August Season 16/17

August has been & gone and we are into month two of the 2016/17 season. Here is our take on the first month of the new season that has brought us some highs and lows already.

Home matches

Generally, the home atmosphere in the Town End has been good. It hasn't been so poor that people are talking about it, but it hasn't been spectacular (except the 60 minutes of the Bristol Rovers match).

We are happy to say that the football club & our Safety team have finally given us the go ahead to trial run the use of waving flags in the Town End.

We have also started drinking at the Cricket Club as a group. So if you want to join us, come along and look out for the Great Western Reds banner.

Now the club are happy with how we are using the two flags, we will be looking to gradually grow the amount of flags we have and make these a staple for every home fixture.

The Swindon monsoon

One of the low points for August was the visit of Bristol Rovers. We'd raised money from fans and TrustSTFC to purchase streamers for a display as the players come out the tunnel.

However, on the morning of the fixture we were informed that due to safety resources being stretched to the limit on a derby day, they couldn't take the risk of a streamer display happening, too.

The team & performances

We've gained seven points from a possible 12 over the month of August, with some impressive glimpses at what we may be able to achieve this season.

However, our 3-1 loss to Chesterfield on the 13th brought us back down to earth showing that anyone can beat anyone after a home win over Coventry and a hearty 2-2 away to QPR in the League Cup only to go out on penalties.

The squad is starting to take shape with 9 incomings over the summer transfer window. If our strikers can start scoring and get settled into the team, we feel we have an opportunity to finish well in the table.

The new-look EFL Trophy

We have also made our feelings known about the new changes to the EFL Trophy. You can read about our #BTeamBoycott in our EFL Trophy article.

Our following

We've seen a great jump in our social media following in the first month of this season, which has really shown us that what we're trying to achieve as a group is being well received by the fans that are online and have come across us. Most impressively, we've gained 250 followers on Twitter over August alone.

Onto September and the rest of the season...

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