Meet the Chelsea fans from Swindon
8:20am Monday 16th September 2013 in News
WHEN Swindon play Chelsea on September 24 in the League Cup it will be one of the biggest games the club has played for the past 20 years.
It has captured the imagination of the town and demand for tickets has gone through the roof.
However, not every resident will be cheering on the Reds at the County Ground.
In fact, a group of more than 100 will be actively cheering on Chelsea.
The Swindon Blues are a Chelsea supporters group that meets regularly at the Swiss Chalet in Gorse Hill to follow their team.
Like Swindon fans, they were just as happy when the two teams were drawn to play each other last month.
“Everyone has been buzzing since the draw was made,” said Dave Dunbar, 67, the group’s chairman.
“We have had a lot of enquiries about the game every day since. “If nothing else, it means we don’t have to travel as far to this game.”
With tickets selling fast many Swindon fans are set to be disappointed. The same is true for Chelsea fans, with the Europa Cup holders selling out their allocation of 3,000 in just four days.
The Swindon Blues regularly attend games and as an official supporters club get their own allocation. Unfortunately, with demand so high they also have limited numbers of tickets.
Dave said: “Chelsea normally has a good away following so it’s not really a surprise the demand has been so high.
“We have about 130 members but we’ve only been given 59 tickets. “I’ve been inundated with people asking so we’ve not got the difficult decision of working out who gets one.”
Despite allegiances to Chelsea, most of the group hold Swindon close to their heart, with many heading to the County Ground when they get the chance.
“I have lived in Swindon since 1975 and used to have a season ticket at both clubs,” said Dave.
“That changed with the Sky TV coming along and kick-off times being all over the place so it wasn’t practical.”
As well as going to games, the group also hold social events to raise money for charity.
The next one will take place on September 23, the night before the game at the Century Club in Gorse Hill.
Fans of all teams will be welcome and Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris will be in attendance.
Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased from the Swiss Chalet.
Today saw tickets go on sale for fans that have built up 30 loyalty points and are members of My World. For more information visit www.swindontownfc .co.uk.
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