POLL: Is Swindon Town chairman Lee Power right to ban the Adver from the County Ground?

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FOLLOWING the news that Swindon Town chairman and owner Lee Power has banned the Swindon Advertiser from attending press conferences and reporting on matches at the County Ground, our social network and online channels have been inundated by fans debating the decision.

Adver chief sports writer Sam Morshead Tweeted that striker Nile Ranger was in the team to play Peterborough United at the County Ground on Saturday at 1.15pm – 45 minutes before the team sheets were handed to match officials.

The reporter Tweeted the information after seeing a Tweet by fan Daniel Hunt who had photographed Ranger’s shirt hanging in the dressing room during a pre-match tour of the ground at 12.30pm.

Power believes that Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson saw our man's Tweet and changed their team accordingly.

Ranger scored in a 2-1 win and it later emerged that th striker himself had told his 13,198 followers on Instagram that he was back in the team at 1.32pm, half an hour before the team sheets were handed in.

The ban means that Adver staff won’t be privy to pre and post-match interviews with players and staff or be able to watch games from the press box at the County Ground.

Now we ask our readers if Power is right to ban the Adver from the club? Please vote and leave your thoughts in the comments section.

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11:52am Tue 14 Jan 14

Fourmarks says...

He's a prat.
He's a prat. Fourmarks

12:13pm Tue 14 Jan 14

BigBarry says...

Might of been idea to put both sides in the article if you were going to do poll, this polls seems to be a bit of a kangaroo court to me.
Might of been idea to put both sides in the article if you were going to do poll, this polls seems to be a bit of a kangaroo court to me. BigBarry

12:21pm Tue 14 Jan 14

aussieg says...

The Town did the same to a reporter back in the 70's for telling the truth about what was happening behind the scenes
The Town did the same to a reporter back in the 70's for telling the truth about what was happening behind the scenes aussieg

12:24pm Tue 14 Jan 14

mrwoo says...

I was behind the scenes on Saturday and it was no secret Nile was playing. Shirt in dressing room etc. Therefore Mr Power is wrong and is just alienating the fans. What an idiot! I will think twice on giving him my season ticket money in a couple of months time.
I was behind the scenes on Saturday and it was no secret Nile was playing. Shirt in dressing room etc. Therefore Mr Power is wrong and is just alienating the fans. What an idiot! I will think twice on giving him my season ticket money in a couple of months time. mrwoo

12:29pm Tue 14 Jan 14

SomeoneWhoIsntMe says...

He can do what he wants, but it will have negative implications when the town's newspaper isn't reporting on the goings on...
He can do what he wants, but it will have negative implications when the town's newspaper isn't reporting on the goings on... SomeoneWhoIsntMe

12:58pm Tue 14 Jan 14

The-Swindon-Man says...

I'm not attending any HOME game until the ban is lifted.

Mr Power is not doing STFC any favours.

Laughing stock springs to mind
I'm not attending any HOME game until the ban is lifted. Mr Power is not doing STFC any favours. Laughing stock springs to mind The-Swindon-Man

1:10pm Tue 14 Jan 14

swindon281 says...

talk about alienate your local support!!!! What an idiot Lee Power is. Its not as if we are in any decent position in the table.

We live in an instant tech world. About time he joined it!!
talk about alienate your local support!!!! What an idiot Lee Power is. Its not as if we are in any decent position in the table. We live in an instant tech world. About time he joined it!! swindon281

1:14pm Tue 14 Jan 14

meadowred says...

Upto Power on what the Club does or does not do, aslong as we get 3 points or a Cup Win does it matter who reports on the games and i`m sure it will be all sorted out, on the flip side has Ranger manage to attend training on time this week?
Upto Power on what the Club does or does not do, aslong as we get 3 points or a Cup Win does it matter who reports on the games and i`m sure it will be all sorted out, on the flip side has Ranger manage to attend training on time this week? meadowred

1:16pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Hedge62 says...

Perhaps Mr Powler should ban tours on game days or at least exclude the home dressing room from the tour? The ban should be reversed straight away.
Perhaps Mr Powler should ban tours on game days or at least exclude the home dressing room from the tour? The ban should be reversed straight away. Hedge62

1:27pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Old Town says...

swindon281 wrote:
talk about alienate your local support!!!! What an idiot Lee Power is. Its not as if we are in any decent position in the table.

We live in an instant tech world. About time he joined it!!
Eh ?

A win tonight could see us in the playoffs, but that's not a decent position in the table - what planet are you on ?

Can see both sides on this one - if it did give enough time for Fergie to change his team then I understand why Power would be unhappy....

However Sam has done a great job on the whole, and a carpet ban for the Adver is over the top.....
[quote][p][bold]swindon281[/bold] wrote: talk about alienate your local support!!!! What an idiot Lee Power is. Its not as if we are in any decent position in the table. We live in an instant tech world. About time he joined it!![/p][/quote]Eh ? A win tonight could see us in the playoffs, but that's not a decent position in the table - what planet are you on ? Can see both sides on this one - if it did give enough time for Fergie to change his team then I understand why Power would be unhappy.... However Sam has done a great job on the whole, and a carpet ban for the Adver is over the top..... Old Town

1:33pm Tue 14 Jan 14

swindon281 says...

I guess with have different views of the word 'decent' A 'hope' that we win that 'might' gets us in the playoffs is 'average' not decent.
I guess with have different views of the word 'decent' A 'hope' that we win that 'might' gets us in the playoffs is 'average' not decent. swindon281

1:36pm Tue 14 Jan 14

house on the hill says...

Its January, talking about the play offs is just plain stupid at this time of year.
Its January, talking about the play offs is just plain stupid at this time of year. house on the hill

1:42pm Tue 14 Jan 14

The Real Librarian says...

So make sure you don't report what STFC do?
Don't cover the results.
Don't take their advertising.
Don't have anything to do with them.

Its only STFC. no-one outside the 419/M4/Thamesdown Drive even cares or will report it.
So make sure you don't report what STFC do? Don't cover the results. Don't take their advertising. Don't have anything to do with them. Its only STFC. no-one outside the 419/M4/Thamesdown Drive even cares or will report it. The Real Librarian

1:51pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Archive Robin says...

Hi All (I've also posted this on "Sam - My Take"

This is just my opinion on the situation regarding the Adver coverage of STFC this season and perhaps more importantly over the years (bearing in mind I have been supporting the club for over 40 years and have seen the reporting).

I have never really felt that the Adver has ever been totally (more so in the post League Cup era and beyond) on the side of the club although you could say that they are looking out for the supporters. Over the years yes there has been support for the club from the local press but it can't have escaped peoples notice that when the chance has arisen (1990 demotion and subsequent reporting, the club going into admin & more recently the DiCanio affair & other stories) they have laid into this club with great "gusto" in terms of the way it reported the news - yes I agree it has to sell papers (although now less so with the advent of the net) but the way things were allowed to be reported at times made me wonder whether they actually wanted the club to survive.

The advent of the "forum" has allowed people to have a say about they feel about the club but are the Adver not supposed to be vetting comments? - they may well vett this one we shall see. It also has to be said that over the last few years they have allowed comments on the forum (in all fairness as most forums have) which have been slinging personal insults at the players, the managers and the owners and also allowed various accusations against the club and individuals.

It also has to be said that Sam, especially with the previous board, was given extremely privileged access to the players and managers which I feel he abused to certain extent in terms of the way he subsequently reported some things thereafter during the season(s). This season that privilege and a few others were taken away and maybe there is still a slight grudge held there - the readers have to make up their OWN minds up on that one.

For the record I don't agree with the ban but after all the abuse that has been thrown at the current board you can understand their stance but the Adver reporters should be there (CG) to cover games and report the news as it happens within reason.

Finally I will probably be slated by all for this post but this is simply my opinion or take if you like on the way I have seen things reported over the years (40+) - I realise not everyone sees things the same as we are different with different views of things.

Thanks for reading
Hi All (I've also posted this on "Sam - My Take" This is just my opinion on the situation regarding the Adver coverage of STFC this season and perhaps more importantly over the years (bearing in mind I have been supporting the club for over 40 years and have seen the reporting). I have never really felt that the Adver has ever been totally (more so in the post League Cup era and beyond) on the side of the club although you could say that they are looking out for the supporters. Over the years yes there has been support for the club from the local press but it can't have escaped peoples notice that when the chance has arisen (1990 demotion and subsequent reporting, the club going into admin & more recently the DiCanio affair & other stories) they have laid into this club with great "gusto" in terms of the way it reported the news - yes I agree it has to sell papers (although now less so with the advent of the net) but the way things were allowed to be reported at times made me wonder whether they actually wanted the club to survive. The advent of the "forum" has allowed people to have a say about they feel about the club but are the Adver not supposed to be vetting comments? - they may well vett this one we shall see. It also has to be said that over the last few years they have allowed comments on the forum (in all fairness as most forums have) which have been slinging personal insults at the players, the managers and the owners and also allowed various accusations against the club and individuals. It also has to be said that Sam, especially with the previous board, was given extremely privileged access to the players and managers which I feel he abused to certain extent in terms of the way he subsequently reported some things thereafter during the season(s). This season that privilege and a few others were taken away and maybe there is still a slight grudge held there - the readers have to make up their OWN minds up on that one. For the record I don't agree with the ban but after all the abuse that has been thrown at the current board you can understand their stance but the Adver reporters should be there (CG) to cover games and report the news as it happens within reason. Finally I will probably be slated by all for this post but this is simply my opinion or take if you like on the way I have seen things reported over the years (40+) - I realise not everyone sees things the same as we are different with different views of things. Thanks for reading Archive Robin

1:54pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Davidsyrett says...

The-Swindon-Man wrote:
I'm not attending any HOME game until the ban is lifted.

Mr Power is not doing STFC any favours.

Laughing stock springs to mind
you certainly are!!
[quote][p][bold]The-Swindon-Man[/bold] wrote: I'm not attending any HOME game until the ban is lifted. Mr Power is not doing STFC any favours. Laughing stock springs to mind[/p][/quote]you certainly are!! Davidsyrett

3:13pm Tue 14 Jan 14

ging999 says...

Davidsyrett wrote:
The-Swindon-Man wrote:
I'm not attending any HOME game until the ban is lifted.

Mr Power is not doing STFC any favours.

Laughing stock springs to mind
you certainly are!!
You're right David and the probable reason for him not attending any games, is that he doesn't know where the ground is.
[quote][p][bold]Davidsyrett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The-Swindon-Man[/bold] wrote: I'm not attending any HOME game until the ban is lifted. Mr Power is not doing STFC any favours. Laughing stock springs to mind[/p][/quote]you certainly are!![/p][/quote]You're right David and the probable reason for him not attending any games, is that he doesn't know where the ground is. ging999

3:16pm Tue 14 Jan 14

The-Swindon-Man says...

Davidsyrett wrote:
The-Swindon-Man wrote: I'm not attending any HOME game until the ban is lifted. Mr Power is not doing STFC any favours. Laughing stock springs to mind
you certainly are!!
As it's panto season and Mr Power is balling ball, "oh no i'm not"
[quote][p][bold]Davidsyrett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The-Swindon-Man[/bold] wrote: I'm not attending any HOME game until the ban is lifted. Mr Power is not doing STFC any favours. Laughing stock springs to mind[/p][/quote]you certainly are!![/p][/quote]As it's panto season and Mr Power is balling ball, "oh no i'm not" The-Swindon-Man

3:19pm Tue 14 Jan 14

The-Swindon-Man says...

ging999 wrote:
Davidsyrett wrote:
The-Swindon-Man wrote: I'm not attending any HOME game until the ban is lifted. Mr Power is not doing STFC any favours. Laughing stock springs to mind
you certainly are!!
You're right David and the probable reason for him not attending any games, is that he doesn't know where the ground is.
Your right, I don't where the stadium is and I've never been to Swinford's stadium before.
[quote][p][bold]ging999[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davidsyrett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The-Swindon-Man[/bold] wrote: I'm not attending any HOME game until the ban is lifted. Mr Power is not doing STFC any favours. Laughing stock springs to mind[/p][/quote]you certainly are!![/p][/quote]You're right David and the probable reason for him not attending any games, is that he doesn't know where the ground is.[/p][/quote]Your right, I don't where the stadium is and I've never been to Swinford's stadium before. The-Swindon-Man

3:49pm Tue 14 Jan 14

hertz says...

Folks will Tweet , Twit , **** or whatever can't stop that , but Sam is in a position of trust with what he sees hears etc and has a duty to keep it professional . Probably just another chance for Mr Power to have a clean sheet , sit down and thrash out some proper ground rules for the brave new world . IMO , Dig deep tonight young un's it won't be a push over . COYR
Folks will Tweet , Twit , **** or whatever can't stop that , but Sam is in a position of trust with what he sees hears etc and has a duty to keep it professional . Probably just another chance for Mr Power to have a clean sheet , sit down and thrash out some proper ground rules for the brave new world . IMO , Dig deep tonight young un's it won't be a push over . COYR hertz

4:20pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Wildwestener says...

Lee Power has wildly over-reacted. Sam M should probably have waited till the teams were announced to make the tweet.

It's amateur hour all round here as far as I can see. Pretty much standard for STFC unfortunately. Any chance we could just have a club that isn't making an a**e of itself for a bit?
Lee Power has wildly over-reacted. Sam M should probably have waited till the teams were announced to make the tweet. It's amateur hour all round here as far as I can see. Pretty much standard for STFC unfortunately. Any chance we could just have a club that isn't making an a**e of itself for a bit? Wildwestener

5:27pm Tue 14 Jan 14

neiluk says...

I don't think the Adver should be making stories about itself. It should sort things with the club in private. As it could stir things and make the matter a lot worse.
I don't think the Adver should be making stories about itself. It should sort things with the club in private. As it could stir things and make the matter a lot worse. neiluk

6:25pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Red_jools says...

Football is an entertainment business, local press is a free publicity, good or bad, if the adver refused to print any information on the Town on Friday's or reports on Monday's and/or Wednesday's the visual media, BBC and ITV does not give STFC the coverage that the Adver does and the club's website is inadequate in giving actual reports, STFC are not the first, and won't be the last club to ban local reporters from the ground, given the general need for both parties to rely on each other just another petty squabble which readers and supporters probably don't need and I'm no great fan of Newsquest!
Football is an entertainment business, local press is a free publicity, good or bad, if the adver refused to print any information on the Town on Friday's or reports on Monday's and/or Wednesday's the visual media, BBC and ITV does not give STFC the coverage that the Adver does and the club's website is inadequate in giving actual reports, STFC are not the first, and won't be the last club to ban local reporters from the ground, given the general need for both parties to rely on each other just another petty squabble which readers and supporters probably don't need and I'm no great fan of Newsquest! Red_jools

6:30pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Red Since 62 says...

The Real Librarian wrote:
So make sure you don't report what STFC do?
Don't cover the results.
Don't take their advertising.
Don't have anything to do with them.

Its only STFC. no-one outside the 419/M4/Thamesdown Drive even cares or will report it.
As if. The Adver need STFC as much as Town need them.
There is no way that the Adver will not want to report on STFC.
Their circulation figures will drop and the editor will get the sack.
[quote][p][bold]The Real Librarian[/bold] wrote: So make sure you don't report what STFC do? Don't cover the results. Don't take their advertising. Don't have anything to do with them. Its only STFC. no-one outside the 419/M4/Thamesdown Drive even cares or will report it.[/p][/quote]As if. The Adver need STFC as much as Town need them. There is no way that the Adver will not want to report on STFC. Their circulation figures will drop and the editor will get the sack. Red Since 62

6:53pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Simples! says...

Of course Power Is right...Assuming his long term plan is for the next generation of supporters to grow up reading about proper teams and supporting them instead...?
Of course Power Is right...Assuming his long term plan is for the next generation of supporters to grow up reading about proper teams and supporting them instead...? Simples!

7:51pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Red Since 62 says...

Why oh why run this poll anyway, it's a negative action and only serves to poke a stick at the clubs owner.
It would seem as though the Adver want this to run and run for a while.
Reporting bad news again. Why not sort this out in private with the club.
Also as BigBarry indicates this is a one sided article.
From my perspective it seems as though Sam and the Adver have no intention of apologising at this stage of what they probably see as a game.
My guess is that they were hoping to go to Mr Power and say look all these readers and STFC fans think you are wrong.
Well the poll has been running for over 8 hours now and the majority of voters think that Mr Power was right to ban the Adver from the County Ground.
In my opinion Archive Robin makes some very valid and interesting points and the Adver would do well to take note of these.
Why oh why run this poll anyway, it's a negative action and only serves to poke a stick at the clubs owner. It would seem as though the Adver want this to run and run for a while. Reporting bad news again. Why not sort this out in private with the club. Also as BigBarry indicates this is a one sided article. From my perspective it seems as though Sam and the Adver have no intention of apologising at this stage of what they probably see as a game. My guess is that they were hoping to go to Mr Power and say look all these readers and STFC fans think you are wrong. Well the poll has been running for over 8 hours now and the majority of voters think that Mr Power was right to ban the Adver from the County Ground. In my opinion Archive Robin makes some very valid and interesting points and the Adver would do well to take note of these. Red Since 62

7:57pm Tue 14 Jan 14

MoonrakerMatelot says...

I find this poll rather distasteful and utterly pointless. Smacks of sour grapes to me. After reading Town's press release on this issue, I think that Mr Power has realised he has overreacted and this will be swiftly resolved. Then maybe we can get back to what really matters, a game of football and success for Swindon Town. COYR!
I find this poll rather distasteful and utterly pointless. Smacks of sour grapes to me. After reading Town's press release on this issue, I think that Mr Power has realised he has overreacted and this will be swiftly resolved. Then maybe we can get back to what really matters, a game of football and success for Swindon Town. COYR! MoonrakerMatelot

8:48pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Tyran66 says...

The most commented articles on here always relate to football. The advertiser stands to lose a great deal as a result of its "at best", unprofessional or at worst, seditious actions.

Local papers are dying out rapidly on a national scale, precisely because all too often they attempt to throw their weight around like an editor from a spider-man film. Rather than behave like a responsible community centric organisation that they should be.

The whole incident could be remedied quickly and amicably if someone with some sense from the adver took the time to speak to a peer within STFC. Instead they publish one side of the story, in their very own publication and run an internet poll on it almost boasting about how they are "banned". Hardly sensible, mature or constructive from anyone's perspective.
The most commented articles on here always relate to football. The advertiser stands to lose a great deal as a result of its "at best", unprofessional or at worst, seditious actions. Local papers are dying out rapidly on a national scale, precisely because all too often they attempt to throw their weight around like an editor from a spider-man film. Rather than behave like a responsible community centric organisation that they should be. The whole incident could be remedied quickly and amicably if someone with some sense from the adver took the time to speak to a peer within STFC. Instead they publish one side of the story, in their very own publication and run an internet poll on it almost boasting about how they are "banned". Hardly sensible, mature or constructive from anyone's perspective. Tyran66

9:00pm Tue 14 Jan 14

BigBarry says...

My opinion on the sport reporting of the town by the adver is that it's total and utter substandard rubbish, and I totally agree with the football club making a stand for the good of all concerned.

I'm sure the 12 year old's and attention craving trolls on twitter think Morshead’s tweets are the best thing since sliced bread, but the standard of reporting at the paper is shocking and has been for some time, pull up any adver match report from a few years ago and compare it to the doss written now, the match reports are now unrefined soulless timelines and they don’t even try to capture the romance or spirit of the game, it’s like reading a file complied by a data analyst, and if a new low has now been reached and the “award winning” journalists can’t even be bothered to support their club and show the respect to keep the side quiet as requested because they feel keeping the twitter feeding frenzy going is more important, then until their head shrink back to size I hope the club continue to keep them banned.
My opinion on the sport reporting of the town by the adver is that it's total and utter substandard rubbish, and I totally agree with the football club making a stand for the good of all concerned. I'm sure the 12 year old's and attention craving trolls on twitter think Morshead’s tweets are the best thing since sliced bread, but the standard of reporting at the paper is shocking and has been for some time, pull up any adver match report from a few years ago and compare it to the doss written now, the match reports are now unrefined soulless timelines and they don’t even try to capture the romance or spirit of the game, it’s like reading a file complied by a data analyst, and if a new low has now been reached and the “award winning” journalists can’t even be bothered to support their club and show the respect to keep the side quiet as requested because they feel keeping the twitter feeding frenzy going is more important, then until their head shrink back to size I hope the club continue to keep them banned. BigBarry

9:24pm Tue 14 Jan 14

batch says...

Seriously, 54% think Power is right? Deary me.
Seriously, 54% think Power is right? Deary me. batch

10:34pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Big Time says...

Mutual respect between the paper and club is important, Morshead broke the rules of engagement by not sticking to an agreement, the facts other tweeted is not really relevant as this appears to be about a beach of trust more then anything, and rather then apologise and try to make good the paper instead runs a one sided story and a poll like this? I don't thing I would want to work with them either!
Mutual respect between the paper and club is important, Morshead broke the rules of engagement by not sticking to an agreement, the facts other tweeted is not really relevant as this appears to be about a beach of trust more then anything, and rather then apologise and try to make good the paper instead runs a one sided story and a poll like this? I don't thing I would want to work with them either! Big Time

11:49pm Tue 14 Jan 14

harley red says...

swindon281 wrote:
talk about alienate your local support!!!! What an idiot Lee Power is. Its not as if we are in any decent position in the table.

We live in an instant tech world. About time he joined it!!
He's to thick to use any mobile really wish he would pi!? I&£ Soon please
[quote][p][bold]swindon281[/bold] wrote: talk about alienate your local support!!!! What an idiot Lee Power is. Its not as if we are in any decent position in the table. We live in an instant tech world. About time he joined it!![/p][/quote]He's to thick to use any mobile really wish he would pi!? I&£ Soon please harley red

9:05am Wed 15 Jan 14

Davidsyrett says...

I wonder if the Adver expected the poll to go in Powers favour, somewhat strengthens his position, another story backfiring.
I wonder if the Adver expected the poll to go in Powers favour, somewhat strengthens his position, another story backfiring. Davidsyrett

3:02pm Wed 15 Jan 14

madred says...

Davidsyrett wrote:
I wonder if the Adver expected the poll to go in Powers favour, somewhat strengthens his position, another story backfiring.
I smell a rat, easy to fix on-line polls. the vast majority of fans i have spoken to support the Adver on this and think Power has massively over-reacted. Think the club should tread carefully as the press can turn nasty and may report on negatives all the time thus damaging STFC's public image. Lets hope Power and Adver can settle these petty issues quickly or I may be forced to send them to bed without any supper and confiscate their ball.
[quote][p][bold]Davidsyrett[/bold] wrote: I wonder if the Adver expected the poll to go in Powers favour, somewhat strengthens his position, another story backfiring.[/p][/quote]I smell a rat, easy to fix on-line polls. the vast majority of fans i have spoken to support the Adver on this and think Power has massively over-reacted. Think the club should tread carefully as the press can turn nasty and may report on negatives all the time thus damaging STFC's public image. Lets hope Power and Adver can settle these petty issues quickly or I may be forced to send them to bed without any supper and confiscate their ball. madred

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