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The Ultimate Honour
TOWN’S past and present greats are set to be honoured ahead of this weekend’s game against Morecambe as the club launches its official Hall of Fame.
Overall a panel of judges picked a list of 58 legends, which includes past players who have not only represented Swindon Town on the field of play but have also made a significant contribution to the development of the club as a whole.
Don Rogers, who was also on the seven-strong judging panel, said he was proud to be among the first names on the illustrious list.
He said: “I’m just pleased to be on the list, as well as have a stand named after me, and be around to see it.
“I think it’s a great idea to have a Hall of Fame and a lot of people will have a lot to say. It was very tricky - the discussions we had about it were very interesting and I think we have a good selection.
“It probably took us about 12 hours overall to come up with a list and I’m sure someone will say ‘why is so and so not on there?’ But that’s what it is all about.”
Former manager and left-back John Trollope MBE said he was delighted with the final decision.
“I’m honoured to have made it on to the first list they have brought out. Obviously having spent a large part of my working life here I hoped to have had a chance,” he said.
“I think if you are going to have a Hall of Fame you want people who have come up through the ranks and I don’t think you can say because someone played in the 1900s they shouldn’t be in there too.
“How can you compare football in 1879 to now because you will never see them play together. It’s about people who have represented the club and every era was important.”
The committee, formed in October this year, was made up of ex-players Rogers, Trollope and Bodin, club historians Paul Plowman and Dick Mattick, chairman of the STFC Supporters Club Roger Bunce and BBC Wiltshire’s Shaun Hodgetts.
The committee whittled down a list of approximately 1,300 players who have represented the club since its formation back in 1879.
Rogers, Trollope and Bodin will receive their commemorative blue and red ties on the pitch from the club’s interim Chairman Jeremy Wray.
The next stage will see the remaining 55 players announced in the Adver and as part of an extended two-hour BBC Wiltshire show which will be aired on Friday, December 30 from 6pm.
Then in January 2012, a shortlist of 10 players will go to a fans’ vote, run in conjunction with the Adver, the results of which will see the top two enter the Hall of Fame.
A commemorative board will be placed in main reception honouring these players and it is hoped that Hall of Fame members or their relatives will attend a match at The County Ground to honour this achievement.