Swindon became an Expanded Town under the Town Development Act 1952 and this led to a major increase in its population. Swindon railway station is on the line from London Paddington to Bristol. Swindon Borough Council is a unitary authority, independent of Wiltshire Council since 1997. Residents of Swindon are known as Swindonians. Swindon is home to the Bodleian Library's book depository, which contains 153 miles (246 km) of bookshelves  and also has the English Heritage National Monument Record Centre and the headquarters of the National Trust, on the site of the former Great Western Railway works. The town and wider borough also has the headquarters of the Nationwide Building Society and a Honda car manufacturing plant.
Swindon Town Football Club is a professional football football club in Swindon, Wiltshire, England. Founded as Swindon AFC in 1879, they became Spartans in 1880 and Swindon Town in 1883. The team compete in League Two, the fourth tier of the English football league system. The club's home ground, where it has played since 1896, is the 15,728 capacity County Ground.
The club went professional in 1894 and entered the Football League in 1920. It enjoyed a period of success between 1968–70, winning the 1969 League Cup Final and securing promotion to the Second Division, led by the club's talisman winger Don Rogers, whom the South Stand has been named after since the 2007–08 season.