FRASER Digby says a large away following at Coventry City will play a major part in Swindon Town’s chances of extending their surprise push for the play-offs.

Trust STFC’s #5ktoCoventry initiative is encouraging as many Swindon fans as possible to make the trip to the Ricoh Arena on March 19 for the League One encounter, which could have a major bearing on the Robins’ top-six hopes.

The campaign, backed by the Swindon Advertiser, aims to get young supporters to their first game away from the County Ground, as well as inspiring those fans whose interest in the club has waned a little in recent years to try out the experience one more time.

The initial uptake in tickets has been excellent, with Town set to play in front of the largest away crowd of the season when they face the Sky Blues, and that could be a decisive factor according to Digby – who was on the coaching staff in 2013 when goals from Andy Williams and Darren Ward helped Swindon come from behind to beat Coventry 2-1 in front of a bumper travelling Red Army.

“It does make a difference. The Ricoh Arena is a great stadium to play in but it wasn’t that huge a crowd that day. The fact we had 3,000 in one stand was fantastic and the support and singing was non-stop the whole game,” said Digby.

“It makes a difference. When the goal went in from Wardy late on, the whole place erupted.

“It’s a great day out. You really enjoy the whole match when you have that many people. When you get a good crowd you get a great buzz and it does help from a player’s point of view.”

The ex-goalkeeper, who made more than 500 appearances for Town in the 1980s and 1990s, heaped praise on the work of the Trust in reaching out into local schools to attract the next generation of Swindon supporters.

“I’m 100 per cent behind the Trust and what they’re trying to do. It’s a difficult world we live in and football is great for kids and schools, and it’s important for people to get along and support your local club,” he said.

“There’s a lot of people who come to Swindon now who aren’t necessarily Swindon fans but it’s a good little, family club and going forward, what the Trust are trying to do in bringing the whole club together and branching out into schools is fantastic.

“They’re the fans of the future and you want to see the kids in their Swindon Town tops. Alright, their parents might be Arsenal or Tottenham fans, Chelsea fans or Man United fans, but they’re unlikely to be able to get to those games every week.

“Going to the County Ground is a great chance to get out and watch football with your mates and your family and it’s important that the Trust are encouraging that. I commend them for doing it.”

Thanks to financial support from Excalibur, the Trust will be handing out 100 free scarves to youngsters for the clash at the Ricoh. Parents interested in getting their hands on the limited-edition memorabilia should email info@truststfc.com.

Tickets for the game are all-ticket to Swindon fans and will remain on sale until 4pm on Friday, March 18. To book, contact the STFC box office by clicking here, calling 08718761993 or visiting the store in person.