We continue our 2019/20 season preview by featuring Wiltshire side, Swindon Town -
Nickname : The Robins
Stadium : The Energy Check County Ground
Capacity : 15,728
Round Trip From The Moss Rose : 290.6 miles
Last Season : 13th
Last season's thirteenth place finish will no doubt have come as a disappointment for Swindon, as they harboured play-off ambitions for much of the 2018/19 campaign.
They would ultimately finish seven points behind Newport County however, yet confidence is high that they will be able to mount a more profitable charge on a League One return this time around.
Ahead of the new campaign, The Robins have brought in a wealth of new signings to aid their promotion bid and this has undoubtedly served to increase the expectation levels at the Energy Check Stadium.
In Richie Wellens, they have a manager desperate for success and as such, Swindon may well prove to be a team to look out for over the course of the next nine months.
The Gaffer - Richie Wellens
As a player Wellens began his career at Manchester United, graduating after two years in the academy. He did not play for the senior side however and in 2000 Richie moved to Blackpool, where he went on to make over two hundred appearances over a five year spell.
Two year stints at Oldham Athletic and Doncaster Rovers followed, during which time Richie helped the latter to win promotion into the Championship.
A move to Leicester City in 2009 followed, where played an integral role in Nigel Pearson’s side that reached the Championship Play-Offs in 2010 - only to be defeated by Cardiff City.
After playing consistently under both Paulo Sousa and Sven Goran Eriksson, Richie won the club’s Player of the Year award at the end of the 2010/11 season.
Despite captaining The Foxes side nineteen times under the returning Pearson, Richie left the King Power Stadium in 2013 by mutual consent.
Wellens then re-joined Doncaster initially on a short-term deal, before extending his stay at the Keepmoat Stadium for a further eighteen months in January 2014.
Richie then made the move to Shrewsbury Town and helped them to League One safety, before the Manchester-born midfielder moved to the then National League North side, Salford City.
After finishing his playing career, Wellens took up a coaching role at Oldham Athletic in 2017. He was put in caretaker charge at Boundary Park during the September of that year and following a five game unbeaten run, was subsequently given the job on a full-time basis.
Richie was dismissed by The Latics in June 2018, following the club's relegation from League One.
Wellens made a return to the game last November, as he was unveiled as Swindon's new Manager shortly after the dismissal of Phil Brown.
Richie was so overjoyed with landing the Wiltshire hot-seat, that he told journalists at his first press conference that he felt that he had won the lottery!
Out - Matt Taylor (retired), James Dunne, Jordan Edwards, Olly Lancashire, Jak McCourt, Sol Pryce, Marc Richards, Chris Robertson, Martin Smith, Lawrence Vigouroux, Jordan Young, Kyle Knoyle.
In - Tyler Reid, Adam May (loan), Zeki Fryers, Matthew Baudry, Jerry Yates, Rob Hunt, Daniel Ballard, Jordan Lyden, Lloyd Isgrove.
Our Last Meeting
The Robins visited the Moss Rose back on 5th January and would go away with all three points in what proved to be a cruel end to proceedings.
Tyrone Marsh opened the scoring in the 14th minute, as he turned in Michael Rose's cross - yet this was to be cancelled out eight minutes before the interval when Marc Richards headed home from close range.
With the game heading for a draw, Jermaine McGlashan surged down the right-hand flank deep into injury-time and his low cross was finished by the advancing Jak McCourt.
Our Next Meetings
Home - Saturday 25th April
Away - Saturday 14th September