Date: 30th December 2008 at 5:11pm
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01 Jan – Swindon Town 1-1 Swansea City

Over 9,000 see a 97th minute penalty by Simon Cox. Barry Corr is sent off in the 20th minute. Cox is given a standing ovation as his loan spell comes to an end.

05 Jan – Swindon Town 1-1 Barnet

F.A. draw is watched by former Dundee United legend and Scotland international Maurice Malpas.

07 Jan – Ben Tozer joins Newcastle United

11 Jan – Almost There…

Andrew Fitton’s consortium take further steps in their bid to take control of Swindon Town Football Club after long negotiations.

12 Jan – Walsall 2-2 Swindon Town

15 Jan – Fitton & Malpas

On the day that Fitton announces that his consortium are in full control of the club. Maurice Malpas is installed as the new manager of Swindon Town. Caretaker manager David Byrne is appointed his assistant.

The transfer embargo is lifted and Swindon can dabble in the market once more.

17 Jan – Bodin’s Return

Former Town favourite Paul Bodin is appointed the new youth team manager

18 Jan – Swindon in Double Signing Shock

Watford winger Anthony McNamee joins Town from Watford while his Vicarage Road teammate Moses Ashikodi joins on loan.

19 Jan – Swindon Town 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Malpas gets a win against Swindon legend Colin Calderwood’s Forest side thanks to two own goals by Perch and Breckin.

21 Jan – Pat Kanyuka joins from Queens Park Rangers

Meanwhile the next days sees the departure of Andrew Caton who is released.

22 Jan – Surely we’ll score one penalty?

Nope. Swindon are knocked out of the FA Cup by Barnet after a 1-1 draw is settled on penalties. Town join Barcelona as one of the few clubs that complete a shoot-out without scoring (2-0 on pens)

Jan 25 – Steve Adams leaves for Torquay

Kaid Mohammd goes to Plainmoor on loan

Jan 26 – Crewe Alexandra 0-0 Swindon Town

Jan 28 – You BEST leave… Now!

BEST Holdings duo Ibón Pérez Arrieta and Mauro Almeida depart the County Ground. Days later they are followed by Franklin Anzité.

29 Jan – Luton Town 0-1 Swindon Town

31 Jan – Cox to Northampton? Cobblers!

Northampton fail to secure a deal when it looked as though Swindon were going to miss out after prolonged discussions, Simon Cox joins Swindon from Reading. Lovely stuff.


02 Feb – Swindon Town 1-1 Northampton Town

09 Feb – Huddersfield 1-0 Swindon Town

12 Feb – Swindon Town 3-0 Cheltenham Town

16 Feb – Nottingham Forest 1-0 Swindon Town

19 Feb – Youth Better Belive it (Sorry)

Callum Kennedy, Sean Morrison, Ben Joyce, Kurt Hammonds, Lloyd Macklin, Jake Hyde, Sam Morris, Mark Scott and Jack Winter all sign professional contracts.

23 Feb – Swindon Town 0-3 Walsall

26 Feb – Oldham Athletic 2-2 Swindon Town

Jake Hyde joins Weymouth on loan.


01 Mar – Swindon Town 0-1 Leeds United

Cox misses a sitter in front of 13,270 fans.

04 Mar – Swindon Town 3-2 Huddersfield Town

Only 4,840 witness an eventful game which saw Anthony McNamee destroy the Terriers defence. Billy Paynter scores alongside a Craig Easton double to make it 3-0. Phil Jevons scores two penalties and Swindon have Lee Peacock and Billy Paynter both sent-off!

Meanwhile, Chris Blackburn leaves on loan joining Jake Hyde at Weymouth.

11 Mar – Leyton Orient 2-1 Swindon Town

13 Mar – Timlin Returns

Fulham’s Michael Timlin rejoins on loan for a second spell which would become a full-time deal.

15 Mar – Swindon Town 2-2 Carlisle United

22 Mar – Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1 Swindon Town

22 Mar – It is confirmed that the South Stand is to be re-named the Don Rogers Stand

24 Mar Swindon Town 0-1 Southend United


05 Apr – Swindon Town 3-0 Oldham Athletic

11 Apr – Doncaster Rovers 2-0 Swindon

19 Apr – Swindon Town 6-0 Port Vale

Already relegated Port Vale are given a thorough tonking by Town with goals from Peacock, Easton, J. Smith, McNamee, Timlin and Ben Joyce, who was making his debut as a 2nd half sub.

22 Apr – Bristol Rovers 0-1 Swindon Town

26 Apr – Gillingham 1-1 Swindon Town

Late equaliser by Hasney Aljofree essentially dooms Gillingham to relegation!

Also in April former Swindon Town striker Jack Smith died aged 72.


02 May – Tom Evans signs a professional deal

03 May – Swindon Town 2-1 Millwall

Timlin’s full-time contract is confirmed

14 May – Chris Blackburn joins Aldershot


05 Jun – Stick with 4-4-2

Swindon announce that football magazine FourFourTwo will be the new Swindon shirt sponsors.

09 Jun – Kevin Amankwaah joins from Swansea

30 Jun – Cheerio chaps

Sofiane Zaaboub, Kaid Mohamed and longest serving player Andrew Nicholas are released. Multi-award winning Miguel Comminges departs for FA Cup finalists Cardiff City after turning down a new deal.


10 Jul – FC Steaua Bucuresti 1-1 Swindon Town

12 Jul – Swindon Town 1-1 Fenerbahçe SK

15 Jul – Swindon Town 1-2 FC Tescoma Zlín

Roberto Carlos can only watch in wonder as Simon Cox scores a belter!

18 Jul – Swindon Town 1-3 Portsmouth

31 Jul – Lilian Nalis joins on a Free Transfer

22 Jul – Hampton and Richmond Borough 2-1 Swindon Town

23 Jul – Salisbury City 1-0 Swindon Town

26 Jul – Chippenham Town 1-4 Swindon Town

29 Jul – Swindon Town 1-1 Cardiff City

30 Jul – Swindon Supermarine 4-3 Swindon Town

Veteran midfielder Nalis had been released by Paul Sturrock at Plymouth and delayed retirement for a season to join Malpas’ revolution.


01 Aug – Hungerford Town 2-4 Swindon Town

03 Aug – Swindon Town 3-0 Plymouth Argyle

Much to the dismay of Maurice Malpas and the home and away supporters, the Devon side field a youth team in the final friendly of Swindon’s pre-season.

07 Aug – Kasali Yinka Casal flies in

Casal joins from Dutch outfit SC Cambuur Leeuwarden for an undisclosed fee.

09 Aug – Swindon Town 3-2 Tranmere Rovers

12 Aug – Swindon Town 2-3 Queens Park Rangers

League Cup: We fall at the first hurdle.

16 Aug – Cheltenham Town 2-0 Swindon Town

23 Aug – Swindon Town 1-3 Colchester United

30 Aug – MK Dons 1-2 Swindon Town

13 Aug – Mark Marshall joins from Eastleigh

Mark Scott also joins Thatcham Town on loan.


02 Sep – Aldershot 2-2 Swindon Town

JPT: Swindon scrape through against League Two Aldershot winning 7-6 on penalties. Mark Marshall scoring the all important effort.

05 Sep – Hereford United 1-1 Swindon Town

13 Sep – Swindon Town 1-3 Leeds

20 Sep – Stockport County 1-1 Swindon Town

25 Sep – Christian Roberts retires

After an injury plagued year, the Welshman decides to retire after an eventful career in Wiltshire.

28 Sep – Swindon Town 1-2 Millwall


03 Oct – Hartlepool United 3-3 Swindon Town

Swindon surrender a 3-0 lead against Danny Wilson’s Hartlepool. Simon Cox scores a sublime hat-trick.

07 Oct – Hereford United 1-2 Swindon Town


11 Oct – Swindon Town 1-3 Huddersfield Town

18 Oct – Southend United 2-1 Swindon Town

21 Oct – Swindon Town 2-1 Northampton Town

24 Oct – Former chairman Brian Hillier Dies

25 Oct – Swindon Town 2-0 Oldham Athletic

23 Oct – Blair Sturrock joins Bournemouth on loan


01 Nov – Scunthorpe United 3-3 Swindon Town

Another Cox hat-trick

08 Nov – Histon 1-0 Swindon Town

Dear-oh-dear. The end is nigh for Malpas.

12 Nov – Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 Swindon Town

Swindon crash out of all the cups after a miserable week.

13 Nov – Malpas sacked

Andrew Fitton was left no choice but to sack the man he supported for so long. David Byrne takes the caretaker role for the second time.

15 Nov – Swindon Town 2-2 Leicester City

A late Swindon rally denies Leicester the win.

22 Nov – Bristol Rovers 2-2 Swindon Town

A late Rovers equaliser

25 Nov – Swindon Town 2-2 Peterborough United

A late Boro equaliser.

29 Nov – Walsall 2-1 Swindon Town


02 Dec – Tom Evans joins Truro City on loan

06 Dec – Swindon Town 1-1 Carlisle United

Another late equaliser courtesy of the opposition

13 Dec – Crewe Alexandra 1-0 Swindon Town

20 Dec – Swindon Town 2-3 Yeovil Town

24 Dec – Danny Wilson confirmed as manager

After every man and his dog is linked, the former Barnsley, Sheffield Wednesday, Bristol City, MK Dons and Hartlepool boss takes over.

26 Dec – Leyton Orient 1-2 Swindon Town

28 Dec – Swindon Town 0-2 Brighton and Hove Albion

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5 Replies to “Swindon Town in 2008”

  • What an eventful year at the County Ground. Wouldn’t be STFC without a bit of drama. Let’s hope 2009 has more highs than lows! UP THE TOWN!

  • What were your highlights Gazza if any? I enjoyed the 3-2 win against Huddersfield… McNamee was on fire that evening (he destroyed Frank Sinclair), the ref had shocker – sadly the only two things he got right were the sendings off of Peacock and Paynter!

    The referee’s performance was so poor, at half-time and 3-1 up the fans were talking about hopefully getting a result!

  • I enjoyed the QPR cup tie even if we lost. The optimism of things to come was in the air but ofcourse things went a bit pear shaped after that. Other than that like you Huddersfield was a bit special!

  • I went to the QPR game and at times we played really tidy football. I was amazed we went in front because we were poor in the first 45 minutes but we were terrific in the second half.

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