The final day of the football season is upon us, for me personally I cannot wait for this football season to finish I have been looking forward to this day for a while now. As a Swindon Town fan this has been a tough season to watch on and off the field. After all the buzz of the 2019/20 season which ended in a league title, the 20/21 season has been a catastrophe and has flattered to deceive.
In all honesty the last month to six weeks has been tough to watch this Swindon Town side struggle and fall at the final hurdle. In games where they really should have picked up points away at Burton Albion and at Rochdale it has been horrible, tough, and demoralising to watch. There have been a few good highlights this season, but they are few and far between. This season on a whole has been an utter failure on and off the field. A cheap option to guide us through November-April has been a disaster and hindsight being 20-20 John Sheridan should never have been given the job in the first place. That appointment in November has cost us League one status for next season.
All the hard work of previous seasons has been ripped apart at the soul by a manager who was brought in and despised by the fans on social media for his dinosaur tactics. Then by an owner who has been hated by the fans for the last 5 years and they are counting down the days to his departure at the football club. Plus, it cannot come quick enough.
The summer will be a tough job for whoever is to be appointed the manager and with the off the field problems it could a long summer ahead. There are over 20 players out of contract and some players will need to be moved on to pastures new and this club will need to re-build again and restart life in league 2.
Predicted XI 4-3-1-2
Camp, Caddis, Grant, Broadbent, Hunt, Missilou, Palmer, Payne, Twine, Parsons, Smith.
Wigan Athletic are Swindon Town final day opponents and they managed to retain their league one status for next season last weekend. Rochdale failed to beat Doncaster and Wigan lost away at Hull City. Which meant with a game to spare and 4 points ahead of the bottom 4, Wigan Athletic pulled off league one survival.
Wigan Athletic run of last 6 games in League One has been excellent, 3 wins, 2 defeats and a draw has given them safety which on reflection was miles away as the club was bottom of league one in early March. 10 points from 18 has seen Wigan move from bottom 4 to safety, but in the long run 20 points from a possible 36 has seen Leam Richardson side rise from 24th in the league one standings to 20th. A tremendous run of form and something that Richardson and his back-room staff can be immensely proud of what they achieved. Wigan were dead and buried and looking at back-back relegations, but they have done a brilliant job in turning around the fortunes at the club.
The key player to watch out for in this Wigan Athletic side:
Will Keane has been involved in 13 goals this season for Wigan Athletic with 9 goals and 4 assists in 31 league appearances. Keane is very versatile and has played a plethora of positions in the front line for Wigan this season. He has found his form playing in the striker role as a CF or behind the striker with 7 goals in 18 appearances up front. Keane has hit form at the end of the season for the Latics with 4 goals and 3 assists in the last 6 games and will be looking to end the season on a high against a creaky Swindon Town defence.
By Scot Munroe