Why we should all want Swansea to win at Wembley on Sunday


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The League Cup final is on Sunday, and because of the novelty of Bradford City’s involvement, there will be plenty of neutrals rooting for the League Two side to cause the upset.

Victory at Wembley would change Bradford’s short-term landscape, and it would default them into the Europa League and doubtless alleviate the financial difficulties which have befallen the club during their tumble down the league pyramid.

That’s great, but I still want to see Ashley Williams and Swansea City walk the Wembley steps and lift that trophy.

Frequent visitors to this site will know that I’m a Swansea-sympathiser, and for a very good reason: they are a natural antidote to a lot of the cynicism within the domestic game. The way they play the game, the way they’ve been assembled: Swansea are refreshing at a time when our love for the game is being continually tested.

The story of their rise from League Two to the Premier League has been told many, many times, but that doesn’t make it any less remarkable. They are truly a progressive, modern club who have achieved success organically and have been rewarded for their ambition.

We’ve seen lower league clubs trying to buy their way out of obscurity before, with varying degrees of success, but Swansea aren’t a Fulham or a Crawley Town, and Huw Jenkins hasn’t used his football club as a vehicle for his own ego. He hasn’t overpaid players, he hasn’t thrown transfer fees at mercenaries tasked with elevating a club for whom they have no affection, and subsequently Swansea’s rise through the leagues has been synonymous with ‘controlled progress’.

The Swansea side who will walk out onto the Wembley pitch at the weekend may now have a slightly cultural feel to it, but you don’t have to look far to see the original building blocks. Ashley Williams, who came to the club via Hednesford and Stockport, Leon Britton, a West Ham outcast, and Angel Rangel, plucked from the depths of Spanish football. Even when you factor in Pablo Hernandez, Jonathan de Guzman, Michu, and Chico Flores, you have to remember that those are players who were sold on an ideology rather than a pay-cheque, and that they were all paid for by the sale of the now departed Joe Allen, a player cultivated in Swansea’s youth system.

Domestic cup competitions are all sold to us on the value of their romance, and in this instance that might be entirely appropriate. A side, who a decade ago were being humiliated by Oxford United, capping their consolidation of a Premier League place with a cup win and a place in Europe – how can anyone not want to see that?

Bradford have put together a cup-run for the ages, but Swansea are still the real story here.

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7 Comments on "Why we should all want Swansea to win at Wembley on Sunday"

  1. Arguments? What Arguments?? Think people are simply stating their views – don’t think anyone is criticizing Bradford. There is a good feeling between the sides and it is ‘numpties’ like yourself who try to make it otherwise. Hope you won’t be at Wembley tomorrow Mark – you might just spoil the day

  2. Swansea winning sends out a message that clubs at the bottom can turn it all around. Some might argue the same can be said of Bradford but the Swans are different, countless articles are saying they were one game away from being dumped out of the football league altogether and survival of the existence of the club was on the line unlike with Portsmouth or Leeds etc.

    They really did come from the bottom of the bottom and became a profitable team playing in one of the best leagues on the planet, if on the 100th year they can get their first major trophy then that is the sort of thing that Americans make movies out of for their teams.

    It gives fans of any club hope that success in all area’s of the game both on and off the field is possible, and it might lead to revolution in the English game. How many fans of other clubs might start demanding part-supporter ownership so they have a bigger say in how their clubs are run?

    The Swans have a director position solely for the supporters and his/her position really is there to argue for the fans over the interests of other departments. They also have a chairman who wants stability and plans ahead of managers leaving for bigger and better things, even going as far as telling them they must work with back room staff already here who know how to train the players to play in a specific way.

    Swansea winning will result in an explosion of analysis of where they came from and how they got to where they were, and that would be seen and read by those in the lower leagues and they might start demanding a similar situation arises at their beloved club. How great would it be to see a lot more clubs in a healthy financial position?

  3. Sorry Mark Lawn, the arguments are actually very good. Bradford’s run has been excellent but they are also an example of a club that’s tumbled down the leagues because they fell into the trap that the Swans haven’t. Most people utside Swansea will be rooting for the Bamtams but that’s because of the romance of the Cup. Most don’t even know that the Swans have never won any major silverware.

    If there’s any justice the Swans will walk it – as I fully expect them to.

  4. Wow Love that…..Perfect. :-) xxx

  5. Come on your Swans,you deserve to win ,in your centenery year,A club that is professionally run.What this club has done in the last 10 years is unrivaled by any other team in the football league you are a credit to the football world.A very good article which reflects that the Swans deserve to win on Sunday. May the best footballing team win on the day and i hope all supporters attending the final have a great day out.

  6. Mark Lawn | Feb 21, 2013 at 11:04 am |


  7. Mark Lawn | Feb 21, 2013 at 11:03 am |

    What a load of Garbage! Seen better arguments made by a 5 yr old! C’mon Bradford,do it for the 56 that never came home day……

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