Sunday, August 21, 2011

Where Are They Now- Oxford United vs Swindon Town 2002

With the return of the A420 derby today after a nine years absence, I thought it would be apt to continue my 'Where Are They Now' feature with a look at the starting XI from the last time we played the enemy. It was a televised FA Cup match, in which Swindon lost 1-0.

Bart Griemink: Joined from Peterborough in 2000 as part of the Colin Todd revolution after a loan spell. Griemink was a regular between the sticks before the arrival of Rhys Evans in 2003. The Dutchman went from missing just two games in 2002/03 campaign to only playing five games the following season. Griemink had a thirst for regular football and left for Southend once his contract expired. Now 39, he is currently playing for non-league Boston Town.

Gareth Edds: The Australian signed in 2002 from Nottingham Forest after the exit of Sol Davis. Edds' time at the County Ground wasn't successful and only played 18 times for the club during his one year stay. Gareth Edds left for Bradford where it was a similar story before joining MK Dons in 2004. He later signed for Tranmere before returning home to play for Queensland Fury.

Matt Heywood: Signed from Burnley in January 2001 after failing to make an impact at Turf Moor. Heywood was a near ever-present during his time at SN1, making over 200 appearances. In 2005, he turned down a new contract to join rivals Bristol City on a three year deal. Injuries and a change of manager limited opportunities at Ashton Gate and joined Brentford a season later. He later joined Grimsby before slipping into non-league with AFC Barrow and latterly Buxton.

Alan Reeves: Joined on a Bosman in 1998 from Wimbledon made over 200 appearances during an eight year spell. Reeves' initial time was not a good one; prone to costly mistakes with a poor disciplinary record. The loss of the captaincy coincided with improved performances and is well regarded by most Town supporters. His latter years at the County Ground also saw him taking a coaching role. A broken leg forced his retirement from the professional game.

David Duke: Failing to meet the mark at Sunderland, Duke joined Swindon in 2000 following a successful trial. An inconsistent performer during his time at Swindon and was often a fan's scapegoat. Duke spent five years at the club, notching up over 200 appearances before returning to the North East with Darlington. Duke spent two years with the Quakers before joining Durham City, Consett and is now playing in the 9th tier of English Football.

Stefani Miglioranzi: Signed from Pompey after injury problems hampered his first team chances in 2002. The midfielder was one of my favourites and showed an eye for goal in his debut season. The injury curse followed him from Fratton Park to Swindon and in one season, he clocked up just 17 games. After leaving Swindon in 2006, Miglioranzi returned to America, signing for LA Galaxy. Since, he has also spent a short time at Columbus Crew and now plays for Philadelphia Union.

Matt Hewlett: Colin Todd signed the midfielder at the turn of the millennium from rivals Bristol City. Hewlett's first season was plagued by injuries but was a good performer in the games he did play. He really came into his own during our play-off season, captaining the side into 4th place. Matt Hewlett's conflict with Andy Gurney saw the exit of the latter, whilst affecting Hewlett's performances. Joined Torquay in 2005 before a back injury forced retirement two seasons later.

Johnnie Jackson: Had a brief loan spell at SN1 from Tottenham in 2002 and played 15 times for the club. Following Swindon, Jackson had loan spells with Colchester, Coventry, Watford and Derby. He re-joined Colchester permanently in 2006 and spent three years in Essex before joining for Notts County in 2009. Initially joined Charlton Athletic on loan in February 2010 before signing a permanent deal later that year.

Eric Sabin: Signed in 2001 by Andy King who later compared him to Thierry Henry; well he is French. And fairly fast. Had a goal record of about one in seven during his two years at the County Ground. Sabin failed to make an impact at QPR and later joined Northampton before signing for that team up the road. Returned to France in 2006, joining AC Arles and now playing for Nimes Olympique.

Sam Parkin: Super Sammy Parkin signed for £50,000 from Chelsea in 2002. Parkin hit the ground running immediately, scoring a hat-trick on his debut and scoring 25 that season. Alongside Tommy Mooney, he fired Swindon to the play-offs in 2004; whilst the following season wasn't as good for Town, Parkin continued to impress. After scoring 73 goals in three seasons at SN1, he joined Ipswich for £450,000 and left with the blessing of all Town fans. Injuries hampered his time at Portman Road and did whilst at Luton and Walsall. Sam Parkin went north of the border in 2010 to play for SPL side St Johnstone.

Danny Invincibile: Signed in 2000, having previously played in his native Australia. Invincibile scored 27 times for Swindon but there is only one that really matters for Town fans. He scored a late winner in 2001 to ensure survival in Division Two and will be forever remembered for that. Invincibile left for Kimarnock in 2003 where he remained until January. Rumours linked him with a return to Wiltshire, however these proved untrue and he once again linked with Parkin for the remainder of the season. He is currently without a club

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