FAN FOCUS: Christopher Lacey
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: Christopher Lacey
From: The Rhondda
How long have you been supporting the Swans?
Around five years or so. Being from the Rhondda, which is not that far from the capital, a lot of my friends supported "you know who", whereas I supported the Swans. There was a lot of banter between us when both teams met.
Why did you start supporting the Swans?
For as long as I can remember, the Swans have always played an attractive and entertaining style of the game. Also, moving to Swansea to study Computer Science played a big part in me supporting the Swans. I always loved the city when growing up, and still do to this day now living here.
What is your most memorable Swans moment?
It's a tough one. The 2011 Championship play-off final against Reading was an obvious contender but, for me, seeing the Swans win the League Cup in 2013 was amazing. Beating the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea and bringing home our only major title to date proved to the football world what we're capable of.
Best game you've seen at the Vetch/Liberty?
The South Wales derby. Beating Cardiff 3-0 at the Liberty was special.
Best goal you've seen at the Vetch/Liberty?
Jonjo Shelvey's volley from the halfway line against Aston Villa last season.
Your greatest sacrifice to watch the Swans?
I can't really think of one off the top of my head but, being a member of the hospitality staff at the Liberty, I don't really have to sacrifice missing any games to work. We're told not to look at the screens during shifts, but sometimes you just can't help yourself. (Shhh, don't tell the bosses!) Hearing the stadium erupt after we score makes it a pretty great job.
Your typical pre-match ritual?
It has to be the world-famous Uplands Diner for a good breakfast! If you haven't been before, then you really are missing out.
Who is your favourite Swans player of all time, and why?
Ashley Williams. He leads by example, not only for club but for country too. He's without a doubt proved he's able to do a job marking some of the best strikers in football. His authority and the way he carries himself on and off the field makes him an excellent role model for young fans.
Favourite current player?
Gylfi Sigurdsson. The guy is an Icelandic maestro, capable of doing some special things on the pitch. He hands out chances left, right and centre and is plenty capable of knocking a few in himself, especially from a free-kick!
Favourite Swans kit from over the years?
Our 2012 white and gold centenary kit. It was beautiful.
If you could sign one player for the club, who would it be?
Obviously, it'd be impossible to turn down Sergio Aguero. When fit, he's one of the best strikers on the planet. But perhaps a slightly more realistic player I'd love to see the Swans sign would be Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. I think he'd fit in perfectly here at Swansea, with the ability to play on both wings and in a central position with real excitement and pace. Sign him up!
Your most disappointing moment watching the club?
Seeing Pablo Hernandez leave earlier this year. I really enjoyed watching him play his football here at Swansea. He's such a technically sound player, with the ability to dribble around anyone. It's a shame he left us, but players come and go. Good luck for the future Pablo!