Date: 19th May 2011 at 8:06pm
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Skipper Garry Monk says Swansea City have a chance to change people’s lives as they are just 90 minutes away from promotion to the Premier League.

After a 3-1 win on Monday night at home to Nottingham Forest, the Swans have booked their place in the Play-off final against Reading at Wembley on 30th May.

The match is supposed to be worth £90m – which is what the winning team will get if they win and get promotion to the top flight.

Monk said:

‘This is a chance to change lives ? not just the lives of the players and the staff at the club, but to change the city and the lives of our fans,’

‘It’s a massive occasion. People say it’s the biggest one-off sporting event anywhere in sport in terms of the financial rewards.

‘Everybody’s talking about the game ? everyone you speak to mentions it and I am sure that will continue right up until it finally kicks off.

‘But what is crucial is that we play the game rather than the occasion.

‘I think we’re going to have a look around Wembley before matchday to help us get a feel for the place.

‘And hopefully, with 40,000 Jacks behind us as well, we will be able to relax and play our football.’


Monk couldn’t hide the fact that he preferred to play Reading in the final, and not our arch rivals Cardiff City:

‘The most important thing was always making sure we got there,’

‘But once we had made it, I had a slight preference for Reading because the rivalry with Cardiff would have meant there was an added edge to the final.

‘I’m not sure it would have been as great a day as people thought it would be, and I think it might even have put some of our fans off going to the game.

‘Hopefully now they will turn out in huge numbers and help us get the result we all want.’