Swansea City Supporters Trust

Football returns to the Vetch Field

The Supporters’ Trust are delighted to share the announcement by Swansea Council that the beautiful game is returning to the sacred home of Swansea City, the Vetch Field.

Swansea Council has worked very hard in recent years to redevelop the old ground and transform it into a great facility for the local community. At the heart of the project is a five-a-side pitch where youngsters can develop their love for the game, in the same spot many of us did as we stood on the North Bank cheering on our heroes.

To celebrate the opening of this facility Swansea Council, in conjunction with Swansea City AFC, are holding a free Swans’ themed Safer Swansea family day on Saturday 21st May 2022.

The event between 11am and 3pm will see the official opening of the new football pitch which forms part of the new multi-use games area that has been installed in the exact spot where the famous old ground once stood.

Famous past Swans players will be attending, including the holy trinity of Lee Trundle, Leon Britton and Trust President Alan Curtis MBE and the Swans Foundation will be running fun football activities for children on the day. Cyril and Cybil the Swan will also be there.

We are especially delighted that previous Trust board members have been instrumental in the unveiling of a commemorative blue plaque, which celebrates the memories of what once stood on this hallowed piece of Swansea land. There will also be plenty of Swans related memorabilia on display as well as representatives of the Supporters’ Trust where you can learn more about the other work and initiatives that we are involved in.

Other free entertainment on Saturday includes the Salvation Army brass band who will play some football themed songs, a bouncy castle, children’s entertainer and face painting as well as information stands from the many different partners supporting the day.

It is being organised by Swansea Council’s Community Safety team and is one of 10 community engagement events planned for locations across Swansea during the next few months.

Councillor Robert Francis-Davies said: “Last year there was a hugely successful event in Mayhill which saw families from across the community join with Safer Swansea Partnership and its partners for a really memorable day.

“Due to this success there will be 10 more of these events kicking-off with the one at the Vetch on Saturday.

“This one is going to be a little different as the Vetch holds such a special place in the hearts of football fans across our city so it is also an opportunity to celebrate this heritage and I’m really grateful to the Swans and the Supporters’ Trust for their involvement.

“We will also be officially opening the new multi-use games area which is a £95,000 investment that forms part of the council’s £5m programme to improve play areas across Swansea.”

Community Safety Coordinator Paul Evans said “Being a Swans supporter and having attended my first match at the Vetch in 1978 I’ve really enjoyed working on this project. It was very important to improve the Vetch environment and deter crime and anti-social behaviour but it was also important to celebrate the rich heritage of the site. When funding became available, I was very keen to bring football in Swansea back to its spiritual home.”

Dave Dalton, Chair of the Supporters’ Trust says “The Trust were delighted to learn of this investment programme and in particular the laying of the new MUGA playing surface which will allow football to be played once again at the iconic Vetch Field. We would like to congratulate Swansea Council and everyone associated with the project and look forward to the official opening on Saturday”

The Vetch was home to Swansea City AFC for almost 100 years before the club moved to the Swansea.Com Stadium in 2005.

We are delighted that football will again be played on the site of our spiritual home and that once more you can take us to the Vetch Field, way down by the sea, where we will follow Swansea. Swansea City.

Saturday 21st May. A day to remember.

Swansea City Supporters’ Trust

17th May 2022

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