From the bottom to the top

8th December 2013

Whenever Swansea City face Hull, there is always one game that instantly springs to mind.

Back in May 2003 the Swans were 90 minutes away from dropping into non-league when the Tigers arrived at the Vetch Field.

Brian Flynn's men needed a win to guarantee their Football League safety, and a nail-biting afternoon lay ahead.

However, after a hat-trick from local lad James Thomas, Swansea recorded a 4-2 win to remain in the bottom tier and begin a remarkable journey through the divisions.

Ten years later and Swansea are approaching the midway point of their third season in the Premier League, while Hull City are back in the top-flight after a three-year absence.

One of the survivors from that rainy day at the Vetch a decade ago, Leon Britton, has been a stalwart at the club ever since and looked back fondly on that famous game.

"I've played a lot of games since that day, but I remember it like it was yesterday," said Leon."You couldn't write a better story with the local lad coming back to his club to save the day with a hat-trick.I don't think Thommo has bought a drink in Swansea since that game!

"If you are being honest, we couldn't have dreamed we would be where we are now ten years ago. To get promoted to the top-flight was a great moment for us, but we are now in our third season here and doing well again.

"But Monday's game will be a tough test. I think they (Hull) have settled into the league very well and picked up some impressive results so far."

You can read the full interview with Leon in Monday night's Jack Magazine, our official matchday programme for the visit of Hull.

Also in the 76-page edition, the 2002-03 season takes centre stage in our 'Swansea City Years' feature, while midfielder Jonathan de Guzman goes 'Under the Spotlight.'

We also have important travel information for supporters heading out to St. Gallen this week, while former Swans defender Michael Howard also casts his mind back to that famous win over Hull in 2003.

Jack Magazine is available around the ground and online along with Slee Stores in Plasmarl, Coggers on Wind Street and Browns Newsagent in Landore.