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OPPOSITION GUIDE: SWINDON TOWN

22 October 2021

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The Bantams are back on the road again - this time facing a long trip to Wiltshire to face Swindon Town in a 3.00pm kick-off in Sky Bet League Two.

Swindon have made an impressive start to the season, winning six, drawing five and losing two, placing them in the automatic promotion spots.

The Robins returned to Sky Bet League Two this season after a one-year absence, spending a year in the division above after winning the league via points-per-game.

We have put together an Opposition Guide to give you all the information you need to know about our 14th opponent of the season.

TRANSFER ACTIVITY

The Robins used the summer transfer window to overhaul their squad after relegation from Sky Bet League One - with 15 players entering the club and 17 departing.

INCOMINGS: Ryan East (Reading), Jonathan Williams (Cardiff), Tyreece Simpson (Ipswich, loan), Romoney Crichlow (Huddersfield, loan), Louis Reed (Peterborough), Pierce Sweeney (Exeter), Jayden Mitchell-Lawson (Derby), Harry McKirdy (Port Vale), Lewis Ward (Exeter), Joe Wallacott (Bristol City), Ben Gladwin (MK Dons), Mo Dabre (Volenti Academy), Ricky Aguiar (Worthing), Alex Gilbert (Brentford, loan), Kaine Kesler (Aston Villa, loan). 

OUTGOINGS: Zeki Fryers (Stockport), Taylor Curran (Maidstone), Jonathan Grounds (Exeter), Massimo Giamattei (Bracknell), Hallam Hope (Oldham), Christopher Missilou (Newport), Matt Palmer (Notts County), Scott Twine (MK Dons), Pierce Sweeney (Exeter), Brett Pitman (Bristol Rovers), Tom Broadbent (Eastleigh), Anthony Cheshire (Bracknell), Joel Grant (Grimsby), Archie Matthews (Birmingham), Luke Haines (Hereford), Lee Camp (free agent), Paul Caddis (free agent).

ONES TO WATCH

Tyreece Simpson

The Ipswich loanee has got off to a flying start at The County Ground - netting four times and getting two assists. 

Simpson netted his first professional goal for the Robins against Mansfield - where the 19-year-old was the only scorer.

He is Swindon's highest goal-scorer this season. 

Dion Conroy 

Conroy has proved one of Swindon’s key assets this season - playing every minute of the league campaign at the heart of the defence. 

The Robins have kept five clean sheets in 13 games this season, all of which featured the No.4 in the backline.

Harry McKirdy

One of the Robins' summer signings, McKirdy has netted three times in eight appearances this season.

He tops the Robins’ assist chart, registering two after spending last season at Port Vale. 

CAPTAIN

Club captain Dion Conroy joined Swindon from Chelsea in 2017 after graduating from the prestigious Cobham academy, alongside the likes of Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount.

The No.4 leads from behind - often featuring as the central center-back in a back three.

Conroy was named club captain at the start of the 2021/22 season after spending four years at the club.

MANAGER

Ben Garner is one of the few managers in the division to have not played professional football.

Head coach Garner took charge at the start of the season, after being relieved of his duties at Bristol Rovers in 2020.

Garner earned his stripes in various coaching roles, most notably at Crystal Palace as a first-team coach and West Brom as assistant head coach.  

LAST MATCH

SUTTON 1 (Harry Beautyman 39’ pen)

SWINDON 2 (Louis Reed 17’, Jonathan Williams 31’)

SWINDON: Jojo Wollacott; Ellis Landolo, Mathieu Baudry, Rob Hunt, Akinwale Odimayo; Romoney Crichlow (booked 90+1’), Louis Reed (Ryan East 72’), Jack Payne ©, Jonathan Williams (Ben Gladwin 72’); Harry McKirdy (booked 87’, Jayden Mitchell-Lawson 88’), Tyreece Simpson. SUBS (not used): Kaine Hayden, Alex Gilbert, Anthony Grant, Lewis Ward.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Meetings: 40

City Wins: 13

Draws: 12

Swindon Wins: 15


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