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The Preview: Swindon Town v Blues

Posted: Wed 17 Jul 2013
Image by: Pete Stanley looks ahead to this evening's pre-season fixture against League one side Swindon Town at the County Ground (7.45pm kick-off).

Blues boss Lee Clark thoughts on managerless Swindon Town and on them playing Spurs just 24 hours previously.
"Playing against a managerless side in pre-season is quite a strange one for us. But whoever is in charge, their players will be out to impress so that they start in the first game of the season.

"The fact that they also had a game against Spurs last night and might change their side around is unimportan to us."

Clark on what he wants his players to gain from the fixture.
"What’s important to me, is my players getting what we want out of this game and the three following it. It is about us getting things bedded down tactically and players putting a marker down with regards to the coming season.

"They’ve done the fitness part of pre-season and we're now looking at the personnel and our systems.

"We have one or two little injuries and niggles etc, but that will stand us in good stead this season because we will have to put up with injuries, suspensions etc and learn to deal with it. So it’s about the players getting in the right mentality and doing the right things."

Team news:
Clark has confirmed that Jonathan Spector will have surgery on his broken cheekbone today and be out for six weeks. Will Packwood (broken leg) and David Murphy (knee) are making good progress but are still several weeks away from a return to training.

Darren Ambrose (groin) is sidelined for a week and Nikola Zigic has a slight back strain which sees him miss out this evening. Tom Adeyemi (hamstring) and Matt Green (concussion) are doubts, but if they don't travel they should be available for Saturday's fixture against Oxford United.

Tickets for this fixture are priced at £10 for adults, £5 for concessions and £1 for juniors and available on the day. Up to 1,000 tickets have been made available for Blues supporters. The away ticket office at the County Ground will be open tonight from 5.30pm.

- Swindon Town Football Club was founded by Reverend William Pitt of Liddington in 1879.
- The Swindon fans' biggest rivals are Oxford United, who are situated 32 miles away from the County Ground.
- John Trollope holds the record for Swindon Town appearances, having played 889 first-team matches between 1960 and 1980.
- The highest attendance at the County Ground of 32,000 was recorded on 15 January 1972 in an FA Cup third round match against Arsenal.
- Swindon also holds the Premier League record for most goals conceded in a season, 100 in 1993–94.