Swansea City mourns loss of former defender Chris Marustik

13th August 2015

Swansea City is sad to announce the passing of the club's former player Chris Marustik at the age of 54.
Chris sadly passed away at Morriston Hospital yesterday following illness.
Locally born, he came through the youth ranks before turning professional at the Vetch Field in August 1978 and making his debut at the age of 17.
Going on to become a regular in the first team, the defender featured in Swansea's 1978-79 and 1980-81 promotion campaigns as the club climbed the leagues under manager John Toshack to reach the First Division.
Marustik, who also went on to represent Wales at international level, played regularly in the top flight and netted 11 goals in 152 League games before moving to Cardiff City in exchange for Roger Gibbins in October 1985.
Joining Barry Town in August 1987, he had a spell with Newport County until the club folded in February 1989.
He went on to play football in Australia for five years before returning to Swansea.
Current Swans coach Alan Curtis played regularly alongside Marustik and they remained friends.
"It's far too young; it's tragic,'' explained Curtis. "Chris was a big character; great company and a fantastic player.
"He was a big part of our team; a player you could always rely on. He was never overawed by the occasion, even playing in the old First Division against the big teams.
"I remember we were due to play Manchester United, which was a massive game for us at the time. Everyone was raving about England international Steve Coppell and they were all warning Chris not to get overawed by the winger's reputation.
"Chris turned around to us and said he had never heard of him - and he was serious! But he was such a good player that he never gave Coppell a kick all game.
"His loss is a such sad one.''
Swansea City Football Club would like to pass on its thoughts and condolences to Chris's family and friends at this sad time.