Fan focus: Declan Terry
Members of the Jack Army go under the spotlight in our regular feature where one fan recalls their favourite memories and stories of following the Swans over the years.
NAME: Declan Terry
WHERE ARE YOU FROM? Neath
How long have you been supporting the Swans?
I’ve been supporting the Swans for not far off a decade now. I remember people raving about the League One title-winning team in 2007-08 and it all started from there really.
What was the first Swans game you attended?
After following Swansea for some time, I finally went to the Liberty for the 1-0 win over Derby County in 2009, when we won thanks to a rare Fede Bessone goal. After that, I was hooked and have barely missed a home game since.
Why did you start supporting the Swans?
After nagging my father to take me to the Liberty, he finally did and, as soon as I was in the ground amongst the whole atmosphere and watching the players, I knew it was the best decision I’ve ever made. And geography is a factor, of course!
What is your most memorable Swans moment?
It’s hard to look past the 2011 play-off final. It ranks up there with the best days of my life. It was just an incredible experience; the sight of Wembley, Scott Sinclair’s hat-trick, Garry Monk’s block, and the feeling after the final whistle knowing we were in the Premier League was amazing.
What is the best game you’ve seen at the Vetch/Liberty?
One of my biggest disappointments is never going down to the Vetch, although we haven’t done too badly at the Liberty, have we? My favourite game would probably be the 3-2 win over Arsenal in our debut Premier League season, which was our first win over one of the ‘big’ teams in the Premier League.
What is the best goal you’ve seen at the Vetch/Liberty?
Jonjo Shelvey’s screamer against Aston Villa in 2014 was brilliant. The control, the vision to see the goalkeeper off his line and the immaculate half-volley was top drawer.
Can you tell us about the greatest sacrifice you have made to watch the Swans?
My priority is always the Swans and most people who know me know that, so there haven’t been too many sacrifices.
Describe to us your typical pre-match ritual.
I’ll pick up my mate Jamie, who I have a season ticket next to in the East Stand, and we usually get to the ground at around 2pm. I grab a programme and head up to my seat.
Who is your favourite Swans player of all time and why?
Easy – Leon Britton. He’s been a fantastic servant to the club, the ultimate professional who always gives 100 per cent and can still put in a shift at 35. Never retire, Leon!
Who is your favourite current player and why?
It’s still Leon Britton! But my next favourite is probably Lukasz Fabianski. He is such a reliable and consistent goalkeeper and has saved us more times than I care to admit.
What is your favourite Swans kit from over the years?
The 2012-13 home kit was stunning and was a great look to enjoy our successful centenary season in. I also thought last season’s home kit looked very smart.
If you could sign one player for the club, who would it be?
It would have to be Lionel Messi. Imagine him pulling the strings and providing his pinpoint balls to Tammy Abraham or Wilfried Bony up front!
What has been your most disappointing moment watching the club?
The last few seasons where we’ve struggled and endured relegation battles have been very tough. The one moment I’d choose is the loss against West Ham on Boxing Day last year. Conceding four goals at home ruined my day.
What makes Swansea City special to you?
It’s my football team and despite all the stresses that come with it, I wouldn’t change it for the world. From the gorgeous days at the Liberty when we’ve won comfortably, to the cold midweek trips and getting knocked out of the cup. It’s a lifetime of ecstasy and agony, where the ecstasy often outweighs the agony.