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From the Boardroom

Good afternoon and welcome back to the Liberty. Also, a warm welcome to the directors, players and supporters from Manchester City.

Some of you may have seen in the media that there was an event at the Liberty yesterday that started what is going to be a year-long recognition and celebration of the 50-year anniversary of Swansea’s status as a city.

The launch of 'Swansea 50' was attended by city leaders along with representatives of business, tourism, arts and community groups, who all came to help mark the occasion.

The official change took place on July 3, 1969 when, during a tour of Wales to celebrate his investiture year, Prince Charles made the announcement that the town of Swansea was to become a city at Brangwyn Hall.

Shortly after the decree, the football club changed its name from Swansea Town to Swansea City.

You will notice today that we will be helping to recognise the start of the 'Swansea 50' celebrations by including the logo on our large screens so the world will know 2019 is our city’s special year.

Additionally, starting this summer around the date of the official status change, the club has planned a number of promotional events throughout the course of next season to mark the team’s name change. We will be providing details very soon.

We are thrilled that so many fans have turned up today to support the Swans in this big FA Cup quarter-final tie against the Premier League champions.

Throughout the cup run, we have tried to make pricing for the matches fair and affordable for our supporters. This started with our third-round win at Aston Villa, where the club paid for all season ticket holders who made the trip to Birmingham.

We introduced Kids for a Quid and the Come with your Club initiatives, along with modestly-priced adult tickets, for the fourth and fifth-round home matches against Gillingham and Brentford.

For today’s fixture, we have continued with cut-price tickets to help the Jack Army fill the Liberty and get behind the Swans in full voice.

With regards to season-ticket renewals for next year, we are happy to report that we are still pacing ahead of where we were at this time last year.

Please remember that the deadline to renew your season ticket and existing seat is at the end of this month, so don’t miss out.

For those fans that are looking to buy season tickets for the first time next season, we will soon be announcing pricing and on-sale dates.

Enjoy the match.

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