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Swindon memories

18 February 2015

Club News

Swindon memories

18 February 2015

Who remembers our glory night at the County Ground?

Swindon hasn’t always been a happy hunting ground for Reds, who make their fifth visit to Wiltshire this Saturday.

The three League games there between the teams have finished 3-0 to the hosts on two occasions before Matt Tubbs’ late leveller a year ago earned us our first point against the Robins on their patch in a 1-1 draw.

But we have beaten Swindon at the County Ground before, and the fans who made the trip down the M4 back in December 2010 will never forget it.

Having drawn 1-1 at home, we travelled for an FA Cup replay on a freezing cold night. The pitch had been covered in the days leading up to the game but conditions were hardly ideal as the temperature plummeted.

League Two Swindon were firm favourites but Ben Smith volleyed Reds in front before striker Charlie Austin, now playing at Premier League level with QPR, and Jon-Paul McGovern put Swindon in front.

Jonathan Douglas was then sent off for a bad foul on Glenn Wilson and Reds drew level through Michael Rose’s own goal with 20 minutes left.

Crawley were unlucky not to win in normal time but Smith kept his composure with two minutes of extra time to score what proved to be the winner.

Every Reds’ fan knows what happened next. In the third round for only the second time in the club’s history, we knocked out Championship side Derby 2-1 and then beat 

Torquay United 1-0 to set up a dream fifth round tie at Old Trafford, where more than 74,000 fans saw Crawley’s cup run end with a 1-0 defeat.



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