Town face Millwall in a winner-takes-all clash with the prize on offer being a place in the Championship and goalkeeper Phil Smith has more reason than most to want victory - he was released by Millwall as a youngster.

Smith (pictured) was the hero of the play-off semi-final victory over Charlton Athletic, coming off the bench in the early stages of the second leg after an injury to fellow keeper David Lucas.

Smith made some vital saves to ensure the tie went to penalties and he would love to get the nod from Swindon boss Danny Wilson for this weekend's encounter.

Speaking exclusively to, the 30-year-old insisted his Millwall connections will count for nothing on the big day.

"It was an amazing night at Charlton especially as I never expected to play a part let alone such a big one I thought we were the better team and deserved to go through," said Smith.
"I was at Millwall from 14 years old until I was 21 so the club became a big part of my life. It was the hardest time of my life having to leave as they didn't want me anymore.

"But there will definitely be no mixed emotions on Saturday. Swindon gave me a chance for which I will always be grateful (Smith was signed up by former boss Dennis Wise after a trial spell in June 2006) and I would love to see the club in the Championship and I believe the team has the quality and belief to go up."

While the bulk of the supporters bellowing their support for Smith and his colleagues at Wembley will come from Swindon and the surrounding area, the keeper is well aware of the club's fan base Down Under.

One Swindon fan's recent (successful)  attempt to persuade Fox Sports to show Swindon's League One match against Exeter City generated headlines in both Australia and the UK and Swindon's players were among those to appreciate it.
"We heard over here there were a few Swindon fans in Oz who battled to get our match against Exeter shown in their local (pub)," said Smith.

" I'd like to say a big hello and thank them for their support and hope they don't have to try as hard to get the final shown and that they get as much support as they can for us for Saturday."

Swindon's Australian links have also been acknowledged by the club itself. Swindon Town's press officer Chris Tanner told "The club would like to thank all exiled supporters for their continued backing of Swindon Town FC.

"Reaching Wembley has raised the club's profile and no doubt made Town fans across the globe feel rightly proud of their team.

 "Town have strong links with Australia with Dave Mitchell and Danny Invincibile both popular during their playing days here. Mitchell played his part in Swindon's last play-off success whilst Invincibile scored some crucial goals during his time with the Town.

 "A Wembley win this weekend would cap off what has been a tremendous season on and off the pitch."

Swindon Town's clash with Millwall will be shown on Fox Sports 1 with coverage starting at 11.55pm on Saturday night.

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