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"In a surprising turn of events, it's raining in England."

A web series on the Hankgames channel (named for Hank Green of the Vlogbrothers) in which John Green (the other half of the Vlogbrothers) talks about things while the Swindon Town Swoodilypoopers play football. While John isn't actually very good at the game (although he's gotten better at it, playing in the Premier League on world-class skill level), he still manages to intrigue watchers with the stories he tells or the topics about which he talks. The players have become characters with their own lives and backstories.


In March 2013, John switched from FIFA 2011 to FIFA 2013 in a new series called Swoodlypoopers Strike Back. Following that series' premature demise, John moves on to FIFA 2014 to coach AFC Wimbledon, aka the AFC Wimbly Womblys.

The Miracle of Swindon Town contains examples of:

  • Aerith and Bob: On a broad scale of John to Voluptuous.
  • The Alcoholic: Fat Lucas had a bad history of alcohol abuse, enabled by his former team, which was sponsored by a pub. In fact, that's part of the reason why he's so fat. He's been sober for a long time now, though.
  • Alliterative Name: Perry Parry, Merrick Maric, Bodin Bodin.
  • Angrish: FOOGE-KA-BOOGE! "Sorry, I spend all my time talking to a baby."
  • Badass Moustache: Bald John Green
  • Bald of Awesome: Bald John Green, of course.
  • The Big Guy: Cteve Austin.
  • Bond One-Liner: After a good save by Berna, John will usually quip "You just got a 1st/2nd/3rd degree Berna!"
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  • Catch Phrase: "Bald John Green...FINISHER!"
  • Defictionalization: The chant made up for the fictional "One Size" Fitz Hall has been used for the real life Fitz Hall, too. (Whose nickname is also, coincidentally, "One Size.")
  • Fiery Redhead: "Ginger Rampage" didn't exactly get his nickname for nothing.
  • Happily Married: Bald John Green and Other John Green, as well as Voluptuous Pericard and his wife Alice.
  • The Heart: Bald John Green. Other John Green is the best player on the team, but Bald John Green is the team's emotional leader. Whenever they're down, he gives them a Rousing Speech in the lockers.
  • The Hero: Bald John Green.
  • The Lancer: Other John Green.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: The aptly-named Lerooooy Williamson, who occasionally scores, but mostly just runs up the middle of the field in a very aggressive rush that doesn't accomplish anything.
  • The Nicknamer: The fans usually come up with the first names / nicknames for the characters, as the game only gives you a first initial and a last name.
  • Odd Friendship: Merrick Maric and Ricardo "Bunsen" Berna, due to the fact that Maric can't speak (or chooses not to) and Berna is not fluent in English.
  • One Steve Limit: Strongly averted. There's actually three characters with the same full name—Bald John Green, his husband Other John Green (née John Bennett), and manager (and player) John Green.
  • Shout-Out: To Leeroy Jenkins, the player Leeeeeeeeeeeeeerooooooooooy Williamson. Gordon Taylor-Fletcher was also renamed after Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": "Stone Cold" Cteve-with-a-C Austin.
  • Suddenly Sexuality: Season Two started out with the reveal that the reason there are two John Greens is because they're a married couple.
  • The Voiceless: Merrick Maric.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Most of the team. Sir Swindon Town Swoodilypooper Cuthbert deserves a special mention. So does Beef Stock. And Ginger Rampage.

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