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Gower Ditches Unlucky Number 11 Shirt

Gower Ditches Unlucky Number 11 Shirt

Swansea City midfielder Mark Gower will be ditching the 'cursed' number 11 shirt next season and wear number 27 instead.

The former Southend United player was a regular in his first season with the Swans last year but he struggled to score a single goal in 32 League starts.

His eagerness to score his first goal affected his performances as the pressure built up game by game.

He came close to scoring a number of times, hitting the woodwork and was denied his best and easiest chance of netting in an FA Cup match at home to Premiership side Fulham, but goalkeeper Schwarzer denied him by making a superb save.

The curse of the number 11 shirt has affected a number of former players. Rory Fallon, Darryl Duffy and Adrian Forbes most notably.

Gower is looking for more luck next season with a new shirt number, he told News of the World:

'I went in to see the boss Paulo Sousa and asked him if I could change it. I'd try anything to get me scoring again.

'When I first picked the number, the boys in the team told me it was cursed.

'They said whoever had that number, the goals always seemed to dry up.

'I laughed it off but I did everything but score last season.

'There were so many times when I couldn't believe how the ball hadn't ended up in the net.

'It may be like clutching at straws but I'm hoping changing the number to 27 will do the trick.'


We hope so too Mark!



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Writer:VitalSwansea
Date:Sunday July 5 2009
Time: 1:09PM

Comments

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yes im sure its the shirt number!!! lol
bluebirdlewis
05/07/2009 13:23:00
0
it might help mentally though
GThomas
05/07/2009 13:40:00
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I would be superstitious about putting on any cardiff top for fear of getting punched
aspaulhill
05/07/2009 15:41:00
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its always worth a shout new start and all.
james,jackarmy
05/07/2009 16:44:00
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can't wait to see his celebration when he does score!
GThomas
05/07/2009 17:08:00
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When Fallon and Duffy went to their new clubs, they did start scoring so there could be something about No. 11. I do believe that this season, Gower will get some goals.
willow
05/07/2009 22:53:00
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Well can't blame him, but he should maybe burn the old number in some bizzarre cleansing ritual. LOL
OriginalXOR
05/07/2009 22:56:00
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pawel abbott was another who couldn't perform with the number 11 shirt
GThomas
06/07/2009 17:54:00
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