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Saturday 16th December 2023

Andy Coleman Notes

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Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to the Stadium for the visit of Middlesbrough.

Ahead of this fixture, I feel it is an important time to update supporters on the situation regarding our head coach recruitment process.

We are working through a detailed, diligent, and comprehensive process to identify and appoint the next head coach of Swansea City. While I cannot say with certainty exactly when that appointment will be made, we are in the latter stages of this process and hope to have more definitive news on that soon.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the fantastic job Alan Sheehan continues to do as caretaker head coach.

Alan – together with Martyn (Margetson), Kris (O’Leary), Anthony (Wright), Gavin (Levey) and the rest of the backroom staff – have all acquitted themselves admirably during what has been a difficult period.

Their professionalism has been second to none and, after two away games, everyone at the club is right behind them as we look forward to the game against Middlesbrough.

We are edging ever closer to Christmas and the festive spirit has arrived at the Stadium for this game as we host the Matthew’s House Festive Funfair.

The funfair – which is free to enter with a valid match ticket - opens at midday and will close at 2.30pm, with an ice rink, food & drink and entertainment on offer.

The festive funfair will be raising money for local charity Matthew’s House, who do an incredible job for homeless people in our community and will be playing a huge part in feeding those in need this Christmas.

This week saw the club open season ticket renewals for the 2024-25 season, with the aim being to provide real value to the heartbeat of our club - our season ticket holders.

This was an extremely diligent process and we feel that our prices are fair and competitive. They are below the Championship average, are cheaper than pre-Covid, and the early-bird price is less than the cost of a season ticket from 13 years ago, despite a significant increase in inflation since then.

Additionally, all Women’s team and Academy games in the stadium are included in our season ticket package at no extra charge.

The Supporters’ Trust has been engaged throughout this process, providing important feedback that worked to the benefit of supporters and the club, and which was invaluable in reaching the best pricing plan. They are terrific partners, and our supporters and the club are fortunate to have them working so hard toward our shared goals.

There is no more important relationship for us than with our supporters. You are integral to our success in every aspect of the club. We are grateful for your support and are excited about what we can achieve together.

Enjoy the game,


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Good afternoon and welcome to the Stadium for our Championship fixture against Middlesbrough.

We return home after taking four points from a possible six in a pair of long away trips to Rotherham and Stoke respectively.

I was really pleased and proud of the togetherness and resilience the players, and everyone at the club, has shown and you could see that in our performances.

We faced different challenges and we were able to find ways to pick up points, which is never easy in the Championship.

Having said that, I didn’t think either performance was of the level we would have wanted it to be, and there is no hiding away from that.

At Stoke in midweek we had good spells with the ball, but we lacked fluency and a cutting edge in the final third.

We know we have a lot of work to do to improve, because we know we have to do better for this football club.

I have only been at the club a few months, but it does not take you long to appreciate just how important Swansea City is to everyone in this community.

Of course, the circumstances are not what anyone would want them to be, but it has been a tremendous privilege and honour to be asked to take charge of the team over this short period of time.

I am aware of the history the club has, I nearly joined under Roberto Martinez during my own playing career, and I know the tradition and reputation it has.

I, and everyone at the club, is proud to be at Swansea City and, whoever should take charge of the team moving forward, he will have my full support.

But our focus has very much been on preparing for this game, we are back in front of our own fans and want to keep picking up points.

Michael Carrick has done a great job since going in there, and they were close to being promoted last season.

However, our focus has been on us and what we can bring to proceedings.

Enjoy the game,


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Welcome back to the Stadium for our game against Middlesbrough. Things have certainly been eventful since our last home match against Huddersfield a fortnight ago.

Before we talk about this game, the Trust would again like to thank Michael Duff for his efforts as Swansea City head coach.

Things didn't go as everyone would have hoped, but nobody doubted Michael’s drive and determination. We wish him and his family well for the future.

Credit must also go to caretaker head coach Alan Sheehan. He has stepped up during a difficult time and achieved four points in the process. Getting results in this league is difficult at the best of times and four points from two away games is no mean feat.

A shout out too, to the many fans who travelled to both games. We have some of the best travelling support in the league. Long may it last.

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We know the club are working extremely hard to ensure whoever comes in is the right appointment for Swansea City. That will give whoever gets the role the best chance of success, not just for the remainder of this season, but in the longer term too.

Middlesbrough’s form has been patchy, but they remain a dangerous opponent. I believe they are a better team than their league position suggests. After all, this is a side that reached the play-offs last year. But we have talent too, and the players will be aiming to impress knowing a new head coach will hopefully be appointed soon. Therefore, I’m hoping for a good game – and three points for the Swans, of course.

You may have seen that the club will introduce safe standing areas from next season. We know this is popular among fans and the Trust played a role in the process regarding its introduction. This is one of many topics we will discuss with the club in the coming months as we bid to improve the matchday experience for all.

Finally, you will also have seen this week that the club released its season ticket prices for next season.

The Trust were involved and included throughout the discussions over plans for the 2024-25 season, including the pricing structure.

While nobody likes price increases, all early-bird prices work out at less than £18 per game over a Championship campaign, while prices following the end of that sale window are less than £20 per game.

Season tickets are a key component of the club’s revenue, and year on year the club’s costs have been impacted by a number of factors including the Covid-19 pandemic, and the sharp rise in inflation in recent years.

That’s not unique to us; nearly every Championship club is in the same boat. We know from our conversations with the club that plans are in place to boost non-matchday revenue which will hopefully be a factor when it comes to pricing going forward.

As a Trust, our aim is to ensure that you, the fans, have the best possible experience when you set foot in the stadium. If you feel like you can contribute to that, please consider joining. You can do so by visiting us at the Trust ‘Pod’ (next to the club shop) on a matchday or online here. It only takes a few minutes and we are always pleased to meet and discuss matters with our members and supporters.

We hope you enjoy the game and look forward to seeing you at our last home game of 2023 when Preston come to visit on Friday December 22.


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An update from the Swans Foundation

Swansea City season-ticket holder Jack Owen had always thought he would struggle to play football due to a condition affecting the vision in his left eye, but Swansea City AFC Foundation’s pan-disability sessions opened up a pathway to the game he loves that led to Jack walking out at the Stadium with Charlie Patino.

The lifelong Swans fan, 13, had long been going to games with his grandfather Sid Dalling, but believed football would be mainly a spectator sport rather than one he could participate in.

Jack has coloboma, an eye condition that you are born with, and restricts vision in his left eye due to part of the tissue that makes up the eye being missing.

Due to this, his family had been apprehensive about Jack being involved in football, despite his love for the sport.

But in September, Jack began attending the Foundation’s Premier League Kicks pan-disability sessions and – with the programme open to all abilities and a great starting point for new attendees – became a regular fixture, with Sid bringing him along every week.

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“Jack has had a lot of new skills to develop since coming in, but he’s got the fundamentals down to a tee already, such as his social skills and communication skills,” says Lloyd Thomas, Swansea City AFC Foundation’s pan-disability football lead.

“Coming to the sessions was perfect for him, he’s a massive fan of the football club, he’s a season-ticket holder along with his grandfather, so coming to a session run by the Swans Foundation has had a massive impact on him.

“It’s important for us at the Foundation to be inclusive across all of our projects and offer provisions to everyone in our community.

“Jack being able to come onboard with these sessions has given him a bit of a lifeline in football, he hasn’t had the chance to be a part of it before, but due to his love of the club, this is the perfect fit for him.”

Having grown in confidence and increased his football skills over time, Jack has since transitioned to also attend the Premier League Kicks sessions in Gorseinon.

And he spoke about the importance of the opportunity for him to take part in and feel fully part of the game he loves so much.

“I really enjoy playing football,” says Jack.

“It’s definitely something I’ve gotten into these past few months. Due to my eye condition I wasn’t really allowed to play but I finally got to do it and I really enjoy it.

“It has been good attending the pan-disability and Kicks sessions, I love it.

“It is everything I have wanted to have the chance to do, and it’s made a big difference for me.”

Grandfather Sid has been delighted by Jack’s growing enthusiasm and enjoyment of football, and praised the Foundation’s programmes for being inclusive to participants of all abilities.

“He was never really able to get involved before, but this opportunity came along and we thought we would give it a try,” says Sid.

“It was important that ability didn’t matter, whether you were good at football or not.

“He has had to sit back and watch all this time, but now that he has the chance to get involved he’s become really enthusiastic and he’s really enjoying it. It’s really nice to see him getting this chance.”

Jack recently attended the Foundation’s anti-bullying week workshop at a Premier League Kicks session in October, which saw first-team stars Bashir Humphreys and Patino also in attendance.

During the visit, Jack and Sid spoke with Patino, telling him about Jack’s journey into football as well as his love for the club, and his admiration of the Arsenal loanee in particular.
Jack walking out with Grimes.

Jack as Mascot

Patino invited Jack to be a mascot at the Stadium for the home fixture against Huddersfield Town match, and took time out of the pre-match warm up to catch up and speak to the teenager.

Jack went on to walk out at the head of the team with captain Matt Grimes and, after Patino netted a late equaliser for the Swans, the junior Jack got the chance to take home a special souvenir as he left with a signed shirt from the Swans goalscorer.

“It was brilliant,” adds Jack.

“I will never forget that day, it was the best thing I’ve ever experienced.

“Hearing the crowd cheer as we came out, it was just a really good experience.

“After the game, we were in reception and Charlie came in, I was talking to him and then he gave me his shirt.

“It was just amazing to be able to see him play and it was just phenomenal, it’s just everything that I’ve ever wanted to do.”

You can find out more about the Foundation’s Premier League Kicks pan-disability sessions here.

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Fit Jacks

The start of Swansea City AFC Foundation’s expanded FIT Jacks programme is fast approaching, and you can now sign up for the new sessions - which will start from January 15 2024 - at a venue near you. 

FIT Jacks is a free 12-week health and wellbeing programme, which combines fitness sessions with advice about healthy living, and to date has been successfully delivered by the Foundation at the Stadium.

After receiving a funding boost from Swansea Council through the UK Government’s Shared Prosperity Fund, the Foundation is expanding FIT Jacks further into our local community with venues confirmed in Penderi, Cwmtawe, Llwchwr and the City clusters.

Since FIT Jacks started in February of this year, sessions have been held on a Thursday evening between 6pm and 8pm. Now, with the planned expansion, there will be many more dates and times available at sites across the region.

There will be sessions at the following venues and times:


Mondays at 5.15pm - New Lodge, Gorseinon, Swansea, SA4 4PE.

Wednesdays at 10am – Gorseinon Institute, Gorseinon, Swansea, SA4 4AD.


Tuesdays at 10am – Morriston Memorial Hall, Cwmrhydyceirw, Swansea, SA6 6JR.

Wednesdays at 6pm – Aenon Baptist Chapel, Morriston, Swansea, SA6 7AG.


Thursdays at 10am or 6pm – Venue No.1, Fforestfach, Swansea, SA5 4AE


Thursdays at 6pm - Stadium, Swansea, SA1 2FA

More than 60 people attended the Foundation’s FIT Jacks expansion launch event on Monday evening, which aimed to give employers, associated cluster groups and people interested in signing up an insight into the programme itself, the numerous benefits it delivers, and how the scheme  will be adapted for its outreach into the community.

Swansea City AFC Foundation head of health and wellbeing, Caroline Gwilym, said: “It was really exciting to have everybody in attendance, we’ve had a mix of previous participants, people from GP clusters, employers and people who want to sign up, so it was wonderful to have such a mix of an audience.

“We know what this programme can do for people, we’ve seen it time and time again, and now we get to give this opportunity to so many more people.

“We are really excited to get going in 2024 and spread this incredible programme far and wide.”

Lee Trundle was also in attendance at the FIT Jacks expansion launch event, and the club ambassador added: “It’s brilliant to see so many people interested in FIT Jacks and wanting to be involved in the programme.

“It was great to have so many people who have completed the programme already in attendance, and to be able to hear their stories.

“There were also a lot of people here who haven’t been involved in the programme so clearly the word is spreading, from a fitness, health and mental wellbeing stand point.

“There are people who wouldn’t be able to regularly make it to the Stadium who would really benefit from the programme, so it’s brilliant to be able to spread it out and deliver it to a wider audience.”

If you want to get involved and embark on your own journey through FIT Jacks, click below to sign up now.


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20 - Liam Cullen

Liam Cullen is a lifelong Jack. A former season-ticket holder, an academy product, a first-team regular, and now a Wales international; as he nears 100 appearances for his boyhood club, the Kilgetty product explains why pulling on the Swansea City shirt remains special each and every time he does so.

You don’t have to spend long in Liam Cullen’s company to understand what pulling on a Swansea City shirt means to him.

The striker, who recently made his senior Wales debut against Gibraltar, has been with the club since the age of eight.

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From day one, even while still of primary school age, pulling on that famous white shirt has always been an affair of the heart for the Kilgetty product.

From long journeys back and fore to his home village near Tenby, to being a mascot at the Liberty Stadium, to leaving home at 15 to live in digs as a scholar, it has all been with one thing in mind.

“From the moment my father took me to my first game – it was a 0-0 draw against York City – and we sat in the double-decker stand behind the goal at the Vetch, this has been my club,” he says.

“When I joined at eight, I viewed it as me representing the club I support and love. So there’s no half measures.

“When I was home in the summer and played football or cricket with my friends, I felt I could be a kid then.

“But I never felt that way playing or training with Swansea. I could not be a kid then, it mattered too much to treat it like that.

“I was offered trials at Swansea and Cardiff, and my father never even had to ask. It was only ever going to be Swansea. Once I signed it was serious for me.


“From there it was all focus on football. My parents made sure I did work hard at school, and it did not suffer because of football.

“I did well in school and got good grades, but everything else was football. People would laugh at me when I said I wanted to be a footballer. They did not think I was serious, but I was and so were my family.

“I used to go and watch games and I would tell my parents: ‘I am going to play on that pitch one day’.

“So, to be stood here now, getting near to 100 appearances, it means so much to me. It’s always special to pull on the Swansea shirt for me, that will never change.

“I’ve never doubted myself. I’ve always believed in myself and my ability and what I can do – that’s how I got from the under-8s to the first team – I just needed to keep the belief and thankfully it’s paid off.

“It’s always been about playing for Swansea. I had a loan spell at Lincoln, it was massive for me. It’s a brilliant club and regardless of how much I played or where I played, I loved it there.

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“But my aim was always to be able to come back to Swansea, to my club, and perform here.”

As mentioned earlier, Cullen – having been a regular Wales international at youth level – won his first senior cap in that friendly against Gibraltar, and was then on the bench for the impressive victory over Croatia.

It was a proud moment, but the forward insists his first focus will be on his club form as he looks to build on a breakout season at Championship level last term, knowing performing well and helping the Swans will boost his chances of further international recognition, and a potential place at a European Championship finals should Wales qualify.

“It was unbelievable (to win my first cap). It was a lifetime’s work for me, as it is for any player who makes a debut for their country,” he said.

“I’ve been involved in the camps since March, so I’ve had time around the group and been on the bench, but I wanted to get on and play.

“The result against Croatia is one of the best of the campaign and maybe one of our best performances in recent years.

“Winning a cap gives you a lot of confidence and I came back on a high, but I need to make sure I am performing for Swansea, that’s the most important thing.

“I have a job to do at this club, we have not made the start to the season we wanted and everyone wants to get us moving up the table.

“If I can help us do that, then that will hopefully give me the chance to continue to represent Wales. But you take nothing for granted in football, you have to come in with the right attitude every day.”

That breakout campaign of 2022-23 came at a key time for Cullen, who had struggled for game time the previous season and had that loan spell at Lincoln.

But, when handed the chance at around this stage last term, he took the chance with both hands.

There were nine goals in total, including a hot streak of five in seven Championship appearances, and a goal in a south Wales derby win at Cardiff.

Cullen admits goals have not come as frequently as he would like this season, but he knows the importance of continuing to contribute all-round as he seeks to keep building.

“I think last season was a different perspective for me,” he said.

“Now I’m on the back of scoring nine goals and receiving international call-ups so I just want to keep working and improving.

“I hadn’t played too much until December, so to get those goals and have that impact on those games was really good.

“It’s a massive confidence boost for anyone to go through a bit of form like that so it was a confidence booster for me first. Then I just got real match fitness and I felt like I was ready to go and do well at this level.

“I think that was the most important period where I could just kick on from there.

“Playing for this club every week, playing regularly since December and scoring goals; I think I say it all the time that the main thing for me is to be playing, scoring and doing well for this club.”

The 24-year-old has also shown his versatility, playing through the middle, as a number 10 and out wide at various stages of the season.

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Having emerged as a number nine, the forward is more than happy to have more than one string to his bow.

“I’ve grown up as a number nine, but I’ve played a lot of my youth Wales career out wide,” added Cullen.

“I think I’m pretty versatile, I’ve played through the middle, out wide and a bit deeper, but I just want to be on the pitch and wherever I am, I’ll give it my best.

“I’m just trying to take the season game by game at Swansea, it’s important not to look too far ahead and just focus on what is in front of me.

“It was important for me to build on last season. I’m getting regular minutes now, and I’ve got a couple of goals and a few assists.

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“I’m playing for my home club, I’ve played here my whole life. I’m at the club I want to be at and there’s nothing a player can want more than to be playing regularly for his hometown club and the club he supports.”

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As Swansea City prepare to host Middlesbrough at the Stadium, we take a closer look at the Teessiders.


Having spent all bar one season between 1995 and 2009 in the Premier League - with a best finish of seventh in 2005 - Middlesbrough have been in the Championship for 14 of the 15 campaigns since.

A brief return to the top-flight in 2016 saw them struggle in front of goal, coming straight back down with only five wins and 27 goals, the lowest tally recorded during that season.

They reached the play-offs in 2018 and 2023, and will hoping to return this season after missing out on a Wembley appearance last term.

Boro famously reached the UEFA Cup final in 2006 while, in a successful 2004-05 season, they secured League Cup glory by beating Bolton in Cardiff.


Recent form has been mixed, with Boro losing five of their last nine games in the Championship.

However, the Teessiders had been among the division's form sides prior to that sequence, winning six games in a row to thrust themselves into play-off contention.

Away from home Michael Carrick's side have won three and draw one of their last six.

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Michael Carrick

Michael Carrick. The former West Ham, Tottenham and Manchester United midfielder is enjoying his first full senior managerial position having previously been caretaker boss at Old Trafford, and led Boro to the play-offs after taking over from Chris Wilder last season.

Born in Wallsend, Carrick joined West Ham’s academy and came through the ranks to make over 150 appearances for the Irons before joining Tottenham in 2004.

Two years later he went to United, and enjoyed a trophy-laden 12 years that saw him win five Premier League titles, one FA Cup, two League Cups, one Champions League, one Europa League and a Club World Cup before hanging up his boots in 2018.

He remained with the Red Devils to join Jose Mourinho’s coaching staff, and stayed on when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced the Portuguese.

After a spell as caretaker manager, Carrick left the club in December 2021, joining Boro in October 2022 and making an immediate impact.



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Jonny Howson. The experienced midfielder took over the armband from striker Britt Assombalonga in the early stages of the 2021-22 campaign and has been club captain ever since.

The 35-year-old has made more than 500 league appearances across a career taking in lengthy spells with Leeds United, Norwich City and now Boro.

Howson made the move to Teesside in 2017, and has played in a number of positions – including centre-back – during his stint at the Riverside, underlining his versatility and nous.

Jones - Boro


Isaiah Jones' combination of pace and trickery have made him a potent attacking weapon for Boro, and he has been linked with a move away from the Riverside over the last couple of summers.

He had nine assists and a solitary goal – which came against the Swans in the 2021-22 season – and proved an important figure as he helped Boro to reach the play-offs last season, where they lost out to Coventry.

He has five goals and an assist under his belt so far in the 2023-24 campaign, and is a valuable outlet for the visitors.

Crooks - Boro


Matt Crooks has proven himself to be a reliable and effective Championship player over the last few seasons, firstly across two stints in the second tier with Rotherham and now with Boro.

Crooks was top scorer with 11 goals for the Teessiders during the 2021-22 season, and followed that up with seven more last term.

He has four to his name this season, but he is also a committed and determined defensive presence.

His 6ft4in frame means he is a nuisance in both boxes, but he offers far more than just his height.

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Striker Emmanuel Latte Lath is Middlesbrough's top scorer with seven goals so far this season.

The Ivorian joined the Teessiders from Italian club Atalanta in the summer, ending a seven-year stint on the books of the Serie A outfit.

During his time at Atalanta, he had loan spells with Pescara, Pistoiese, Imolese, Carrarese, Pro Patria, SPAL and St Gallen.

He scored 14 goals in 31 league appearances for the latter, attracting the attention of the Riverside club.

Who wore both shirts?

Dutchman Marvin Emnes started his career in his home city of Rotterdam, making 55 appearances for Sparta and scoring nine goals before a £3m transfer took him to Middlesbrough and the Premier League.

He made a goalscoring debut in a League Cup tie against Yeovil, before netting his first league goal for the Teessiders against the Swans in a 3-0 win in SA1 in August 2009.

However, following a change of manager at the Riverside Stadium, Emnes found opportunities limited and he joined the Swans on loan in October 2010.

He scored on his debut in a 2-0 win over Leicester before earning cult status among the Jack Army after netting the winner in the south Wales derby against Cardiff.

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Despite the club trying to get the loan extended, there was no movement from Middlesbrough management and Emnes returned to his parent club after five games (one as sub) and two goals.

Emnes - Boro

He returned for a second loan spell in 2014, and joined on a permanent deal ahead of the 2014-15 season.

He scored in a League Cup win over Everton, but went on to have two loan spells with Blackburn Rovers before leaving the Swans for Akhisarspor.
His most recent clubs were Vancouver Whitecaps and Ravenna.

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Jerry Yates grabbed the crucial goal as Swansea City returned to winning ways with victory over 10-man Rotherham United at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Swansea City: Carl Rushworth, Josh Key, Jay Fulton, Ben Cabango, Harry Darling, Matt Grimes (captain), Jamal Lowe, Jamie Paterson (Liam Cullen 90), Josh Tymon (Bashir Humphreys 90), Yannick Bolasie (Jerry Yates 58), Charlie Patino (Liam Walsh 67).

Unused Substitutes: Andy Fisher, Kyle Naughton, Ollie Cooper, Sam Parker, Cameron Congreve.

Rotherham United: Viktor Johansson, Cohen Bramall, Daniel Ayala, Jamie Lindsay (Grant Hall 77), Ollie Rathbone (captain) (Georgie Kelly 84), Lee Peltier (Tom Eaves 90), Hakeem Odoffin, Christ Tiehi, Sebastian Revan, Sam Nombe (Jordan Hugill 77), Arvin Appiah (Sean Morrison 46).

Unused Substitutes: Dillon Phillips, Dexter Lembikisa, Ciaran McGuckin.

Referee: Josh Smith

Attendance: 9,414

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Harry Darling's 89th-minute header ensured Swansea City claimed a share of the spoils against Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium.

Swansea City: Carl Rushworth, Josh Key, Jay Fulton, Ben Cabango, Harry Darling, Matt Grimes (captain), Jerry Yates (Liam Walsh 66), Jamal Lowe (Liam Cullen 75), Jamie Paterson (Ollie Cooper 75), Josh Tymon, Charlie Patino (Yannick Bolasie 46). 

Unused Substitutes: Andy Fisher, Kyle Naughton, Bashir Humphreys, Sam Parker, Cameron Congreve.

Stoke City: Jack Bonham, Lynden Gooch, Ben Pearson, Michael Rose, Wouter Burger (Jordan Thompson 81), Daniel Johnson (Bae Jun-ho 72), Ki-Jana Hoever, Ryan Mmaee, Luke McNally, Junior Tchamadeu (Nathan Lowe 90), Josh Laurent (captain).

Unused Substitutes: Tommy Simkin, Andre Vidigal, Dwight Gayle, Wesley, Ciaran Clark, Mehdi Leris.

Referee: David Webb

Attendance: 18,550

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Stilettos and Studs with Julie Kissick

Happy last-but-one Saturday before Christmas, folks.  I’m writing that greeting almost in disbelief and certainly in denial – where on earth have the last few months gone and where have I put the wrapping paper?!

By the end of this month, we’ll have passed the midway point in the season and it’s fair to say it has been another eventful one so far.

Michael Duff has left us as head coach and – at the time of writing - the hunt is on for his replacement while one of his assistants, Alan Sheehan, takes the reigns temporarily – at a very busy time.

This is the first of four remaining games this month, two home and two away, and while the rest of us will hopefully be enjoying some downtime with family and friends or making the most of the change of pace that comes with this season, Sheehan and the squad will be fully focused on those four matches and hopefully getting points on the board to help launch 2024 with us in a stronger position in the league.

Earlier this month I thoroughly enjoyed the annual ‘A Question of Sport’ event at the Stadium and naturally, the talk was all things Swans.

I was on a table with my dad, a lifelong Swans fan and John Burgum, who many of you will know as the former football reporter on the South Wales Evening Post and the man responsible for bringing us 25+ years of Swans news from 1974.

They often car-shared for away games and those journeys are a regular topic of conversation when they’re together. It fascinates me that they can recall so much about games, players, managers, where they stopped for food along the way – and even what they ate.

I recalled those conversations when I saw the pictures of our hardy fans at Rotherham on Saturday.  The journey to south Yorkshire from south-west Wales is no mean feat and although closer, neither is Stoke on a Tuesday evening.

There our fans were to the far right of the away stand at the bet365 Stadium, and it reminded me of the dedication and commitment it takes to support a team, especially when the economic climate is so tough on so many at the moment.


Sometimes sacrifices have to be made, from turning up to games, to buying the latest kit. We’ve always had a strong fanbase and players who’ve worn the shirt often say what a pleasure and privilege it is to be part of this special club.

We know too that some never leave us. Take ‘A Question of Sport’ team captains Lee Trundle and Leon Britton, both of whom continue to play active roles at the club, have made their homes and brought up their families in Swansea and like many others, have a deep-rooted affection for all things Jack.

I guess what I’m saying is that as fans, we want the best for our club and for everyone associated with it – and that is our focus as we enter another period of transition. 

Being a football fan is not for the faint-hearted - we all know that. There are times when it’s tough and there are times when it brings deep joy. So, this festive season, let’s celebrate our love for our club and hope our presents include points, plenty of points.

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Daeth cyfnod anodd iawn i Michael Duff yn Abertawe i ben ychydig dros wythnos yn ôl.

Mae llawer o newidiadau wedi bod yn yr clwb dros yr misoedd diwethaf, gan gynnwys yr dyn sy'n rheoli'r tîm, gyda Russell Martin yn symud i Southampton yn Mis Mehefin hefyd.

Ond, yn anfodus i'r Elyrch, nid oedd perfformiadau, ac, efallai yn pwysicaf, canlyniadau yn digon da i Duff cael mwy o amser yn yr swydd.

Penderfynodd y clwb cael gwared o Duff, gyda cadeirydd Andy Coleman yn dweud ei fod yn mwy ymwybodol o'r hunaniaeth y clwb yn dilyn cyfnod rhwystredig.

Cododd rheolwr gofalwr Alan Sheehan hwyliau'r cefnogwyr wrth siarad gyda'r wasg cyn yr taith hir i Rotherham, siarad am yr holl pethau da am yr clwb.

Ennillodd Abertawe 2-1 diolch i goliau gan Charlie Patino a Jerry Yates - buddugoliaeth wnaeth dôd a rhediad o bum gem heb ennill i ben.

Jerry - Welsh

Ers yr gêm cyntaf yna heb Duff, mae llawer o rheolwyr wedi cael enwi mewn cysylltiad â'r swydd.

Nid oedd llawer i'r cefnogwyr dathlu ar Nos Fawrth, ond gôl hwyr Harry Darling yn sicrhau pwynt pwysig i'r Elyrch yn erbyn Stoke City.

Pwy bynnag sy'n cymryd y swydd yn y pen draw, mae'n clir iawn sut fath o bêl droed mae'r cefnogwyr eisiau weld.

Gyda rheolwyr fel Roberto Martinez, Brendan Rodgers, Michael Laudrup, Graham Potter a Russell Martin yn arwain y clwb dros yr blynyddoedd diwethaf, mae'r proffil yn amlwg.

Mae Sheehan wedi gwneud ei rhan i helpu'r clwb adennill o sbel caled, ond mi fydd yr clwb yn ymwybodol o'r ffaith bod ffenestr drosglwyddo mis Ionawr rownd y gornel.

Pwy bynnag fo, dim ond ychydig wythnosau fydd gan y rheolwr newydd i asesu ei garfan cyn y flwyddyn newydd.

Er hynny, mae'n pwysig i'r clwb gwneud yr penderfyniad cywir, yn cyflym, a wedyn rhoi cefnogaeth lawn iddo.

Mae'r Pencampwriaeth yn hen adran ddoniol, lle gall pethau newid mor gyflym.

Os gall pawb sy'n gysylltiedig â'r clwb aros yn unedig dros yr wythnosau nesaf, gall pethau newid yn sydyn iawn.

Roedd hanner cyntaf y tymor yn siomedig iawn, ond, os ydy'r clwb yn cael eu hapwyntiad rheolaethol yn iawn, does dim rheswm na all 2024 gychwyn mewn ffordd llawer gwell, ac mi fydd cadw at eu hegwyddorion craidd yn allweddol er mwyn i hynny ddigwydd.

Ian Mitchelmore


93-94 Nostalgia

This season marks the 30th anniversary of Swansea City’s first trip to Wembley for the Autoglass Trophy final in 1994. To mark it, our club historian Gwyn Rees takes us back through the story of that campaign and some of the key figures involved. Here, he profiles Swansea’s scorer in that final; Andy McFarlane.

Andy McFarlane


Whatever Andy McFarlane did in his career before or after being at the Vetch Field, he will always be remembered as the player who scored the first goal for the Swansea City at the iconic home of football; Wembley Stadium.

Wolverhampton born, McFarlane began his career at Cradley Town, where he played as a forward alongside John Williams, who had joined the squad at the Vetch Field a year before his own arrival.

The pair were consistent goalscorers for Cradley, with McFarlane making the move to the south coast with Portsmouth in November 1990 for a fee of £20,000.

However, the player's time at Pompey saw him only make two first-team appearances in 18 months.

But, when his manager at Fratton Park, Frank Burrows, left to take over at the Vetch Field, the Scot once again signed the player in time for the start of the 1992-93 season.

At 6ft 3in, McFarlane was tall for a striker but, with his gangly frame, he wasn't your orthodox forward but he upset many a central defender.

He scored his first goal for the Swans in a League Cup tie at the Vetch against Oxford United, and at home to West Bromwich Albion the Second Division play-off semi-finals later that season he scored the opening goal for the Swans early in the second half.

Unfortunately, he would inadvertently turn the ball into his own net from a corner later in the contest and the Swans would eventually be knocked out over two legs.

The following season would have a happier conclusion though. McFarlane was chose to start in the Autoglass Trophy final against Huddersfield Town at Wembley, and within eight minutes he was racing onto a long ball downfield from Roger Freestone to control and fire the ball into the net.

Huddersfield would equalise in the second half and, with no more goals in extra-time, the team kept their composure in the penalty shoot-out to take the trophy  back to South Wales.

McFarlane’s third and final season at the club saw the player plagued with back injury problems, and he only featured in three league games. At the end of the season he was sold to Scunthorpe United for £15,000.

He found his goalscoring form at his new club, and at the end of the season he had found the net an impressive 24 times in all competitions.

Four of those came in an 8-1 win at Torquay in October 1995, and it would be the Devon club that the forward would join just over a year later.

McFarlane had three seasons at Plainmoor, and he once again proved a regular on the scoresheet for the Gulls.


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Jack the Lad

At the time of writing, the Swans have yet to name their head coach.

There’s been plenty of speculation since the news broke that Michael Duff had left the club.

Some of it has been well-informed, some of it compete guesswork, some of it wide-eyed wishful-thinking.

I’m not going to engage in that speculation for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, I have absolutely no inside information on who will be manager, so your guess is as good as mine.

Secondly, I can guarantee that within minutes of filing an article outlining my uneducated personal opinion on who will be the next manager, there will be an announcement unveiling a completely different candidate.

I have an uncanny talent for being totally wrong about these things!

So instead of looking forward, I’m going to look back at some of the managers who have taken charge of the Swans since I watched my first match back in 1978.

Since John Toshack, a total of almost 30 men have taken the permanent hotseat at either the Vetch or the club’s current home of the Stadium.

I use the word ‘permanent’ in order to distinguish them from those who have also held the post in a caretaker capacity.

In fact, one or two of those ‘permanent’ managers were anything but!

Hands up who remembers Kevin Cullis? Or should I say, hands up who has failed to manage to forget Kevin Cullis – no matter how hard they tried!


For those fortunate enough not to know – or remember – about Cullis, he’s the man who was in charge of the club’s playing fortunes for just six days back in 1996.

It was a tumultuous time for the Swans. Chairman Doug Sharpe was looking to sell the club and the much-respected Frank Burrows had just resigned as manager.

Former Manchester United, Aston Villa and Swans goalkeeper Jimmy Rimmer and Burrows’ assistant Bobby Smith were in charge in a caretaker capacity when Sharpe announced the new chairman would be Midlands millionaire Michael Thompson.

The new man announced as his manager would be a certain Kevin Cullis.

“Kevin who?” was the unanimous response!

Cullis had no background in professional football. The only team on his coaching CV was Cradley Town’s youth side.

After two games in six days Cullis was sacked by Sharpe, who also binned the plans to sell the club to Thompson.

Cullis’ appointment is surely the low-point of the Swans’ managerial history.

Most people would prefer to forget the episode, but I think it’s important to remember the debacle of his appointment in order to remind ourselves how far the club has come since those dark days.

In recent years, the Swans have become victims of their own success as far as the longevity of their managers are concerned.

While some have undoubtedly not worked out for one reason or another, many managers haven’t stayed here for long because of their success.

Talented young Swans managers have a nasty habit of being snapped up by supposedly ‘bigger’ clubs – particularly in recent history.

The club has earned something of a reputation for spotting young managerial talent and successfully giving them their breakthrough job.

Of course, Toshack’s appointment back in the late 1970s, could surely come under this bracket.

Despite phenomenal success with Liverpool as a player, the Wales international striker was a complete rookie as far as management was concerned.

No matter. The player-manager led the club to its most successful period up until that date as he took the club from the Fourth Division to the top-flight in record time.

Of course, he went on to successfully manage Real Madrid and, along with Brian Flynn, another influential Swans manager, is widely credited as the early architect of the successful Wales teams of recent years.

But Roberto Martinez’s appointment in 2007 was the start of the club’s modern-day success in unearthing young managerial gems.

Although it could be argued the template had been put in place with the appointment of Martinez’s predecessor in 2004.

Former Wales international Kenny Jackett, who had links with the Swansea area, was given his first full-time managerial job by the club after coaching spells at QPR and Watford, where he’d had a long playing career.

Jackett did well, leading the club to promotion to League One and winning the FAW Premier Cup in his first season.

The following season the Swans reached the League One play-off final at the then Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, only to lose on penalties against Barnsley. His team did however win the Football League Trophy at the same stadium against Carlisle.

The following season didn’t go as well and Jackett resigned in February 2007.

Jackett’s departure saw the Swans pull off what would turn out to be a masterstroke in tempting former club captain Martinez back as manager.

Martinez took Swansea to another level – in terms of success and the passing style of play which would become known as The Swansea Way.

Under the Spaniard, the Swans won the League One Championship by 10 points, while the man himself won the division’s manager of the year award.

When Martinez shocked the club in 2009 by leaving to take over at another of his former clubs – Wigan Athletic – it was a huge disappointment for fans.

I personally didn’t take it at all well! To this day, seeing the current Portugal national team manager appearing on my TV screen sets off a twitch not dissimilar to that of Commissioner Dreyfuss in the Pink Panther films whenever Inspector Clouseau was nearby.

And I get similar twitches whenever I see Brendan Rodgers – the man who eventually took the Swans to the Premier League before heading off to Liverpool.

Leaving the club which had given him the opportunity to prove his worth in British football was a blow, but subsequently taking Joe Allen with him was just twisting the knife!


Since then, of course, bright young managers like Graham Potter, Steve Cooper and Russell Martin, have also come and gone, with varying degrees of subsequent success.

Unfortunately, Michael Duff’s tenure at the Swans didn’t work out, but whoever comes to take his place, let’s get behind them and give all the support we can muster.

Young or old, home grown or imported, he will be the manager of our club and deserving off all the backing and respect we as supporters can give him.

And just remember, whatever the appointment, it can’t be as much of a shock as that of Kevin Cullis all those years ago!

C’mon you Swans!

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Swans U21

Swansea City Under-21s claimed their third Premier League Cup victory to boost their hopes of reaching the knockout stages after a dominant showing against Hull City at the MKM Stadium.

The Swans remain second in Group A, and sit five points clear of third-place Brighton with two games remaining and the top two from each group advancing.

Liam Smith broke the deadlock with three minutes on the clock with a fine finish into the bottom corner, before netting a second of the evening 10 minutes later with a close-range effort.

The visitors went into the break 3-0 up after Kyle Fanning had found his own net from a Swansea corner.

And three more goals followed for the Swans in the second half, with Nathan Tjoe-A-on, Kristian Fletcher and Ruben Davies getting on the scoresheet.

The Tigers pulled a goal back through Jim Simms on the hour mark, but it was only a consolation.

The Swans had come out on top in the reverse fixture at Landore in September thanks to goals from Fletcher (2), Davies and Smith.

They showed three changes to the side that faced Cardiff City on Tuesday with Nathanael Ogbeta, Tjoe-A-On and Dan Watts - who played 90 minutes for the under-18s in their FA Youth Cup victory at Ipswich on Tuesday - coming in for Filip Lissah, Lincoln McFayden and Richard Faakye respectively.

The Swans started brightly, and took their chances from the off, opening the scoring in just the third minute.

Smith would grab his second goal of the season - his first having come against the Tigers in the reverse fixture in September - with a low left-footed finish from the edge of the penalty area.

The Scotsman wasn't done there, and he soon completed his brace just 10 minutes later, firing home from inside the six-yard box. 

Swansea were comfortable from then on, and DC United loanee Fletcher attempted to add to their tally as he sent a strike towards the far corner, but Hull keeper Owen Foster was equal to it.

The third goal came on the half-hour mark, and it was an own goal from the hosts as Fanning diverted the ball into his own net after Smith had delivered a corner into the box.

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Image: David Lofthouse/Hull City

It was an even opening to the second period, but the Swans did fashion the first chance following the restart. Fletcher again testing Hull's Foster in between the sticks with a controlled shot towards the near post. 

But more goals would soon come thick and fast, with two in two minutes. Tjoe-A-On scoree the fourth as a free-kick floated into the penalty area allowed him to convert from close range.

Fletcher got the fifth, and his 17th goal in Swans colours, as he finished off a fine team move with a tap in.

Remy Mitchell was forced into action when Harry Jones almost put the ball into his own net after Bora Aydinlik cut the ball back towards the six-yard line.

But, moments later, the Tigers pulled a goal back through Simms, the striker finding the net after being fed through on goal.

Swans stopper Mitchell  produced another fine one-handed save after Alfie Taylor's volley had looked on course to find the top corner from a Hull set-piece.

The introduction of Zane Myers and Davies brought some fresh legs to the Swans attack, with the duo seeing efforts kept out by Foster.

But the Swans would bet the final goal of the evening after substitute Davies raced through to finish.

Hull City Under-21s: Owen Foster, Kyle Fanning, Ajay Weston, Rocco Coyle, Jevon Mills (Henry Sandat 46'), Alfie Taylor, Joseph Johnson, Raj Palit (Bora Aydinlik 45'), Jim Simms, Nathan Tinsdale, Jake Brown.

Unused Substitutes: George Wilson, Vaughn Covil.

Swansea City Under-21s: Remy Mitchell, Joe Thomas (captain), Nathanael Ogbeta, Mitchell Bates, Harry Jones, Nathan Tjoe-A-On, Liam Smith, Dan Watts, Kristian Fletcher, Cameron Congreve (Jack Stafford 74), Kyrell Wilson.

Unused Substitutes: Archie Matthews.

Get to Know - U21

Kian Jenkins

Date of birth

Left-back, centre-back, midfield. Mostly left-back.


Nationality (according to UEFA)

Signed for the Swans
I was about six or seven, it’s been a while!

Previous clubs
Just my local teams, Llan Rangers and Maesteg Park.

What is your best memory in a Swans shirt?
Scoring on my first game back from a long-term injury. I did it last year and also two years before that too.

What is your favourite thing about Swansea?
It’s a well-run club, everyone is close together, so it’s like a big family.

Who is your football idol?
I’d probably go for Andy Robertson, as a Liverpool fan.

What is your favourite film?
The Equalizer

Who is your favourite musical artist?

What is your cheat meal?
I do like a good steak, you can’t beat a good steak. Or a burger!

What subject were you best at in school?
P.E. but other than that I’d say maths.

Football bucket list?
Winning trophies at a high level, I think that’s the best thing in football.

A stadium you’d love to visit?
I would have said San Siro but I've read somewhere it might be getting knocked down soon. I’d love to play at Anfield.

Your first football memory?
Liverpool, Istanbul. I would’ve been two but my family are big Liverpool fans!

First football shirt you owned?
It must have been a Liverpool shirt.

Other football positions you played?
I used to be a left-sided midfielder.

Any other sports?
I love playing golf.

Preferred shirt number?

Your roommate for away games?
Ruben Davies, we’re close and have been here together a long time.

Favourite computer game?

Aim for the season ahead?
It’s my first season back fully fit so I hope to play as many games as I can without getting injured and hopefully knock on the door of the first team and get first-team minutes.

Who is the most famous person you’ve met?
As a Welsh Liverpool fan I’d say Ian Rush. I met him at Wales camp.

An interesting fact about you
I did my ACL twice but I’m back!

U18 Report

Brandon Bak's second-half header proved the difference as Swansea City Under-18s fell to defeat to league leaders Bristol City at the Robins High Performance Centre.

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The Swans had a number of promising chances in the Professional Development League clash, with Aimar Govea, Rohan Davies and Thomas Woodward heavily involved.

But the Robins took the lead with 10 minutes to go as Bak's header found the back of the net and they held on to claim victory.

There were just the two changes to the side that claimed victory over Ipswich Town in the FA Youth Cup on Tuesday evening. Harlan Perry came in for Dan Watts - who played in Swansea City Under-21s’ 6-1 win over Hull City on Friday night - whilse Josh Pescatore replaced Sam Parker.

A quick and lively start from the Swans saw Woodward and Davies combine nicely, with the latter's final effort forcing a good save from the keeper.

The hosts also had some promising spells in the opening stages. Callum Hewlett twice sending in fine deliveries but no red shirts were able to capitalise.

The Swans began to build some momentum, Govea caused trouble down the left and linked up nicely with skipper Jack Fanning, before Josh Pescatore’s free-kick flew wide of the far post.

The chances were coming thick and fast. Fanning’s superb ball just failed to pick out Woodward while, at the other end, Brandon Oputeri drilled an effort narrowly wide of the Swansea goal from distance.

Swansea keeper Kit Margetson was called into action just before the break, doing well to get down and deny Filbert Owusu-Antwi's effort.

The Swans started the second period brightly. Pescatore was causing all manner of problems down the right and linked well with Woodward, but the forward could not get away a strike on goal.

It remained goalless at the hour mark, but that nearly changed moments later when Owusu-Antwi missed a gilt-edged chance and failed to steer the ball into an empty net.

Margetson was then forced to make two good saves to deny efforts from distance as the hosts had a good spell.

Swansea responded. Arthur Parker and Govea linked up to find Woodward, but the 16-year-old could not work room for a shot before Perry's strike from distance was parried away.

But the Swans fell behind with 10 minutes of normal time left.

A quick counter-attack from the home side ended with a great delivery finding Bak, who steered a header into the top corner.

Swansea City Under-18s: Kit Margetson, Jack Fanning (captain), Arthur Parker, Jacob Cook, Iestyn Jones, Harlan Perry, Josh Pescatore, Yori Griffith, Rohan Davies, Thomas Woodward, Aimar Govea.

Unused Substitutes: Ewan Griffiths, Teo Minchev. 

Swans Women

Swansea City Women progressed to the semi-finals of the Bute Energy Welsh Cup with a comfortable win over Cascade YC Ladies.

The Swans fell behind early on as Erin Parry’s long-range strike cannoned into the net off the crossbar.

Stacey John-Davis

But they responded in emphatic fashion with a quick-fire double from Stacey John-Davis.

Kelsey Thomas extended the Swansea lead just before the break, scoring her first goal for the club with a calm finish.

Skipper Katy Hosford made it 4-1 in the second half, arrowing a low effort into the net from the edge of the box, before sliding home her second goal in the 89th minute.

There was still time for Jasmine Guymer to bury an excellent strike into the top corner with the last kick of the game for her own first goal for the club, as the Swans marches into the last four.

The visitors had started brightly as Thomas broke in behind after just four minutes, but her shot was well saved.

Despite the Swans early dominance, Cascasde proved to be a threat on the counter, breaking from a number of Swansea set-pieces.

And Cascade would find the opener after 14 minutes, Parry’s stunning strike going in off the underside of the bar to put her side in front.

Hosford came close to levelling just two minutes later, getting a toe to a John-Davis cross, but she could not quite turn her effort on target.

But John-Davis would quickly find the equaliser, latching onto a great ball from Kelsey Thomas before firing home from close range.

Just eight minutes later it would be John-Davis who scored again to put the Swans in front, the striker bringing down a ball from Sophie Brisland-Hancocks before producing a spectacular lob to give her side a deserved lead.

John-Davis then almost turned provider as her corner found the head of Lucy Finch, but the full-back’s glancing header flew just wide of the post.

Kelsey Thomas extended the Swans lead six minutes before the break, using her pace to break through as Emily Thomas played her in on goal, before calmly slotting into the bottom left corner.

Hosford Celebrates

The Swans were hit with injury misfortune early in the second half as keeper Claire Skinner required treatment following a routine save. With no recognised goalkeeper on the Swans bench, Steph Turner took Skinner’s place between the sticks as Rachel Cullen was introduced from the bench.

Turner was quickly called into action, doing well to push a long-range effort from Cascade over the bar.

The Swans wouldn’t let the setback prove too great a disruption though, with Hosford soon making it 4-1 as she arrowed a shot into the corner of the net.

Hosford netted another late on to seal the win for her side, sliding a shot home as she broke through the defence to make it 5-1.

Then, with the last kick of the game, subsititue Guymer hit an excellent strike high into the net to seal a win that saw the Swans seal a their semi-final spot.

Cascade YC Ladies: Bethan Connolly, Charli Carroll, Casey Thomas, Daisy Evam-Watkins, Erin Parry, Katie Davies (captain) (Melissa James 79), Ellis Lunn, Annaliese Lewis (Molly Champman 44), Lauren Boyd, Mia Kemp (Phoebe Ware 79), Chrystalla Moreton (89).

Unused subs: Sophie Whittle.

Swansea City Women: Claire Skinner (Rachel Cullen 62), Lucy Finch, Steph Turner, Ellie Lake, Katy Hosford (captain) (Lindsay Wilson-Morgan 89), Stacey John-Davis, Sammy Wynne (Katie Lee 89), Sophie Brisland-Hancocks, Kelsey Thomas (Robyn Pinder 57), Emily Thomas (Jasmine Guymer 89), Jess Williams.

Get to Know - Women's Team

Steph Turner
Do you have a nickname?
Date of birth
What position do you play?
Which is your preferred foot?
Which clubs did you play for before joining Swansea City?
I was at Cardiff Met for a number of years, before then I was at Swansea City.
When did you sign for the Swans?
August 2023
What is your best moment in a Swansea City shirt?
Keeping a clean sheet when unexpectedly asked to go in goal.
What is your favourite thing about playing for Swansea City?
Swansea has been my club since a young age and a team my family are massive supporters of.
Who is your football idol?
Alan Shearer
What is the first position you played in football?
What is your first memory of football?
I can remember my family taking me down the Vetch Field.
What is the first football shirt you owned?
Swansea City!
Do you have any pre-match rituals or superstitions?
Sort of - I have to eat the same breakfast before every game!
What is an interesting fact about you?
I've sat here a while thinking about this - I really haven't got anything interesting to say!
Who is the most famous person you've met?
Someone really famous could walk past me in the street and I probably wouldn't know!

Do you play any other sports?
No, football is enough.
What is something that is on your bucket list?
I’d like to travel more! I'm slowly ticking things off my bucket list but there are still so many more places I want to go.

What is your favourite film?

Who is your favourite music artist?

What is the best TV series you've watched?

What is the best concert you've been to?

What was your favourite subject in school?

Do you play computer games? If so, which ones?
Not really. I play EAFC now and again.

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Memorable Match


Swansea City 2 - 1 Middlesbrough
Division Two - April 27, 1984
Ian Walsh


An Ian Walsh brace helped Swansea City to victory over Boro back in April 1984, with the striker nearly grabbing a hat-trick.

This Division Two clash saw the visitors take the lead at the Vetch Field, with Darren Wood calmly slipping Boro into the lead just after the 10-minute mark.

Their lead would be shortlived thanks in part to Neil Robinson’s industrious work rate, as the midfield man set up both of Walsh’s goals to push the home side in front.

The Swans would go on to be relegated at the end of the season despite their victory over Middlesbrough, who sat four places higher in 17th position come the conclusion of the campaign.


Junior Jacks

Croeso nôl, pawb!

It’s (almost) Chriiiiiiiiiiiistmas!

It’s a busy time for everyone including us swans. We’ve been very busy working with our friends at the club to organise all of the activities in the Festive Funfair and we hope you enjoy it.

We’ll be hosting two dance parties with amazing prizes to be won. There will also be a treasure hunt and MORE!

We love this time of year, and we can’t wait to see everyone!

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As it’s nearly Christmas, we’ve created a Christmas quiz for you to complete this week. Let us know how you get on by posting your score on social media using #JuniorJacks
Nadolig llawen!

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Junior Jack of the WeekJunior Jack of the Week, Joey


Your age:

What was the first Swansea City game you attended?
Swansea v Cardiff

What is your favourite memory of watching the Swans?
Attending the away Cardiff game last season, and winning!

Who is your favourite Swans player and why?
Liam Cullen, he is so lovely and he’s a good player.

What do you like most about supporting Swansea City?
I like going to the stadium and I love watching the players.

Why did you start supporting Swansea City?
I’m a season ticket holder and a Jack through and through.

Do you play football? If yes, what position do you play?
Yes, I’m a striker.

What is your favourite subject in school and why?
PE - I love exercise.

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Radio City

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.

We are all Jacks

We are all Jacks is Swansea City’s commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion both within the club and throughout the local community.

Working with international and local charities, as well as supporter groups, Swansea City strives to ensure that a visit to the Stadium is a welcoming experience for everyone regardless of sex, sexuality, gender identity, religion, race, disability, or age.

The club takes a zero-tolerance approach to discrimination, harassment, victimisation, bullying and abuse.

Supporters are encouraged to report instances of abusive and discriminatory language within the stadium by using the anonymous safe text number 88440, starting the message with the word SWANS and providing details of the incident.

Messages will be charged at the standard rate for your network provider.

The details from the message will be received at the match control room, where any necessary investigation and/or action will be taken. The club will also record the mobile number of the individual reporting an incident to aid with any inquiries.

Swans Squad

Caretaker Head Coach Alan Sheehan

Andy Fisher

Josh Key

3 Kristian Pedersen

Jay Fulton

Ben Cabango

Harry Darling

Joe Allen

Matt Grimes (c)

Jerry Yates

10 Jamal Lowe

11 Josh Ginnelly

12 Jamie Paterson

14 Josh Tymon

15 Nathanael Ogbeta

17 Yannick Bolasie

18 Charlie Patino

19 Mykola Kuharevich

20 Liam Cullen

21 Nathan Tjoe-A-On

22 Carl Rushworth

23 Nathan Wood

26 Kyle Naughton

28 Liam Walsh

29 Nathan Broome

30 Harrison Ashby

31 Ollie Cooper

33 Bashir Humphreys

36 Ben Lloyd


45 Cameron Congreve

46 Ben Hughes

47 Azeem Abdulai

Boro Squad

Head Coach Michael Carrick

1 Seny Dieng

2 Tommy Smith

3 Rav van den Berg

4 Daniel Barlaser

5 Matt Clarke

6 Dael Fry

7 Hayden Hackney

8 Riley McGree

9 Emmanuel Latte Lath

10 Morgan Rogers

11 Isaiah Jones

14 Alex Gilbert

15 Anfernee Dijksteel

16 Jonny Howson (captain)

17 Paddy McNair

18 Samuel Silvera

19 Josh Coburn

21 Marcus Forss

22 Hayden Coulson

23 Tom Glover

24 Alex Bangura

25 Matt Crooks

26 Darragh Lenihan

27 Lukas Engel

28 Lewis O’Brien

29 Sam Greenwood

32 Jamie Jones

36 Daniel Nkrumah

39 Terrell Agyemang

49 Law McCabe

50 Finn Cartwright

57 Bryant Bilongo

Match Officials

Referee - Matthew Donohue

Assistant Referee 1 - Ian Cooper

Assistant Referee 2 - Carl Fitch-Jackson

Fourth Official - Ben Atkinson

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Chairman - Andy Coleman
Honorary Club President - Alan Curtis MBE


Jason Levien, Andy Coleman, Nigel Morris, Brett Cravatt, Jake Silverstein, Sam Porter, Martin Morgan, Paul Meller (supporter director), Romie Chaudhari, Bobby Hernreich, Todd Marcelle, Gareth Davies.

Director of Business and Legal Affairs: Sam Porter.
Associate Directors: Adam Lewis.


Interim Head Coach – Alan Sheehan

Head of Goalkeeping – Martyn Margetson

First Team Coach - Kris O'Leary

Head of Medical - Dr Jez McCluskey

Staff: Anthony Wright, Gavin Levey, Ailsa Jones, Bethany Chaddock, Matt Murray, Thomas Gittoes, Michael Eames, Shaun Baggridge, Shaun Howl, Jonathan Jones, Jono Aveston, Jake Dayus, Patrick Orme, Lewis Binns.


Paul Watson (Sporting Director); Andrew Davies (Head of Commercial, Operations, & Facilities);
Gareth Davies (CFO);
Josh Marsh (Head of Football Operations).


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


Contributors: Andrew Gwilym, Hayley Ford, Sophie Davis, Rachael Tucker, Cerith White, Rhys Kemish, Dom Hynes, Sammy Wynne, Fraser Dickson, Ben Donovan, Owen Morgan, Julie Kissick, Gwyn Rees, Ian Mitchelmore.

Designers: Callum Rothwell,
Jordan Morcom, Lewis Ward

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