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🔎 The Opposition: Swindon Town (H)

An in-depth look at Saturday's opponents

15 August 2019

Two teams with 100% records in EFL Sky Bet League Two meet this Saturday, as Exeter City take on fellow south west team Swindon Town at St James Park.

Here’s your complete lowdown on the Robins

  • Founded: 1879
  • Nickname: The Robins
  • Honours: Football League third tier title: 1995/96. Football League fourth tier titles: 1985/86 & 2011/12. League Cup: 1968/69. Anglo-Italian Cup: 1969/70. Anglo-Italian League Cup: 1968/69.

Originally donning black and white colours during the club’s infancy in the late 19th century, Swindon swiftly changed their colours to red in the 1902/03 season, culminating in their new nickname ‘The Robins’.

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Swindon’s first taste of major silverware came in 1969 after comfortably dispatching favourites Arsenal in the League Cup final with a 3-1 victory.

That cup triumph earned entry into the Anglo-Italian League Cup where they excelled just as well overseas with a 5-2 aggregate drubbing of AS Roma. Swindon then went one better by winning the Anglo Italian Cup the following season after thrashing Napoli 3-0.

Another first for the Wiltshire club came in 1993 as the Robins reached the promised land of top tier football and the Premier League, though they were instantly relegated.

Since the turn of the century, Swindon won the League Two championship in 2011/12.

Last match

Swindon Town were knocked out of the League Cup in a 3-0 loss away at Colchester United in which both sides were reduced to ten men.

Last time out in the league, Swindon came from behind to defeat Carlisle United 3-2 with goals from Jerry Yates, Zeki Fryers and Kaiyne Woolery.

The manager

Richie Wellens

Richie Wellens has been in charge of Swindon Town since October 2018. 

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The role is former Manchester United graduate Wellen’s second taste of management, prior to Swindon, he lasted just one season with Oldham Athletic as he failed to avoid the drop, as his former employers dropped down to League Two after finishing in 21st place.

Richie guided the Robins to a 13th place position last season, and will be looking to be in and around the top seven this season.

One to watch

Michael Doughty

The Midfielder joined the Robins from Peterborough United on a permanent transfer in July 2018 and quickly found his feet as a Swindon player, scoring a hat-trick on his League Two debut against Macclesfield Town.

He finished as Swindon's top scorer last season with 14 strikes from midfield.

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Previous meetings

Swindon Town 0-2 Exeter City (League Two – January 1, 2019)

A wonder goal from teenager Archie Collins was the highlight of the day as Exeter City beat Swindon Town to do the double over the Robins.

It was the 19-year-old’s first goal in senior football and gave the Grecians a 2-0 advantage in a match that they controlled for the large parts.

Exeter City 2-0 Swindon Town (League Two – October 13, 2018)

Goals in either half from Jonathan Forte and Jayden Stockley as Exeter made it seven games undefeated and continued their promotion surge, sitting in second place.

Swindon enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and equalled the Grecians nine attempts on goal, but were made to pay for their profligacy from the hosts.

Head-to-head

  • Exeter - 28
  • Draws - 27
  • Swindon - 39

Ticket news

Tickets are on sale at advance prices until 5pm in person and midnight online, on Friday, August 16, so you can save time and money, and pick your seat in advance.

Tickets are available online by visiting: tickets.ecfc.co.uk, by calling: 01392 411 243 or by visiting the club shop/reception at St James Park.

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