Town will look to perform in front of a sell-out home crowd this afternoon, as they host Wrexham this Boxing Day.
Wrexham have continued their impressive overall form as they look to compete for an automatic promotion spot, with the Red Dragons losing only three times in 22 league fixtures, finding themselves currently occupying third place, six points behind current league leaders Stockport.
Their recent form sees them look to continue their four-game unbeaten run, with Swindon hoping they can return to winning ways with a performance that shows they can compete with the top teams in this division.
A lowdown on the visitors:
Wrexham Association Football Club, known as Clwb Pêl-droed Cymdeithas Wrecsam in Welsh, holds a significant place in football history. Established in 1864, it stands as the oldest club in Wales and the third-oldest professional association football team globally.
Wrexham's early years involved participation in friendlies and cup competitions, with its league journey commencing in 1890 when it joined The Combination. Over the years, the club claimed several titles in different leagues, including four Combination titles and two Welsh Senior League titles. In 1921, Wrexham became inaugural members of the Football League's Third Division North, spending 37 years in the Northern section. Notable achievements include promotion to the Second Division in 1977–78, victories in the Welsh Cup 23 times, and success in the Football League Trophy in 2005.
The club faced challenges, experiencing relegations, financial troubles, and administration in December 2004. Despite exiting administration 18 months later, Wrexham's on-field struggles persisted, leading to their exit from the Football League in 2008. Following unsuccessful play-off campaigns, the club finally secured promotion as champions of the 2022–23 National League.
Wrexham boasts an impressive list of honours, including the Welsh Cup, Football League Trophy, and FA Trophy. Their notable victories over English clubs like Arsenal in the FA Cup in 1992 and FC Porto in the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1984 are etched in the club's history. The Cross-border derby against Chester, Shrewsbury Town, and Tranmere Rovers stands out as intense rivalries. Additionally, Wrexham's home stadium, the Racecourse Ground, holds the distinction of being the world's oldest international stadium still hosting international games, with a record attendance set in 1957 against Manchester United. The club's European journey, marked by participation in the European Cup Winners' Cup, adds to its rich and storied history in the world of football.
2004/05: Swindon Town 4-2 Wrexham
2006/07: Wrexham 2-1 Swindon Town
2006/07: Swindon Town 2-1 Wrexham
2008/09: Wrexham 0-1 Swindon Town (FA Cup)
2023/24: Wrexham 5-5 Swindon Town
Manager: Phil Parkinson
Phil Parkinson, an experienced football manager, has left an indelible mark on the clubs he has served throughout his career. Born on December 1, 1967, in Chorley, England, Parkinson transitioned from a playing career to coaching, eventually making his mark as a manager.
Phil Parkinson's managerial journey began to gain prominence during his tenure with Colchester United in the mid-2000s. His adept management skills were particularly evident during the 2005-2006 season when Colchester achieved promotion to the English Championship, marking a significant accomplishment for both the club and Parkinson.
He later managed several clubs, including Hull City, Charlton Athletic, and Bolton Wanderers. Notably, Parkinson guided Bradford City to the Football League Cup final in the 2012-2013 season, orchestrating a memorable run that included victories over Premier League sides.
Parkinson also went on to manage Sunderland between 2019-2020, before taking over as Wrexham boss in 2021 and went on to achieve immediate success.
After narrowly missing out on the FA Trophy and promotion success in his first season, Parkinson responded by achieving promotion to League Two and became National League champions after defeating Boreham Wood 3-1 in 2023.
One to watch: Elliot Lee
After starting out at Premier League side West Ham United, Lee has continued to show his class across the seasons at all levels of the EFL and the National League, (achieving promotion in League One, League Two and the National League during his professional career), with the versatile attacking midfielder showing his threat again this season too.
13 goals and three assists in 2023/24 shows how much of a presence the 29-year-old is and Swindon will be hoping to prevent him influencing to bring a result that Town will be hoping for this Boxing Day.