Recently-appointed First-Team Head Coach, Scott Lindsey, takes charge of his first game at the helm this weekend as Swindon Town begin their pre-season schedule with an away trip to Melksham Town.
With the new EFL Sky Bet League Two campaign just a month away, Lindsey has six friendlies to assess his options and get his squad prepared as he embarks on his first full-time role as head coach in the game.
Saturday’s opponents Melksham ply their trade in the Southern League Division One South, which forms level seven of the English football league pyramid.
Last term, Richard Fey’s charges earned themselves a respectable eighth-placed finish in the league, their highest ever, recording 15 wins from their 36 games.
They hit Slimbridge 5-0 to record their biggest victory of the season back in October, although their highlight was beating eventual champions Plymouth Parkway 4-3 in the same month, overcoming a three goal deficit with half an hour to play to claim all three points.
Founded in 1876, the club are one of the oldest non-league sides around. Playing their games at the Oakfield Stadium, Town average around 400 fans for home matches during a typical league season, and moved into their current home five years ago from The Conigre.
They run a total of five senior teams which includes a women’s side, as well as a youth setup that brings the beautiful game to more than 470 boys and girls of all abilities.
This Saturday’s game between Melksham and Town will be particularly poignant for Swindon, as the two sides met at the same stage last term in a pre-season clash, with Steve Mildenhall taking the side amidst the well-documented financial struggles the club faced a year ago with just five senior professionals available.
Melksham’s only pre-season victory over Swindon was back in 2000, when they emerged with a 1-0 victory at The County Ground in the Wiltshire Professional Shield.
Tickets for the game are available to purchase on the gate. It’s £12 for adults, £9 for OAPs and £4 for those aged 15 and under.