All-Time Premier League Record
|Played||Won||Drew||Lost||Scored||Conceded||Goal Difference||Points||No of Seasons|
Most Premier League Appearances
|Jan Aage Fjortoft||36|
Most Premier League Goals
|Jan Aage Fjortoft||12|
Biggest Premier League Victories
|Swindon Town 3-1 Coventry City||5th February 1994||1993-1994|
|Queens Park Rangers 1-3 Swindon Town||30th April 1994||1993-1994|
|Swindon Town 2-1 Southampton||18th December 1993||1993-1994|
|Swindon Town 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur||22nd January 1994||1993-1994|
|Swindon Town 1-0 Queens Park Rangers||24th November 1993||1993-1994|
Worst Premier League Defeats
|Newcastle United 7-1 Swindon Town||12th March 1994||1993-1994|
|Swindon Town 0-5 Liverpool FC||22nd August 1993||1993-1994|
|Aston Villa 5-0 Swindon Town||12th February 1994||1993-1994|
|Swindon Town 0-5 Leeds United||7th May 1994||1993-1994|
|Everton 6-2 Swindon Town||15th January 1994||1993-1994|
|Southampton 5-1 Swindon Town||25th August 1993||1993-1994|
|Swindon Town 0-4 Arsenal||27th December 1993||1993-1994|
|Wimbledon 3-0 Swindon Town||6th November 1993||1993-1994|
|Leeds United 3-0 Swindon Town||27th November 1993||1993-1994|
|Manchester United 4-2 Swindon Town||25th September 1993||1993-1994|
|Player||Seasons in charge|
Highest Home Attendances
|Swindon Town 2-2 Manchester United||19th March 1994||18,102||1993-1994|
|Swindon Town 0-4 Arsenal||27th December 1993||17,651||1993-1994|
|Swindon Town 0-5 Leeds United||7th May 1994||17,539||1993-1994|
|Swindon Town 0-5 Liverpool FC||22nd August 1993||17,017||1993-1994|
|Swindon Town 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur||22nd January 1994||16,563||1993-1994|
Swindon Town graced the top-flight of the Premier League in 1993-1994. The Wiltshire-based club broke many records – for the wrong reasons. The Robins conceded 100 goals in their 42 matches during the season, the most by any side in a Premier League season. They were relegated three games from the end of the campaign with just five wins. Nevertheless, they did provide plenty of entertainment and recorded the occasional eye-catching result.
Having defeated Leicester City 4-3 in the play-off final, Swindon reached the top-flight and were hoping to have a successful spell with Glenn Hoddle in-charge. The former Tottenham Hotspur playing legend was in a player-manager capacity and had been instrumental in helping Swindon to promotion. However, he left the club to take the managerial vacancy at Chelsea and offered his assistant manager, John Gorman the chance to join him.
Swindon chairman Ray Hardman was desperate not to lose Gorman as well, so offered him the managerial position, something which he accepted. The fans were delighted as he was a popular figure in the area when he arrived on the coaching staff in 1991.
Life would be tricky for Gorman and he found out pretty quickly how tough life at the highest level of English football would be. Swindon lost their first four matches, shipping five goals in back-to-back games against Liverpool FC and Southampton. They didn’t get their first point until 28th August, when they earned a 0-0 draw away at Norwich. This was one of only four clean sheets they kept all campaign.
Swindon were winless for the first 16 matches of the season and were quickly rooted to the foot of the table. They had just six points on the tally until beating Queens Park Rangers at the County Ground 1-0 in late November. Keith Scott, a recent arrival from Division Three side Wycombe Wanderers scored the only goal. This victory gave the Robins some confidence. Scott scored again at Anfield in mid-December as Swindon came mighty close to shocking Liverpool FC on Merseyside. Mark Wright scored a late header to ruin what would have been one of the biggest shocks in Premier League history.
Back-to-back home victories were recorded in early 1994 over Tottenham Hotspur and Coventry City and there was a thrilling 3-3 draw at Hillsborough with Sheffield Wednesday where Craig Maskell scored twice. Maskell would leave though in late January to join Southampton and it was left to Jan Aage Fjortoft to come up with the goals. The Norwegian scored 12 times and his treble against Coventry was the first hat-trick from a Scandinavian player in the Premier League.
There was a fighting 2-2 draw with champions Manchester United in March but still, Swindon took some heavy beatings. They lost 5-0 to Aston Villa and caved in 7-1 at Newcastle United. Five points from their last eight games sealed their fate. Despite completing a league double over Queens Park Rangers with their only away win of the season on the penultimate weekend, Gorman’s men were already down. A 4-2 home loss to Wimbledon a week earlier had proved to be the final blow. A final day 5-0 defeat at home to Leeds ensured Swindon became the first – and so far – only side in Premier League history to concede 100 goals in a season.
The Robins are now in League Two so they are some way away from achieving the heights of playing Premier League football again but their one-season stay in the top-flight will be one fans from the County Ground will remember.