Monday 9 January 2012 by Spacey

Swindon avoid FA Cup upset as they see off plucky Wigan


Swindon Town successfully avoided what many viewed as a potential banana skin by beating a plucky Wigan side 2-1 in the third round of the FA Cup.

Literally tens of Wigan fans made the journey to Swindon, and they were in dreamland when they took a shock lead on 34 minutes.

“When Callum McManaman scored to give us the lead, I was already dreaming of a fourth round clash against another club that are bigger than us, such as any team still left in the competition,” revealed one Wigan fan.

Unfortunately for Wigan, the prospect of what would have been an embarrassing exit sparked Swindon into life, and goals from Alan Connell and Paul Benson took the Wiltshire club into the fourth round.

Swindon relief

Swindon fans spoke of their relief at getting through the tie, and were full of praise for Wigan’s courage and fighting spirit.

“Fair play to Wigan,” said season ticket holder Steve Jessop, “Their accusations of carrot crunching, combine harvester driving and our uncanny resemblance to Wurzel Gummidge certainly hurt us in the early stages.”

“Fortunately we’d done our homework and their location highlighted that they are both dirty and bastards.”

“We’d also identified that they would be eager to cash their benefit cheques in order to get drunk and cause physical harm to their partners or wives,’ he concluded triumphantly.

Swindon Chairman Jeremy Wray was delighted for the fans, and remained hopeful that the fourth round draw, which saw the League 2 promotion contenders pitted against either Leicester or Nottm Forest, would still capture the fans imagination.

“I’d have loved to see us get drawn against a club that has a reputation for having sex with sheep or racially abusing the players of opposing teams,” he revealed.

“Nonetheless, I’m sure the fans will have a great day out barracking Forest or Leicester for their willingness to partake in incestuous relationships.”

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