FAN FOCUS: Brian Nugent

21st June 2015

We continue our weekly fans feature as we put our loyal supporters under the spotlight!
Fan Focus gives every member of the Jack Army a chance to share their favourite tales, games and goals from supporting the Swans over the years.

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Name: Brian Nugent
Age: 75
From: Originally Cowbridge, but have lived in Herefordshire for more than 40 years.

How long have you been supporting the Swans?
I've been supporting the Swans since 1952.

What was your first Swans game?
My first game was on October 9, 1954 when we beat Middlesbrough 2-0 at home. I remember that we beat Liverpool at home two weeks before and finished the season one place above the Reds in the league.

Why did you start supporting the Swans?
I really appreciated the standard of football the Swans played, which is why I chose to head west instead of east!

What is your most memorable Swans moment?
The most memorable moment for me, in all the years I've supported the club, would be the promotion to the First Division in 1981 under John Toshack.

Best game you've seen at the Vetch/Liberty?
Swansea 4 Hull 2. No more words needed.

Best goal you've seen at the Vetch/Liberty?
Alan Curtis' goal against Leeds in August, 1981. It was a great goal during a fine start to life in the top flight!

Your greatest sacrifice to watch the Swans?
Travelling 80 miles each way through rain and snow, even if the games were to be called off!

Your typical pre-match ritual?
I travel from Hereford with friends. Upon arrival, we drink at the Coopers, before having some fish & chips on the way to the ground.

Who is your favourite Swans player of all time, and why?
Ivor Allchurch is my favourite player of all time. He was a brilliant player and a perfect gentleman.

Favourite current player?
Ashley Williams. He always gives 100 per cent for the team and leads by example. Williams has become a true leader and rarely misses a game. A TRUE JACK.

Favourite Swans kit from over the years?
Any kit in all white.

If you could sign one player for the club, who would it be?
Jordan Henderson. He's a good footballer, who is strong defensively as well as going forward. His best years are ahead of him.

Your most disappointing moment watching the club?
The most disappointing moment would have to be when we were seeking re-election to the Football League.