FAN FOCUS: Conor Butler

17th January 2016

We continue our fan 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: Conor Butler
Age: 19
From: Birchgrove.

How long have you been supporting the Swans?
I have been supporting the Swans for over ten years. I didn't start watching football until I was around the age of eight, which was during our last season at the Vetch Field.
I've had a season ticket for many years in the East Stand - near our drummer - which is great! I also had an away season ticket and go to all of the away games every season.

What was the first Swans game you attended?
The first game I ever watched at the Vetch was a Football League Trophy tie against Luton Town when we won 2-0.
It was during our last season at the Vetch, so I was chuffed to get to a few games at our old stadium before we moved to the Liberty.

Why did you start supporting the Swans?
I started supporting the Swans because they are my hometown club and I love the atmosphere at every game - both home and away.

What is your most memorable Swans moment?
There are so many to choose from - and I will never forget our two trips to Wembley - but one of my favourite moments was during my second ever away game, when the Swans played Sheffield United. The Blades were a Premier League side at the time, so to beat them 3-0 was incredible.
I'd also like to note that the play-off final at Wembley was another memorable moment. It was an amazing day from start to finish, and to be part of the 40,000 fans that day was special. 

What is the best game you've seen at the Vetch/Liberty?
There are so many games I could mention as my answer to this question, but the 3-1 play-off semi-final win over Nottingham Forest was the best the atmosphere I've ever witnessed.
I'll never forget the Leon Britton goal with his left foot, and then Pratley's goal from the halfway line!
I would also like to mention Garry Monk's first game in charge when we beat our rivals Cardiff City 3-0 - it was a sign of good things to come!

What is the best goal you've seen at the Vetch/Liberty?
The best goal has to be Lee Trundle's volley against Yeovil - what a goal that was! Jonjo Shelvey's strike against Aston Villa is up there too!

Can you tell us about the greatest sacrifice you have made to watch the Swans?
I missed my football presentation a few years ago to go to an away game to cheer on the Swans.

Describe to us your typical pre-match ritual?
Before every home game I meet up with my friends Kevin, Sarah, Jay and Bilko. We meet up early to see the players arrive and then we go for food at KFC or Rossi's.

Who is your favourite Swans player of all time, and why?
My favourite player of all-time has to be "Magic Daps" Lee Trundle - what a player!
Trundle's skills and goals were incredible - he deserved to play in the Premier League.
Along with his goal against Yeovil, his strike during the first few minutes against Carlisle in Cardiff when we went on to win the Football League Trophy, was also spectacular.

Who is your favourite current player, and why?
My favourite player from the current squad is Jack Cork. I think he's been a great signing for us and will be a key player for us in the future.
I believe that it won't be long before he earns a call-up to the England squad.
I was lucky enough to get his boots at the last game of the 2014-15 season at Crystal Palace, which was great!

What is your favourite Swans kit from over the years?
I loved our home and away centenary kits, which provided us with some good luck as we went on to win our first major trophy - the Capital One Cup!

If you could sign one player for the club, who would it be?
I would sign Cristiano Ronaldo. For me, he's the best player in the world. I do hope he returns to the Premier League before he retires!

What has been your most disappointing moment watching the club?
The play-off final in 2006 against Barnsley was devastating. To lose on penalties after so much hard work put in over the course of a season was heart breaking.

What makes Swansea City special to you?
Its a fan-run club. Not many supporters can say that the club looks after the fans like the Swans do, as we've seen this season with away tickets being priced at £22 for every game.