WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

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As Swindon Town attempt to emulate the class of '69 by reaching the League Cup final, recollections of the Wembley triumph over Arsenal and the two Don Rogers goals have prompted one potentially-taxing quiz question: who scored the Robins' other goal? The answer is Roger Smart, a hard working inside-forward who might himself have been granted the freedom of the town but for Bobby Gould forcing home an equaliser four minutes from time. Smart had given Swindon a 35th-minute lead.

"I wasn't a frequent goal scorer," Smart says. "I didn't get more than about 60 in 350-odd games. But I seemed to have a knack of getting important ones and I scored something like seven in the League Cup run. The one in the final was a bit of a scramble. The ball went in off my shin."

Smart also made the pass from which Rogers raced half the length of the pitch to score Swindon's third. "Donald had a tremendous game. Everybody did well, really."

After 12 years at the County Ground where he had signed as an 18-year-old, Smart moved on to Charlton before finishing his career in the non-League game with Bath and then Trowbridge. Now 51, he keeps the Plough Inn in Devizes Road, Swindon.

He and his partner, Lynn, have two sons, five-year-old Steven and Adam, nearly four. "I'd encourage both of them to become footballers if they want to," he said.

Jon Culley

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