Welcome to the Swansea City Supporters’ Trust’s regular page in the match day programme. We welcome our opponents today, Hull City, and their fans to the Liberty Stadium. Many of us who have been around long enough will have vivid and unforgettable memories of Swansea City’s most famous game against Hull, of course, which was on Saturday 3 May 2003 at the Vetch. What a day that was. Needing a win to guarantee staying in the Football League the rain fell and history was made when a James Thomas hat trick, plus the crucial but often overlooked third goal from Lenny Johnrose, dragged the Swans from the brink of the ultimate relegation at 2-1 down to a historic 4-2 win. No one who was at the Vetch that day will ever forget it and every time we play Hull, thoughts will always turn to that momentous day.
While today’s game against Hull may not have quite the same emotional resonance, it is still a hugely important game in the context of the Swans’ season. The team’s recent upturn in our home form and the away win on Easter Monday at Ipswich Town means that we are still in with a small chance of finishing in the final promotion play-off spot. While it will still take an unlikely set of results for us to make the play offs, the fact that we are still in with a shout is a testament to the excellent achievements of Graham Potter and his players given the upheaval this season has brought.
The last four home games have been hugely enjoyable and entertaining, seeing the Swans pick up a maximum of 12 points from beating Brentford, Middlesbrough, Stoke and, most recently, Rotherham on Good Friday, scoring 13 goals in the process. The defeat at QPR was of course disappointing but it was good to see us break our recent away hoodoo with that important win at Ipswich. If we can pick up a win both today and next Wednesday against fellow play-off contenders, Derby County, who knows what may be possible going into the final game of the season at Blackburn Rovers. As football fans all we can ask for is that we have something to play for going into the final games of a long, hard season. While the odds may still be firmly against us sneaking into the play offs, where there’s life, there’s hope. So come on, Swans!
As always, we like to finish by reminding you that you can visit the Trust’s website at www.swanstrust.co.uk for more information on the aims and objectives of the Trust, the work we do and how to join the Trust (online, by mail, or at the Trust pod). We are also on Facebook and Twitter. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, or approach a Trust board member on match days or by email.