Former Swans to be remembered

18th January 2019

A re-dedication ceremony will be held at Hereford’s Edgar Street ground on Saturday to remember two former Swansea City players.

Brian Purcell and Roy Evans had left the Swans to join the Bulls – then managed by John Charles – in the summer of 1968.

However, they were tragically killed in a car crash on January 20, 1969, having set off from Swansea together to meet the Hereford team bus ahead of a game against Nuneaton Borough.

A memorial match was held in their honour and a plaque placed in Hereford’s social club by the supporters’ club.

Sadly, the social club was destroyed in a fire and the plaque was believed to have been lost, but it has recently been tracked down and restored.

And, to mark the 50th anniversary of the accident, the plaque will be relayed in its original position when Hereford take on Nuneaton Borough on Saturday afternoon.

Between them Evans and Purcell made more than 450 appearances for the Swans, and both were part of the side that reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup in 1964.