Whisper it quietly, the Football season is upon us. Its déjà vu as Swindon Town the start the 2021/22 season with an away trip to Glanford Park. Rewind the clock two years previously and Swindon started the 2019/20 season with a successful trip to Glanford Park with a 2-0 away win. Will history repeat itself; we will find out tomorrow after 5pm.
It has been a long and complicated Summer for us Swindon Town fans. But low and behold things are on the up for us fans and the club. New ownership, new coach, and director of football, 11 signings on free transfers and loan. 9 new signings and Two players from last season have re-joined in the summer and that is Anthony Grant which was announced yesterday and Akin Odimayo which was announced on Wednesday. Both are massive coups for the season and adds both balance and depth in defence and in midfield.
The Calibre of signings has been very impressive in the space of a couple of weeks, Swindon Town have gone from rags to riches. Lewis Ward and JoJo Woollacott in goal, Kaine Kessler, Akin Odimayo, Romoney Crichlow in defence. Anthony Grant, Ben Gladwin, louis Reed and Mohammed Dabre in midfield. Finally, Harry McKirdy and Tyreece Simpson in attack.
Been very impressed with both Ben Garner and new DOF Ben Chorley approach to this season, the 11 signings have fitted the mould and the identity on which they have both talked about when first introduced to the club two weeks ago. I am intrigued to see what else they can bring to the club in the next couple of weeks as the window slams shut at the end of the month
Predicted XI 4-3-3
Woollacott, Hunt, Conroy, Baudry, Landolo, Grant, Gladwin, Reed, Payne McKirdy, Simpson
Scunthorpe United like Swindon Town have had a tough summer, they were placed under a part transfer embargo. This was silent but since the EFL went public with all the EFL misdemeanours a few weeks ago, Scunthorpe United was on the list. Scunthorpe took out a loan from the EFL to help with club running costs. The EFL responded with a partial transfer embargo, Scunthorpe United were one of three clubs including Swindon Town and Oldham Athletic to be listed.
20 players have left Glanford park in the summer with the big departures of Abo Eisa and Alex Gilliead to Bradford City. Kevin Van Veen to Motherwell, youngster Joey Dawson has joined Celtic on a three-year deal. John McAtee dropped down a division to join Grimsby Town and Lewis Spence has left English football and joined Hamilton Academicals in the Scottish Championship.
It has been a big rebuild job for Neil Cox with 8 players coming in with 7 on free transfers and 1 on loan. Harry Davis and Alex Kenyon have left promoted Morecambe and Joined permanently, Lewis Thompson, Tom Bilson and Tyrone O’Neil have joined from U23 Football. Thomson from Blackburn, O’Neil from Middlesbrough, Bilson on loan from Coventry U23. Harry Bunn has joined on a free transfer from York City. The 8th signing of the summer for Neil Cox side was Alex Perry on a two-year deal after his release from Wigan Athletic.
Scunthorpe United league form at the end of last season was very poor, they ended the season with just one win out of the last 11 league two games. That win was a 2-0 home win over Bradford City on the 22nd March. Last 7 league two games just 1 point picked up from a possible 21 that was a 0-0 away draw at Bradford City. Scunthorpe United limped to safety by surviving relegation to the National League third bottom above the dreaded dotted line by just three points.
Neil Cox will be hoping for a better start to this season and to eradicate the poor performances that hindered the side in the final months of last season.
The feel-good factor is back at Swindon Town and its great to see, the season ticket numbers are going up and up. The signings being made on the pitch are fitting the philosophy of the club, tomorrow enters a new era at the club and it would be outstanding to kick off the Clem Morfuni era with a fantastic away win a la 2019 in front of fans.
By Scot Munroe