FAN FOCUS: Katie Gaule

29th March 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: Katie Gaule
Age: 20 
From: Tircoed, Penllergaer

How long have you been supporting the Swans?
I've been supporting the Swans for about eight years. My dad took me to my first game in 2007 and I have been hooked ever since.

What was your first Swans game?
Against Nottingham Forest in January 2007 in League One. Despite it being a 0-0 draw, I really enjoyed it and couldn't wait to go to my next Swans game.

Why did you start supporting the Swans?
My dad is a massive Swansea supporter and used to take me to the Liberty. Before I went to my first game I had no idea what to expect - I've witnessed so many ups and downs for the Swans since, and I've loved watching them throughout the years.

What is your most memorable Swans moment?
It has to be the play-off final against Reading in 2011. The atmosphere in and around Wembley was just brilliant. And, of course, it was a great result to win us promotion to the Premier League. An amazing day for everyone involved with Swansea City. After nearly being relegated out of the Football League in 2003, we had made it to the top flight. Incredible!

Best game you've seen at the Vetch/Liberty?
Garry Monk's first game in charge - the South Wales derby in the Premier League when goals from Wayne Routledge, Nathan Dyer and Wilfried Bony helped us to a 3-0 win against Cardiff. A great way for Garry to start his role as head coach for the club.

Best goal you've seen at the Vetch/Liberty?
Darren Pratley's goal in the play-off semi final against Nottingham Forest. The Swans were 2-1 up and, with Forest piling on the pressure, the nerves started to kick in. It took great skill to score from the halfway line and secure us a place at Wembley. It will always be remembered as a very important goal in a very important game for the club.

Your greatest sacrifice to watch the Swans?
The only sacrifice I can think of was for the Chelsea Capital One Cup semi-final in January 2013. I had some new winter boots for Christmas, which I sacrificed to walk through the snow to get to the game.

Your typical pre-match ritual?
I usually head to Rossi's chip shop for lunch before heading straight to the stadium for a copy of Jack Magazine and a drink before the game kicks off.

Who is your favourite Swans player of all time, and why?
Leon Britton. He's a great and talented player, and his heart has always been at the club. He's such an influential player at the heart of midfield and has always been very consistent. I can't remember him ever having had a bad game for the Swans.

Favourite current player?
Gylfi Sigurdsson. He played extremely well when he first came to Swansea on loan in 2012. Since signing for the club last summer, he's returned an even better player. His free-kicks are just incredible. He's a great player.

Favourite Swans kit from over the years?
For me, it has to be the red and green - Welsh national colours - away kit, which was worn during our centenary year two seasons ago.

If you could sign one player for the club, who would it be?
Gareth Bale. He's one of the greatest players in the world, and he just keeps getting better and better.

Your most disappointing moment watching the club?
When we lost 1-0 to Cardiff City at home in 2011. No-one likes losing to their rivals, especially at home. It was definitely a game to forget!