Bodde's back for Tate testimonial
Ferrie Bodde is to return to Swansea City to feature in Alan Tate’s testimonial on Wednesday, August 9 (7pm).
More than seven years after his last Swans appearance, the former midfielder is set to play some part for Tate’s Swansea City Legends side as they take on a Manchester United Legends XI at the Liberty Stadium.
Bodde’s playing career was ruined by a succession of knee problems, but he did enough during his time with the Swans to become a huge favourite among fans.
The Dutchman, now 35, was a hard-tackling midfielder who would never shirk a challenge, but he is best remembered for his sparkling ability on the ball.
Bodde’s knee issues began in November 2008, just months after he had helped the Swans romp to the League One title in his first season in English football.
He was linked with a move to the Premier League on a number of occasions, and was still on the Swans’ books when they were promoted to the top flight in 2011.
Sadly, however, Bodde’s injury woes meant he never played at the highest level of English football – and Tate feels that is a crying shame.
“I think Ferrie was probably the most talented player I played with at Swansea City and it’s such a pity that he was so unlucky with injuries,” Tate said.
“He was good enough to play in the Premier League when he joined us in League One and he continued to show how good he was in those early days in the Championship.
“I think the club paid around £50,000 to bring Ferrie in, and he has to go down as one of the very best signings Swansea have ever made.
“The only sad thing is the way things worked out for Ferrie. He was such a talent that there is a little bit of a sour taste because you think what might have been.
“I would have loved to see him play in the Premier League alongside some of the other top players we have had over the last few years.”
Bodde is the latest star name to sign up to play for Tate’s Legends line-up.
Roger Freestone, Angel Rangel, Leon Britton, Andy Robinson, Adrian Forbes, Roberto Martinez, John Williams, James Thomas and Lee Trundle will also be involved for the Swans, with more players set to be confirmed soon.
The United line-up is being put together by ex-Red Devils midfielder Darren Fletcher, who grew up alongside Tate in the Old Trafford youth ranks.
Tickets for Tate’s testimonial are priced at £12 for adults and £6 for children.
They are available through the Liberty Stadium website here https://www.eticketing.co.uk/ssmc/Events/Index the ticket office in person or by phone on 0844 815 6665.
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