Please log in to use all the site's facilities
|The Unknown Warrior |
at 02:03 7 Oct 2020
On November 7th, 1920, in strictest secrecy, four unidentified British bodies were exhumed from temporary battlefield cemeteries at Ypres, Arras, the Asine and the Somme.
None of the soldiers who did the digging were told why.
The bodies were taken by field ambulance to GHQ at St-Pol-Sur-Ter Noise. Once there, the bodies were draped with the union flag.
Sentries were posted and Brigadier-General Wyatt and a Colonel Gell selected one body at random. The other three were reburied.
A French Honour Guard was selected and stood by the coffin overnight of the chosen soldier overnight.
On the morning of the 8th November, a specially designed coffin made of oak from the grounds of Hampton Court arrived and the Unknown Warrior was placed inside.
On top was placed a crusaders sword and a shield on which was inscribed:
"A British Warrior who fell in the GREAT WAR 1914-1918 for King and Country".
On the 9th of November, the Unknown Warrior was taken by horse-drawn carriage through Guards of Honour and the sound of tolling bells and bugle calls to the quayside.
There, he was saluted by Marechal Foche and loaded onto HMS Vernon bound for Dover. The coffin stood on the deck covered in wreaths, surrounded by the French Honour Guard.
Upon arrival at Dover, the Unknown Warrior was met with a nineteen gun salute - something that was normally only reserved for Field Marshals.
A special train had been arranged and he was then conveyed to Victoria Station, London.
He remained there overnight, and, on the morning of the 11th of November, he was finally taken to Westminster Abbey.
The idea of the unknown warrior was thought of by a Padre called David Railton who had served on the front line during the Great War the union flag he had used as an altar cloth whilst at the front, was the one that had been draped over the coffin.
It was his intention that all of the relatives of the 517,773 combatants whose bodies had not been identified could believe that the Unknown Warrior could very well be their lost husband, father, brother or son...
THIS is the reason we wear poppies.
We do not glorify war.
We remember - with humility - the great and the ultimate sacrifices that were made, not just in this war, but in every war and conflict where our service personnel have fought - to ensure the liberty and freedoms that we now take for granted.
Every year, on the 11th of November, we remember the Unknown Warrior.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.
|Swansea is an unacceptable name |
at 20:49 10 Jun 2020
From Sweyn's Eye, Sweyn Forkbeard who was a brutal ruler known for persecution of those who didn't agree with him including his father, Harald Bluetooth (inventor of wireless communication between devices way ahead of his time).
We can't name our city after this brute of a man. We'll have to come up with another name.
What shall we call our home?
|Reasons to be cheerful |
at 22:26 31 Mar 2020
The garden is looking better than I can remember.
I'm not spending much money.
My diet is better and I'm quietly losing weight.
The Swans haven't lost for over a month.
|Free beer for life|
at 16:59 21 Oct 2019
Only if we lose the play off final to Cardiff.
|RIP Ginger |
at 12:30 6 Oct 2019
Ginger Baker, one of the all time greats. Cream of drummers.
|I wouldn’t back Arsenal |
at 22:58 8 May 2019
to beat anyone on the road at the moment but there’s a real chance of both finalists in both European competitions coming from the same league.
Has it ever happened before?
|We appear to be loaning|
at 21:23 31 Jan 2019
DJ to Leeds
LF to Villa
JM to West Brom.
This is a poor show. Surely we have some players that Norwich, Sheffield U, Boro, Derby and others above us in the table could use to bolster their promotion or play off push?
Of the 10 teams above us we’ve only managed to strengthen three of them and the damage to our squad is only severe at worst.
Pull your finger out Jenkins, that’s a big wage packet you’re needing to justify.
at 12:11 10 May 2018
The following statement will be published shortly on the Trust website.
'The Swansea City Supporters' Trust would firstly like to congratulate Huddersfield Town Football Club and its Supporters’ Association on confirming its status in the Premier League for another season, unfortunately for us almost certainly at our expense.
When Swansea City were promoted to the Premier League in 2011, we were similarly unfancied to remain in the division. However, we confounded our critics by playing an exciting brand of football on our way to safety, at the expense of more established Premier League clubs who were on a downward trajectory.
It is with sadness that the Supporters’ Trust notices the parallels between our current situation and that of those clubs relegated seven years ago. As a football club we have lost our footballing way and our footballing identity, making poor, usually reactionary, decisions time and time again. The Swansea Way, for so long a source of considerable pride, has not existed for some time
The Supporters’ Trust has previously urged the majority owners of Swansea City Football Club to implement a full review of the running of the footballing side of the club. We have also previously expressed a lack of confidence in Huw Jenkins and called for his removal as Chairman of our football club. Our concerns were well justified and the view of the Supporters’ Trust remains the same in this regard.
The Supporters’ Trust urges the majority owners to take this opportunity to learn from the mistakes of the last few years and implement the necessary changes to ensure our football club regains its sense of identity. If we fail to do so, there is more chance we will struggle further rather than regroup quickly and challenge to regain the Premier League status we have now almost certainly lost.'
As mentioned in our recent email to members, we will be issuing a statement next week relating to the Trust's shareholding and the next steps.
|The football gods|
at 12:56 2 May 2018
Were smiling last night when the League 1 results meant that for the first time AFC Wimbledon will be playing in a higher division than MK Dons next season.
|Forum Votes: ||3419|
|Comment Votes: ||0|
|Prediction League: ||0|