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OPPOSITION GUIDE: SWINDON TOWN

3 January 2020

Gary Bowyer's Bantams make their first away trip of 2020 tomorrow, visiting Swindon Town. 

The high-flying Robins have enjoyed a strong first half of the campaign, currently sat two points clear at the top of the Sky Bet League Two table. 

With action set to get underway from 3.00pm, we have compiled an Opposition Guide, packed full of detailed information on tomorrow’s hosts...

SUMMER TRANSFER ACTIVITY

The Energy Check County Ground outfit have strengthened extensively since the beginning of the summer transfer window, with 17 new arrivals and 15 departures. 

Ins: Rob Hunt (Oldham Athletic), Sidy Sanokho (AS Furiani), Zeki Fryers (Barnsley), Dion Donohue (Mansfield Town), Jerry Yates (Rotherham United, loan), Eoin Doyle (Bradford City, loan), Lloyd Isgrove (Barnsley), Mathieu Baudry (MK Dons), Tyler Reid (Swansea City, loan), Adam May (Portsmouth), Steven Benda (Swansea City, loan), Daniel Ballard (Arsenal, loan), Diallang Jaiyesimi (Norwich City, loan), Anthony Grant (Shrewbury Town, loan), Jordan Lyden (unassigned), Paul Caddis (unassigned), Gabriel Zakuani (unassigned). 

Outs: Jordan Edwards (Basingstoke), Jermaine McGlashan (released), James Dunne (Barnet), Olly Lancashire (Crewe Alexandra), Lawrence Vigouroux (CD Everton), Jordan Young (Coventry City), Sol Pryce (Highworth Town), Martin Smith (Salford City), Luke Haines (Chippenham Town, loan), Marc Richards (Cambridge United), Chris Robertson (Ilkeson Town), Jak McCourt (Macclesfield Town), Kyle Knoyle (Cambridge United), Matthew Taylor (retired), Toumani Diagouraga (released). 

ONES TO WATCH

Zeki Fryers: 

Fryers boasts an impressive footbaling CV, turning out for the likes of Premier League big boys Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace. 

The defender has also represneted England at youth level and signed for Swindon from Barnsley - in the summer. 

Danny Rose: 

Another graduate of the Manchester United academy, Rose captained the England C team in 2012. 

The central midfielder carries a wealth of experience - at 31 - having also turned out for the likes of Portsmouth, Oxford United, Northampton Town and Newport County. 

Lloyd Isgrove: 

Isgrove began his professional career with Southampton in 2012, having graduated from the famous Saints academy. 

The 26-year-old forward spent four years at Barnsley before signing for the Robins during the summer transfer window. 

Jerry Yates: 

A striker, Yates signed on loan from Rotherham in June and has netted four league goals so far, this season. 

The 23-year-old spent last season on loan at Carlisle United, bagging seven goals in 29 appearances. 

THE MANAGER

At 39 years old, Richie Wellens already carries a respectable amout of managerial experience. 

The Swindon boss was at the Oldham Athletic helm for the entirity of the 2017/18 campaign and has been in Wiltshire since last November. 

A midfielder with a long, etablished playing career, Wellens' most notabe spells came at Leicester City, Blackpool, Doncaster Rovers and Oldham, after starting off in Manchester United's academy.

THE CAPTAIN

Skipper Dion Conroy is now in his fourth year at Swindon, having first joined the club as a 21-year-old in January 2017. 

A product of Chelsea's youth academy, the centre-half first began at Fulham and made 17 loan appearances at Aldershot Town. 

Conroy is ruled out of tomorrow's clash, having suffered a long-term knee injury in the Robins' defeat to Newport County - last weekend. 

LAST TIME OUT

Swindon returned to winning ways last time out - on New Year's Day - with a 2-1 triumph at Plymouth Argyle. 

Plymouth Argyle 1 (Dominic Telford 22')

Swindon Town 2 (Diallang Jaiyesimi 35', Eoin Doyle 77')

Sky Bet League Two

Wednesday January 1st 2020

Attendance: 15,062

Swindon: Steven Benda; Paul Caddis, Anthony Grant (booked 15'), Zeki Fryers, Robert Hunt (booked 25'); Lloyd Isgrove (Cameron McGilp 90+2'), Jordan Lyden (booked 48'), Danny Rose (c), Diallang Jaiyesimi (Michael Doughty 71'); Eoin Doyle (booked 78'), Jerry Yates (booked 79', Kaiyne Woolery 60'). Subs (not used): Luke McCormick (GK), Luke Haines, Scott Twine, Taylor Curran. 

Tickets for tomorrow’s clash are still available and can be purchased from the ticket office at the Utilita Energy Stadium, or by CLICKING HERE


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