Match Of The Week: Swansea City 1-1 Fulham

For those of us in our mid-30s, Swansea City left a pretty indelible mark. Our coming of age coincided with theirs, as they rocketed up to the First Division under the managership of John Toshack. They had a team of grizzled old pros, none of whom were done any favours by the fashion of the day to wear kits as tight as possible. The likes of Bob Latchford turned out at the Vetch Field looking as if they had been sewn into their shirts in the way that Olivia Newton-John was stitched into those figure-hugging trousers at the end of “Grease”. Having won promotion, they consolidated themselves in the First Division, narrowly missout on a place in the UEFA Cup, before getting relegated back as football entered its mid-1980s great depression. By 1986 they were back in Division Four, and it has proved to be a long route back. Promotion last summer was the first time that they have been back in the top two divisions, with its bye to the Third Round of the FA Cup, in a quarter of a century. With this revival have come benefits and dangers. They are competing with local rivals Cardiff City and the air of optimism surrounding the club. On the other hand, however, the vultures are starting to circle and manager Roberto Martinez is now starting to attract glances from...

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