans and we haven't been in the Third Round for over 10 years.

"I remember the last time at home against Wigan, we won that one and it was pretty much a full house, so it is great to be in the Third Round and to have a home tie against one of the biggest clubs in the world and the current Premier League leaders.

"It will be an amazing day and an amazing game.

"It will be a shot in the arm financially. We've inherited a very, very difficult position with £4.5 million worth of debt, we've made good progress but we've still got £2.5 million worth of debt to work through and legal battles and issues to work through.

"This will be a big help. 

"We've got to share the gate receipts with the other club, we've got the stewarding and policing costs to take into account so an away draw would have been better, but hopefully we will get it on TV and that money will be helpful. 

"The thing for me that is nice that all of our loyal supporters who come to all the games, those who can't make it away will be able to come to the game and we'll look at how we can reward our most loyal fans and hopefully it will push up attendances for our other upcoming games over the Christmas period.

"If we can get more fans in off the Man City game that will be additional help with the historical issues we've inherited.

"I know Ben Garner will be buzzing and the style of football we play is a great style of football and is similar to the likes of Man City.

"It will be great for the Football Club."

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