SWIN­DON TOWN

Evergreen - - Evergreen - ALAN ROBIN­SON

The club’s roots go back to 1879 when the Rev. Wil­liam Pitt founded the Spar­tans, who amal­ga­mated with St. Mark’s Young Men’s Friendly So­ci­ety to be­come Swin­don Town FC in 1883. The fol­low­ing year the club turned pro­fes­sional and be­came a foun­der­mem­ber of the South­ern League. In 1896 they moved to the County Ground which re­mains their home to this day.

Led by the great Harold Flem­ing, who was capped 11 times for Eng­land, they reached the semi- fi­nals of the FA Cup in 1910 and again two years later. In be­tween, in 1910- 11, they won the South­ern League Cham­pi­onship which led to an ap­pear­ance in the Char­ity Shield against Manch­ester United, only for them to lose 8- 4.

In 1920 Swin­don were elected to the Third Di­vi­sion of the Foot­ball League and fin­ished a cred­itable fourth in their first sea­son. Af­ter the hos­til­i­ties the club’s for­tunes de­clined and re- elec­tion had to be sought in 1956 and again the fol­low­ing year.

Pro­mo­tion was achieved in 1963 but higher sta­tus only lasted two sea­sons. Then came the club’s finest hour in 1969 when not only did they achieve pro­mo­tion but they beat Arse­nal 3- 1 in the fi­nal of the Foot­ball League Cup with two goals by star winger Don Rogers. Since that time Swin­don have usu­ally op­er­ated in the League’s third tier al­though for one sea­son, 1993- 94, they were mem­bers of the Premier League.

Swin­don Town ( 1968- 69) J. Smith, P. No­ble, R. Smart, O. Daw­son, P. Downs­bor­ough, S. Har­land, J. Trol­lope, D. Heath. F. Bur­rows, J. Butler, R. Thomas, C. Jones, W. Pen­man, D. Rogers. Back row ( left to right): Front row:

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