HE'S CHUFF CHUFFED
Swindon Town supporter Derek Elston was celebrated recently and presented with a special shirt to commemorate his 2000th consecutive game. The last time Derek Elston missed a Swindon Town match was December 5, 1981. Since then, he has made six trips to Wembley, seen six promotions and seven relegations and taken a water bus to ensure he didn’t miss a game. What makes this even more remarkable is that Derek does not or has ever lived in, or near, Swindon. He grew up in Watford and then moved to Northampton, both about an hour and half away from Swindon, a 140-mile round trip just for a home game. How did the love affair begin? It began thanks to his love for trains, as Swindon was the main works on the Great Western Railway.