Welcome to the Swansea City Supporters’ Trust’s page in the match day programme for today’s league encounter. As usual we’d like to give a warm welcome to our opponents and near neighbours, Cardiff City, and their fans who have made the short trip along the M4 for today’s match.
Derby matches always have a special place in the heart of football fans, and it’s a shame we’ve had to wait over 5 years since the last one. Happily for us, that game resulted in a comprehensive 3-0 win for the Swans back in 2014, so we’ve enjoyed the bragging rights around this fixture for some time now. I’m sure we speak for all Swans fans when we say we’d happily accept a similar result today!
This fixture undeniably has a lot of history attached to it, so much so that it’s often rated as one of the more passionate derbies in the footballing world. While that passion has occasionally spilled over in the past, we’re pleased to say that many of those problems simply don’t occur these days and long may that continue.
This fixture has also provided some classic games in league and various cup competitions, a personal favourite being the 4-1 “Orange Ball” game at the old Vetch in 1995. It’s testament to the competitive nature of this fixture that no team has yet won both derby games in a single season. Just like being the first Welsh team into the Premier League, and I’m afraid Cardiff fans will have to forgive us occasionally reminding you of that, we’re confident that we’ll also be the first to record the “double” this season!
It’s never the best preparation to go into a match on the back of a defeat but that’s unfortunately the case after the recent 3-0 home reverse against Brentford. While our away form has been excellent this season and we remain undefeated on the road, results have been a little more difficult to achieve at home in recent weeks. However, we have every confidence that the team will soon be back to winning ways at the Liberty and we’re sure the Jack Army will play a major part in ensuring that happens today!
Moving on to Trust matters, we are currently planning to announce some exciting news in the coming weeks regarding some events we are putting together in conjunction with the football club. Stay tuned to future articles, or the Trust’s social media channels for more information as they are announced.
As usual, we’d like to remind everyone that your Swans’ Trust representatives can be found at the pod outside the West Stand prior to today’s match and that you can keep up with all Trust news at www.swanstrust.co.uk or via our Twitter, Facebook or Instagram pages.