Match Preview | Swindon Town vs. Cardiff City
Steve Morison's men face Swindon Town on Saturday, July 23rd in their final pre-season fixture of the summer.
Kick-off at the County Ground is at midday on Saturday.
Away tickets are now sold out for this fixture. Supporters are advised not to travel without tickets.
Collections and reprints are to be made available from a Cardiff City steward at Bar 71 in the Arkell’s Stand.
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OPPOSITION FOCUS | IN THE DUGOUT
The Robins head into the 2022/23 campaign with Scott Lindsey (pictured, left) as manager, following the departure of Ben Garner to Charlton Athletic.
Lindsey operated as Assistant Manager during his first season at the club, but made the step up to the hotseat last month.
Last season, the Robins enjoyed an impressive campaign in League Two, resulting in a spot in the Play-Offs, in which they lost on penalties to Port Vale, who went on to secure promotion.
Ahead of the club’s quest to go a step further this season, Lindsey’s side have played out wins over Melksham Town and Woking, as well as defeats to Swindon Supermarine and Eastleigh.
OPPOSITION FOCUS | SUMMER SIGNINGS
It’s been a summer of mass signings for the Robins this year, with no fewer than 12 fresh faces making the switch to the County Ground.
The club have recruited four players from Premier League academies, with Leicester City duo Tyrese Shade and Jacob Wakeling signing, in addition to Manchester United left-back Reece Devine and Liverpool centre-back Tom Clayton.
Middlesbrough goalkeeper Sol Brynn has arrived on a season-long loan, while the Robins’ defence has been bolstered by the signings of Welsh centre-back Cian Harries (pictured) from Bristol Rovers, as well as Barrow’s Remeao Hutton and Irish centre-back Ciaran Brennan, the latter on a season-long loan from Sheffield Wednesday.
In midfield, Lindsey has acquired the services of Bolton’s Ronan Darcy and Chesterfield’s Saidou Khan, with young winger Oscar Massey also joining, having previously been on the books at Plymouth Argyle.
The Robins boss hopes to add further goals to his forward line ahead of the new campaign with the signing of Tomi Adeloye from Ayr United, who made an impression in the Scottish Championship.
OPPOSITION FOCUS | KEY PLAYER
A standout player for the Robins last campaign was undoubtedly striker Harry McKirdy.
The 25-year-old netted a brilliant tally of 23 goals, as well as contributing with nine assists.
McKirdy averaged a goal every 141 minutes, with an impressive shot accuracy of 50%.
A former teammate of Perry Ng and Ryan Wintle at Crewe Alexandra, the striker is set to have another huge role to play ahead of Swindon's bid for promotion this season.
CLUB CONNECTIONS | BLUEBIRDS AND ROBINS
There have been a number of players to have represented both clubs in recent years. After Wales international Jonny Williams’ spell at CCS in 2021, the playmaker made the switch to Town, where he scored five league goals last term.
Despite starting out at youth level for Plymouth Argyle, popular City figure Sean Morrison made his professional debut for Swindon, where he spent three seasons.
Former City centre-back Aden Flint also enjoyed a spell with the Robins, during the club’s League Two winning campaign in the 2011/12 season.
Danny Ward is another to have represented both clubs, having had a loan spell with the Robins in the 2009/10 season.