FAN FOCUS: Rhodri Stranaghan

11th October 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: Rhodri Stranaghan
Age: 16
From? Briton Ferry

How long have you supported the Swans?
As far as I can remember, I started supporting the Swans around 2002/03, but I've had a season ticket for the Swans since the Liberty Stadium opened.

What was the first Swans game you attended?
I can remember the first time I went to the Vetch to watch the Swans. We were playing against Exeter City and lost 1-0, so I certainly wasn't a lucky charm!

Why did you start supporting the Swans?
I started supporting the Swans because my father was a huge Swans fan, so I didn't really have much choice other than to support them too!
I started watching the Swans with him down the Vetch and loved the atmosphere. I became even more of a fan when we signed Trundle as he made football look so easy!

What is your most memorable Swans moment?
I've been fortunate that there have been quite a few special moments since I first started supporting the Swans.
The play-off final is certainly a day I will not forget, as is the Capital One Cup final against Bradford in 2013. But the most memorable moment for me has to be beating Cardiff 3-0 in Monk's first game in charge. The atmosphere in and around the ground, you just knew that we were going to win the game.

What is the best game you've seen at the Vetch/Liberty?
It's got to be when we best Bristol City 7-1.
Kevin McLeod was outstanding that day and got a hat-trick. It wasn't the closest of matches clearly, but it had plenty of goals.

Best goal you've seen at the Liberty/Vetch?
Trundle scored an absolute belter against Yeovil at home a few years back and, until recently, that was my pick. But Jonjo's goal against Aston Villa was probably the best goal I have - and ever will - seen live.

Greatest sacrifice you have made to watch the Swans?
Being young, I've not had to make any in terms of missing work or whatever, but with college coming up and midweek games away, I know where my priories lie!

Who is your favourite Swans player of all time, and why?
Definitely Lee Trundle.
He was a role model for kids like me growing up, not just with his goals and skills but off the pitch as well - he always made time for his fans and still does.
Trundle is a player the club has been lucky to have, closely followed by Leon Britton!

Who is your favourite current player, and why?
It would be hard to choose just one because I like them all. But to narrow it down to two, I would have to say Ash and Jonjo.
Ash is very consistent and a great leader, while Jonjo is a very good tackler and can score goals out of nowhere!

What is your favourite Swans kit from over the years?
I really liked the orange Adidas kit during our first year in the Premier League. It was something different and very smart.

If you could sign one player for the club, who would it be?
It's wishful thinking, but my pick would be Kurt Zouma from Chelsea. He's an absolute rock and very young with plenty of potential!