Back to Site
Scroll to see more
Bristol City
Tuesday 17th January 2023


Jump to Next Column Button
A message from Julian Winter

Good evening and welcome back to the Stadium for tonight’s Emirates FA Cup third round replay against Bristol City.

I’d like to start these notes by thanking the 709 members of the Jack Army who made the long trip to Sunderland last Saturday.

To make the 700-mile round trip in cold conditions just a few weeks after Christmas is testament to the fantastic support base we have at this football club.

It’s well documented that our fans will travel more than any other club in the Championship this season and your support, both home and away, makes a massive difference and never goes unnoticed by Russell, his staff and the players.

The Stadium of Light is not an easy place to play, particularly with the large backing that Sunderland have behind them, but I thought we put in an excellent performance despite the hosts going down to ten men. We remained patient throughout and continued to play our way to get all three points.

We are also currently in the midst of the January transfer window, which is always a difficult time for clubs looking to do business.

We are actively seeking to improve the squad, however there are always a lot of moving parts to any deal and as a club we won’t talk about any player until a deal is concluded.

As supporters will know, season ticket renewals for 2023-24 are now available, and our early bird window remains open for another month until Friday 17th February.

Historically, 60 per cent of our ticket holders have renewed during this period in previous years and supporters who renew can take advantage of discounted prices on their season tickets within this window.

For more information on season ticket renewals, click HERE.

Finally, I’d like to welcome the management, players, supporters and directors from Bristol City who have made the relatively short trip down the M4 for tonight’s game.

Enjoy the game,


Julian Winters Signature
Trundle Tuesdays Advert
Jump to Next Column Button
A Message from Russell Martin

Good evening and welcome to the Stadium for our FA Cup third-round replay against Bristol City.

While there is understandably so much focus on the league, the FA Cup remains a special part of our football calendar, and I am sure I am not alone in having fond memories of watching the full day of TV coverage that accompanies every final.

It’s a tournament I enjoyed as a player, although I am sure you will understand when I say that tonight’s is a game neither ourselves or Bristol City would have wanted in an ideal world, particularly off the back of three games in six days over the festive period.

That is more so the case for us because we put ourselves in with a chance to progress to the next round without needing a replay with a dominant first-half showing in the original tie.

We could not quite kick on and get the second goal, and Bristol City committed more and more players forward and got the equaliser.

It was the second time we have enjoyed a hard-fought contest against Nigel Pearson’s side, and I have no doubt this evening will be no different.

Given our travels over the last few days, it is likely to give some players an opportunity to get more minutes and to stake a claim to get in a team that has performed well over recent weeks.

We were cheered on by a packed out away end in the original tie at Ashton Gate and I am sure the relative geographical closeness of the clubs will ensure another good atmosphere tonight.

We are so grateful for the support we receive home and away, but I want to give a special mention to the more than 700 of you that made the long journey to Sunderland at the weekend.

The staff and players know just how long a trip it is to the Stadium of Light, and it was brilliant to hear your voices singing and cheering amidst a 40,000-strong crowd on Wearside.

I was really proud of how the players handled the atmosphere because, given how young so many in our squad are, that would have been a new experience for many of them and I am sure for a few it was the biggest crowd they have played in front of.

We kept our composure following the red card, even though that got the home crowd up, and then showed the balance of patience and being willing to take risks with the ball to make sure we got the win.

We have two wins in our last three league games, we are back within three points of the play-offs and continue to give ourselves the opportunity to have a real say in things at the upper end of the table.

Tonight is obviously a different competition, but winning is a good habit to have and we want to make sure we have another tie to look forward to in round four.

Enjoy the game,

Russell Martin Signature
Westacres Advert 01Westacres Advert 02
Jump to Next Column Button
A Message from Matt Grimes

Good afternoon and welcome to everyone joining us from around the world for this evening’s FA Cup third-round replay against Bristol City at the Stadium.

We go into the game after a massive three points away at Sunderland on Saturday afternoon. Going away there is unbelievably difficult, it doesn’t matter the circumstances with their crowd and they’re a very good team.

It’s a tough place to go, especially when maybe a couple of things go against them and it gives the crowd that lift to get behind their team. I thought that was the case on Saturday, I know they were down to 10 men but the energy the crowd gave them made it really difficult for us. We were patient, we had a bit of a setback when it went 1-1 but we stuck to our gameplan and thankfully got the win in the end.

It’s really important in any game you play to be first on the scoresheet, especially going away to Sunderland you don’t want to give them something to hang on to which we didn’t.

We showed massive character, don’t let the fact they had 10 men sway how big of a win it was. It was a fantastic win and we’ve taken six points from a very, very good side this season.

I think since the Watford game we’ve been excellent. We had a little bit of misfortune in the Burnley game but I thought we were brilliant. In the first half of the Bristol City game I thought we were excellent and again on Saturday we were patient and stuck to our guns. It’s been an uplift in results and performances so we need to continue that.

It’s a young team, it’s an inexperienced team by and large who are learning their way in the game and in this league you have to learn quickly. I feel like we’ve done that a lot over the last couple of games so we just need to keep going, keep improving and hopefully that will keep us on the right track.

The support was unbelievable, hats off to them for making the trip and giving up their weekend to make such a long journey. They were fantastic, we are so thankful for them and they make a much bigger difference than they probably realise.

This evening’s game is an opportunity to continue the momentum and to put a run together and it would mean a lot to us to progress to the fourth round.

We’re looking forward to being back in front of a home crowd and we’ll do everything we can to put on a performance to be proud of.

Enjoy the game today!


Matt Grimes Signature


Swansea University English Advert

Jump to Next Column Button
A Message from Supporters' Trust

Welcome back this evening to the Stadium for the FA Cup third-round replay against Bristol City.

It’s with mixed emotions that we bring them back to the stadium tonight, as I’m sure that Russell Martin would’ve much preferred to have held out for the win at Ashton Gate. It was not to be, so here we go again.

Whenever we play Bristol City at the Stadium, I always remember watching that marvellous League One game on a sunny afternoon in September 2005.  Nothing spectacular happened in the first half, with the Swans going in 1-0 up at the break, after a Kevin McLeod goal just ahead of the half-time whistle.

The second half was something unexpected. Goals from Adebayo Akinfenwa, Leon Britton, a brace from Lee Trundle (including a penalty) and a couple more from McLeod to complete his hat-trick followed. The Robins got a consolation goal from a certain David Cotterill, who rocked up at Swansea some years later.

It was a feisty affair, with Bristol City picking up five yellow cards, the Swans got three and Kevin Austin picked up a second yellow on 90 minutes. Despite the resulting red card, he was solid as a rock that day and the subject of one our favourite songs. 

I recall going for a meal with my wife that same evening, and being introduced to one of the Bristol City directors, who was staying at the same venue.  There wasn’t much that he could say regarding his team’s performance that afternoon. He’d had enough of a bad experience without some daft Swansea fan trying to rub it in any further, but I do recall their manager received his marching orders the following Monday.

It was only our fourth league match in the Stadium. What a great start to our 17 years, and counting, that we’ve (mostly) enjoyed ever since at our home. It has cemented my love affair with this club.

For the past two-and-a half years I have been privileged to carry out the role of secretary for the Swansea City Supporters’ Trust.  I’d been a Trust Member since its inception over 20 years ago, and in the early days I used to call into the office of one of the former officers to pay my subs.

From the very beginning I’ve been engaged with what the Trust was all about. I was working overseas for most of this period and I was unable to offer as much active support as I would have liked. After I retired the opportunity arose to commit a bit more. It happened to be at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. We have a strong body of committed folk with a variety of skillsets, all of whom work with both the club’s and the supporters’ best interests as their first priority.

My role is principally to organise and report on all Trust meetings, as well as making arrangements for the annual Trust elections. It is a very rewarding role and you too could become more involved with our team by simply visiting and clicking on the ‘Join the Trust’ link.

My path to becoming secretary of the Supporters’ Trust began that balmy night in 2005. Here’s hoping it continues with a great cup run in 2023. Another seven goals would be nice.

Owens Advert
Jump to Next Column Button
News from the Swans Foundation
Photograph of the Swansea City AFC Foundation staff during a Welsh Language Kicks session


Swansea City AFC Foundation’s Welsh Language Premier League Kicks sessions, delivered in partnership with Menter Iaith Abertawe, have been nominated for a Mentrau Iaith Cymru ‘Empowering the Community’ award.

The project launched on St David’s Day in 2022, encouraging participants to use the Welsh Language in a footballing environment.

In addition to supporting participants, the programme has also supported sixth form students from Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr, empowering them to lead Welsh language coaching sessions by providing training and expert guidance.

As well as running the weekly Welsh Language sessions, the Foundation has also held Welsh Language Soccer Camps, providing a fun half-term activity with an emphasis on utilising the Welsh language.

The winner of the award will be announced in a special ceremony in Cardiff on January 26.

Tomos Jones of Menter Iaith Abertawe said: “Our work is to promote the use and enjoyment of the Welsh language in the Swansea area, and it's brilliant to see the football club being so supportive of the language.

“For the sixth formers who have volunteered for this scheme, there will be the opportunity to use their Welsh in a sporting context as they develop their coaching skills and mentor the younger pupils.

“It also provides the younger pupils the opportunity to socialise on the football pitch through the medium of Welsh.”

Swansea City AFC Season Ticket Renewals 23-24
Jump to Next Column Button
FA Cup Classics


It's a tournament which has provided the Swans and their supporters with some memorable moments down the years. Here, we look back at some of Swansea City's finest days in the world-famous knock-out competition.


Photograph Swans captain Brian Hughes


Liverpool 1 Swansea Town 2

Quarter-final - February 29, 1964

Arguably Swansea's finest FA Cup moment came on their march to the semi-finals in 1964.

The Swans had seen off Barrow, Sheffield United and Stoke City to set-up this last-eight clash in front of over 52,000 fans at Anfield.

The Reds were on their way to the First Division title, while Swansea were battling to avoid relegation from the second tier and few gave them any hope of an upset.

But they led 2-0 at half-time thanks to goals from Jimmy McLaughlin and Eddie Thomas.

A backs-to-the-wall effort followed with goalkeeper Noel Dwyer turning in a famous performance between the sticks.

Liverpool pulled one back and looked set to level when they were awarded a penalty in the closing stages, only for Ronnie Moran to fail to find the target.

The Swans went on to lose to Preston in the last four at Villa Park.

Swans players celebrate their 1-0 victory over West Ham


Swansea City 1 West Ham 0

Third-round replay - January 13, 1999

Swansea City had been within minutes of knocking the Premier League Hammers out in the original tie at Upton Park, only for a deflected Julian Dicks' strike to set-up a replay back in South Wales.

On a memorable night at The Vetch, Martin Thomas got the only goal of the game just before the half-hour mark and John Hollins' side then clung on grimly under severe pressure - with Roger Freestone excellent between the sticks - to help the Swans become the first Division Three team to knock a Premier League team out of the FA Cup.


Photograph of Andy Robinson and Lee Trundle celebrating


Swansea City 2 Preston 1

Fourth round - January 24, 2004

On another wonderful afternoon at The Vetch, late goals from Andy Robinson and Lee Trundle saw Swansea City dump second-tier Preston out in the fourth round.

The Swans had started superbly but failed to take early chances, and they looked to be heading out of the competition when Dickson Etuhu put North End a goal to the good.

But Robinson curled home a brilliant free-kick with 10 minutes remaining before Trundle read a knock-down superbly to arrive in the area and volley home what proved to be the winner.

Photograph of Swans players celebrate Wilfried Bony's winning goal


Manchester United 1 Swansea City 2

Third round - January 5, 2014

The Swans were searching for their first ever victory at Old Trafford heading into this showdown with United, who had only failed to progress beyond the third round of the FA Cup once in the previous 30 years.

Michael Laudrup’s men drew first blood in the 12th minute when Alejandro Pozuelo released Wayne Routledge in behind the defence, and he calmly looped the ball over the advancing Anders Lindegaard.

However, the lead lasted for just four minutes as United responded with Javier Hernandez finding space in the six-yard box to guide Alexander Buttner’s deep cross beyond Gerhard Tremmel.

But there was a key moment with 10 minutes remaining when substitute Fabio was sent off for a reckless challenge on Jose Canas.

And the Swans made the numerical advantage count in the dying moments when Routledge broke clear down the left before his cross found Wilfried Bony, who planted a brilliant header past Lindegaard to seal the most dramatic victory and send the travelling Jacks into ecstasy.


Photograph of team celebrating Thomas Butler scoring the second goal against Sheffield United


Sheffield United 0 Swansea City 3

Third round - January 6, 2007

Kenny Jackett's side had been without nine players through injury and suspension when they travelled to face Neil Warnock's Premier League Blades at Bramall Lane.

But it proved no obstacle for the League One Swans as three goals in 14 second-half minutes sent them into round four in fine fashion.

Tom Butler was the hero on the day, the Irishman netting the first two goals before winning the penalty that allowed Leon Britton to score the third on a day when the visitors' display received a warm reception from the home fans.

Emirates Advert


Jump to Next Column Button
Meet the Opposition, Bristol City.

As Swansea City get set for this FA Cup third-round replay, we take a closer look at our visitors.

What's their story?


Bristol City squad celebrating scoring at the Ashton Gate


Established in 1894, Bristol City, affectionately known as the Robins, initially started out playing within the Southern and Western League, before being admitted to the Football League in 1901. 

The Robins have lifted silverware on three occasions in their history, winning the Football League Trophy in 1986, 2003, and most recently in 2015. 

Their early Football League years coincided with the club's best-ever league finish as they ended the 1906-07 season in second place in the top-flight, behind only Newcastle United.

That came on the back of promotion to the First Division the previous season, while they were beaten FA Cup finalists in 1909 as they suffered defeat to Manchester United at Crystal Palace.

Having gone so close to Premier League promotion in 2008 - losing the play-off final to Hull - they are now in their eighth-consecutive season at Championship level having secured promotion from League One in 2015.


Who's the gaffer?


Photograph of the Bristol City manager Nigel Pearson


Nigel Pearson. Pearson began coaching just a few months removed from his playing career in 1998, taking over at Carlisle United.

After taking assistant roles at clubs like Stoke City, West Brom and Newcastle United, Pearson became head coach at Southampton in 2008.

After a brief stint with the Saints, he went on to land roles at Leicester City - who he led to promotion and Premier League survival prior to their title success under Claudio Ranieri -  Hull City, Derby County, OH Leuven and Watford before replacing Dean Holden as Bristol City manager in February of 2021.

As a player, the centre-back suited up for Shrewsbury Town, Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough, making 448 league appearances over 17 years.


Who's the captain? 


Photograph of club captain Daniel Bentley


Basildon-born goalkeeper Dan Bentley is the Robins captain. The former Southend United trainee has been at Ashton Gate since signing from Brentford in 2019, amassing 143 appearances for Pearson’s side.

A solid presence in between the sticks, Bentley previously spent seven seasons with Southend, helping the Shrimpers earn promotion to League One in 2015. A series of outstanding performances earning him the player of the year, players’ player of the year and community player of the year awards for the Essex club.. 

A £1.1 million move to Championship Brentford followed and he spent a successful three seasons at Griffin Park with the Bees, before joining Bristol City for an undisclosed fee.

Bentley has not played in recent months, with Andi Weimann and Matty James among the players to wear the armband in his absence.

How's their form?

Bristol City. Last 5 - Loss, Loss, Draw, Draw, Win.

Bristol City have been in a similar run of form to that the Swans have been experiencing, right down to picking up victory over the weekend as they defeated Birmingham 4-2 for a first home win in nine attempts.

They have lost just two of their last eight games in all competitions, and will be frustrated they have not turned some recent draws into victories.

FA Player Advert
Jump to Next Column Button
Photograph of Tommy ConwayPosition: Forward - Age: 20 - Nationality: Scotland - Shirt Number: 15


Tommy Conway has 13 goal contributions this season. He’s scored nine goals – the most of any Bristol player – and has four assists which puts him second in goal creation.

The 20-year-old is a product of the Robins academy system, having been with the club since the age of seven.

After loan spells with Yate Town and Bath City, he made his senior debut for Bristol City against Coventry in April 2021 and he has enjoyed a breakout campaign this term.

His energetic, lively performances saw him named as the EFL young player of the month for August.

Photograph of Matty JamesPosition: Midfield - Age: 31 - Nationality: England - Shirt Number: 6


In the midfield engine room is Matty James, a player familiar to manager Nigel Pearson for his role in Leicester City’s promotion to the Premier League.

Manchester United trainee James has been at Ashton Gate since the summer of 2021, when Pearson moved to snap the experienced midfielder up on a free transfer following the end of a nine-year stay at the King Power Stadium.

This season, James has been a regular, making 20 appearances.

Photograph of Rob AtkinsonPosition: Defender - Age: 24 - Nationality: England - Shirt Number: 5


Defender Rob Atkinson has been a reliable performer for the Robins since his arrival from Oxford United in the summer of 2021.

Originally on the books at Fulham, the 24-year-old could make his 60th appearance for Bristol City this evening.

The centre-half also had spells with Braintree, Eastleigh during his development.


Jump to Next Column Button
Match Report. Swans 1 - Burnley 2




Swansea City: Steven Benda; Joel Latibeaudiere, Ben Cabango, Harry Darling, Ryan Manning; Jay Fulton (Luke Cundle 57), Matt Grimes (captain), Joe Allen (Olivier Ntcham 57), Ollie Cooper (Matty Sorinola 86); Liam Cullen (Cameron Congreve 77), Joel Piroe.

Unused Substitutes: Andy Fisher, Nathan Wood, Kyle Naughton.

Burnley: Arijanet Muric, Josh Cullen, Jack Cork (captain), Connor Roberts, Nathan Tella (Manuel Benson 70), Jay Rodriguez (Ashley Barnes 88), Ian Maatsen, Anass Zaroury (Johann Berg Gudmundsson 54), Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Josh Brownhill, Jordan Beyer.

Unused Substitutes: Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Charlie Taylor, Scott Twine, Samuel Bastien.

Referee: John Busby

Attendance: 17,699

Jump to Next Column Button
Match Reports. Bristol City 1 - Swans 1




Swansea City: Steven Benda; Joel Latibeaudiere, Nathan Wood, Ben Cabango Harry Darling 45), Ryan Manning; Jay Fulton, Matt Grimes (captain), Joe Allen (Luke Cundle 76’), Ollie Cooper (Cameron Congreve 86’); Liam Cullen (Olivier Ntcham 76’), Joel Piroe.

Substitutes: Andy Fisher, Nathanael Ogbeta, Kyle Naughton, Matty Sorinola, Joel Cotterill.

Bristol City: Max O’Leary, Kal Naismith (Joe Williams 73’), Rob Atkinson, Matty James, Alex Scott (Sam Bell 84’), Antoine Semenyo, Andreas Weimann (captain), Tommy Conway (Nahki Wells 25’), Cameron Pring, George Tanner (Mark Sykes 73’), Zak Vyner.

Substitutes: Dan Bentley, Jay Dasilva, Andy King, Dylan Kadji, Omar Taylor-Clarke.

Morgans Hotel Beaujolais Advert
Jump to Next Column Button
Match Report. Sunderland 1 - Swans 3




Sunderland: Anthony Patterson, Corry Evans (captain) (Jewison Bennette 84), Daniel Ballard, Patrick Roberts (Danny Batth 22), Ross Stewart (Edouard Michut 84), Trai Hume, Jack Clarke (Leon Dajaku 84), Daniel Neil, Luke O'Nien, Lynden Gooch, Amad Diallo (Abdoullah Ra 84).

Unused Substitutes: Alex Bass, Bailey Wright. 

Swansea City: Steven Benda; Joel Latibeaudiere, Ben Cabango, Harry Darling, Ryan Manning; Jay Fulton, Joe Allen (Olivier Ntcham 77), Matt Grimes (captain), Ollie Cooper (Luke Cundle 87); Liam Cullen (Matty Sorinola 84), Joel Piroe.

Unused Substitutes: Andy Fisher, Nathan Wood, Kyle Naughton, Cameron Congreve. 

Referee: Keith Stroud


Jump to Next Column Button
Q+A with Joe Allen



We face an FA Cup replay against Bristol City. Do you have any particularly fond memories of the competition?

My first experience of the FA Cup was Sheffield United away all those years ago. I didn’t get on the pitch but to be on the bench in that sort of situation and to be part of it was incredible for me.

It gave me a really big boost and a taste of what a football career was like. If definitely gave me a bit of extra motivation to make it in the game.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have had a pretty long career and that’s a fond memory of mine.

One of the disappointments is certainly losing the semi-final at Wembley with Liverpool. It was a great opportunity to get through.

We went 1-0 up against [Aston] Villa and they turned it around. It was a disappointment to have got to that stage of the competition and not have been able to go at least one step further.

And then other than that, it’s been a bit of a mixed bag all around, I think.

There’s still time though to have a few more good days in the cup.

Of course. That’s what this time of year gives you, it gives you the hope that it could be your turn to have a cup run and go as far as you can with some exciting games.

Certainly the motivation of this group is can we throw everything into this game and get ourselves through to the next round.


Photograph of Joe Allen playing against Fulham in FA Cup Fifth Round, 2009.


How satisfied are you with how things have gone since arriving back at Swansea?

I think it’s been stop-start. I’m a bit disappointed with how much I’ve played. Personally, it’s been a strange season in the sense that I was injured when I arrived, so I was already playing catch up.

Then, just when I was getting up to speed and getting to a good place, I had another injury which laid me off for a while.

Then we had the World Cup which split the season for me. The main target for me is to have a much bigger impact on the second half of the season.

I want to stay fit and play a lot more.  The reason I joined the club is because I really want to help the team improve and progress and I’m confident I can do that.

We saw you getting stuck into a couple of tackles against Burnley? Do you enjoy that side of the game?

Yeah, we were up against a really good team. The aggression was an element they have to their game and we had to match it.

I thought it was a really good performance. We were on the wrong side of the result but I thought in the two games – including the victory over Watford – we were good.

It showed the aggressive nature this team has and needs to continue to show if we want to do something in the second half of the season.

I think we’ve shown we’re capable of being in the play-off race, but there are fine margins which we haven’t always come out on the right side of.

I think everyone can see how tight it is in the league, and a lot of teams will feel the same way, but I truly believe we’ve got enough ability in the squad.

How much have you enjoyed playing alongside Matt Grimes in midfield?

Playing with him was one of the things I was looking forward to when I signed here. In this league, I think you’d struggle to name a better midfielder.

His all-round game is fantastic. It’s been a pleasure to play with him.

Jay Fulton is having a brilliant season too and then you’ve got Ollie Cooper who’s burst on to the scene really. I’m spoilt for choice in my midfield partners.

Ollie has been a breath of fresh air and a surprise package for everyone. I saw it when I first came in.

He’s someone with great technical ability, but he’s also got a bit of bite and aggression which we’ve all seen this season.

I’m really hopeful that he’s going to be a mainstay and a key figure for Swansea for years to come and take the next step in a Wales shirt.

He had a taste of it coming away to the World Cup and I’m pretty sure he’ll be hungry for more and have ambitions of getting in that team and staying in it.


Joe Allen playing against Bristol in the FA Cup, 2023.


Have you taken him under your wing?

If I can help in any way then I will, but he’s an intelligent lad who is improving and taking it all in day by day.

He’s on the right path and I believe he’s going to have a brilliant career, hopefully that’s at this club.

Finally, are you enjoying being back home? Is it the experience – injuries aside – that you’d hoped for?

Yes, injuries aside, it’s been perfect really. I’m loving every minute of it.


Joe Allen celebrating with Joel Latibeaudiere


Jump to Next Column Button
Match Report. Burnley 3 - Swansea 3


Michael Mellon netted a hat-trick for the hosts, including the first two goals of the game as the Clarets surged into an early lead, but a fine Swansea fightback meant Burnley's hopes of progressing to the knock-out stages were over.

The Swans knew they would not be able to advance prior to kick-off, but there were plenty of positives to take from a brave showing after an early setback.

Both sides had chances in the opening exchanges. Whittaker just failed to get on the end of Lincoln McFayden's cross, before Mellon glanced a header wide from Marcel Lewis' dangerous centre.

Joe Thomas was also off target with a header for the Swans before the home side took the lead on 20 minutes.

Scottish forward Mellon was on hand to tap in from close range after Remy Mitchell had parried Ne-Jai Tucker's initial strike.

And the striker soon had his second as Tucker picked him out in the area and he was able to bundle the ball into the net.

The visitors needed a response and they got it as Whittaker's shot-cum-cross took a deflection off the Swansea trialist in the area and hit the post before rolling into the back of the net.

And it was soon all-square, with Whittaker turning the ball into the back of the net to make it four goals in barely 10 minutes in a see-saw encounter.

Following the restart, Swansea forward Morgan was fouled just outside of the penalty area but Whittaker could only send the resulting free-kick over the bar.

However, the visitors would soon lead for the first time with the impressive Morgan broke away down the right and chipped the ball over the advancing keeper.

McFayden went close to extending Swansea's advantage. After a neat one-two between Morgan and the trialist found the left-back in the box, his strong strike was palmed away by Franchi.

The Clarets piled on the pressure, knowing this was a must-win game for them, and two chances in quick succession from Mellon and Benn Ward were denied by Mitchell.

With 10 minutes remaining, Mellon levelled the scores as he completed his hat-trick by taking down a long ball over the top to finish, and there were no further goals in a frantic finish.

 Burnley Under-21s: Denis Franchi, Keelan Williams (Kade Ratchford 88'), Owen Dodgson, Benn Ward (captain), Trialist, Joe Bauress, Marcel Lewis, Jezreel Davies, Michael Mellon, Ne-Jai Tucker, Seb Thompson (Trevor Bryan 80')

Unused subs: Lewis Thomas, Jack Turner, Dane McCullough.

Swansea City Under-21s: Remy Mitchell, Harry Jones, Ben Blythe (Kai Ludvigsen 65'), Azeem Abdulai, Wasiri Williams (captain), Joe Thomas, Trialist, Leverett, Iwan Morgan (Joel Cotterill 75'), Tarrelle Whittaker (Corey Hurford 90'), Lincoln McFayden.  

Unused Subs: Ben Hughes, Kian Jenkins.  

Carling Advert

Jump to Next Column Button
Match Report. Swans U18s 0 - Colchester United U18s 4



The Swans initially kept possession well against the U’s high intensity press in the early exchanges, but two goals in quick succession shortly before half-time through Samson Uwandu turned the game on its head.

Jamie Arnold extended the lead further just after the break before captain Bayan Aman completed the scoring with less than 10 minutes remaining.

Colchester forged the first half-chance of the match inside the first minute with dangerman Uwandu using his pace to get down the Swans right, but Kit Margetson was off his line quickly to smother the chance.

The Swans created two early opportunities down the right with Sam Parker’s overlapping runs causing the visitors some problems. His first cross was over the heads of everyone, while his attempted cut back to Aimar Govea at the edge of the box was intercepted.

Rohan Davies was the first to register a shot on target in the match but shot-stopper Harrison Chamberlain used every inch of his 6ft 4in frame to make a fingertip save low down to his left.

The Swans then had a couple of opportunities from set-pieces. Jada Mawongo going closest when his header from Govea’s in-swinging delivery was deflected over.

But the hosts suffered a setback when Uwandu struck twice in short order. Firstly, he hammered the ball into the roof of the net from a narrow angle after Colchester pinched the ball back high up the pitch, and three minutes later he turned in a low cross from the right to give the visitors the half-time lead.

Colchester began the second half just as they had finished the first and Arnold extended the lead in less than a minute after holding off a challenge and slotting the ball inside the far post.

It was a long way back for the Swans from there and the game became a scrappy and stop-start affair, though the visitors probably posed the bigger threat without actually testing Margetson in the Swans goal.

But Uwanda soon dragged wide of the near post, while Arnold blasted another over the bar as Colchester again threatened.

The Swans stuck at their task, Zane Myers twisted and turned in the opposition box before eventually seeing his effort deflected narrowly over the crossbar. 

Chamberlain was very nearly caught out when he miskicked a clearance into the middle of the park, but substitute Thomas Woodward needed a fraction too long to loop the ball goalward and the keeper was able to recover and prevent him finding the net.

But, in the end, it was Colchester who would extend their lead. Margetson made the initial stop but the clearance fell to Ayman who – with the keeper still on the floor – hammered into an empty net.

Swans created two good chances to get a consolation in the final minutes, but were unable to find the back of the net which rounded off a frustrating afternoon for the under-18s.

Swansea City Under-18s: Kit Margetson, Sam Parker, Zane Myers (Ramon Rees-Siso 82’), Arthur Parker (Thomas Woodward 62’), Jada Mawongo (David Roberts 65’), Richard Faakye, Josh Carey (captain), Jacob Cook, Geoff Bony, Aimar Govea, Rohan Davies.

Unused subs: Harvey Rees.

Colchester United Under-18s: Harrison Chamberlain, Trialist, Makhaya James, Max Joliffe, Bailey Berry, Frankie Edwards, Ewan Gordon-Clement (T’Aizo Marcel-Dilaver 90+2’), Bayan Aman (captain), Jamie Arnold (Trialist 72’), Milton Oni (Kennedy Mupomba 90+2), Samson Uwandu (Jayden Peglar 84’).

Unused subs: Andrew Palmer-Brown.

Football Foundation Advert
An update on the Swans Ladies


Photograph of Ceri Philips


Swansea City Ladies head coach Ceri Phillips is confident that his side can close the gap in the Genero Adran Premier as they prepare to restart their league campaign this week.

The Swans found themselves sitting second in the table at the Christmas break, five points behind league leaders Cardiff City Women.

Phillips feels that the draw between the two sides at the Stadium has given his side a confidence boost, and a belief that they can chase down their rivals and retain their title.

The Swans have been hit by injuries to a number of players in key attacking positions over the season so far, but remain within touching distance with the likes of Stacey John-Davis back from their absences.

“On the whole it’s been really positive, we’ve learned so much about the group and each other, we’ve learned a lot and we’re really positive and confident heading into the final few fixtures of phase one and really having a push for phase two,” said Phillips.

“We’ve made some changes here or there at different times, but on the whole we’re really happy with what we are doing and where we are going.

“Unfortunately, we aren’t competing for any cup competitions, but a small positive is that we can focus on the league and really trying to close that gap.

“Cardiff are in the ascendency at the moment, but we are really confident that with the way that we performed against them recently that we can close that gap, but it’s down to us, all we can do is win games of football.

“Coming in as head coach two weeks before the season, we knew there could be a small transitional period where we are all getting used to each other, players and coaching staff alike.

“We’ve had some fantastic results, fantastic performances, and fantastic occasions as well, particularly both the games at the stadium.

“The team has always been a fantastic side, I’ve always watched from afar with great interest and I hold all players past and present in such high regard and I was made to feel very welcome from the get-go.”

The Swans also made history when they played their first-ever games at the Stadium in a win over Cardiff Met and Cardiff City.

“It’s very hard to look beyond the two games at the stadium as the highlights of the season so far, the first one especially, giving the players the opportunity to play at the stadium for the very first time and we had a great result and performance to go with it, it was an amazing occasion and a great crowd.

The games at the Stadium are two pivotal moments in the history of the Ladies team and its relationship with the fans and the club.

“We want to inspire future generations who could represent us and play for us in the future, I think the wider community will really benefit from those games and we’re really hopeful we will get that opportunity again in the near future.”



Junior Jacks Quiz


Shwmae pawb!

We love the FA Cup and we have brilliant memories of hosting sides here in SA1. We’re looking forward to this evening’s game, but we also enjoyed watching all the third-round matches.

That’s why we’ve put together an FA Cup third round quiz for you this week to test your knowledge of all the ties that took place. The quiz is at the bottom of the page.

Our joint prediction for tonight’s game is that the Swans will win 2-0 and we think Joel Piroe will score both goals. What do you think the score will be?

Come on the Swans!

Cyril and Cybil


Take Five Quiz


Jump to Next Column Button
Matt Grimes, sponsored by Owens


Ben Cabango, sponsored by Happy Home Furnishers


Harry Darling, sponsored by Glanmor Chartered Surveyors


Jamie Paterson, sponsored by Infinity Document Solutions


Joe Allen, sponsored by Travel House


Joel Piroe, sponsored by Ammcom


Ryan Manning, sponsored by Davies Chemists Limited


Michael Obafemi, sponsored by Janela Shutters


Nathan Wood, sponsored by Eaton's


Olivier Ntcham, sponsored by AWS


Jay Fulton, sponsored by Jones Brothers


Ollie Cooper, sponsored by Amroc


Steven Benda, sponsored by Woodpecker
Jump to Next Column Button
Swansea City AFC Badge

Chief Executive - Julian Winter

Honorary Club President - Alan Curtis


Jason Levien, Julian Winter, Jake Silverstein, Sam Porter, Huw Jenkins, Martin Morgan, Sian Davies (supporter director), Romie Chaudhari, Bobby Hernreich, Gareth Davies.

Director of Business and Legal Affairs: Sam Porter

Associate Directors: Ceri Stone


First-Team Staff

Head Coach – Russell Martin

Assistant Head Coach - Matt Gill

Goalkeeping Coach – Dean Thornton

Head of Physical Performance – Matt Willmott

First Team Performance Analyst - Ben Parker

Set Piece Coach - Andy Parslow

First Team Coach - Kris O'Leary

Head of Performance – Tom Barnden

Head of Rehabilitation – Rhys Owen

Head of Medical - Dr Jez McCluskey

Staff: Ailsa Jones, Bethany Chaddock, Matt Murray, Daniel Morris, Michael Eames, Shaun Baggridge, Connor Lawley.


Senior Management Group
Andrew Davies (Head of Operations, Facilities & Development);
Gareth Davies (CFO);
James Chiffi (Head of Wellbeing & Development);
Josh Marsh (Head of Football Operations).

Club Staff
Club Secretary: Ben Greenwood
Football Operations &
Administration Manager: Rebecca Gigg
Head of Retail: Andrea Morris
Head of Hospitality & Customer Services: Catherine Thomas
Head of Safeguarding: Rebeca Storer
HR Manager: Nicola Butt
Senior Commercial Sponsorship Manager:  Lee Merrells
Head of Marketing:
Katie Doyle
Head of Media & Communications:
Ben Donovan
Ticket Office Manager: Lewis Bullen
Operations & Events Manager:
Matthew Daniel
Facilities Manager: Gordon David
Grounds Manager: Evan Davies
Disability Access Officer: Catherine Thomas
Head of Swansea City AFC Foundation: Paul France
Club Ambassador: Lee Trundle


Programme Production
Contributors: Ben Donovan, Andrew Gwilym, Sophie Davis, Hayley Ford, Fraser Dickson, Rachael Tucker, Richard Bond, Dom Hynes, Cerith White, Rhys Kemish

Designers: Callum Rothwell,
Jordan Morcom, Lewis Ward

Photography: Athena Picture Agency,
Natalie John-Davis, Alamy

Jump to Next Column Button


Radio City 1386AM


An audio commentary service is available for blind and partially sighted fans – provided by Radio City, the Swansea University Health Board Hospital Radio Service.

Radio City has a long association with the football club dating back to the days when the club was known as Swansea Town.

Since moving to the Stadium, the broadcaster has provided a live descriptive commentary service for free at all Swansea home matches, meaning that blind and partially-sighted supporters in both the home and away ends can follow the action.

In order to book a headset for the match, supporters can contact the accessibility team in advance by emailing, or contacting the ticket office from Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm by calling 01792 616629 and selecting option one.

Supporters can also book headsets in person in advance at the ticket office, or on the day by speaking to a Disability Liaison Steward on the day.

To learn more about Radio City, visit To learn more about accessible facilities at the stadium, please click here.


Inclusion Room


The inclusion room at the Stadium is open every matchday for supporters who may require a quiet space during games.

Supporters will be able to attend live matches at the Stadium with the comfort of knowing there is a designated area should they need it. The room is available to any supporter that may require a quiet space.

The space will be monitored by a designated disability liaison steward and provides a safe space with a disabled toilet, a projector to watch the live game, and dignity packs for those who need it.

While some supporters who require a time away from the crowds may prefer to use this room as a quiet space, it will also be possible to watch the match live on a screen projected onto the wall meaning supporters who require the space for any reason don’t have to miss a moment of the match action.

The room is located in the West Stand and, while supporters who feel they may benefit from the use of the space will be recommended to sit in that stand, it will be accessible for anyone in any part of the stadium.

Any supporter who feels overwhelmed by the matchday environment for any reason can gain access to the room by making themselves known to a steward or disability liaison steward.


Swans Squad

Head Coach Russell Martin

1 Andrew Fisher 

3 Ryan Manning 

4 Jay Fulton 

5 Ben Cabango 

6 Harry Darling 

7 Joe Allen 

8 Matt Grimes ©

9 Michael Obafemi 

10 Olivier Ntcham 

12 Jamie Paterson 

13 Steven Benda 

17 Joël Piroe 

18 Luke Cundle

19 Tivonge Rushesha 

20 Liam Cullen 

22 Joel Latibeaudiere 

23 Nathan Wood 

26 Kyle Naughton 

28 Liam Walsh 

29 Matty Sorinola 

31 Ollie Cooper 

33 Wasiri Williams 

35 Lincoln Mcfayden 

36 Ben Lloyd 

41 Jordon Garrick 

45 Cameron Congreve 

47 Azeem Abdulai 

48 Joel Cotterill

Bristol City Squad

Manager Nigel Pearson

1 Dan Bentley ©

2 Kane Wilson

3 Jay Dasilva

4 Kal Naismith

5 Rob Atkinson

6 Matt James

7 Alex Scott

8 Joe Williams

9 Chris Martin

10 Andy King

11 Antoine Semenyo

12 Max O'Leary

13 Harvey Wles-Richards

14 Andreas Weimann

15 Tommy Conway

16 Cameron Pring

17 Mark Sykes

18 Ayman Benarous

19 George Tanner

20 Sam Bell

21 Nahki Wells

22 Tomas Kalas

25 Timm Klose

26 Zak Vyner

30 Han Noah-Massengo

31 Stefan Bajic

Match Officials

Referee - Graham Scott

Assistant Referee 1 - Mark Scholes

Assistant Referee 2 - Craig Taylor

Fourth Official - Josh Smith