So here we are, many thousands of Swansea fans across the world are trying to get some rest before what will be one of the biggest days in the clubs history. I dont mean the same as Sky when they say “its a £94m game” I mean just the fact that it will be all eyes on the Swans and Reading, two good teams who have played well throughout the season and for us at least represents such an amazing occasion for us as a club.
Many of you jacks will have been there at Wembley in 94 the first time I saw the Swans on such a big stage, and that day still has great memories, although I have to say the atmosphere in the semi final away at Wycombe perhaps has more as the atmosphere was unbelievable, a mixture of small away end, standing crowd and a great result made for a fantastic evening.
Since then of course though the Swans have been through many ups and downs including 8 years ago what was arguably for us a bigger game than tommorow because loosing against Hull would have meant going out of the football league, and that is a hard place to come back from. Thankfully for us, James Thomas made sure our history has been a much brighter tale.
That was one of ‘those’ occasions as a Swans fan you had to be at, and I remember running on the pitch at end, what a feeling just to have stayed in the league.
I was also on hand when Trundle scored his wonder goal at the Millenium Stadium, what a goal, what a legend.
But now we have new legends, and honestly for those 9000 who were at the Hull game 8 years ago, seeing a team line up with Borini, Sinclair, Dyer, Dobbie upfront you have to pinch yourself to realise its the same team.
Add to that Ashley Williams, Angel Rangel, Joe Allen, Leon Britton, Gary Monk, and of course the biggest Jack B&*$ard of all Alan Tate, who was with us on those special days, its amazing to see where we have come from, running out week in week out at a brand new stadium and now the new wembley, its fantastic to think how far we have come, with no debt, and no sheiks, dodgy malaysians, unwelcome Americans or bent russians ruining our club we can all be proud of what has been achieved.
Whatever the result tomorrow, we will all be proud of everyone of the players and Championship or Premier League, the day out tomorrow will be such a huge occasion for all involved, we have to salute Brendan Rodgers, his staff and the chairman Huw Jenkins for all their fantastic work.
Now, if we dare to dream a little i asked Senior Jack here for his words about the first time the Swans made the topflight of football, with his memories of that season….
“The first game in the ‘old’ first division was on a gloriously sunny August day against a very well fancied Leeds United team full of internationals. The result of 5-1 was beyond the Jacks wildest dreams as Leeds were simply outplayed with an ex England centre forward, Bob Latchford, scoring a hat trick – what a sound from the notorious North Bank crowd. The local pubs must have run dry !!
The whole area was buzzing with the news and of the team which John Toshack had assembled – full of skill and pace as we just left Leeds for dead.
That season was full of ‘firsts’ for many fans – a 2-1 win at Highbury against Arsenal must have ruined many football pools coupons – and yes I was there – lost my voice in singing all the usual Welsh songs. Along the way the Swans made many friends due to their style of passing football.
Oh what GLORY DAYS of fond remembrances – may it start again.”
So see you all at Wembley tommorow Jacks, lets give the boys everything as they will be for us, and everyone of the 40,000 of us in there, better be singing until our voices are gone. Wembley Here we Come!
Dare to Dream…..