Hi all, I sadly discovered recently that my father has advanced glioblastoma which clearly in itself is devastating but to add insult to injury the pressure on his brain has resulted in loss of feeling in his left side.
To cut a long story short, he is wheelchair bound and I am looking to take him to a home game at some point this year as a treat when I come to visit him in September / October.
He has been a Swans fan since he moved to Brynmill in 1979, and although he hasn't seen a game for a while I know he would enjoy it one last time.
So really my question is how best to approach this as it's all new to me - contact the club? Source some tickets first? What are the practicalities at the Liberty?
- Raping business which will just regressively impact the poor he is supposedly saving - Un-funded intention to nationalise rail and utilities ("oh, we'll just borrow") - Income tax hike on £80k plus earners (conveniently above the wage of an MP) - Ministry of Labour (very Orwellian) - Nationalisation of Royal Mail...how if it is a publicly owned entity? State appropriation?? - Billions for this, that and the other - £46.8bn of taxes raised!
Interesting article about this lad on the Official site but noticed he is already 20 years old. He had many years spent at Watford, trained with their first team and made one Championship appearance when he was 18.
Anyone who watches the U23s have a view on where he is in his development?
Feels like another who should be pushing for first team action at this stage in his career (and we could do with a box-to-box midfielder who can actually get from box to box!).
Did anyone catch this last night? What a bloody mess. Certainly made me stop and think how fortunate I am and that in reality, as much as everything Swans related is frustrating at the moment, in the grand scheme of things it's not important.
Liam Shephard - 6/10. Played in centre midfield upon his return to Huish Park and obviously struggled a little as its not his favoured position. Nice lad, very quiet and I wish him well for the future. Can't see him being invited back though.
Connor Roberts - 9/10. Superb player and this lad will be in your first team in 12-18 months if he continues to develop. He won "Player Of The Year" awards on Saturday from the Away Travel Club, the local paper vote and the Community Trust; won the "Young Player Of The Year" award and runner up in the official Supporters Club and won the Disabled Supporters Group one.
Brilliant lad, great sense of humour, great to do the media stuff with and fitted in like a glove (pun intended!). Missed just one game all season due to an under-21 call up for Wales so made 54 appearances for us. We over-use the loan system, having had over a hundred loan deals in the last 12 years but I'd say Connor would get in most people's all time best loan XI.
I have it on authority that we will be having someone else on loan from you next year. Given that the emergency loan system is getting an overhaul in the summer, it would have to be for a half-season or a full-season so any ideas??"
...this is what my Yeovil contact had to say about Liam Shepard and Connor Roberts who have been on loan there:
"Liam Shephard is a curious one. I don't see the appeal in him; he rarely stands out in games and I have to be honest, I'm a little disappointed in him since he's come back. We have an 18-year-old on loan from Everton beside Shephard and he is sheer brilliance, wins MOM nearly every week and will be a big star one day. Puts Shephard in the shade a bit, I can't see Swans offering him another deal beyond this one.
Roberts is class. I played at the Golf Day yesterday and followed him around, he's not a bad golfer either. He played every minute of every game up until a couple of weeks ago when he got an international call up... he didn't really want to go, he'd rather have stayed. I can see Roberts playing for the first team one day... maybe next season if he continues his development. He'll win most people's Player of the Year award this season.
ETA: Speaking of Yeovil Town loan signings, I hear on the grapevine that Shaun MacDonald (ex Swansea, now AFC Bournemouth) is heading to Bristol City. Closer to his Welsh roots, and he's resigned to not getting a look in at Dean Court. Shame, as Shaun is one of the nicest players I've ever met in football. "