Thanks to everyone that entered our Don Rogers competition…which was exclusively for Red Army Fund contributors. We asked everyone that entered to send in their favourite Town memories, just for a bit of fun…and you can read them below.

It’s a fabulous trip down memory lane – please don’t miss reading the entry from Rob Gowland which deserves it’s own dedicated page.

Our winner was drawn at random using www.randompicker.com and the winner was Allan Hussey. Congratulations Allan!

Allan wins our framed 1969 League Cup Winners photo, signed by the hero of the day, ‘Sir’ Don Rogers.

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Town Memories

My favourite Town memory’s are the 4-0 win at Ashton Gate, when we completely outclassed Bristol City and the 6-4 win at Birmingham when we came back from being 4-2 down to win. Amazing games.
Steve Smitherman

Duncan Shearer came to my birthday party when I was a young kid, best present ever but couldn’t understand a word he said. When I saw him at the reunion last year still couldn’t understand him.
James Phipps

Penalty shootout at Charlton. Some excitement after a dull game.
Phil Brunnen

I think my favourite town memory would be the craig maskell goal at Wembley and the niose it made as it went in of the post,I know it was,nt the winner but to hear it go in of the post in front a packed Wembley just sticks long in the memory.
Damian Holland

Watching Nathan Byrnes winning goal go over the line at Sheffield Utd away play off game last season. Almost wet myself :-)
Clive Garratt

Flint equaliser at Brentford….never have I celebrated a goal like that! Alan Mcormacks late winner at Northampton, followed by that crazy Italian fool running down the touch line and finally, it has to be that day three years ago at the Ricoh, with 3000 of us and that Darren ward header!
Luke Hodgson

Probably the noise and atmosphere at the Gillingham replay game at Selhurst Park as far as the fans go. We sang ‘We are Macari’s red and white army’ for over twenty minutes. The noise was load – and about 15 minutes in to the song – everyone who hadn’t already joined in, started singing – truelly terrifying to the opposition. Then driving back along the South Circular – sat on my mates car window sill – and carried on singing with all the other Town fans through London.
Dave Johnson

It’s gotta be Birmingham away the 6-4 victory i can remember after an hour sitting on the terrace moaning and groaning (we were 4-1 down at the time) and then it was the stuff of dreams with Shaun Taylor leading from the back I’ve said for years after we’ll never see another game like that then last year in the play offs we do it again against the blades (10 goal game that is) it’s never easy following town.
Darren Seager

My memory comes from the 1967 FA Cup match at Upton Park against the West Ham side containing the 3 World Cup winners. I had just had my 14th birthday and went to the game with my Dad, a lifelong Town fan. We were watching the game surrounded by West Ham fans, quite close to the pitch. Don Rogers had the ball and was racing down the pitch just past the half-way line, and the was in a very threatening position. Bobby Moore realised he didn’t have the pace to compete with Don, and pulled him back, committing what you would call a professional foul. My Dad, who generally was a very mild natured man, shouted loudly “bloody OBE”. Bobby Moore had recently been given the award in recognition of his role in winning the World Cup. He was revered almost as a saint in England at the time, but his foul on Don did not impress my Dad! Anyway my Dad and I survived the game and the Town got a 3-3 draw and won the replay 3-1. Great days, with two years later the great win at Wembley.
Paul Dixon

Blimey, where to start. I went to my first match on 10 April 1976, so coming up to 40 years next month. I can say i saw Don play once as he had just returned from QPR, however i was only 8 and i think the sweets my Uncle gave me interested me more! However the bug soon set in.

Best memory, so many to choose from but i’m going to go for the play off semi final against Blackburn at the County Ground on 16th May 1990. On my 20th birthday (8th March 1988) i saw us lose 2-1 (unluckily) at Luton in the Simod Cup semi final, and i was gutted as i thought that was going to be my only chance to see my team ever play at Wembley (PS we also lost 3-1 in the League Cup semi final at Bolton on 8 March 1995 and got hammered 7-0 at Bolton on 8 March 1997, my birthday doesn’t bring us much luck!).

Anyhow, roll on 2 seasons and the best team i have ever seen in my lifetime, some amazing football that season especially with all the off-field goings on. Anyhow, after the 2-1 win at Blackburn on the Sunday (with Steve Foley’s stunning goal); i turned up on a warm May evening, stood in my usual place on Shrivvy Road and enjoyed another 2-1 win which from memory was reasonably comfortable as well. Blackburn gifted us the first goal, and the second a couple of minutes later was an own goal from memory as well. I just knew then that we were going to Wembley and i was going to see “my” team play there. I’ve got the golden goals video from that season and still got a thrill from watching the pitch invasion afterwards, happy happy days :-)
Simon Bayliss

Tough choice… Zippy’s penalty at Wembley in 94 and the subsequent open top bus round the town, Town 5 Port Vale 0 to win League 2 or the 5-5 draw with Sheffield United last season? All great games and moments and hard to pick so I think on balance, it was seeing my boys lead out the team last month at Peterborough.
Mark Freeman

My best memories are the 4 – 3 come back win at Wembley against Leicester and listening on the radio with my family. More recently the win over Sheffield United at home to make it 5 – 5!
Louise Mumford

As a boy the standout memory is Rory Fallon’s overhead kick vs. Bristol City. It was my first west country derby and I just remember feeling like time stood still as the ball arched over the keeper before the initial pandemonium in the town end set in. One of those moments which leaves you momentarily speechless and almost unable to celebrate you’re in such disbelief! A moment that can only be superseded by the scenes at Bramall Lane in the play offs last year. Felt like I was going to have a heart attack when that Ricketts bullet hit the net!
Ross Barrett

Lots of great memories (and otherwise) of following the Town over the years. Wembley 69 was brilliant. Another fantastic memory is beating West Ham 3-1 in an FA Cup replay in 1967. Moore, Peters and Hurst all played in both matches, 3-3 at Upton Park in the first game. Willie Penmans’ goal in the reply was the highlight for me. I was 11 at the time (sigh). Another more recent one was losing 6-1 to Ipswich in the League Cup in 1985. One of the best away atmospheres ever despite the result. Probably the start of the great Macari era.
Malcolm Haddrell

My favourite memory is beating Leicester city 4-3 at Wembley in play off final.a great match and celebrations back home afterwards.
Allan Hussey

My favourite Town moment has to be the moment Steve White stepped up to take the penalty at the Leciester v Swindon play off final of 1993. My husband and I were there with our son and daughter and my father-In-law. We could not bear to watch so my father in law and I turned away and the jubilation that rang out around us that day still stays with me to this day. Wonderful day, wonderful moment.
Linda Shawyer

My favourite Swindon town moment was the play off final v Liecester, at 3-0 emotions were high, at 3-3 nail biting, then 4-3 at the final whistle just ‘FANTASTIC ‘. Will stay with me forever.
Christopher Thorne

My favourite Town memory was winning 1-0 at Colchester early in the 2003-04 season. At that point, I’d failed to see Town win away from home in at least 20 attempts. Six of us had made the journey to Essex on a Friday night in my uncle’s Peugeot 505 to join what I remember being a pretty decent away turnout. The view was terrible, so I never saw Tommy Mooney’s shot actually hit the back of the net. However, the joy of knowing that maybe I wasn’t a jinx made it really memorable. It even made the 2 hours we were stopped on the M4 on the way home bearable. Luckily I didn’t have to wait another 20 games for the next away victory.
Iain Watkins

Swindon 1 – 0 Shrewsbury – 14th May 1963
First Swindon Town game, taken by my Dad and stood on the Stratton Bank, right behind the goal.
Can just remember the roar around the ground when Roger Smart scored the late winner and the crowd chanting ‘Swindon – Cha Cha Cha!’ – a hooked and loyal fan ever since.
David Swann

So many to pick from, from all the decades, the 2010 play-off semi-finals were fantastic, also the recent League Two title, but I’ll go for the home playoff semi-final from 2015.

After recording a surprising victory at Bramell Lane a few days earlier Town’s slender lead was doubled with one of the best goals seen at the County Ground in recent years, Gladwin’s half volley was a thing of pure beauty and sent the ground wild, a noise that must of been heard all over Swindon. The euphoria surrounding the Town faithful only grew as Gladwin scores again to give Swindon a three goal lead on aggregate, as Michael Smith adds a third on the night it feels like the ground around my feet is shaking as it seems our passage into another play-off final is complete, but the blades don’t surrender as they score two goals before half-time to bring the decibel level from the Town End down slightly as a few nervous creep in, thankfully Michael Smith gets a chance to restore the two goal cushion and nicely tucks away his penalty, but Nigel Clough’s side don’t throw in the towel & again reduce the aggregate score with their third of the night, Town again pile on the pressure to kill off the tie as Jonathan Obika’s skilful run & finish in front of the Stratton Bank restores a three goal lead overall as the County Ground breath a huge sigh of relief with just six minutes left in the tie, but again incredibly the Blades somehow find the strength to reduce the score as they score twice to leave the whole of Swindon nervously waiting for the full-time whistle, thankfully for Town it comes & we find ourselves at Wembley for the third time in five years.

A once in a lifetime experience for the fans at SN1 that evening and something I will never forget!”
Dan Johnson

Once again, a HUGE thank you to everyone that entered our competition.