Trust STFC catches up with fans across the world who have taken their love of Swindon Town with them to new frontiers.
Tim contacted the Trust back in February 2015, with an amazing offer… “I would love to be a season ticket holder but I live in America, and my attendance at matches would be impossible. Instead I’m interested in donating season tickets to someone who might not otherwise get a chance to go, I want other people to experience the County Ground as I once did”.
This fantastic gesture led to a series of emails back and forth and we’ve kept in touch ever since. It seemed an obvious choice to ask Tim to feature on our first ever “Around The World” segment. Here’s what he had to say…
I’ve been a Swindon supporter for the better part of a decade now. I joined the Trust as I feel as I wanted to support the Club further than I am currently.
I wish that my love affair with Swindon Town began in a more romantic way, but the truth is that I was introduced to Swindon Town through Fifa on Playstation. As an American the League football structure is not well publicised nor was it that prevalent in every day life. However, after my initial introduction to the Robins in 2003 I was hooked.
Through a series of events and contacts that I had working for an American University soccer team – my knowledge, education and passion of Swindon increased as I had daily communications and interactions with a number of British coaches from the likes of Newcastle, Liverpool and Southampton.
I followed the team on a weekly basis looking up scores, reading the match reports, and even secured a few tops as a mate of mine playing Sunday League football gave me his old team issued top that happened to be a Swindon Town replica.
I stayed true to the club through the relegation in 2006 and celebrated promotion in the following campaign.
During a trip to the University of Liverpool in 2009 I took a bus from London to Swindon and enjoyed my first and to this point only day at the County Ground.
The day had it all. The team shop, the chip stand and a 4-2 victory over Scunthorpe United, with all 6 goals being scored at the Town End where my ticket was as well.
Since then I have supported the club as best I can, often wearing one of my 23 kit variations, including some classics purchased through ebay.
I watched as Swindon beat Wigan in the FA Cup third round and through a connection at Wigan acquired Ali Al Habsi’s match kit which hangs on my wall today.
I watched when Chelsea came to the County Ground and had a good laugh, a cry and a fair few pints during Di Canio’s reign as manager.
I listen weekly on The STFC Player and often show the highlights to my missus, even when she doesn’t want to hear about how the team is doing.
I joined the Trust around a year ago as a Silver level member and I’m following the progress from afar. I’m hoping to get back to the County Ground in the next year or two to see a match again.
Perhaps not everyone’s cup of tea in terms of a vacation but certainly fits my bill.
Are you an ex-pat Swindon Town fan with a story to tell? TrustSTFC are after more men, women and kids like Tim (not saying Tim’s a kid, of course) to share their tales of trans-continental support. Click here to do just that.