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LEAGUE ONE INSIGHT: Swindon Town

9 July 2015

In this feature, we take an in-depth look at the 23 other teams in Sky Bet League One this season.

Swindon Town

Nickname: 
The Robins

Founded: 
1879

Ground: 
The County Ground

Capacity: 
15,728

League position last season: 
4th - Sky Bet League One 

2014/15 top goalscorer: 
Andy Williams (21)

Manager: 
Mark Cooper - The 46-year-old took the managerial reigns at Swindon Town in July 2013.

He took over from Kevin McDonald, who appointed him as assistant manager at Swindon before leaving without managing one game for the Robins.

Cooper guided his side to the play-off final last year but were beaten 4-0 in the final by Preston North End. 

After a playing career with Birmingham City, Huddersfield and Fulham to name a few, Cooper made the transition into management with Tamworth in 2004.

He left there in 2007 and joined Kettering where he enjoyed a successful spell, winning over 50% of his 128 games in charge.

That prompted Peterborough United to move for Cooper but he was swiftly sacked due to only gaining one victory in 13 games.

Spells with Darlington, Kettering and Telford followed before joining Swindon Town. 

Key player:
Michael Smith - The 23-year-old started his career with Darlington where he notched six goals in 37 games at the age of 18.

He made the move south and joined Charlton Athletic where he didn't make a single appearance.

The striker enjoyed loan spells with Accrington Stanley, Newport County, Colchester United and AFC Wimbledon before joining Swindon permanently in 2014. 

He finished last season with 15 goals and was instrumental in their good form last season.

Head-to-head:
The history books show that Latics have faced Swindon Town 51 times in all competitions, winning 20 and losing 18.

Latics picked up four points against the play-off finalists last season, drawing 2-2 at the County Ground and winning 2-1 at SportsDirect.com Park.

Sky Bet League One odds:
Win outright: 14/1
Promotion: 4/1
Relegation: 9/1

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