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Alan Jones – Trust Focus: Finances

1. Who are you?

I’m Alan Jones, 45, of Swindon. I live just down the road from the County Ground and have been a Season Ticket holder since 1987.

2. What’s your day job?

I currently work for Siemens Mobility (formerly Siemens Rail Automation) in Chippenham

3. How long have you been a Swindon fan?

My first game was in Jan 1982 against Exeter with a 3-1 win. I haven’t missed a Town home game since October 1984 when I became a Junior Robin, paying 50p a game (those were the days).

4. Why did you join the STFC trust board ?

I’ve been a Trust member since the first day. I used to pop into the old Trust Office on a matchday to have a chat, and one day I let slip that I was working in the Treasury Department at BCA, and one of the board members said they were looking for a Treasurer, so I was then co-opted on, and I’ve been doing it ever since

5. What expertise do you bring to the Trust board?

I worked in the Treasury Dept. at BCA for 13 years, so I was fully aware what the job intailed. I have been doing the role for over 14 years, and the Trust’s longest serving board member.

6. What’s your vision for the football team on the pitch?

I think we all would like a successful football team. I would like us to bring through a number of own players from the youth/academy team but we must be sustainable. We do not want to be anywhere near those dark days of nearly going bust.

7. What’s your proudest moment as a Swindon fan?

Obviously reaching the Premier League in 1993, especially after the demotion disappointment in 1990, that was a lot sweeter. When supporting the club in the old Division 4 in the 80’s, yo could only dream about reaching the top division, and we had to win promotion twice from which is now the Championship to get there.

8. Who has been your favourite ever Swindon player and Manager?

Player – Shaun Taylor. He might not be the most gifted, but would literally put his head where no one else would.

Manager – This is difficult. I’ll go for Lou Macari, who started our comeback up the Football League on a shoestring, but mentions to Ossie Ardiles and Glenn Hoddle for the football that was played in the early 90’s, and Paolo di Canio, for the most entertainment during those 18 months, that from one day to the next you didn’t know what was going to happen next.

9. What’s your overall vision for Swindon Town football club?

I would like a successful club, on and off the pitch. I would like to see the County Ground and the local area developed via the purchase of the County Ground by the Trust and the fans, and bringing in crowds of 15k+. We should try and aim to get back into the Championship. It’s coming up to 20 years since we were in that division.