FAN FOCUS: Kristof Urban

26th June 2016
Fan Focus


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.

If you want to be involved in the feature, email jackwells@swanseacityfc.co.uk



Name: Kristof Urban
Age: 20
From: Budapest, Hungary.

How long have you been supporting the Swans?
I have been supporting Swansea City since 2011 when they were promoted to the Premier League.
I watched a TV interview with a player, Michel Vorm, who was speaking about his feelings and thoughts for the Swans. Having watched the interview and some moments from their first Premier League games, I instantly fell in love with the club and I started to follow them.

What was the first Swans game you attended?
My first game was against Cardiff City in 2014. It was a gift from my father for my 18th birthday, and it was also my first Premier League match .
We sat in the bottom of the East Stand. I could tell you that this was my most exciting sporting moment to date. The atmosphere was amazing, especially when the Swans scored their third goal.
My first away game was against Newcastle United last season.

Why did you start supporting the Swans?
I wanted to know how it feels to support a smaller club. But the main reason why I chose Swansea City is because of their history, their playing style and the passion and kindness of the Swansea fans.



What is your most memorable Swans moment?
The 3-0 win over Cardiff - I couldn't forget that atmosphere in the stadium. But the League Cup final in 2013 was a very memorable moment as well, but, unfortunately, I only managed to watch this on television.

What is the best game you've seen at the Vetch/Liberty?
There are a lots of games I could tell you, for example the matches in the Europa League and in the Premier League as well, but the best game, for me, was the 2-1 win over Manchester United last season. I remember I watched that game with my friend, who was a Man United fan, and I couldn't forget how he became surprised when we scored our second and won the game.

What is the best goal you've seen at the Vetch/Liberty?
Gylfi Sigurdsson's stunning free-kick against Arsenal in the 2014-15 campaign.



Can you tell us about the greatest sacrifice you have made to watch the Swans?
This year I went to Sunderland to study a semester at the local university, and I decided to visit Swansea during a weekend to watch their match against Aston Villa at the Liberty. I travelled approximately 16 hours via metro, plane, bus and train just to spend three days in the city and to watch my favourite team at the Liberty again. 

Describe to us your typical pre-match ritual?
Have a meal before the match, go to the stadium an hour before the game, walk around the stadium, go through the turnstile, drink a cider, find my seat and discuss my thoughts about the club with friends or other fans.

Who is your favourite Swans player of all time, and why?
Garry Monk and Leon Britton - both of them have been a part of the club since the Vetch and League Two years and have played a massive role in the rise of the club. As a manager, Garry Monk gave the fans some unforgettable moments.



Who is your favourite current player, and why?
Gylfi Sigurdsson. His ball control and game intelligence helps the Swans a lot.

What is your favourite Swans kit from over the years?
The home kit from our centenary year is my favourite kit. The gold stripes looked special.

If you could sign one player for the club, who would it be?
Daniel Carvajal. We really a need a good defender like Dani, who can help the counter-attacks with his magical long passes.

What has been your most disappointing moment watching the club?
Unfortunately, last season has been my most disappointing moment. I don't understand what has happened because we started this season so well with a good squad of players, but something went wrong and we have had a lot of bad, unfortunate games since then.

What makes Swansea City special to you?
I have been to a lot of foreign football matches before, but only Swansea City could give me the best memories.
It's one of the best things for a football fan like me to be surrounded by Swansea fans, singing and shouting throughout the match and feel the passion of the other supporters who give up everything for their beloved team.
The people that I have met always say good things about Swansea and everyone is surprised when they realise that I am from Hungary and I support Swansea City.
I will be forever proud to wear a Swansea shirt and say 'Swansea 'til I die'.