Play Off Agony and Ecstasy…

From The FOX No 35 – September 93…

… a Summerbee corner from the right was headed clear by Walsh but Moncur returned it into the box, Shaun Taylor ran through beating the offside trap and nodded Swindon’s third home.
The red half of the stadium celebrated their entry into the Premier League while the blue half sat in stunned silence. For some of us the thought of the 7-1 maulings at Hillsborough and Newcastle crossed our minds and we realised that we would never be able to step outside our front doors again if that happened.
But it didn’t happen.
What happened was that one of the most glorious moments of City’s history unfolded before our disbelieving eyes.
City began their fightback in the 57th minute. A Philpott cross from the left found Walsh at the far post and his header struck the woodwork, but Joachim popped up to lash the rebound home. 
The blue end was in better spirits.
In the 69th minute City struck again. Gary Mills curled a ball across the face of goal but no one connected.  Philpott salvaged it on the byline and sent back a looping cross which Walsh headed over the line.
Less than a minute later City equalised.

Whitlow went on a surging run down the left and found Thompson on the edge of the area, who took a couple of touches to round Taylor and then sent the ball past the despairing grasp of Digby.
As the ball nestled in the back of the net there were scenes of absolute pandemonium all around the blue half of the stadium as we celebrated like never before.
After 78 minutes Oldfield almost completed the fairytale when he bore down upon Digby’s goal but he was halted by a last ditch Calderwood tackle.
With five minutes left and thoughts turning to extra time, the day turned sour.
A long ball from Hoddle was chased into the area by White. As Poole came out to meet him his brushed the Swindon striker’s chest and over he went.
To our disbelief Elleray bought it and pointed to the spot. Bodin put the penalty away and the sick feeling took days to go away…

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  1. Joel

    While I am still bitter about the ending, it was almost worth it for those glorious glorious 15 minutes of pandemonium.

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