For those readers from around the world who may not be versed in UK geography, there will be a very special team playing in the English Premiership next season. A team that isn’t actually from England.
This may surprise a few people but Swansea City is a team from Wales, a country famed for a sport where people throw around a ball shaped like an egg, famed for actors Catherine Zeta Jones and Anthony Hopkins, Tom Jones, cockles and laverbread and now finally, a Premiership football side.
The 30th of May 2011 was a very special day for the people of Swansea. It was they day the beloved ‘Jack Army’ gained promotion to the English Premier League, after years toiling in the lower leagues of England. In fact, the club was sold for the price of one English pound to creditors in those dark gloomy days, a fact which most supporters will never forget.
With the Jacks almost falling out of the football league altogether, the Swans rescued themselves with a James Thomas hattrick in a 4-2 win over Hull in 2003 which saved their football league status.
Move forward ten years and it was another hattrick hero, this time Scott Sinclair firing Swansea past Reading in the Championship Playoff Final and into the hallowed turf of the Premiership, sending 40,000 Swansea supporters into ecstasy.
Gone are the days of the old Vetch Field. The old ground is now a construction site, waiting to be developed by building investors, but the memories long remain. Gone are the Tuesday night matches against Macclesfield and Shrewsbury in front of 2000 die hard supporters. Gone are the famous Vetch Field burgers and the accolade of having ‘The Worst Toilets in the Football League’.
Yes, we’ve moved on. The Swans now play their football in the 23,000 capacity Liberty Stadium, with 16,000 season ticket holders shouting their support, million pound transfer records are being agreed, lucrative advertising contracts are being ironed out, fans have live games against Manchester City, Aston Villa and Manchester United on Sky Sports and ESPN to look forward to, while the Swans even boast their our own WAGS.
It’s certainly been a rollercoaster 10 years for every Swansea supporter, with more lows than highs, but its one that we’ve ultimately come out of and now we step into the light of the Premiership.
And yes, I think we deserve it.