Swindon Town's FC 1986-87 play off Campaign
Following on from the 1985/86 record breaking promotion season, the 3rd place finish was another significant achievement. This was made all the sweeter by the fact that the Town’s twelfth draw of the season on the final day, came at Ashton Gate, where the 1-1 scoreline ensured that our West Country rivals Bristol City would themselves miss out on the play-offs.
STFC Team 1986 / 87
1986/87 Final League Table
Wigan Athletic were to be the first opponents and if league form was any indicator, goals were to be expected as the top scoring Latics (83 goals) also had the leakiest defence, of the sides fighting for promotion at the top end of Division 3, shipping 60 goals during the season. Indeed the 2 league games between the clubs yielded 9 goals, with Town coming out 5 – 4 aggregate winners after 2 home wins.
As a result of finishing one place and 2 points ahead of their rivals, the Town would have home advantage in the 2nd leg, so it was off to Lancashire for the 1st taste of play-off action.