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Neil Godwin: The Next Episode

Started on 16 April 2022 by Jack
Latest Reply on 19 August 2022 by J_ames

A much closer month of results, which says to me that the 'adaption' period has pretty much ended, and the squad is feeling more comfortable in the fixtures. Are they good enough? I think so. There's definitely enough talent within the squad to (somehow) nick a finish in the 15-17 range on the table, but it's still a very real possibility that the club goes down too.

That being said, if you offered a Swindon fan a chance of a season in the PL atm... they'd snap your hand off imo!

Pearson and Gray depart The County Ground

With the transfer window slamming shut, Swindon Town’s Ben Pearson and Demarai Gray have both left the club for West Bromwich Albion and Olympiakos respectively.

Pearson returned to the Championship to assist with Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s Play-Off push.

The aggressive midfielder signed for Swindon from Premier League side Crystal Palace for a fee of £275,000 and made 16 appearances last season, assisting four times in the process as his new team were promoted via the Play-Offs to the Premier League.

However, with the arrivals of Álex Blesa, Kenneth Taylor and Louie Sibley as well as John Buckley and Lewis Travis already ahead in the pecking order, Pearson has only managed to appear four times this season.

Pearson, 31, signed for West Brom for a transfer fee of £300,000 and will wear the number 17 shirt at The Hawthorns.

29-year-old Demarai Gray was the other player to depart from Neil Godwin’s Swindon after a fallout over a lack of movement over a new contract at the club. Following discussions with the manager and Director of Football, Gray handed in his transfer request.

Gray was hugely impressive following his January 2025 arrival, essentially guiding Swindon Town to the Premier League with 7 goals and 6 assists in 27 matches after signing from Southampton for around £250,000.

This season, Gray has again been ever-present with 20 appearances but only returning one goal and one assist all season. This led Godwin to the decision to not buckle to Gray’s demands for a new contract and instead cash in on the winger.

He has joined the Greek Super League title holders Olympiakos for a fee of £3.4million, but with half of that fee going to Southampton due to a clause in his deal upon his signature from St. Mary’s Stadium.

Youth players Stephen Lynch, Ben Jones and Nasreddine Youcef have all left on loan deals until the end of the season to Hungerford Town, South Shields and Paradou respectively.

Swindon have only brought in one youth signing with the arrival of Cameroon U23 international Aimé Wamba on a free transfer from Cameroonian side Brasseries.

In news regarding existing players at the club, the first-team squad has been boosted by the granted work permits to Tomás Cunha, Paulo and Felipe Henrique who have now received squad numbers.
James: The expectation is simply just to show some fight and we really are, we're just getting smacked by actual quality in most games and it's hard to deal with. As you say, I think for the moment we are happy to be where we are :D

Godwin rumours circle as Swindon struggle continues

Swindon Town fell to their 21st league loss of the season today to Aston Villa as a Leicester win pushed them further from safety.

The final match of the month saw Neil Godwin fail to achieve a win for the fourth consecutive Premier League fixture.

25-year-old Dominik Yankov was the source of Swindon's demise at The County Ground with a beautifully curled effort from the edge of the box after a cut back from Kouame with Arne Slot’s team moving up to 7th place.

The result kept Swindon in 19th place but with Leicester City’s win against Newcastle United earlier in the day, their distance from safety shifted from 4 points to 5 points with Brighton and Leeds United now on 25 points and closest to the bottom three.

Fans of the club are still hoping that manager Neil Godwin has one more miracle in him to keep the club up following three unexpected promotions in quick succession. However, with only seven games remaining in the league, the games are running out for the 42-year-old.

Despite the chances of survival dipping with every bad result, club owner Clem Morfuni has persisted with his conviction that Neil Godwin remains the right man to lead the club and “hasn’t even considered” terminating the contract of the manager - whose deal runs until June 2028.

However, rumours are abound that Neil Godwin has met with representatives of divisional and potentially relegation rivals Leeds United following the sacking of Ronald Koeman after just short of 3 years in charge of the Whites.

Head of Youth Development Adam Underwood has taken temporary control of the first-team as Andrea Radrizzani searches for a new manager and the Swindon boss is the bookies favourite to take the job despite rejecting previous approaches throughout his career.

Nobody from Swindon Town or Neil Godwin’s side were willing to comment on the rumours as yet.
Ooof, what a twist to the story that would be! I think that the club is probably where it deserves to be (without seeing the fancy 'data hub' info) and a couple of yo-yo seasons is (probably) to be expected. You can't blame Neil if he decides to move on, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him stay loyal to Swindon Town.

James: It's a really tricky decision, especially with Leeds being near the relegation fight as well.
In a very tricky position but it looks like there’s not much you can do as a manager without players of the required level. Just from looking at the numbers, Tella and Yacine look like they’ll be the players to keep you up if you do survive. Need goals and need them quick.
dont sack him will be dumb decision fight to avoid relegation congralution on win against liverpool and united

Late McBurnie winner takes Swindon Town to final day scrap

A 95th minute Oli McBurnie winner against Brighton has kept Swindon Town’s Premier League survival hopes going until the final day.

In a 19th place vs 18th place fixture, Swindon had to get a win against Brighton & Hove Albion in order to prevent an early relegation in the penultimate Premier League matchweek.

After Taylor Richards missed his 88th minute penalty in an opportunity to win the game for Swindon, the mood inside the County Ground had consigned itself for the drop down to the Championship, as Brighton were given the chance to fight until the final day.

With 5 minutes added onto the end of the 90, when Brighton had lumped the ball out to the Swindon back line who had pushed up to the halfway line, it was spread out wide to Jonjoe Kenny who carried it down the touchline before playing it to Nathan Tella who was facing him.

Tella went on to beat Jamal Lewis down the right flank to reach the byline with pace and swung in a powerful, head-height cross into the area where Oli McBurnie leaped up to glance it past Zack Steffen at the keeper’s near post.

As the Swindon fans and players joined together to celebrate what was simply a lifeline, Neil Godwin could only offer a small clap as he cut a cool and relaxed figure inside his technical area, crossing his arm after his small show of appreciation.

When asked about his lack of enthusiasm for the late winner, Godwin said: “Because it’s not done yet. Oli [McBurnie] has done incredibly well, as did all of our players in our resilience, but we can’t celebrate too much when we can face the exact same consequences next week that could have arrived today.”

The win is Swindon’s 7th of the season, and only McBurnie’s 3rd goal of the season.

All ten final day fixtures will take place next Sunday at 16:30 and Godwin’s men will have to travel to Arsenal’s Ashburton Grove where they once again need a win to even give them a chance at surviving.

With Fulham relegated on 23 points, there are five teams that could face the drop by next week, with Swindon in the worst spot (27 pts), followed by today’s opponents Brighton (28 pts) and then there are the three teams outside of the drop zone: Burnley, Bournemouth and Leeds United (29 pts).

One thing that could benefit Swindon is their goal difference, with their -28 total the second-best to Leeds United’s -23 goal difference out of the five that could go down next Sunday. However, Swindon will still have to leap over two teams in order to keep their Premier League status.

Justice: Tella and Bouziane have been the only real shining lights, as well as Wollacott who has limited scorelines at times. We've given ourselves a chance now, though!
Deadzpool: They were certainly surprising wins!
Joining in late, but I'm going to pray that you survive. A very hard game versus Arsenal, but, on the other hand, Burnley's facing Wolves and Bournemouth face Leicester, so both can drop points. Good luck!
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Final Day: LIVE

“It’s the final day of the Premier League season and we have one great show for you today with a title fight, a battle for the final European spot and a five-team relegation scrap all in one day!

“At the top, we have Liverpool leading the way on 78 points with a +47 goal difference, Manchester City in 2nd place with 78 points and a +29 goal difference and Chelsea in 3rd place with 76 points all in with a shout for the 2025-26 title.

“Fighting for the final spot in Europe are Everton in 4th place with 73 points, looking for their first top four finish since 2005 and West Ham in 5th place with 72 points, looking for their first top four finish in the English top-flight since 1986.

“Meanwhile, at the bottom we have a five-way relegation battle with Leeds United, Bournemouth, Burnley all on 29 points, Brighton and Hove Albion on 28 points in 18th place and finally Neil Godwin’s Swindon Town with 27 points, kept in the race with Oli McBurnie’s last-gasp winner last week against Brighton.

“We’ll head over to Ashburton Grove where Arsenal will face Swindon Town and both teams have revealed their line-ups:”

Arsenal XI: Kepa (GK), White, Gabriel, Solet, Tierney, Angeliño, Verratti, Smith Rowe, Peglow, Núñez, Belotti.

Swindon Town XI: Wollacott (GK), Kenny, Vogliacco, Fernández, Cunha, Buckley, Travis, Tella, Richards, Henrique, Bouziane.

“We’ll be live from Ashburton Grove today with the Arsenal versus Swindon Town match, but as always keeping you updated with all of the relevant scores for today.

“The players are already lined up out on the field and we are just waiting for the referee’s whistle to commence another potentially historic day for Swindon Town. And we’re off!”

4’ “We’ve got a throw-in deep in Arsenal’s half but Smith Rowe has intercepted and played it off to Marco Verratti. He’s stuck deep in his own corner here and there’s not much on for him here as Buckley bears down on him. That’s an interesting ball back to Kepa there… Bouziane’s closing the keeper down! Kepa has deflected his clearance off the Belgian here and it’s fallen to Nathan Tella right on the edge of the area.

“He’s given it inside to Taylor Richards who has had his shot blocked by Verratti, making up for his earlier mistake and it’s Darwin Núñez for the counter for Arsenal here. Played up to Belotti, now central to Peglow. Back to Belotti running down the left of the area, back to Angeliño who has spotted Smith Rowe’s run into the area! Off the outside of the post! An early scare for both teams there!”

We also have some early action from Dean Court here as Bournemouth have gone one up against Leicester City after nine minutes, it’s Baena with the goal and they push themselves further to safety with that!

13’ “Wollacott with the goal kick short to Vogliacco. Out wide to the right with Jonjoe Kenny who moves forward, inside to Richards who completes a lovely triangle to get it to Nathan Tella who has had to turn back and give it to Kenny again. He tries one over the top towards Tella but it’s knocked back to Kepa for Arsenal.

“He’s launched it towards Belotti but it’s landed at Vogliacco’s head to Lewis Travis and now Richards in the final third. Bouziane with his back to goal has found Felipe Henrique whose come in from the left… through to Taylor Richards who is one-on-one inside the area! He’s gone for the near post and saved! A huge chance for Swindon there!

Another goal update, this time it’s over at Turf Moor as Wolves’ Ait El Hadj has put Wolves ahead after 18 minutes! A potential blow for the Clarets as they are going down on goal difference as it stands with Brighton overtaking them!

After that, we’re all square over at Dean Court again as Christian Eriksen has equalised against Bournemouth to make it 1-1 there!

As we approach half-time we have two more goal updates as Wolves have doubled their lead over Burnley with a goal from Vieira and Liverpool have solidified their spot at the top with an opener from Rubén against West Ham, who will have to work even harder to reach that all-important 4th place spot which Everton currently hold by two points now!

It’s all go over at Dean Court this first-half as Bournemouth have reinstated their lead over Leicester City to once again push them further to safety! Dia the scorer!

45+2’ “It’s half-time here at Ashburton Grove as Arsenal and Swindon Town are goalless, making no change to Swindon’s survival chances and as it stands, with Brighton overtaking Burnley on goal difference as they are two goals down to Wolves!”

46’ “We’re back at Ashburton Grove with Bouziane standing over the ball at the centre circle, going back to Vogliacco. Spread across the defence over to Cunha. Tackled by Tierney but Richards picks it up and out right to Kenny. An attempted cross blocked and now with Buckley, who has tried passing to his midfield partner Travis but cut out with a Verratti header to Núñez!

“On the break now, Peglow has it on the left, Vogliacco cuts out the pass to Belotti but straight back to Peglow on the left. High ball into Belotti on the edge of the area, nods it back down to Peglow inside the area… cuts it across for Núñez! What a block Tomas Cunha! That was certainly going in without his intervention!”

Some early action in the second half with Brighton who have a penalty at the AMEX Stadium against Spurs! It’s Mosquera who has stepped up to take it… IT’S A GOAL! Mosquera has put Brighton ahead and firmly away from the relegation zone now!

59’ “Wollacott with the goal kick to Fernández this time on his left side. Back across goal to Vogliacco who has blasted it first-time upfield, straight to Angeliño’s feet who has tried a pass inside but only finds Swindon’s John Buckley who has Richards ahead of him and he’s found him down the right flank. He’s stopped and is now letting Tella do the work on the right. Kenny, Buckley… over to Richards again.

“High ball out left to find Tomás Cunha’s oncoming run down there with Tierney trying to cover it. Back inside to Lewis Travis who has Felipe Henrique with his back to goal on the edge of Arsenal’s box. Inside, Richards now… turns and finds BOUZIANEEEEE! GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAL!!!


60’ “Back to the centre circle on the hour mark with Peglow after that incredibly important goal for Swindon Town and their fans are buzzing right now! They are not out of the relegation zone and are relying on other results, but they have pushed ahead of Burnley who are now 19th!

“Back to the game here is Patino, Solet and back to Kepa now. Ben White, Patino and Jorginho complete a triangle in the centre. Smith Rowe chests it down in the middle and has found a beautiful ball to Tierney who has made a great run past Cunha on the right! Inside to Peglow now… back to Tierney who has to shoot! He has! DEFLECTED OFF SMITH ROWE AND IT’S A GOAL!

“ARSENAL HAVE COME STRAIGHT BACK JUST ONE MINUTE AFTER BOUZIANE OPENED THE SCORING! From jubilation to heartbreak in that Swindon away end within one minute as they are back firmly in trouble! That was very poor tracking from Tomás Cunha there to let Tierney in but it was some great football from Arsenal!”

73’ “Arsenal have a throw-in on the left. Angeliño to Smith Rowe and back before Angeliño puts in a cross. Well up by Henrique to head it away above Tierney. Tierney has it back though and it’s now Ben White. Some nice football but given away to Tella by the goalscorer Smith Rowe.

“Tella goes running down the middle for Swindon and oh! That’s a beautiful chip over the defence and Yacine Bouziane is in again! He’s one-on-one with Kepa! SAVED! A great stop by the Spaniard from what was another great opportunity to retake the lead for Neil Godwin’s side!”

77’ “It’s all gone quiet in the other games and Swindon desperately need another to stand any chance of staying in the Premier League today.

“Here’s Tella down the right now, trying to create something but he has to get past Angeliño, which he has done at the byline to get a cross in… which he has done… well blocked but it’s now with Buckley on the wing. Played back to Travis who’s in shooting range here, tries it first-time! Held by Kepa.

“Booted upfield as there was nothing on short. Alessandro Vogliacco has been great in the air today, winning another for his team there. Now out to Jonjoe Kenny. That right side has been Swindon’s aim all game with Kenny and Tella operating there. It’s now with Tella who has cut inside at halfway… and that’s a wonderful through ball and Bouziane is in again! Bouzianeeeeeee… GOAAAAAAAAALLLLLL!!!


An update from Merseyside as Everton solidify their Champions League spot for next season via a Southampton own goal!
84’ “Peglow to swing a free kick in here for Arsenal. Fernández leaps up to head it away and finds Buckley who only has Richards with him and only McBurnie to aim for with the punt. He’s chosen the punt… and Kepa has misjudged it, here’s McBurnie with the ball! Kepa is backpeddling to his line whilst trying to close down McBurnieeeeee… Great save by Kepa and it’s a corner! He did incredibly well to make up for his misjudgement there!”

Now is there a twist in the title race ahead for Liverpool and Manchester City?! Pablo Fornals has bagged a late and possibly crucial equaliser in the 85th minute for West Ham United! City just need a goal to make them and Swindon Town fans extremely happy!


90+4’ “Swindon are so, so close to survival right now, they’re just waiting for this full-time whistle as Wollacott tries finding Nieto on the left. You can’t hear Swindon fans at all as they are too busy biting their nails!

“Lost to Ben White and it’s now Jorginho and Smith Rowe with some quick passing action in the middle. Tierney tries swinging a cross in from range but is blocked by Cunha. Ben White, Tierney, now Jorginho who is running the right flank now… Travis has gone in and oh no, no, no! He’s already been booked and that is a silly challenge to put in!

“Not only is it in a dangerous area for his side but the referee is heading over to him, he’s reaching to his pocket and it’s a red! After playing so well, Travis has let his team down badly and you can see Neil Godwin is furious on the touchline! He is shouting at Lewis Travis from the other side of the field and you can’t blame him! That is one of the most mindless challenges I have seen in a scenario like this!”

90+6’ “Buckley blasts the ball into the far corner for McBurnie who won’t even attempt to get to it as they wait for Kepa to get the ball. You can hear the whistles from the Swindon support… and their wish is granted!!! Swindon Town have done the impossible again under Neil Godwin and they have stayed up, it’s all over at the City of Manchester Stadium!!!

“Neil Godwin and Yacine Bouziane embrace on the touchline, with the Belgian striker bringing his manager down in the process! The rest of the Swindon players and staff have piled on the pair as they know that they have another season of Premier League football coming their way next season!

“The two teams who started in the relegation zone have ended the day outside of it as Brighton, Swindon and Bournemouth all stay up meanwhile Burnley’s 2-0 loss to Wolves sealed their fate and the Leeds United fans in Manchester today are heartbroken as a late Moussa Dembélé wins the title for City, whilst simultaneously sending Leeds United back to the Championship for the first time since 2020.

“But just look at the Swindon fans and players. They can’t believe it! Neil Godwin seems to pull a miracle out of the bag every single season, with three promotions that were against all odds and now a successful relegation struggle with by far the lowest wage bill in the biggest league in the world.

“And there is a photo for you, Godwin, goalkeeper Joe Wollacott and centre-back Josh Pask all together, all three from League Two and League One to remaining in the Premier League. It may be the last that we see of Pask in a Swindon shirt after his lack of appearances this season, but Wollacott seems to be one of the best English-born goalkeepers in the world right now with some of his performances across the years.

“An incredible day for Swindon Town who will no doubt be partying through the night after today. To confirm: Swindon Town will be playing Premier League football once more next season.”
Slipky: Good to have you here! :D I hope you enjoy the final day drama :P
Glad to be joining just when drama hits!
Congratulations on your survival!
Oooooof, what a final day! A major congratulations to Neil and his Swindon side, who would've thought staying up would be possible at some points throughout the season.

A big off-season awaits everyone at the club :D

Slipky: Extremely good timing mate! :))
James: It's been a long slog for us as we have all seen, with little to no joy all the way through right until the last couple of games. We never do it easy ;)

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