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|Swansea bids to host Channel 4|
at 08:15 20 Mar 2018
Unfortunately, as we know, Cardiff has also bid and received support from the Welsh Government, so no doubt where it'll go.
However, perfect opportunity to write to your AM and the Ken Skates to explain why Swansea should get it
Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport
Ken Skates: Correspondence.Ken.Skates@gov.wales
My focus will be on;
* Spreading wealth & economic recovery
* Avoiding the mistakes of England - focussing too much wealth in SE giving a lop-sided economy
* Ensuring Labour appears to treat all areas the same. No preference for the affluent
* Ties in with City Deal
* Carmarthen got S4C, Cardiff got BBC. We'd be a perfect halfway between them both.
* Welsh Government closed BBC offices in Swansea to create more wealth in Cardiff. Also went against all logic to put the MTC in Cardiff. Spent billions regenerating Cardiff, yet less than £100m on Swansea.
Please write. It'll take 5 minutes. If you don't know who your AM is, or their contact details, they can be found here: http://senedd.assembly.wales/mgFindMember.aspx
|How to make the Americans act|
at 09:15 19 Dec 2017
The two most important things for survival, in my opinion, are;
A) That Jenkins goes
B) That Clement goes
Now, the question is, how to make the Americans act, who don't want to spend money? My view, a highly visible protest. Let's not forget why they're here; they're here to improve the value of the club and sell it on. If we look like a club in turmoil, whose fanbase is in total revolt, we make a far harder proposition to sell.
If anyone if the newly-formed Supporters Alliance reads this forum, please consider using your Twitter presence to get this to happen.
|As we hurtle towards relegation, what action is available?|
at 08:23 4 Dec 2017
I've read so much on Twitter over the past few weeks/months. Anger, apathy, disdain & despair for the way the club is run and the direction our once-model club is going. For those of you who are interested, here's how I see it;
- Jenkins has become drunk with power. Turned the club into his own little fiefdom.
- The Americans have absolutely no interest in making the club succeed. Indeed, their only enterprise has been to expand our commercial activity to generate more revenue to then sell on. However, I feel they have no conception whatsoever what relegation to the championship entails.
- PC has been dealt a bad hand with an awful squad. However, he's a pretty rubbish manager, playing awful football and if it wasn't for Llorente finding form and Siggy being Siggy, we'd have got relegated last year.
- Most fans are now afraid of rocking the boat too much for fear of making the team worse and hastening relegation. This usually evaporates as soon as we start losing.
For the last few seasons we've operated under the same mantra;
Sell our best players.
Buy cheap & crap youngsters
Sack the manager
Narrowly avoid relegation.
Rinse & repeat.
So, with Huw et al. giving themselves another transfer window to buy more crap and keep PC in place until probably March when they realise he's too bad to get the best out of the limited resources we have, what action can we take? Based on other clubs' experience of dealing with this sort of stuff, what action can leaders (like the Trust, albeit without a figurehead), organise?
* Match boycott - boycott the full game. Hit the Americans where it hurts.
* Turn up late - Turn up 15 minutes in. Again, it'll ram the point home.
* Mass exodus at a certain time - at 19:12 seconds perhaps?
* Pre-match protest - probably wouldn't have the same impact
These are the only ones I can think of seeing employed, but feel free to suggest others. But, if we're going to prevent another disastrous transfer window and the same useless manager taking us forward, the time to act may be nigh...
|Dog friendly pubs in Gower|
at 11:48 19 Oct 2017
Looking to branch out past the usual places (King's Head/Greyhound etc). Realised recently that there are quite a lot of pubs in Gower I've never been, such as pubs in Kittle/Bishopston etc. Looking for a winter pub, that's dog friendly, where you can have a meal, but it's not overly restauranty.
On your marks
|Swansea business closes because of Welsh Labour|
at 12:44 17 Aug 2017
Their continuous neglect is putting people out of work
Funny how they manage to get enough money to spend £20m pa on maintaining Cardiff Bay, and the hundreds of millions they found for Callaghan Sq isn't it?
Honestly, some people would vote for this contemptible bunch even if they personally evicted them from their home. Thatcherism to its very core. Centralise wealth in the capital. Close healthcare facilities in other towns to relocate to capital. Unless you live in the capital, your health and wellbeing means f*ck all.
|Chris Pearlman - makes some good points|
at 16:00 16 May 2017
Read this earlier. He makes some excellent points, not just about the Swans, but about how the whole city needs to make the most of the Premier League brand. I've always been disappointed with the short termism of the Swans board that they adopted a completely laissez faire attitude towards helping regenerate Swansea.
When you look at the work that Man City's owners have done with former run-down parts of the city, it shows what can be done (obviously on a smaller scale). I've been calling for years for a club shop in the city centre - granted, it won't fix its woes by any stretch, but in half terms/summer hols, kit launches etc etc, it'll bring in footfall.
The Swans need Swansea as a city to have money to support it. The Swans also need a nice-ish city centre so players enjoy living here. It feels like, until now, they've made very little effort to address either concern. Pearlman seems to be moving things in the right direction. The club has also joined the Swansea Business Improvement District. Again, another thing lacking under our previous uninspiring owners.
|Well done Rob Stewart|
at 13:15 21 Mar 2017
In fairness, our council has always been lambasted (and rightly so, in many respects) but have we ever had such an ambitious leader? Achieved more in his past 12 months, than years of previous leaders. As many of you know, I hate Welsh Labour in Cardiff, but I'll definitely be voting for him at council elections. Already delivered an unprecedented achievement for Swansea.
|Safety mark this season?|
at 16:17 5 Feb 2017
Just looked at our remaining fixtures and I can't see us reaching the hallowed 40 point mark. So, given the fact that the bottom 4 teams all seem to have found some form, what do we think the safety mark is this season?
|Would we have protested a decade ago?|
at 15:33 5 Nov 2016
Obviously, we were in a different position, but if a new board came in whilst we simultaneously got betrayed by others who masqueraded as our friends (not talking about the trust), and results were appalling as a result, would we have protested?
I think we would've. Premier league has sanitised football fandom and made it easier for them to get away with this. The hostile atmosphere of the vetch and its lovely patrons on the North Bank would've raised hell. No point doing so in March when we're already relegated.
|Can we get a protest going?|
at 22:04 31 Oct 2016
Happy clappers look away.
Let's be honest, the board have entirely sold out and that will be their legacy. Living in their little bubble, I bet them, nor the Americans give a crap what us ordinary fans think. So, to let them know, we need a Petty-like reaction. They need to know what they've done to our club. Betrayal doesn't even cover it. Songs/chants/walkouts/pre match action etc, needs to be done. No point in April when we're already relegated
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