Seasons Of Mist & Mellow Fruitfulness: Swansea City & The Premier League


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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4 Responses

  1. Ade the Jack says:

    It was 4-2 v Hull in 2003!
    How could you forget?
    Good article otherwise.

  2. Paul says:

    Happy days David. I miss Vetch Field but am loving our new(ish) home and the current successful team and playing style. I think you are giving rugby union too much creedence however. It’s only the welsh media (BBC and W Mail) who seem intent on perpetuating the stereotype that rugby is king in Wales. Truth is football, as a participation sport and a spectator sport, vastly outstrips the oval ball game. Oh – and the Vetch was famous for its pasties – I would never have risked trying a burger :-)

  3. Gervillian Swike says:

    Good article James. Mind, the Swansea story is a microcosm of the football fans’ plight, illustrated by your comparison of the 2,000 crowds that weren’t totally unheard of even during the days of Frankie Burrows’ very good side of the mid-90’s and the 16,000 season-ticket holders this year. I’ve several friends (And a brother) who will be lucky to see a game this year because they’re not set up to buy season tickets, and these are boys who have travelled away to places like Barnet, Leyton Orient and Exeter over the years. And yet, they wouldn’t have swapped their trip to Wembley in May for anything, and quite right too. I can’t help thinking that if the Swans don’t stay up, there’ll be a real challenge because a lot of the new fans will disappear – in fact, there’s precedent even if we do stay up, last time the Swans were at the top level, their second season was peppered with crowds of 11 and 12,000 (recession notwithstanding). But as you say, it’s the end of July, we’ve waited a long time for this, and I’m going to enjoy it.

  4. Gervillian Swike says:

    Sorry David, I was still thinking of James Thomas’s hat-trick I think!

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