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Vetch Field Memories



After the Game against Wrexham and walking onto the hallowed turf of the Vetch, I could not help but feel emotional and walking out of the Ground that day for the last time I could not help but feel sad for the old lady.

That triumphant moment or winning the FAW cup for first time will stay with me for the rest of my life. Even the sponginess of the feel of the hallowed turf beneath my feet my mother a "Jack Virgin" in tow that moment on the half way line was truly remarkable.

So used to going to games with my Grandfather until his passing I could see him clapping the old lady for her service to the club we love. I remember my first game at the vetch I sat in the east stand that day just above the goal at the age of 6 I did not know what football was or what a part of my life it would become.

Before the game my Grandfather bought me a Swansea city scarf to support the boys. I still wear it now to show my support for the boys. Sitting in the East Stand that day with the treacherous steps going up to the stand, with the burger van and the teabags on the floor I took my first steps as a swans fan. Throughout the years there has been unrivalled joy and deep despair oh the joy of being a football supporter. That sun drenched night against Wrexham with my mother I came full circle now I was the teacher of all things Swansea city, guiding my mother to a life in the Jack Army.

No conscription needed at all, that day I took my scarf off that my grandfather bought me and put it on her almost like a ceremonial occasion.

The Vetch field was marvellous with the north bank chants stirring up emotion sometimes in rapturous support or in angry criticism, the North Bank was in some part the lifeblood, the real emotion that embodies the jack army support. Which Is both Passionate and loyal; and to add unshakable.

These memories have been enshrined in most long term swans fans and seeing the old lady dishevelled and soulless is deeply upsetting. Pictures brought to us by Stevevai on Swansea vital a month ago brought back a lot of memories, here are a few Vetch Memories from our Members:

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"The game against hull 4 years ago that kept us in the football league has got to be one of the best I cant remember a lot about it seems like a decade ago but one of the things I can is the raw of 'we are staying up' chants after the game if rockets were propelled by sound we would have sent it all the way to mars that day. Another one has got to be the fa cup 4th round against Preston the season after the atmosphere was just amazing and when Robinson and trundle won us the game late on the place just exploded. the best one though has got to be the last game played there against Wrexham that was the first day for many a year tears pored from my eyes and fair dues we gave her one hell of a send off the noise down there was the best since arsenal came down here in the eighties when the biggest attendance was recorded at the vetch. i had a few souvenirs down there that day two chairs more or less a full garden and most importantly the front door. That memory will stick with me for the rest of my life the vetch may be gone but it will live on through the minds of every one who entered the magical fortress known as the vetch"

STIDBefore the game my Grandfather bought me a Swansea city scarf to support the boys. I still wear it now to show my support for the boys. Sitting in the East Stand that day with the treacherous steps going up to the stand, with the burger van and the teabags on the floor I took my first steps as a swans fan. Throughout the years there has been unrivalled joy and deep despair oh the joy of being a football supporter. That sun drenched night against Wrexham with my mother I came full circle now I was the teacher of all things Swansea city, guiding my mother to a life in the Jack Army.

No conscription needed at all, that day I took my scarf off that my grandfather bought me and put it on her almost like a ceremonial occasion.

The Vetch field was marvellous with the north bank chants stirring up emotion sometimes in rapturous support or in angry criticism, the North Bank was in some part the lifeblood, the real emotion that embodies the jack army support. Which Is both Passionate and loyal; and to add unshakable.

These memories have been enshrined in most long term swans fans and seeing the old lady dishevelled and soulless is deeply upsetting. Pictures brought to us by Stevevai on Swansea vital a month ago brought back a lot of memories, here are a few Vetch Memories from our Members: "The people peering over the fence next to the North Bank, the clock that was always slow, the obstructed views from wherever you stood, the TV camera gantry with the biased Cardiff TV people, the tiny pitch, the half-finished East Stand...all these things made it what it was. It was nothing special. But what went on there made it special...to all of us. The atmosphere during some games was outstanding. The North Bank in particular made a lot of noise. Something which I wish we could have taken with us to the Liberty, but sadly, it seems we haven`t. I will always remember the place, and it was nice that it went out with a bang...promotion and the FAW Final win on the last game there. That was very fitting"

Bdazzler"A great stadium with lots of memories. Some bad memories but also some good memories."

Swanzboichris"I love the Vetch it had so much character and the atmosphere there was incredible at times i think my lasting memory of the vetch will always be of James Thomas cooling chipping alan fettis (hulls goalie) to keep the swans up and complete the great escape.''

Phillip"We left The Vetch Field on a high and celebrating having gained promotion."

WillowThat concludes the series about the Liberty Stadium and The Vetch , many many thanks to all for taking time out to answer the questions.
The Journalist

Writer: KevinE Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday November 19 2006

Time: 6:39PM

 

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