The second in our new series of weekly blogs, where we look back at the week’s events, have a look at what’s been going on and what the fans have been talking about. Plus a quick reminder of our recent game, it has to be quick because we got hammered 5-0 at Manchester City!
Picture credit: Paul Thomas (@NeathJack1)
Some extra features this week include Fans’ favourite memories (via Twitter), on this day 24 years ago and a quick look at some new stats that show the decline of the Swansea Way.
Under-23s win final Premier League 2 game
The under-23s rounded off their Premier League 2 season with a 1-0 win at the Liberty Stadium against Sunderland. You can watch match highlights and read our match report via the link below:
Ki Receiving Plenty of Interest
Ki Sung Yueng was also linked with a move to Everton this week, along with another 4 Premier League clubs. Not forgetting Italian side AC Milan who were the first club to be linked with the out-of-contract South Korean. But we had to ask, what has he done exactly to earn such interest? He’s hardly been “pulling up any trees” here in recent years, yet he’s likely to join a bigger club on a bigger wage in the Summer. Check out our full article on this below and read some fans reaction on the transfer speculation:
Manchester City 5-0 Swansea City
Not a game that I nor any Swans fan would want to talk about for too long, as it was a shocking afternoon for us. It just looked like we had settled on a defeat before kick-off, there was no desire on show and it was simply turn up, defend and see how few goals we could concede.
‘Damage limitation?’ We all knew before the game that sitting back was never going to work against Manchester City, and in their true style, they proved that point and more.
What the Fans Said in The Forum
Here are some chosen posts on the game from the Message Forum:
“Switched off, not watching Man city play with 90% possession.Glad I did. I want to watch my team kick the ball as well.” – eye_nose_hat
“We were defeated before we started playing, with that guard of honour beforehand.
We consequently came out like startled rabbits and were scared stiff of the occasion. The players should have been eating raw meat and the manager winding them right up, not pussy footing about. Any praise for Man City should have been left until after the match.” – keith margam
— Vital Swansea #BackToJack (@VitalSwansea) April 22, 2018
Your Favourite Memories
For this week’s main TAWE Blog feature, we wanted to know what your favourite memories were as a Swans fans, and via Twitter, we received a variety of different memories. Here’s a pick of the bunch:
Obv Bury away! loved sheff united in the cup. Gillingham away is another one. I also like Doncaster away in league one, they were compared to the arsenal of the league that season we went up there and bosses them scoring 4 plus I had a day off school on the Friday
— Jacob (@Jacobscfc1) April 21, 2018
Oh yes, remember Bury away! Around 5,000 Swans fans, Forbes scores the only goal in the game early on and goalkeeper Willy Gueret later got arrested!
Cheltenham away in 2003 or 2004. We were 3:1 down in the second half and scored 3 goals in front of the travelling Jack Army to come back to win 4:3. Trundle scored a hatrick. I started off a chant of 'Bobby, Bobby, What's the score?' to Bobby Gould and everyone joined in!
— James Myles (@JamesMyles3) April 22, 2018
Watch the highlights from good old Soccer Sunday below of that incredible comeback courtesy of a Lee Trundle hattrick!
You couldn’t leave out a European trip either…
Valencia. "Little old" Swansea winning 3-0 in the Mestalla. And any of the trophy wins because ultimately football is about winning things surely? In 40 years are we going to remember coming 17th in the league or the time we won the League Cup more?
— Craig Foley (@foleycd) April 21, 2018
And THAT Hull game, again more vintage Soccer Sunday footage:
James Thomas' hat trick goal v Hull. I vividly recall shouting "don't shoot from there you ****ing idiot."
Then a second later standing motionless on the North Bank as the place went mental unable to move as I was frozen with a wave of pent up relief.
— Paul Thomas #BackToJack (@NeathJack1) April 21, 2018
On This Day…..24 years ago
24 years ago, on 24th April 1994, the Swans won the Autoglass Trophy after winning 3-1 on penalties (1-1 after 90 minutes). Were you at Wembley that day!? Relive the action below:
Fans Back Leon Britton to return to Starting Line-Up
It’s been debated lately about whether or not we should bring back club legend Leon Britton into the starting line-up. He returned this time last season as we won 4 in 5 games to see us safe, with many fans believing it was the midfielder’s re-introduction that was crucial to our improved form.
Question is, should Carvalhal do the same as Clement, and bring him back in? Or is he now past it at Premier League level? According to a twitter poll with 226 votes, almost 2 thirds believe Leon should return.
— Vital Swansea #BackToJack (@VitalSwansea) April 27, 2018
What the fans are saying in the Message Forum
A question I asked on Twitter this week was about our managerial appointments. Much has been said about how ever-decreasing player recruitment quality, but should there be questions asked about our manager appointments too?
Does the fact that 3 of our last 4 managers (before Carvalhal) are managing near the bottom of the Championship and the other in a newly founded American club suggest that we're also getting managerial appointments wrong?
Have we finally got it right now with Carvalhal?
— Vital Swansea #BackToJack (@VitalSwansea) April 21, 2018
Here are some of the replies from the Forum…
“Has the bubble burst for Carlos? A strong start has petered out lately culminating with that hammering on Sunday. Our only saviour has been our home form, excepting the Spurs cup match of course.” – keith margam
“Not convinced with Carvalhal anymore, though I hope he changes my mind after Saturday and convinces us he can be positive at home against the bigger teams.” – eye_nose_hat
SOS Fanzine cover
That takes us nicely into our next feature, and that’s the cover of the latest SOS Fanzine issue, which goes on sale around the Liberty Stadium before Saturday’s 5:30pm kick-off against Chelsea.
New fanzine is out Saturday. Here’s the front cover, thoughts and rt’s are as ever appreciated pic.twitter.com/nM5WfS7HZz
— Steven Carroll (@StevenSOS1987) April 26, 2018
About a fortnight ago we published an article An All Too Familiar Season Cycle That Must Finally End – which also looked at the cycle above, and how a pattern is emerging. The graph below shows a typical timeline which is developing every season:
I think that’s everything for this week, stay tuned on the site later this evening for a Match Preview of tomorrow’s big game against Chelsea.