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Match Preview | Swindon Town (A)

18 January 2024

Match Previews

Match Preview | Swindon Town (A)

18 January 2024

Tranmere Rovers travel to Swindon Town on Saturday 20th January, looking to bounce back to winning ways.

Nigel Adkins’ side were defeated 2-1 at home by Milton Keynes Dons last time out, after a 97th minute winner from Ellis Harrison. 

Tranmere visit a Swindon side who have won one of their last eight matches, and recently parted company with manager Michael Flynn and assistant Wayne Hatswell. 

Gavin Gunning will lead the side on an interim head coach basis, having taken on the role in a co-interim basis on two previous occasions in 2023. 

Rovers were victorious over the Robins in their last meeting, just less than a month ago. Goals from Kieron Morris and Tom Davies secured a 2-1 comeback win at Prenton Park. 

Tickets can be bought online by clicking here or in The Club Store. 

  

Team news:   

Lee O’Connor has rejoined training this week after recovering from a knock picked up against Barrow. 

Luke Norris, Jéan Belehouan, Jake Leake and Harvey Saunders remain unavailable for the time being. 

   

Last time out:  

    

Last five meetings:     

23rd December 2023 - Tranmere Rovers 2-1 Swindon Town – League Two 

SCORERS – Morris, Davies  

10th April 2023 - Tranmere Rovers 1-0 Swindon Town - League Two   

SCORERS – Saunders  

12th November 2022 - Swindon Town 1-1 Tranmere Rovers - League Two   

SCORERS: Hawkes  

8th February 2022 - Tranmere Rovers 3-0 Swindon Town - League Two   

SCORERS – Hemmings x2, Glatzel  

17th August 2021 - Swindon Town 0-0 Tranmere Rovers - League Two   

SCORERS - None   

  

One to watch: Charlie Austin 

Charlie Austin has been a mainstay in Swindon’s forward line since rejoining the club in the final days of 2022. 

The striker scored 37 goals in 65 games for the Robins during 2009 and 2011, before enjoying 11 years across the Premier League and Championship for Burnley, Queens Park Rangers, Southampton and West Bromwich Albion. 

Austin won promotion to the topflight with QPR in 2014 and played Europa League football with Southampton, also reaching a League Cup final with the Saints. 

The 34-year-old has scored 18 goals in 50 appearances for Swindon since his return to the County Ground and remains a potent threat up front. 

 

Interim Head Coach: Gavin Gunning 

Gavin Gunning entered his third spell in interim charge of Swindon, this week, after the departure of manager Michael Flynn. 

The 32-year-old was appointed to the Robins’ coaching staff in July 2022, focusing on defensive help following the end of his 14-year senior career as a centre back. 

The Irishman played from League One down to the National League North and had a brief loan spell with Rovers in 2009. 

 

Officials:         

Referee - Declan Bourne 

Assistant Referees - Christopher Husband & Paul Evans 

Fourth Official - Alan Cresswell 

   

Bourne last refereed Rovers in our 2-0 league loss to Colchester United in September 2023. He has given 50 yellow cards this season at a rate of 4.55 per game, and a total of three red cards. 

    

Tickets:      

Advance ticket sales end on Friday 19th January at 11am, and we encourage supporters to collect their tickets from The Club Store before 2pm on the same day.    

Ticket sales will be available on the day at Swindon, at the away ticket point from 1.30pm.  

    

Ticket prices are as follows:     

Adult     

£27  

Over 65  

£22  

Under 21  

£15  

Under 18  

£11  

Under 11  

£3  

      

Car parking at the County Ground is limited. If you wish to park at the stadium, please email reception@swindontownfc.co.uk at the earliest opportunity to book.  

Parking will also be available on matchday at Drove Primary School (SN1 3AH) and St Joseph’s School (SN3 3LR).  

    

Official Club Coach travel has sold out for this fixture. The coach will depart Prenton Park at 8.45am.  

Please note that refunds on coach travel are not permitted after 48 hours prior to the game.     

      

Tickets can be bought online by clicking here or in The Club Store. 

  

Match coverage:      

International supporters can buy a half-season pass to watch every match live for just £3 per game by clicking here!       

UK-based supporters can listen to full match commentary for as little as £1 per game by getting a monthly audio pass here.       

You can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report.       

    

X: @tranmererovers         

Facebook: @trfcofficial         

Instagram: @tranmererovers         

      

Match reaction from Nigel Adkins and a player will follow the game on our YouTube channel. 


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