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Town Under-18s to face Garuda Select at Melksham

Friendly at Oakfield Stadium to be broadcast to millions across the world…

21 February 2023

Academy News

Town Under-18s to face Garuda Select at Melksham

Friendly at Oakfield Stadium to be broadcast to millions across the world…

21 February 2023

Swindon Town Under-18s will head to Melksham’s Oakfield Stadium this afternoon for a friendly fixture with a difference.

Lee Peacock's side will be taking on Garuda Select - an Indonesian side made up of the very best young players from the Asian country as part of an annual UK tour.

Now in it’s fourth year, the likes of current first-team Town graduates Harry Parsons, George Cowmeadow and Harrison Minturn have all featured in the same fixture in previous years.

There will certainly be a fair few eyes on today’s match, with the game set to be broadcast live to more than nine million people back in Indonesia, as the clash is seen as a key driver in developing some of the countries most talented young players and raising their profiles.

In another interesting twist, the Garuda Select side will be managed by former Swindon Town manager Dennis Wise, who was boss at SN1 for five months back in 2006.

He'll take to the dugout this afternoon alongside ex-England international Des Walker.

Ahead of the big match this afternoon, Senior Academy Director, Jamie Russell, said: “This is a fixture we have always looked forward to over the past few years, and is a real showcase event for our talented young players with the game featuring on TV all over the world.

“This always proves a difficult game for us with Garuda possessing some really exciting prospects themselves, but from a developmental perspective it plays a really key role.

“I think this game highlights the great work Swindon Town is doing in not only nurturing local talent, with many of our young players having already had a taste of first-team football this term.

“It also shows how influential our academy is in driving young people to play football all over the world."

If you’d like to head over to Melksham’s Oakfield Stadium at 1pm today, admission is free.

The tie will also be broadcast live on Mola.TV.

All the best to both teams!


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