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Town’s remarkable promotion to the Premier League: 30 years on

Relive the day...

31 May 2023

Club News

Town’s remarkable promotion to the Premier League: 30 years on

Relive the day...

31 May 2023

Thirty years ago today, on May 31st 1993, Swindon Town won promotion to the English top-flight for the first time in the club’s history.

The Robins sealed their place in the Premier League for the newly-formed division’s second season via the new Division One play-offs, seeing off Tranmere Rovers over two legs before a famous victory over Leicester at Wembley.

A 35,000 strong red and white army of Town supporters marched up Wembley Way on what was a sunny May bank holiday, many of whom could not have ever imagined the historic 90 minutes that was to come.

What came next was one of English football’s most dramatic and iconic play-off finals, and remains as such to this day; a seven-goal thriller, in which Town saw themselves three goals to the good after 53 minutes, and then pegged back to 3-3 just 16 minutes later. A surprisingly goalless 15 minutes then followed, with both sides desperately searching for that elusive and potentially history-defining winner. 

The final flourish of what was a heart-stopping contest came in the 84th minute, after Town substitute Steve White was brought down in the Leicester area, prompting a penalty for the Reds. With nerves of steel, Paul Bodin stepped up and wrote his name into the history of this great club, sending Swindon Town to the summit of the English game.

We have included some memorable photos to look back on for those of you who were lucky enough to be there on that special day, and for those who may not have been, as we continue to celebrate the remarkable success of that extraordinary Town team.


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