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Introducing Swindon Town

24 June 2015

Robins were defeated by Preston at Wembley Stadium

Name: Swindon Town Football Club
Founded: 1879
Stadium: County Ground
Manager: Mark Cooper
Last season: Fourth in League One

After the disappointment of losing the Play-Off final to Preston North End in May, Swindon Town will be hoping to go one better next term and secure promotion to the Championship.

Manager Mark Cooper has had to deal with some of his senior players departing, with Andrew Williams, Ben Gladwin, Wesley Foderingham and Massimo Luongo all moving onto pastures new.

Cooper, aged 46, began his playing career in the youth team at Bristol City – turning professional whilst at Ashton Gate, before spending two decades in the professional game.

He enjoyed spells at Birmingham City, Exeter City and Tamworth amongst others, with Cooper hanging up his boots at Kettering Town in 2009.

Early into his life as a manager, Cooper worked his way up from Tamworth and Kettering, before earning his first professional job with Peterborough United in November 2009.

The Wakefield-born manager was sacked by Posh in February 2010, which followed brief stays at Darlington, a return to Kettering Town and finally AFC Telford all in a three-year period.

In August 2013 Cooper took over at Swindon Town, and led the Wiltshire outfit to two successive top eight finishes in League One.

Town’s forward Michael Smith is likely to be the man that Cooper will look towards next term, as he looks to build a team worthy of challenging towards the upper reaches of the League One standings.

Smith learned his trade with Wallsend Boys Club, with Darlington being his first professional club when he signed for them in 2010.

The 23-year-old would also spend time at Conference side Workington in October of that year.

After six goals in 37 appearances for Darlington, Smith opted to move down to London to sign for Charlton Athletic in August 2011.

Having struggled to get first-team football at the Valley, Smith was loaned out to League Two side, Accrington Stanley in January 2012 – netting three goals in five appearances at the Crown Ground.

Loan spells at Newport County and Colchester United followed that season, with Smith spending the first-half of 2013/14 on loan at AFC Wimbledon, scoring nine times.

He signed for Swindon in January 2014, and netted 18 times in 47 games last term.

Fleetwood have met with the Robins twice, with Josh Morris netting a brace in a 2-2 draw at Highbury in January.


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