Monk to play in Tate testimonial

28th July 2017

Former Swansea City captain and manager Garry Monk is heading back to the Liberty Stadium for Alan Tate’s testimonial.

The man who skippered the Swans in all four divisions and then masterminded their best Premier League finish yet is the latest star name to sign up for Tate’s testimonial game.

Tate’s Swans Legends side face a Manchester United Legends XI at the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday, August 9 (7pm).

And Monk will don the boots for the first time since his last appearance as a Swans player, in a League Cup tie at Birmingham City back in September 2013.

Monk, who is now Middlesbrough manager, played alongside Tate in Swans colours at every level from League Two to the top flight having signed for the club back in 2004.

Centre-back Monk played 270 games for the Swans, winning the Capital One Cup as well as three promotions during his time in South West Wales.

He was installed as interim head coach following the departure of Michael Laudrup in February 2014, and was appointed manager on a full-time basis that summer having steered the Swans away from relegation danger.

In 2014-15, Monk led the Swans to eighth place with a tally of 56 points, both of which are club records in the Premier League era.

He departed the following season after a downturn in form, but impressed during a season as Leeds boss and is now hoping to lead Middlesbrough back to the top tier having taken over at the Riverside this summer.

Monk joins Leon Britton, Roberto Martinez, Andy Robinson, Lee Trundle, James Thomas, John Williams, Adrian Forbes, Roger Freestone, Angel Rangel and Ferrie Bodde in agreeing to play for the Swans Legends side, which will be managed by Brendan Rodgers and Brian Flynn.

The United team is being assembled by ex-Red Devils midfielder Darren Fletcher, who grew up alongside Tate in the Old Trafford youth ranks.

Tickets for Tate’s testimonial are priced at £12 for adults and £6 for children. 

They are available through the Liberty Stadium website here the ticket office in person or by phone on 0844 815 6665.

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