Community Football

Community Football: Swindon Town Curtail Call

A final review of the FM23 Community Football series featuring Swindon Town, as we bring the curtain down on a nine season stint in the English football pyramid.

Starting the series off in League 2, we finished with a very respectable 4th place finish. Back to back promotions followed with both League 2 and League 1 titles being lifted by The Robins. The 25/26 campaign ended with a 5th place finish in the Championship, followed by automatic promotion in 26/27 with a 2nd place finish. 27/28 saw Swindon Town return to the Premier League for the first time since 93/94. Stability was the key for the following few season with 17th, 15th and 12th placed finishes delivering steady progress, with major silverware lifted in 29/30 with victory in the League Cup final. That title secured European football in 30/31 for the first time in the club’s history, through the UEFA Europa Conference League. Six wins in six, saw us breeze through to the knockout stages and a gain a genuine shot at a first ever European trophy, which we lifted, in a season that saw us finish in our highest league place to date (8th).

Swindon Town lift the Europa Conference League Trophy

Swindon Town lift the Europa Conference League Trophy

The squad now features a large number of international footballers, including a good British spine in the team with representation for England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland, with some fantastic talents representing the likes of Romania, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Serbia, and further afield for Columbia, Chile and South Korea too. The squad now features many new-gens, but there are still some big household names featuring in the squad, including the likes of Evan Ferguson and Alejandro Garnacho (who has somehow managed to avoid an international call up). The academy continues to provide an abundance of talented young players, which continue to be fed into the first team squad.

Numerous ex-players have continued to serve the club as members of staff, including now club legends Jack Butland and Matt Smith (as well as ex England internationals, Harry Maguire and Tyrone Mings).

With a new stadium completed in the summer of 2031 (Don Rogers Park, 36,137 capacity), there’s a lot for Swindon Town fans to be excited about, as a new era begins.

The club is in a fantastic position financially too, with a healthy bank balance of £224,489,157.

Don Rogers Park

Don Rogers Park

Don Rogers Park

Don Rogers Park

 

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