By Steven Fyfe
“Nobody wants a point with Shrewsbury for their birthday”.
You might think that is a strange way to start a piece of writing but it is a fact. On January 7, two things happened; I turned 27 and Swindon played on the date of my birth for the first time since our infamous FA Cup third round win over then-Premier League Wigan.
As is normal these days, I was fortunate to get many well wishes on social media and it included one friend and fellow Town fan saying “nobody wants a point with Shrewsbury for their birthday”.
As disappointing as it was, though, I was looking ahead as the last gift I received from my wife was a ticket to Oxford at home – that is the one thing I DID want for my birthday.
With all the negativity among the fanbase right now, I am contemplating the fact that nobody wants their present to be a loss to Oxford so here I am, calling you all together.
Fans, staff, players – this is not just three points, nor is it a six-pointer. This means SO much more. Forget about what has happened already in this disappointing season, because a win on February 5 could write these players into STFC folklore.
My message to the players is simple – PLEASE SHUT THE OXFORD FANS UP. We are bored of hearing ‘six in a row’. We got a positive result in our recent EFL Trophy game but even though the history books say ‘Swindon win on penalties’, what we want and need is a win in 90 minutes.
You are going to have a 10,000-strong army behind you and we need you to show the passion and determination that we will be showing from the stands. Fight for every challenge, win every battle, never give up.
They are nothing special.
My message to the fans is we all need to pull together. These 90 minutes can and will be massive for our season. Let us cheer our team onto victory and be the mythical 12th man.
My final thought is a message to everyone – players, coaches and fans, although it is true that nobody wants a point against Shrewsbury for their birthday, nobody wants to lose to Oxford either.