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Swindon Town odds, like with every side in League Two, have become more popular to bet on in recent years. League Two is well known in betting circles for being hard to predict and throwing up shock results, a team can be challenging for promotion one season and fighting relegation the next. Because of this, Swindon Town relegation odds are just as common as odds on Swindon Town to get promoted, with these odds available at the start and throughout the season.

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History

Swindon Town are a professional football club located in the town of Swindon in Wiltshire. Having spent at least one season in the top four English divisions throughout Swindon Town history, the club currently play in the country’s fourth tier, League Two.

The history of Swindon Town begins in 1879. The club were first known as Swindon AFC, then Swindon Spartans before changing their name once more to Swindon Town in 1883.

Reverend William Pitt of Liddington founded the club, and in 1894 Swindon Town became a professional club. The same year, the club joined the newly formed Southern League. Between 1894 and 1902, Swindon Town played in both the Southern League First Division and the Western Football League.

During the 1909/1910 season, Swindon Town embarked on their best ever FA Cup run. Reaching the semi final, they were beaten by Newcastle United, who went on to win the competition.

The following season, Swindon Town won the Southern League First Division title. Qualifying to play in the FA Charity Shield, the club were involved in the highest scoring Charity Shield match in the history of the competition, losing to Manchester United 8-4.

In the 1913/1914 season, Swindon Town picked up another Southern League First Division title, but this time by the narrowest of margins. After finishing on equal points with Crystal Palace, Swindon Town won the title on goal average, with an average of 1.98 to Crystal Palace’s 1.88.

In 1920, Swindon Town were elected to join the newly formed Football League Third Division, moving to the Third Division South the following season. 

The club remained in the Third Division South as the Second World War approached. The Swindon Town stadium was used to house prisoners of war, and the club lost many players to the war. When the war was over and the Football League calendar resumed, Swindon Town battled to save their Third Division South status, and did so successfully. After spending many seasons battling against the drop, the club won promotion to the Second Division in the 1962/1963 campaign.

After just two seasons in the Second Division, Swindon Town were relegated back to the third tier. However, the club gained promotion in the 1968/1969 season finishing in second place. This time, goal average cost the club the title. After finishing level on points with Watford, Watford won the division with a goals average of 2.18 compared to Swindon Town’s 2.03.

1969 also saw success in the League Cup. After beating Arsenal 3-1 in the final, Swindon Town won their first major piece of silverware. This trophy win should also have given the club entry to the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. However, the FA would only allow cup winners from the First Division to enter that particular competition, and so the Anglo-Italian cup competition was created. Swindon Town won this competition in 1970.

Swindon Town couldn't build on this success. A series of mid table finishes was followed by a 22nd place finishing position which led to the club being relegated back to the Third Division in the 1973/1974 season.

The club spent eight consecutive seasons in the Third Division, never really challenging for promotion. Instead, in the 1981/1982 season, Swindon Town were demoted once again and the club found itself in the Fourth Division of English football for the first time in Swindon Town history.

Swindon Town spent four seasons in the Fourth Division. In their fourth season, the club strolled to the Fourth Division title, winning 102 points which was a Football League record. The following season, Swindon earned back to back promotions via the Third Division playoffs.

Back in the Second Division, the club won a third successive promotion. However, the club were found guilty of 35 charges of illegal payments to players and were punished with relegation to the Third Division. On appeal, Swindon Town were allowed to stay in the Second Division but their promotion place given to Sunderland.

After a close call with relegation, Swindon Town began to make progress in the second tier. In preparation of the 1992/1993 season, the Premier League was introduced. This resulted in the Football League divisions being renamed - the Second Division became Division One, the Third Division Division Two and the Fourth Division Division Three.

This season saw Swindon Town reach the Division One playoffs. The club met Leicester City in the Division One playoff final, winning 3-1 and securing promotion to the top flight of English football for the first time in Swindon Town history.

The club’s first season in the Premier League is also their last, to date. Finishing in 22nd place, Swindon Town were demoted back to Division One.

Swindon Town endured successive relegations, although the 1995/1996 season saw the club bounce back at the first attempt, winning the Division Two title. 

The club spent four seasons back in Division One, mostly spent fighting relegation until they succumbed to the drop in the 1999/2000 campaign. During this time, the club had hired and fired five different managers, and also suffered serious financial woes. Swindon Town have twice entered administration and were also handed winding up petitions on two occasions in their recent history.

In the 2003/2004 season, Swindon Town qualified for the Division Two playoffs. However, a defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion meant that Swindon Town remained in the third tier.

In 2004, the Football League divisions were rebranded once more. Division One became the Championship, Division Two League One and Division Three League Two.

Two seasons after their near miss with promotion, Swindon Town were relegated to League Two. However, after finishing in the third automatic promotion spot, Swindon Town secured immediate promotion back to League One.

In 2008, Andrew Fitton launched a successful takeover of the club. The erratic nature of the Swindon Town manager history continued though, with more managers hired and fired in a short space of time. 

None of these managerial changes worked, however, and in the 2010/2011 season the club were relegated again. Once more, though, Swindon Town were able to bounce back at the first attempt, winning the League Two title in the process.

Swindon almost achieved back to back promotions. A sixth place finish led to the club taking part in the playoffs. However, following two draws with Brentford in the Semi Finals, the club succumbed to the dreaded penalty kicks and remained a third tier side.

8th, 9th and 16th place finishes followed their near miss, but in the 2016/2017 season Swindon struggled. Eventually finishing in 22nd position, Swindon were relegated and found themselves back in League Two.

Since the 2017/2018 season, Swindon have remained a League Two side.

Crest

The original Swindon Town crest featured an image of a robin in a shield shape with each letter of the club’s initials placed in the four corners of the badge.

This was followed by a new Swindon Town football badge. In 1970, a ‘steam train’ badge was designed, based on the Swindon coat of arms. Featured on this badge was the club motto ‘Salubritas et Industria’ which translates as ‘Health and Industry’.

In the 1970’s, a new Swindon Town football crest was developed. This was know as the traffic sign badge, featuring a red circle with S and T intertwined and the club name printed going around the bottom of the circle.

In 1986, the Steam Train badge was brought back, before being replaced by a green and red diamond shape incorporating the letter ‘S’ and a football. This wasn’t a popular creation, with fans complaining that this Swindon Town FC badge doesn’t represent the heritage of the club.

In 2007, the current badge was created. This is similar to the original Swindon Town crest, featuring a robin in a shield shape along with a trains, representing the town’s rail industry, and a football as well as the club name.

Colours

The Swindon Town colours are traditionally red and white. Red and white strips have been alternated with all red kits throughout the majority of the history of Swindon Town.

Since 2012, the Swindon Town kit colours have featured red shirts, worn with white shorts and red socks.

When the club was first formed as Swindon AFC, the kit consisted of a thin red and black hooped shirt, worn with white shorts and black socks. As Spartans, the kit changed to white shirts worn with black shorts and black socks.

When the club changed its name to Swindon Town, the Swindon Town players wore a red and black chequered shirt, worn with black shorts and black socks. These Swindon Town colours changed in 1897, when the club adopted green shirts with white sleeves, worn with dark blue shorts and dark blue socks.

Between 1901 and 1914, the Swindon Town players wore maroon shirts worn with white shorts and maroon socks. 1918 saw the introduction of red and white, and these colours have been used ever since, although the shorts colour has alternated between red, white and black.

Swindon Town Stadium

The Swindon Town stadium is the County Ground. Currently known as The Energy Check County Ground, the club have played at this stadium since it opened in 1896. The Swindon Town stadium capacity is currently 15,728, making it one of the largest in League One.

The Swindon Town stadium layout features four main stands. These are Arkell’s Stand, or the North Stand; Stratton Bank, also called the East Stand, the Don Rogers Stand, or the South Stand; and the Town End, the west side of the Swindon Town stadium.

Swindon Town Supporters

The majority of Swindon Town supporters hail from the town of Swindon and other areas of Wiltshire. There are a number of Swindon Town supporters clubs, including the official Swindon Town Supporters Club and the Swindon Town Supporters Trust

The Swindon Town supporters enjoy rivalries with a number of teams. The fiercest rivalry is with Oxford United, but Reading and Bristol Rovers have been rivals of Swindon Town since the clubs were formed.

Bristol City are another rival, although this rivalry isn’t as fierce.

Ownership

The current Swindon Town owner is Lee Power. A former professional footballer, he first got involved with Swindon Town in 2013.

Power became a member of the board of directors and bought a controlling stake in the club. His investments led to the transfer embargo placed on the club at the time to be removed.

Eight months after purchasing a controlling stake in the club, Lee Power took complete control of Swindon Town.

Stats

The list of Swindon Town begins with their all time record appearance maker. That record belongs to John Trollope, who made an incredible 889 appearances for the club from 1960 and 1980. Trollope also holds the English Football League record for most appearances for the same club, after making 770 Football League appearances for Swindon Town.

No one has come close to Trollope’s record, but three players have made over 500 appearances for the club. These are Maurice Owen (601 appearances), Sam Burton (509 appearances), and Fraser Digby (505 appearances).

The club’s all time leading appearance maker is Harry Morris. Morris scored 229 goals for Swindon Town in 279 appearances, Harold Fleming is the only other Swindon Town player to have netted over 200 times for the club, scoring 203 Swindon Town goals.

Harry Morris holds most of Swindon Town’s goalscoring records. Morris holds the record for most goals scored in one season, 48 in the 1926/1927 campaign; most goals scored in one match, scoring five goals against Queens Park Rangers in the Third Division South in 1926 and five against Norwich City in the same division in 1930, and most goals scored in League football having scored 216 Football League goals. Keith East shares the most goals scored in one match record, having netted five times against Mansfield Town in the Third Division in 1965.

Swindon Town’s all time record victory came in the FA Cup in 1925, when the club defeated Farnham United Breweries 10-1. Swindon Town’s record defeat was by the same scoreline in the same competition, Manchester City beating the club 10-1 in the FA Cup in 1930.

The highest home attendance figure a Swindon Town side has played in front of came in the FA Cup in 1972, when a crowd of 32,000 saw the club take on Arsenal.

Swindon Town Players

The current Swindon Town players list consists of 25 members of the first team squad, supported by the Swindon Town Youth & Development Squad.

Notable ex Swindon Town players include those who were named in the Swindon Town Legends XI. The players voted for were Fraser Digby, Rod Thomas, Paul Bodin, Shaun Taylor, Colin Calderwood, Glenn Hoddle, Mike Summerbee, Alan McLoughlin, Jan Age Fjortoft, Duncan Shearer and Don Rogers.

Paul Bodin, Don Rogers and John Trollope have been inducted to the Swindon Town Hall of Fame. Herbert Chapman and Mike Summerbee have been inducted to the English Football Hall of Fame.

Swindon Town Manager

The current Swindon Town manager is Phil Brown. Brown took over in March 2018, following Matt Taylor's stint as caretaker boss.

The longest serving Swindon Town manager is the club’s first manager. Sam Allen took charge of 1,192 Swindon Town matches between 1902 and 1933.

The Swindon Town manager with the highest win percentage is Paolo Di Canio. Di Canio led his side to victory in 54 of his 95 matches in charge, giving him a win percentage of 56.6%.

Honours

The Swindon Town honours list consists of one third tier title (1996); two fourth tier titles (1986 and 2012); one Football League Cup (1969); two Southern League titles (1911 and 1914); one Anglo- Italian League Cup (1969); and one Anglo-Italian Cup (1970).

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