Swansea City: Road To Wembley

Language: English

ISBN: 9781848517356

Current Publication Date: 2013

Format: Paperback

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In February 2013 Swansea City, Wales’ first Premier League soccer club, reached its first major cup final at Wembley, playing Bradford City of League Two. This was widely considered to be the most important game in the club’s turbulent history. To many fans, it seemed nothing short of a miracle after the dark days of financial crises and potential relegation from the Football League itself. Their eventual arrival in the top flight would have been rewarding enough for most Swans followers, but now the team was only one game away from silverware, and qualification for European football. Pinching themselves, 36,000 Swansea Jacks prepared for the trip of a lifetime – a visit to Wembley. Among them was Huw Bowen, a lifelong Swans supporter, who got landed with the job of organising tickets and transport for a motley crew of his fellow Jacks from Swansea University. His diary of this nightmarish logistical operation appeared in the Western Mail in the week leading up to the final. Here, those entries are brought together for the first time, along with other Swans-related writings. The book contains photographs of the big day, supplied by fans as well as the photographers of the Western Mail. All royalty payments made from the sale of this book will be donated to The John Hartson Foundation.