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Huw Jenkins

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After some dark days in the early 2000's that saw the likes of Mike Lewis and Tony Petty nearly ruining the club and putting us out of business, there was a new beginning and a fresh start for the club in which local businessman Huw Jenkins was a part of.

The club was struggling in debt and Tony Petty's attempts at easing it were only making things 100 times worse (that's an understatement)

Something had to be done, and the Supporters' Trust played a huge role in forcing Tony Petty out of the club and easing the struggling financial status that we were in.

In 2001, Ninth Floor sold the club for 1 to Mike Lewis, who is not safe to be seen in these parts. The chairman at that time was in charge of a club who had a debt of around 800,000.

After a meeting amongst a group of supporters in 2001, the Supporters' Trust was set up and officially launched in August 2001. The trust was backed with the likes of John Toshack, John Hartson, Max Boyce, Gareth Edwards, Rhodri Morgan AM, Martin Caton MP, Kevin Johns, Eurig Wyn MEP, Steve Hamer, Mel Nurse and Mel Charles who supported the Trust.

Many more people got involved to try and help the club and to avoid Swansea City Football Club going out of business.

You may be reading and wondering what this has got to do with Huw Jenkins, as that's who I'm profiling, but this what led to Huw Jenkins being in charge of our football club today.

The trust had further meetings with Martin Morgan, David Bradshaw, Mel Nurse, Gareth Keen, Tony Davies and David Morgan and offered new chairman Tony Petty offers of 10,000 and 50,000 to purchase the club, he rejected.

Ninth Floor were willing to sell the debt for 100,000 and the Trust looked for ways and methods to raise funds. It was then known that the company had agreed on a sale of the debt to Mel Nurse, who fans looked up to as a legend and a saviour at that troubling time.

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