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Swindon Town Football Club was founded by Reverend William Pitt of Liddington in 1879, and the Robins turned professional 15 years later in 1894, joining the inaugural Southern League. The Robins originally played in black and white, though soon changed to black and red quarters on entry to the Southern League in 1894. The club changed colours once again in 1897 with green shirts and white sleeves, and not long later in 1901, Town changed their shirts to their notable red colour.
Initially, this was a dark maroon, and a lighter shade was chosen for the start of the 1902-03 season which resulted in the club’s nickname ‘the Robins’ appearing in print for the first time in programme notes for their first game. In 1909-10, Swindon managed to reach the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time, losing to eventual winners, Newcastle United, the following season the Robins won the Southern League title. Get the latest Swindon Town news here!
Swindon entered the Football League in 1920, as a founding member of Division Three. In their first game of the season they defeated Luton Town 9-1 which is still the club ‘s highest victory record in the league. Town had to wait over 40 years before securing their first-ever promotion, in 1962-63 Town finished second in Division Three. This was soon followed by one of, if not the most iconic moment in the club’s history.
In 1969, Swindon Town beat Arsenal 3-1 to win the League Cup for the first and only time in their history. Roger Smart opened the scoring for Town, before club legend Don Rogers scored a brace to seal the Robins greatest ever achievement. The following season, Swindon went on to win the inaugural Anglo-Italian Cup, beating Napoli 3-0 in the final.
1991-92, saw Glenn Hoddle’s first full season as Swindon manager, and they just missed out on the Second Division play-offs. Nevertheless, the following season Swindon beat Leicester City 4-3 in the Division One play-off final to win promotion to the Premiership (now Premier League) for the first time in club history.
The pressure of playing top-flight football proved tough for Swindon however, and they only lasted one season before facing relegation at the end of 1993-94, conceding 100 goals and only managing to win five games. Swindon were relegated once again, and they faced back-to-back relegations back down to Division Two, though bounced right back up winning the Division Two title in 1995-96.
In recent years, Swindon have battled between League One and League Two, and in 2016-17 the Robins were relegated to League Two. Manager Richie Wellens faces a tough challenge to climb his side back up the Football League pyramid.
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