Saturday July 24th 2021 Memorial Ground Bristol KO 3pm
Latest Early news, Bristol Rovers have announced that no away fans will be welcome at the memorial ground this summer for all pre season friendlies.
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Whatâs a Bristol ? Today we take a look at what a Bristol is, and why. A Bristol is a baby wurzel which is a breast fed raw cider, it is a ugly straw eating invertebrate. A straw hat grows on the wurzels head as it gets slightly older. On the blue side of Bristol they install engines in to the baby wurzel when it is about five days old. This makes it run very quickly across Bristolâs ancient streets. Hence the name âGasâ Everybody knows their rivals who are also called Bristol but with a City added are petrified of the gas, this has been confirmed over many years. Bristol City are currently trying to introduce their own energy driven by a wind turbine. They chose wind because of the amount of it they expel trying to convince people they are Bristolâs finest, which is laughable. Itâs a bit like coming second in a two horse race and saying you won.
There was even tension in this border derby going back the the 40âs and 50âs.
More later đ
Please note that the game has been cancelled because of a bubble.
Itâs friendly season, unless your a Swindon fan, who have 6 registered players hence the game being called off today. So we go deeper in to wurzle territory, where tractors are the most treasured possession especially when you can get access to them via a thigh high exhaust.
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Swansea City supporters are welcome to attend the game, here is the pricing.
Adults - ÂŁ10
Over-65s - ÂŁ8
Under-23s - ÂŁ7
Under-18s - ÂŁ5
Under-12s - ÂŁ3
Under-8s - FREE when accompanied by an adult
Turnstiles stadium-wide will open from 5.30pm. While we encourage supporters to purchase digital tickets in advance of the day, there will be also be a pay on the day facility for both home and away supporters.
Call 01752 907700 if you want to reserve a ticket
Previous encounters donât really matter as does the result, getting the first team in to match fitness is the goal. However the last time the clubs met the swans knocked Plymouth of the Football League Trophy in November 2016. The score was 2-0. Competitively in the league the last meeting was a 1-1 away draw at Home Park in 2010.
As it stands we assume away fans will be allowed at the game as Welsh sides have taken supporters to games in England in recent days, as of July 19th this is confirmed.
So, What is a Plymouth ? The city itself is near Brighton and not far from Portsmouth or Southampton, sometimes Weymouth. Plymouth has a hoe, but most of the time she isnât working these days due to Covid and the fact she is worn out. From a male perspective other hoes are available.
A local Plymouthionianish with a hoe when the Japanese invaded the city in 1973
In 1979 Swansea City appeared for the first time on Match of the day. The game was at Home Park and the result was 2-2. The Swansea support behind the goal that day was amazing as the second goal was scored by John Toshack.
Swansea City: Geoff Crudgington, Wyndham Evans, Danny Bartley, Leighton Phillips, Nigel Stevenson, John Toshack, Brian Attley (Jeremy Charles), Robbie James, Alan Curtis, Alan Waddle, Ian Callaghan.
Doesnât that line up bring a tear to your origins ?
Watch the game that clinched promotion here
Swansea City have always taken large supports to games in the south west, however the games at the Vetch and Liberty havenât seen anything resembling the same. The welcome has never been that good for these sides, however that was the dark days of yore, these days we are all friends and share bags of chips together in perfect harmony.
Latest LIVE stream details The SwansTV Live cameras will be at Home Park to capture all the action from our first official friendly of the summer, and Swans fans from all around the world will be able to access the live stream. The game is available in all regions and at no cost as the Swans take on the League One Pilgrims. The stream can be accessed through the homepage of the Swans Official website. A live tab will appear for supporters to click and access the live coverage.
Itâs called the round of last sixteen. That means the last sixteen teams are playing in this round. Wales and England have made it through. Nobody knows who England will play as yet. But as this thread moves on they will. Wales, due to their remarkable record in these euros again know already where they will play and against who.
Wales v Denmark Saturday 27th June 2021 Amsterdam arena, Netherregions Kick off 5pm
This game is being shown LIVE in the U.K. and on 121 other channels throughout the world. It is also being covered by BBC Radio and Talk Sport ( Where they will just talk about England )
Wales have beaten Denmark on six occasions, Denmark have beaten Wales four times. Neither side has ever drawn a game. The two most recent fixtures between the sides has resulted in wins for the Danes in the nations league thingy. Wales last beat Denmark in 2008. Nasty man Craig Bellamy scored the only goal in a friendly.
Denmark manager speaks Kasper Hjulmand, Denmark's head coach, has guided his players superbly to spark joyous scenes in the capital on Monday night. said: âI have huge admiration for these players. âI have seen how affected they have been but they have picked themselves up again. âI also have great gratitude to Denmark and the population. They have really taken care of us, and given us wings. Without all the fans, this would not have been possible.â
Well, you wonât have that many fans in Amsterdam mate.
The Danish have some weird etiquette, they hate queuing for anything, they disapprove of anyone smiling at their children, and they can get very confrontational if you donât signal your intentions when you are on your bicycle. Yes, the danish have numerous first world problems. Michael Laudrup is Danish. He has a bike, children and gets other people to queue for him. Jan Molby is also Danish, he once cost the site owner a fair bit of cash when settling a bar bill after a Swansea fans gathering in Gloucester. Jan kindly settled it with him later, but was very much worse for wear. Top man.
Thereâs nothing really offensive about people from Denmark.
Wales v Denmark : Denmark will brush Wales aside for Christian 26th Jun 2021 09:00 It may not feel like 2016, and the mixed messages from the EU which some people find hard to decipher, even when it is spelled out to them - may well have prevented hundreds more Wales supporters being present at the game, but today is the day. Some Wales supporters from EU countries have made it, others havenât, and the fact thatâs an issue is pitiful and a shocking indictment of this whole competition, and the so called Welsh government who I unequivocally support 99% of the time. However, this is the toughest test for Wales in the Euros since that Portugal semi final five years ago.2
Itâs the last game of the Group A qualifiers and Wales play away again, this time in Rome against Italy. The Azzurri are flying higher than the Aeronautica Militare over a soft target on a Tuesday morning. The reversal of any vehicle especially a stereotypical Alfa Romeo wonât stop this game going ahead. Greenpeace havenât any grudges against Mark Drakeford as far as we know and Mario Draghi continues to excel at being a ârightâ banker.
Italy v Wales Group A Sunday 20th June 2021 Kick off 5pm Olympic Stadium, Rome
Italy won their first two games against Switzerland and Turkey 3-0. They are the first country to qualify for the last sixteen of this years Euros. Wales have drawn against Switzerland and beat Turkey 2-0. The latter a convincing and exciting display of attacking football. If Wales avoid defeat they will qualify in second place for the last sixteen, if they win, they win the group, if they are defeated and Switzerland win the Swiss have to turn around a five goal difference.
It isnât over yet.
As you know Swansea Independent is an educational website encouraging learning at all levels. By the time you have finished this Matchday thread you will know the entire Italian sign language alphabet.
There you go. Itâs not all stereotypes though, weâve said this before, Birmingham in that England is named after spaghetti, and has a series of roads named after it. There are some rough neighbourhoods in Italy, these are called Spaghettoâs, talking of which - in Napoli a few years ago the police were ârightâ pizza tossers. The currency in Italy is now the euro which replaced the pasta note in about 1996 or before.
The game everyone wants Wales to win who is either from Wales or supports Wales, except those who donât want Wales to win, which is the vast majority of the people in the ground on Wednesday. This is the first time Turkey have played Wales in the euros, or since 1998 whichever comes first which is currently 1997 as the day of the game isnât here yet. The real odd thing is that last year was 2020, but the year got cancelled, so even though itâs 2021 now itâs actually 2020. This should mean most people will know the result and bet their houses on it accordingly.
Wales v Turkey Weds 16th June 2021 Olympic Stadium, Baku Azerbaijan Kick off 5pm
Match Officials to be appointed.
Turkey v Wales Head to Head Wales have won three of the six meetings between the two sides, although the last victory was a 1-0 win in Ankara in 1981. The most recent fixture took place in qualifying for the 1998 World Cup, a thrilling encounter that ended 6-4 in favour of the Turks.
Turkey made their European Championship finals debut in 1996, and this will be their fifth Euro in total. The Turks qualified for Euro 2020 by finishing second in Group H behind France. They picked up four of their 23 points from the current World Champions, winning 2-0 at home and drawing 1-1 in Paris. Ćenol GĂŒneĆ's side has a fierce defensive record, having conceded just three goals in the entire qualifying campaign and only once in their last six games.
Key Player: Hakan Calhanoglu Hakan Calhanoglu is a German-born midfielder of Turkish ancestry (just like Mesut Ozil) except Calhanoglu has expressed his commitment to the Turkey. Calhanoglu currently plies his trade in Serie A with AC Milan, where his dangerous knuckleball free-kick has seen him compared with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Turkey facts Yeah, you knew it was coming. The cranberry sauce of the euros, the cold meat in the sandwich, piccalilli, branston and salad. These are Turkey facts, so letâs gobble them all up here.
1. Like the football team, Turkeys change colours. 2. They also have better eyesight than humans 3. Only male Turkeys gobble, which doesnât resonate that well with me. 4. Americans eat 46 million Turkeys every November 5. This is mental, male Turkeys droppings are shaped like the letter J.
Itâs also odd to note that the city of Istanbul in in two continents. Yes, the country of Turkey where Santa Claus lives has two sides to its culture. Isnât that wonderful. However, visitors please not that the cost of kebabs are the same on both sides of town, so donât fret.
A kebab yesterday
More Turk like revelations coming soon.
Wales on UK time and training in 32-35c of heat in Baku14th Jun 2021 18:28 With Wednesdays game against Turkey being played in temperatures of 30c plus the Wales squad have been training in similar heat in preparation for the game. Also in preparation for the Italy game on the weekend the squad are on UK time to enable an easy transition to the final game of Group A.0
The English Football Championship Play Off second leg Semi Final
Swansea City v Barnsley Saturday May 22nd 2021 Kick off 6.30pm Liberty Stadium
This game 24 years ago would have been LIVE on.......
( agg 1-0 ) Swansea City
Itâs the second leg of two games, thatâs the second game for the uninitiated. The first leg, which was before now ended up with Swansea City winning 1-0. But it wasnât a leg, thatâs just another way of saying it was a game, so itâs two games called two legs. If Swansea donât lose this game, or leg, they go to another game at Wembley called the final. This isnât called a leg, itâs just called a game. If they draw this game or leg ( the one we are talking about not the final ) the same thing happens, Swansea win the tie ( this is another way of explaining what has happened over two legs or two games ) itâs odd that itâs called a tie because the winner doesnât tie with anyone, they win. If Swansea lose 1-0 itâs something else. Because that makes it 1-1. Never start a sentence with because. Because, then the result is what is called level or a tie, which is different to a tie, so then, then, then thirty minutes of extra time is played. If itâs still level then Freddie Woodman will save a few penalties and Swansea will win. Sometimes away goals count as double but not in the play offs. Thatâs for other two legged, two game, two ties wotsit. Apparently according to tradition Swansea will lose this game and go on holiday. In the final at Wembley away goals donât count as double because nobody is away from home, in fact both sides are away from home, in a way, so if you want to you can count both sides goals in the final as double ( or even triple ) because the side that scores more goals wins.
Our flow chart of the above is below
This game will be played in the â If you donât like it bugger off and play in your own league country â
In the meantime please enjoy our 1972 on terrace banter with several chaps being naughty
And if you want another one of these GET POSITIVE !
TODAYS MATCH REFEREE
John Brooks will be the man in the middle for the second leg of Swansea Cityâs play-off semi-final against Barnsley at the Liberty Stadium on today kick off (6.30pm). The Leicestershire official will take charge of the Swans for the fourth time this season, having been the handed the whistle for the South Wales derby victory in December, the home draw with Brentford and the away defeat to Huddersfield. Brooks has refereed in the EFL since the start of the 2016-17 campaign, and has been an assistant referee in the Premier League and at international level. He will be assisted by Nick Greenhalgh and Matthew Jones, while Matthew Donohue will be the fourth official.
Swansea City: Freddie Woodman; Kyle Naughton, Ben Cabango, Marc Guehi, Jake Bidwell; Jay Fulton, Matt Grimes (captain), Conor Hourihane; Wayne Routledge, Andre Ayew, Jamal Lowe.
Substitutes: Ben Hamer, Connor Roberts, Ryan Manning, Ryan Bennett, Joel Latibueadiere, Korey Smith, Yan Dhanda, Morgan Whittaker, Liam Cullen.
Barnsley: Brad Collins; Toby Sibbick, Mads Andersen, Michal Helik; Callum Brittain, Romal Palmer, Alex Mowatt (captain), Callum Styles; Carlton Morris, Cauley Woodrow, Victor Adeboyejo.
Substitutes: Jack Walton, Jordan Williams, Liam Kitching, Daryl Dike, Conor Chaplin, Aapo Halme, Michael Sollbauer, Dominik Frieser, Jasper Moon.
Referee: John Brooks
Guehi is the gluey as the swans go througheee !22nd May 2021 23:09 A master class in defending from Marc Guehi ensured Swansea City progressed to the EFL Championship final at Wembley next Saturday as the swans win 2-1 on aggregate after a 1-1 draw at the Liberty stadium.0
Itâs the first leg of the Championship play offs, thatâs the semi final, before the final, two games though, when the goals are all added up it means the winners go through to another game. After that game they could become losers. The Duckworth Lewis method wonât be used in any of these games even though Dicky the bird is from Barnsley.
Barnsley v Swansea City EFL Championship Play Off 1st Leg Monday 17th May 2021 Kick off 8.15pm UK time Oakwell Stadium
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Match Officials Tony Harrington ( who always books players, and we mean in every game he and officiated this season ) began refereeing in the Teesside Junior Football Alliance at the age of 14, having completed a basic refereeing course whilst at school as part of the Duke of Edinburgh award. After four years as an EFL assistant referee and four years as a National League referee, he was appointed to the EFL Referees List in 2012/13 and has now overseen more than 190 EFL matches. Tony is the Grandson of Tommy McGuigan, who is in the Hartlepool United record books for top 10 number of appearances and goals for the club. Harrington will be assisted by Shaun Hudson and Richard Wild whilst Geoff Eltringham is the fourth official.
The championship play off final by all accounts leads to the saying â The biggest financial reward in the world of footballâ Or similar. However, is it ? This isnât the final, itâs the game before, but not the actual game before itâs the one before the one before. The last time Barnsley beat Swansea City in an actual league game was 1983. Strangely, in the 2006 final of the play offs Barnsley beat Swansea on penalties. That game was played next to the railway station near Leckwith, 36,000 swans fans attended the game that day. It could have been more but thatâs the official attendance.
Barnsleyâs record v Swansea City Games won: 24 Games drawn: 15 Games lost: 37 Includes FA Cup, League Cup and Play Off game.
Barnsley âWho wooda thunk itâ ? Barnsley have been in two FA Cup finals but never at Wembley. In 1910 they lost to Newcastle, then in 1912 they beat WBA 1-0 after a replay. They have been at Wembley for an FA Cup semi final in 2008, the manager then was ex Swansea City player Simon Davey. They lost the game. In 2000 at Wembley Barnsley lost to Ipswich Town in a play off final and in 2016 Barnsley won the EFL Trophy beating Oxford. Well, âWho wooda thunk it â ?
Barnsley in 1897 when they were called Barnsley St Peterâs