Date: 27th April 2018 at 10:54am
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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:

Match Report: Swansea City U23s 1-0 Sunderland U23s

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:

Ki Attracting Plenty of Interest, But What’s He Done To Earn It?

Match Recap

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.

Average Positions: Manchester City 5-0 Swansea City

Manchester City Performance Leaves Swansea Fans Frustrated

Match Stats: Manchester City 5-0 Swansea City

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

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:

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!

Watch below:

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…

And THAT Hull game, again more vintage Soccer Sunday footage:

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.

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?

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.

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.

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