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Spotlight on the Opposition | Swindon Town

14 May 2022

We face Swindon this weekend in the first leg of our Play-Off Semi-Final. Let's take an in-depth look at our opposition

In the Dugout

Swindon Town boss Ben Garner started his coaching career at Crystal Palace in 2005 as Academy Coach before becoming First Team Coach seven years later.

He moved on to West Bromwich Albion and ATK in India before getting his first management job at Bristol Rovers in December 2019. He lasted less than a year in charge and was sacked in November 2020. He was appointed manager of Swindon Town in July 2021.

Ben Garner: Swindon Town's defensive stability about hard work in training  | Swindon Advertiser

Man with the Armband

25-year-old Dion Conroy captains the Robins in his sixth season for the club. In his youth career, he had a short spell with Fulham before moving to Chelsea where he spent ten years of his career including one year as a professional but did not make an appearance.

Instead, he was sent out on loan to Aldershot in 2016 before making a permanent move to Swindon from Chelsea in January 2017.

This season, Conroy has made 39 appearances in all competitions scoring once and assisting once. The defender has picked up five yellow cards and one red card which came in mid-December in a 2-0 away defeat to Barrow.

Swindon Town club captain not guaranteed to be Dion Conroy: Ben Garner |  Swindon Advertiser

Last time out and recent form

The Robins have won four and lost once in their last five games. The defeat came at home to ten men Leyton Orient but they bounced back with four straight victories against Hartlepool United, Forest Green Rovers, Barrow and Walsall.

In their last game, McKirdy got them off to the perfect start on three minutes away to Walsall. Jack Payne doubled the visitors’ lead shortly afterward before grabbing his brace on the stroke of half-time. That third killed the game with Walsall offering very little response in the second half.


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