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Swindon Town fans demand change in strategy from owners following lowly League Two finish

Swindon Town fans have written to the owners of their club, demanding investment on and off the pitch. It comes after the Robins’ 19th-place finish in League Two, which is their lowest league position in the modern four-tier system introduced in the 1958/59 season.

Swindon Town fans write open letter to owners demanding investment

Trust Swindon Town FC (Trust STFC) have written to the club’s owners, demanding investment in the playing staff as well as committing to the redevelopment of the County Ground. They say that if these requirements cannot be met, then they should sell the club.

Trust STFC said: “We write this open letter, not only out of a sense of deep frustration but also through a duty to look after the best long-term interests of Swindon Town football club.

“We, at the Trust, led the agreement to purchase the County Ground from Swindon Borough Council with the help of the Eady Trust in order to give the Club a significant reduction in rent and the ability to invest in the facilities to make the Club sustainable moving forward.

“In addition, we have tried to support, encourage, advise you and give you constructive feedback in order to give you the best chance of success in running the Club.

“We made sure that throughout an incredibly hard second half the season we remained focused on supporting the Club and its players, putting the relegation battle first. Although we avoided relegation, we did still end in the worst league position in modern history.”

They added: “We call today for:

  1. an immediate and significant investment in both money and experienced personnel into the Club;
  2. a clear and credible funding plan for the ground re-development; and
  3. a commitment to complete transparency and honesty in more frequent communication.

“Alternatively, it is time for you to sell the Club and find a new owner who can provide these things as soon as is practically possible.

“We are a proud Club which has cherished our football league status for well over 100 years and we implore you to make the changes now before we lose that status under your tenure.”


Will Murray

Freelance football journalist. Experience writing for When Saturday, Comes, Goalkeeper.com, Elite Scholars and Total Football Analysis. Recently finished an MA in Sport Journalism at the University of Brighton. Long-time season ticket holder at the two-time European Champions Nottingham Forest.

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