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How do you and others view the Swans?



I spent last week on work experience in the Sports Section of the Daily Express.

Upon arriving and being introduced to the editors and sub-editors, I was inevitably asked the question of where my football allegiance lied. These men of being an older generation to me, immediately had images (in their words) of Curtis, Toshack, and Leighton James. Many of them told me of trips to the Vetch Field and how poor the press box was, but how charmed they often were by the little old ground.

I was intrigued to listen to them telling me, a massive Swans fan, of the football we played before I was born, and to be honest I was slightly amazed as to how much of an impression our Swans made in our moment in the sun.

After all, many teams before and since have done a remarkable job in their first foray into the top flight, usually benefiting fully from being an unknown quantity, before tumbling back down after a good season (as the Swans did), so this was why I was so surprised that we were remembered so fondly.

The tales that my Dad and other fans had told me had always come from Jacks. I was flushed with pride when they re-told me the 5-1 stuffing of Leeds on the opening day of the '81 season, from an objective viewpoint - and it was equally as good.

Eventually conversation moved on to how the Swans were doing at the moment. I said that we were in position to become a Championship club, and that hopefully Roberto Martinez was the man to take us forward. When asked about Kenny Jackett, I found myself complimentary. As I said in my last column, I was a supporter until not long before his departure - until it was abundantly obvious he couldn't put consistent results together. I told them that he had done superbly (which he did) to take us up at the first attempt, and was unlucky to to get us promoted again, but that ultimately he had to go for spending too much and not providing promotion.

'What about this new guy Martinez?' they asked - not seeming overly enamored by the appointment. I echoed that sentiment, but then reeled off the statistic of 24 points from last 12 games, and they were pleased with the promise. They seemed genuinely interested - I think because they saw my passion for the sport and club - and wished the Swans the best for next season as well as myself. Also, there was a reporter who hailed from Neath (as I do), and maybe that's why they were so interested!

All in all it was a great week and worthwhile experience, as I want to progress into Sports journalism, and I even wrote a few of the headlines in last weeks Daily Express, which was great. But a question for all you Swans fans - When you tell people that you support the Swans, what images spring to THEIR minds? And what do you tell them of the Swans? Submit your thoughts in the article comments.

Thanks to Dominic O'Shea for his latest column.
The Journalist

Writer: KevinE Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 22 2007

Time: 3:34PM

Your Comments

The main thing i have realised is that people only seem to think we have Lee Trundle. Admitadly he is a good player but it is annoying because the whole team deserve recognition not only Trundle.
jack hammers
yes your right! and again we dont want people thinking we are one man team.
ksp1977
Its true we aren't Trundle city and although he is a very good player i don't rate him as our best player, i think Britton deserves that title and i have been really impressed with Marcus Painter too.
barrydoom
I think Leon Britton is very underated, he's quite deceptive, he's small but he has that bight about him, that determination that Juninho had at Middlesbrough. All fans love the abiltiy to take on players but when it's combined with hard work it makes for a real fans favorite. Trundle has the tricks, and is very influential, but for work rate Britton beats most for me.
g4nty
I agree Trundle is definately not our best player as he doesnt have the work rate that player like Britton and Butler have. He has good skills but he doesnt have the pace and sometimes he can be a bit selfish when other players are in better positions.
jack hammers
underrated, britton? he won the player of the year award and had praise from the fans throughout the season. not underrated at all i dont think.
GThomas
i think leon britton
mumblesjack98
 

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