1990-2000 – TrustSTFC


Ardiles remained in charge until March 1991, when he departed for Newcastle United

and was succeeded by new player-manager Glenn Hoddle.

Swindon progressed well during the 1991–92 season, Hoddle’s first full season as manager,

and just missed out on the Second Division play-offs, having briefly led the table in the autumn.

A year later Swindon regained what the fans saw as their rightful place in the Premiership after

a seven goal thriller at Wembley, in which the Town squandered a three goal lead before

beating Leicester City 4–3, snatching the winner from the penalty spot seven minutes from time.

The team celebrate their promotion to the Premier League – knowing that this time,
the prize cannot be taken away.
Swindon Town’s victory parade around the town on winning promotion to the Premier League in 1993

Hoddle moved to Chelsea before the 1993–94 FA Premier League season began, and was

replaced by assistant John Gorman, but Swindon never adjusted to the

pace of Premier League football. They were relegated after recording only five wins

and conceding 100 goals — and have never yet returned to the top flight.

One of the few successes of the season was a 2 – 2 draw against

champions Manchester United in the league.

The following year, Swindon were relegated for the second consecutive

time and slipped into Division Two.

Gorman had been sacked as manager in November 1994, and although his successor,

player/manager Steve McMahon, was unable to avoid relegation, he did take

Swindon to the semi-finals of the League Cup.

McMahon then succeeded in getting Swindon back into Division One

on his first attempt, winning the Division Two championship in 1995–96.

Celebrations at Chesterfield
Manager Steve McMahon holds the trophy aloft at the Civic Reception

McMahon remained as manager until September 1998, when he left by mutual consent

after Swindon lost five of their nine opening games of the 1998–99 season.

The club then went through five managers in five years (Andy King was appointed twice),

during which time they were again relegated into Division Two.