FAN FOCUS: Chris Owen

19th April

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: Chris Owen
Age: 37
From: Swansea

How long have you been supporting the Swans?
I have been supporting the Swans for 30 years. I remember buying my first season ticket when I got my first job!

What was your first Swans game?
I can't remember my first Swans game as I was only seven, but I do remember that we won the game. It was a good start to my time watching the Swans, and there have been many great memories since.

Why did you first start supporting the Swans?
All the boys in school were into football so we all went to the Vetch one night. We sat in the double decker stand - the ground looked massive! The atmosphere was electric and I fell in love with the Swans at that game.

What is your most memorable Swans moment?
It has to be the moment when we beat Manchester United at Old Trafford in August 2014. To be there when we beat one of Europe's biggest clubs in their own back yard is an experience I will always remember, especially when you consider where the Swans have come from.

Best game you've seen at the Vetch/Liberty?
There are lots of games that I could mention but, for me, it has to be the 3-2 win over Arsenal in January 2012. The atmosphere at the Liberty was incredible, and it was made extra special because it was our first win against one of the 'big six' clubs since winning promotion to the Premier League.

Best goal you've seen at the Vetch/Liberty?
The Jonjo Shelvey wonder goal against Aston Villa in April last season. What a strike!

Your greatest sacrifice to watch the Swans?
It would probably have to be ruining a brand new pair of trainers during the six-mile walk in the snow after the Capital One Cup semi-final leg against Chelsea in January 2013. Mind you, it was definitely worth it!

Your typical pre-match ritual?
All the boys meet up in the local social club for a couple of beers before heading to the stadium. I then buy a copy of Jack Magazine before going through turnstile 21 - the turnstile I always go through.

Your favourite Swans player of all time, and why?
For me it has to be Chico Flores. Chico provided much entertainment on and off the pitch. His skill on the ball, antics, humour and fashion sense was something to be remembered and made him a bit of a cult hero amongst supporters.

Who is your favourite current player?
Leon Britton. His loyalty to the club and fans has to be admired, while the skill and attitude he displays whenever he is playing is brilliant. Leon is a true legend at Swansea City.

What is your favourite Swans kit from over the years?
My favourite kit has to be the 1993-1994 orange and blue Gulf Oil away kit. Lovely!

If you could sign one player for the club, who would it be?
Gareth Bale. I admire his pace, skill and attitude - and he's Welsh! He's done really well since moving to Real Madrid, scoring some crucial goals for them.

What has been the most disappointing moment watching the Swans?
From recent memory, the draw at home to Chelsea in January 2012. After leading the game 1-0, to concede an equaliser so late on was so disappointing.