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Next Up Swansea

Next Up – Swansea City 25 October 2014

Manager        Garry Monk

Founded       1912            Ground         Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Address       Liberty Stadium, Landore, Swansea, SA1 2FA

Capacity        20,750       

Squad:

1        GK      Łukasz Fabiański

2        DF      Jordi Amat

3        DF      Neil Taylor

4        MF      Ki Sung-yueng

6        DF      Ashley Williams (Captain)

7        MF      Leon Britton

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Oppos Viewpoint – Swansea

A bit about you:

Name:   Alan Lewis

Current home town:  Swansea

Birthplace:  Maesteg, South Wales

How long have you supported your team?   50 years

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground: The fact that it's pretty compact and can generate an "atmosphere". Also a special mention of our pitch. It will be in great condition on Saturday and you would never believe that first class rugby is regularly played on it.

Favourite match played by your team & why: Lots of memories but the 2011 Championship Play Off at Wembley has to take top spot. The whole experience topped off by the result.  

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: In recent times Lee Trundle and Leon Britton are both up there and I caught the back end of Ivor Allchurch's career when he came back to Swansea. Alan Curtis and Robbie James were great favourites in the 70s and 80s but if there has to be only one I would settle for Herbie Williams who made over 500 appearances for the Swans in the 60s and 70s. Far from being a household name outside Swansea but just chant 'Herbie oh oh, Herbie oh oh' at any elderly Swans fan at the Liberty on Saturday and they'll know exactly who you are referring to :-)

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why? From the last response you will have guessed that it's Leon Britton. Probably captures as much as any player what the Swans are all about. His lack of size was always highlighted as a problem but he has been a key part of the Swans success through all four divisions and his current extended absence through injury has highlighted, if anyone had any doubt, his value to the team.

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The Supporter Ownership and Engagement Expert Group

Sports Minister Helen Grant was today at Portsmouth (one of the clubs owned by fans) for the launch of a fan ownership initiative set up to explore ways in which supporters can have more say in the running of their clubs.

The Supporter Ownership and Engagement Expert Group will meet in November and includes representatives from the coalition, the FA, the Premier League, the Football League and fan advisory group Supporters Direct.

The panel is tasked with helping to overcome the barriers to clubs becoming supporter-owned.

Various parties spoke at the launch, with more details available on the Government’s website

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-sets-up-experts-group-to-forge-stronger-links-between-supporters-and-professional-football-clubs

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Going to Swansea ?

By Car      SA1 2FA

 Leave the M4 at Junction 45 and take the A4067 towards the City Centre (sign posted A4067 South). Stay on the A4067 for around two and half miles and you will reach the stadium on your left. Car parking at the stadium is for permit holders only and most of the immediate residential areas around the stadium now have 'residents only' parking schemes in place. Approx 185 miles, 3 hours 30 mins

Parking:
There is no matchday car parking available at the stadium or surrounding area for visiting supporters in cars. Visiting supporters in cars are advised to park in the signposted Park and Ride car park off Junction 45 of the M4 at a cost of £5 per vehicle.

Shuttle coaches will take you to and from the stadium. Visiting supporters in coaches and mini buses are able to park at the stadium (under police instructions) at a cost of £10 per vehicle.
Don't be tempted to park on the nearby Retail Park as you may well end up with a ticket for your trouble!

By Train

Swansea High Street Station is on the main line route from London Paddington. It is about two miles from the stadium. Regular local bus services (routes 4, 4a,  and others) and taxis  are available from the train station to the stadium. Otherwise if you have time on your hands and wish to embark on the 25-30 minute walk, then as you come out of the station turn right and go up the High Street. At the traffic lights turn right into Neath Road. Proceed straight along Neath Road and you will eventually reach the stadium on your right.

Train takes 4 hours 30mins cost £74-90 for off peak return but you will not get back until Sunday.

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Foxes fail to end curse of St James’

Newcastle 1 Leicester 0

Match report by Colin Hall

Gabriel Obertan's first goal in three seasons proved enough to condemn Leicester City to defeat against relegation-threatened Newcastle at St James' Park.

The Foxes have now lost in 14 of their last 16 visits to this venue – an abysmal record which Nigel Pearson's side rarely threatened to improve upon during a display which left the 3000+ travelling supporters frustrated and perturbed in equal measure.

A safety issue involving a big screen at the stadium forced the kick-off to be delayed by an hour, giving fans more time to digest Pearson's team selection and formation.

Curiously, Riyad Mahrez was deemed unfit to make the squad following a midweek appearance in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, yet Jeff Schlupp – who had endured a far longer flight, following duty in the same tournament – was retained in the starting line-up.

Marc Albrighton took Mahrez's place, while Matty James and Esteban Cambiasso replaced Dean Hammond and Jamie Vardy as Pearson opted to deploy a 4-5-1 system. However, despite the defensive flaws that had plagued the side in recent games, the manager decided against making changes to the back four.

Both sides made a tentative start in front of a near-capacity crowd. The most significant early chance fell to home skipper Fabricio Coloccini, who steered a shot wide of the far post when he should really have found the target.

However, as the visitors started to put some moves together, Matty James should have put City ahead when sent clear by Leonardo Ulloa. But the midfielder, making his first start of the season, sent a weak effort straight at home keeper Tim Krul.

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