FAN FOCUS: Luke Morgan

4th September 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: Luke Morgan 
Age: 22
From: I live and work in Bourne, Lincolnshire.

How long have you been supporting the Swans?  
I could be cliché and say since birth, but in terms of my first match, then I have been supporting the Swans for 16 years.

What was the first Swans game you attended?  
My first game was away at Darlington during the 1999-2000 season, which was a 1-1 draw. I was only five at the time and missed both the goals, but it was somehow enough for me to keep on at my dad to go and watch the Swans more. My dad drove up there that day and carried on being the driver until I left home to go to university.

Why did you start supporting the Swans?  
My dad is from Port Talbot and grew up a Swansea fan. He used to go to the Vetch with his father and cheered on the Swans from the Double Decker and eventually the North Bank.
My Grandpa started watching the Swans with his best friend during the '60s and saw us win at Anfield in the FA Cup, so I guess he's to blame for it all.
Because of my dad's work, I grew up in Leicestershire, and so my brother Andrew and I were brought up mainly watching away matches.
When I went to university at the age of 18, I decided I had to go to Swansea to study and get my season ticket. It was a no-brainer. 

What is your most memorable Swans moment?  
Obviously, the two trips to Wembley for the Play-Off Final against Reading and the League Cup Final against Bradford City are right at the top, but, for me, it is a choice between two 3-0 away victories.
The first is when we played then-Premier League side Sheffield United in the FA Cup and scored three goals in front of the away end during the second half to knock them out.
The second match is the 3-0 away win at Valencia in the Europa League, which rounded off a crazy few days with my mates in Benidorm. It is impossible to choose between the two of those.



What is the best game you've seen at the Vetch/Liberty?
Because I grew up away from Swansea, I only went to the Vetch once, and that was to see us suffer defeat to Hull City. Therefore, I can't really say that!
For me, it would have to be the 3-2 win over Leeds at the Liberty, purely because it had everything that you'd want from a game of football. As a neutral it would have been great to watch, but it was hard work from the stands.
A special mention would have to go to the 3-0 win in the Premier League against Cardiff, which was just perfect.

What is the best goal you've seen at the Vetch/Liberty?
The best goal I've seen at the Liberty would have to be Gylfi Sigurdsson's free-kick in the 2-1 win over Arsenal. There's not many better sights than seeing a free-kick nestle in the top corner.

Can you tell us about the greatest sacrifice you have made to watch the Swans? 
During our Europa League campaign, my mates and I travelled to St Gallen on a coach. It took 20 hours each way, so we were traveling for 40 hours within a 48-hour period.
I missed two days of lectures at university and phoned in sick with work. It was something like -5 degrees in Switzerland and we lost 1-0, so it was all worth it!

Describe to us your typical pre-match ritual?
When I was living in Swansea, my typical pre-match ritual would include a couple of pints and the early kick-off in town, before making my way along the Hafod, via the pubs, to the ground.
I would meet my mate and go into the ground for about 2.45pm, in time to see the players walk out onto the pitch.

Who is your favourite Swans player of all time, and why? 
My favourite player of all time has to be Leon Britton. He does the simple things well and keeps the team ticking over whilst sitting in front of the back four.
His consistency through all four divisions has been incredible, and he has just got better and better each season.
Despite his height, he will go into a challenge with anybody. Seeing Leon Britton challenge for, and sometimes win, a header will never get old.



Who is your favourite current player, and why? 
Federico Fernandez is my favourite player from the current squad. He's just a no-nonsense centre-half. On the ball, he is so comfortable.
I could never have imagined the Swans would sign an Argentina international, never mind one that plays in the same squad as Lionel Messi!

What is your favourite Swans kit from over the years?
Both the centenary kits were absolutely spot on - the away shirt in particular. I also once had a yellow and green Macron third kit, with the Travel House sponsor.



If you could sign one player for the club, who would it be?
Gareth Bale. Simple.

What has been your most disappointing moment watching the club?
The Play-Off Final defeat to Barnsley on penalties at the Millennium Stadium was a big disappointment. It was three days after my 12th birthday and I had a ticket as my present. I've never been so gutted at a football match. 

What makes Swansea City special to you?
It's the continuation of something that has been passed through the generations, and something my children will one day carry on. All thanks to the greatest man I'll ever know - my grandfather.