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PREVIEW: SWINDON TOWN (A)

8 August 2014

United travel to Swindon Town on the opening weekend of the season as the Iron look to mark their return to League One with a victory.

Since their promotion from League Two last season, a year which saw Russ Wilcox break the world record for the longest unbeaten run as a new manager, the Iron have made five new signings in preparation for their step up into the next division.

Miguel Llera, Miles Addison, Lyle Taylor, Neal Bishop and Jennison Myrie-Williams have all arrived at Glanford Park over the summer and have all impressed in the pre seasons matches leading up to the start of the season.

Their opponents, Swindon Town, have come off the back of an 8th place finish in League One last season, where they finished on 66 points, just eight away from making the play offs.

Their manager, Mark Cooper, was appointed on the 20th August 2013 and had a successful first season with the club, recording a win percentage of over 40%.

Before taking charge of The Robins, Cooper had successful spells as manager of Tamworth and Kettering Town, as well as brief spells in charge of Peterborough United, Darlington, AFC Telford and a short return to Kettering Town.

He had a long playing career, playing for a total of 17 different clubs, including Birmingham City, Fulham and Huddersfield Town.

Cooper also won the 2011 FA Trophy as a manager, when he led Darlington to success at Wembley Stadium.

When the Scunthorpe fans make the trip to Swindon they will arrive at the County Ground, which is three and a half hours from Glanford Park.

The County Ground was opened 117 years ago, in 1896, and has a capacity of 15,728. The two stands which hold the away supporters are the Arkell’s Stand (the West corner), which holds 1200 away fans, and the Stratton Bank which hosts 2,200 away fans.

Last season, Swindon had three players who scored eight League goals, Nile Ranger, Michael Smith and Danny N’Guessan. Alex Pritchard made the most assists, creating 9 goals, whilst also scoring six goals himself.

The odds of Swindon Town being promoted to the Championship this season with SkyBet are 9/1, whilst their odds of winning the League are 28/1.

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