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⚽️Coventry City v Swansea City Matchday Thread⚽️
at 11:39 18 Oct 2020

Tuesday 20th October 2020
St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium, Birmingham
7.45pm


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Coventry are winless in their last nine league meetings with Swansea (D5 L4), with this the first such game between the sides since February 2011 (Coventry 0-1 Swansea).
Swansea have won their last two away league games against Coventry (1-0 in both August 2009 and February 2011), more than they had in their previous 11 such visits (W1 D2 L8).
Coventry City are looking to avoid losing consecutive home league games for the first time since March 2017, when they lost three in a row.
Swansea City haven’t won four consecutive away league matches since November 2010, when they did so under Brendan Rodgers.
The last second-tier team to win their first three away league matches of a season without conceding was Charlton Athletic in the 1992/93 campaign, while the last Championship side to keep a clean sheet in their first three away matches of a season was Bristol City in 2008/09.

Joe Rodon moving to Spurs and his absence in the Swans defence is the test in this game.How do the Swans combat his loss and maintain their impressive away form ? Ryan Bennett is sure to come in and his experience is definitely needed after Saturdays loss to Huddersfield.

So what do we know about Coventry ?

They have a museum.
Yes a music museum. The museum is the life-long vision of Coventry Music Historian and Journalist Pete Chambers and his wife Julie. Pete and Julie quite happily give up four days of their week, to work for free, to promote Coventry and Warwickshire music. It’s already bringing visitors to the area from the West Midlands, all over Britain and the world (58 countries as at Easter 2016), and of course Coventry and Warwickshire!

The museum is NOT a 2-Tone museum, although 2-Tone is the unique selling point, 55% of the museum is dedicated to non-ska related displays, that look at the music from Coventry, Rugby, Leamington Spa, Nuneaton, Bedworth even touching on Birmingham in places. Speaking of Birmingham that’s where Coventry play football.

Why do Coventry play football in Birmingham ?

Well, that’s easy, but there is a sting in the tail. Wasps RFC, who aren’t actually wasps they are big eared boys who throw a weird shaped ball about won’t let them. Apparently they own the stadium, or something like that, maybe they don’t, but in a fight between the sky blue and wasps I think the wasps would win as they have far bigger hands and noses that can take a punch. I actually know a Coventry supporter who used to walk to the ground, it took him seven English minutes. Now he gets the train but replicates his walk to the ground by strolling up and down his train carriage all through his journey. He is a bit of a knob.


Last season to celebrate forty years of two tone the club and other people brought out this third strip for sixty five pounds, that’s a lot of money. Julian Alsop sponsored them, maybe.

Ten things you probably know about Coventry

1.Legend has it that the city was the birthplace of St. George, dragon slayer and patron saint of England. Ok, we will see about that fantasists
2.Britain's car industry was founded by Daimler in a disused Coventry cotton mill in 1896.
3.William Shakespeare was said to have jilted a Coventry woman on the eve of their wedding to marry Anne Hathaway.
4.Coventry has 26 twin towns and cities, including Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad), Dresden and Jinan in China.
5.The first £5 note in a worker's peacetime wage was paid in Coventry during the 1950's.
6.George Eliot lived and went to school in Coventry. Life in the city around 1830 was the model for Middlemarch, her most famous novel.
7.All modern bicycles are descended from John Kemp Starley's Rover safety cycle, invented in Coventry in 1885.
8.The great Victorian actress Ellen Terry was born in Coventry and her counterpart a century earlier, Sarah Siddons, was married in the city.
9.Tencel, the revolutionary fibre now taking the fashion world by storm, was developed at Courtaulds laboratories in Coventry.
10.In November 1940, Coventry Cathedral was destroyed by a handful of incendiary bombs lodged in its timber roof. There was no water to put the fires out.

Matchday team news, Andre Ayew Covid test and match implications here soon


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Swansea City v Huddersfield Town : Matchday Thread
at 16:32 14 Oct 2020

Swansea City v Huddersfield Town
Saturday 17th October 2020
Kick off 3pm.

Referee : Tony Harrington

Tony and his Harrington designed referee’s top. Note the slight Perry influence too.

Tony is a select group 2 official, which means he isn’t at the top of his trade at present. Harrington 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. Tony’s family also invented the Harrington jacket, the trusty jacket favoured by people from Hebden Bridge and Whitby.

Live on Swans TV.

PREVIOUS ENCOUNTERS
A bit of history.

Huddersfield’s last win against Swansea City came back in 2007 – six meetings ago. Malvin Kamara scored the only goal of the game at the Liberty Stadium as the Terriers ran out 1-0 winners.
Despite the recent record against the Swans, Town actually hold the advantage in the record books winning 24 of 56 outings! Swansea have won 16 times, whilst 16 games have ended in a draw.
Swansea City are the form team to beat, however Huddersfield have made a confident start to their league campaign. Carlos Corberan’s side will be buoyed by their form going into the International break winning their first game of the season against Nottingham Forest before picking up a point against Rotherham United. The last time the teams met at the Liberty was on the 22nd February 2020, the swans won 3-1. The first meeting was in Yorkshire on Christmas Day 1952, Huddersfield won 3-0 in a fixture played at their old Leeds Road ground. In those days teams played double headers against each other so the two sides met 48 hours later at the vetch field and entertained the crowd with a 3-3 draw.


Most swans fans will recall fondly the auto glass cup trophy win against Huddersfield back in 1994. Winning when it matters is best.

Jamal Lowe quotes on the season so far.

“I’m really happy with how things have gone so far,” said Lowe. Everyone at the club has been so helpful and welcoming to me, my family have settled into our new home and that’s always a big help to know things are okay on that score. That allows me to focus on doing the best I can on the pitch, and we have started off pretty well. We are unbeaten and, on a personal level, it’s been really good to get a goal early in the season. It’s good to get up and running. I just want to keep that going. A good start doesn’t mean anything if we don’t build on it. It’s only four games, there is a really long way to go and we know there is a really busy period coming up.So, it’s key that we take the good and bad points from these first games, and make sure we keep developing and keep improving.”

Jamal Lowe

Huddersfield facts you may not know.
1. Huddersfield has been a settlement for over 4,000 years and can be found in the 'Domesday Book' of 1086 under the name of “Oderesfelt and Odresfeld.”

2. Top punk band the Sex Pistols played their last two British shows at Ivanhoe’s nightclub in Huddersfield, on Christmas Day 1977. This included a matinee for the children of striking firefighters. They then embarked on the fateful tour of the US that led to the bands break-up. The facade of Ivanhoes, the former Grand Picture Theatre, is still standing at the very end of Manchester Road in Huddersfield behind Lidl. Other stores are available.



3. According to Kirklees Council, there are over 3,000 listed buildings in Huddersfield, the third highest number in the country, and over 200 of them are in the town centre. The railway station is one of the more beautiful specimens dotted around, and there has been an inn on the site of the George hotel for hundreds of years. This qualifies the fact that people from Yorkshire are mostly big heads.

Finally - Huddersfield Town were the first English team to win the league 3 times in a row. ( big heads ) Only Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool have since earned this achievement

Steve Cooper press conference



Swansea City v Huddersfield Town : Gibbs-White out for 3 months 17th Oct 2020 09:53
The madness that was yesterday and the most frantic transfer deadline for Swansea City in my memory has gone. Joe Rodon has gone, today Swansea City take on Huddersfield Town at the Liberty stadium, and that’s the now, and that is all that matters. Kick off 3pm. 0



Swansea City show three changes from victory over Millwall as they take on Huddersfield Town at the Liberty Stadium.

Fit-again goalkeeper Freddie Woodman comes back into the side as Steven Benda drops to the bench, while Kyle Naughton makes his first start of the season following Joe Rodon’s departure. Further forward, Viktor Gyokeres makes his full debut in attack in place of the injured Morgan Gibbs-White. That means Woodman starts in goal, with Naughton, Marc Guehi and Ben Cabango forming a three-man defence.

Connor Roberts and Jake Bidwell retain their places at wing-back, either side of captain Matt Grimes and Korey Smith in midfield. Andre Ayew – on his 100th Swansea appearance – and Jamal Lowe will occupy the flanks, with Gyokeres playing through the middle. New signing Kasey Palmer is among the substitutes following his arrival on loan from Bristol City.

Swansea City: Freddie Woodman; Kyle Naughton, Ben Cabango, Marc Guehi; Connor Roberts, Korey Smith, Matt Grimes (captain), Jake Bidwell; Andre Ayew, Viktor Gyokeres, Jamal Lowe.

Substitutes: Steven Benda, Jay Fulton, Liam Cullen, Yan Dhanda, Kasey Palmer, Jordon Garrick, Cameron Evans.

Huddersfield Town: Ben Hamer, Pipa, Harry Toffolo, Jonathan Hogg, Juninho Bacuna, Richard Stearman, Carel Eiting, Isaac Mbenza, Josh Koroma, Naby Sarr, Christopher Schindler (captain).

Substitutes: Joel Pereira, Lewis O'Brien, Adama Diakhaby, Alex Pritchard, Fraizer Campbell, Demeaco Duhaney, Romoney Crichlow-Noble.




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Bulgaria v Wales : Matchday Thread
at 13:05 12 Oct 2020

BULGARIA v WALES
Wednesday 14 October 2020
7.45pm mick off
Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia

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Wales will need to win this away fixture to remain top of their group in the nations league. Bulgaria have been better and their days of being feared as a football force are in the past, for now. Bulgaria are set to host Wales at the Vasil Levski National Stadium on Wednesday in their next UEFA Nations League game. Bulgaria come into this game on the back of 2-0 loss to Finland on Sunday at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium. Goals from Brann midfielder Robert Taylor and Augsburg midfielder Fredrik Jensen secured the win for their country. Wales, on the other hand, drew 0-0 against the Republic of Ireland on Sunday. Despite Stoke City idiot James McClean getting sent off for the Republic of Ireland, Wales failed to capitalise, mustering only two shots on target and settling for a goalless draw.

Bulgaria vs Wales Head-to-Head
In nine previous encounters between the two sides, the record is exactly even. Bulgaria have won four games, lost four and drawn one. The most recent match between the two countries took place last month, with Wales beating Bulgaria 1-0. Liverpool's young right-back Neco Williams scored a late second-half goal to ensure victory for Ryan Giggs' side.

Bulgaria vs Wales Team News
Bulgaria have a few injury concerns. Levski Sofia goalkeeper Nikolay Mihaylov, Arsenal Tula midfielder Georgi Kostadinov, Arda Kardzhali forward Spas Delav and CSKA 1948 Sofia winger Galin Ivanov are all out due to various injuries.

Injured: Nikolay Mihaylov, Georgi Kostadinov, Spas Delav, Galin Ivanov
Doubtful: None
Suspended: Cardiff bloke, Joe Morrel

Meanwhile, Wales will be without new Tottenham Hotspur signing and star player Gareth Bale, who is injured. Luton Town defender Rhys Norrington-Davis and Lincoln City midfielder Brennan Johnson could make their debuts.

Injured: Gareth Bale, David Brookes
Doubtful: None
Suspended: None

So, what do we know about Bulgaria ?
The only European country that kept its name since it was founded. Bulgaria pre-dates the Roman Empire making it one of the first countries to be established in Europe.
The official language of the Bulgarian people of all ethnicities is Bulgarian and all ethnic groups speak it, either as a first or second language. It is the oldest written Slavic language and is written in the Cyrillic alphabet. We do actually know loads here at Swansea Independent. So have a bit more.

Bulgaria is a poor country but also a rich country, it depends on which side of the street you were born on.

They also play a musical instrument made out of cheese, no textiles are used in the making of the Bulgarian hooferpipe.

This is a rich Bulgarian man at the football.

It shouldn't go unnoticed that most Bulgarians are very proud of their country and enjoy living there, they also have seaside resorts like Sunny Beach. Here if you eat anything there at all you will find half the contents stuck to your lower pant area or all over your head after a magnificent projectile vomit.

The resort of Sunny Beach yesterday




Team news to follow, suffice to say we are weakened considerably, most now would accept a point for sure.
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Ireland v Wales Matchday Thread
at 18:53 9 Oct 2020

Sunday 11th October 2020
2pm
Aviva Stadium
Dublin




Ireland v Wales, two countries with so much in common, so whats the relevance of this fixture ? Irish folk will be hoping for a win as they are slowly losing the right to play in next years Euro Championships. Wales manager Ryan Giggs on the other hand has already seen his side qualify for those championships over an exciting last few games of qualification. But of course what is this Irish thing we all know about.

However ...

Here's one - More Irish people are living abroad than there are in Ireland. There are 80 million Irish people outside of Ireland and only around 6 million in Ireland. But at this point we have to pause, apparently most of the USA think they are Irish, but out of the 17 million who think they are, only 9 of them are actually Irish. If we apply the qualification rules for playing for Ireland at football to this principle, nobody in the USA is Irish. In fact the truth is the USA would owe Ireland 78 million people as of today if this principle was applied . Its a conundrum which now solved is fact. I'm happy to help.

Many musicians in the USA also believe they are Irish, the Boston based ( clue ) band Dropkick Murphys sing about Ireland a lot, however none of them have ever been to Ireland and in fact they are more reservation Indian than Irish. Not a lot of people know that but now you do, make your own mind up. On the other hand if you apply the fact that most American Irish have great, great, great, great, great grandparents who came from Ireland the whole population of the states are Irish bar one bloke who lives in Greenwich village, New York who is actually American. When last asked he thought he was Italian but didn't know where Italy was.


Dropkick Murphys yesterday. Honestly, get a country.

Strangely enough most real Irish people in Ireland call themselves Republicans, but not like USA Republicans, more like Republicans who aren't Americans. At this point it becomes complicated, but suffice to say that's a fact as well. In Wales supporters of Plaid would call themselves Welsh nationalists but not like British nationalists who are different entirely, it continues to get confusing because Scottish nationalists are independent seeking people the same as Irish republicans. However they are not republicans. They are nationalists. Politically its a quandary.

Wales is a great place full of Welsh people from Ton Pentre and Carmarthen, however most live in Aberaeron and Whitland. The Welsh government all live in Cardiff in a large building like Antifa did in Washington a few months ago. They make rules up that primarily suit people who live in the Lekwith area of the city, nobody knows why, and many areas of Wales are not sure if any of these political people actually exist or are cardboard characters with strange tendencies. Either way there's another place there called Ely where swamp people live. In Lekwith lives a man called Anus who writes fictional books on fighting, he follows England and eats kebabs. When England scored their third goal on Thursday night he mobbed up with his next door neighbour and gassed himself in the face. He lay on the floor until a SWAT team from Belgium appeared and tucked him up in bed with a hot drink, they still have his English passport.

Pre Match build up here.
https://www.fansnetwork.co.uk/football/swanseacity/forum/263820/ireland-v-wales-
More to follow.



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Looks like Mart6 has moved on.
at 21:57 6 Oct 2020

😂
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Matchday Thread : England v Wales
at 03:11 5 Oct 2020

England v Wales
International ‘Friendly’
Wembley Stadium
Thursday 10th October 2020
8pm Kick off.
ITV / S4C


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This international friendly takes place at home of football, which is Wembley Stadium. We know it’s the home of football because that’s what everyone says. West Ham won the World Cup there in 1066 when King Harold or something fired an arrow which hit the bar and scored a goal. That was hundreds of years ago but Frank Skinner likes to sing about it, sadly the years of hurt are getting lots longer, now they have run out of numbers.

England is a big country with a population of nearly 57 million, most of these people live in Sussex or near to the M1. Some live in Thetford, and others have been sighted in Lowestoft. Overall that’s a lot of people. Wales has a population of 3.2 million and some time ago a lot of them were English, but they left when they couldn’t take the embarrassment of such a small country beating them at every sport known to the human race, it’s true, Wales have beaten England at every sport there is, which for a small country is very good. English people don’t like this as they like to beat smaller countries like Iceland and Northern Ireland, when they lose these games they call it embarrassing and everyone laughs.


This is a picture of England yesterday

Other things England is famous for are red telephone boxes, London Taxis, the queen, elephants and castles and windmills, or is it canals ? Either way England is very well known throughout the world.


This is an English knight from the olden days, back then, and it was loads of years ago all knights wore sunglasses as you can see from this old drawing. They did so because they went on crusades to hot places, nowadays they are called holidays

England has a song about chariots that swing low and once a year they all gather together and wave flags at the Royal Albert Hall in London where Millwall play. Some of these people are from Scotland and three of them last year came from Wales. Probably Cardiff.

The most famous England song is quite difficult to remember, it goes like this.

‘Ingurland,Ingurland,Ingurland, Ingurland,Ingurland,Ingurland,Ingurland,Ingurland,Ingurland, Ingurland,Ingurland,Ingurland, Ingurland,Ingurland,Ingurland, Ingurland,Ingurland,Ingurland, Ingurland,Ingurland,Ingurland, Ingurland,Ingurland,Ingurland,INGURLAND.

It’s quite hard to remember as you can see it’s got loads of words in it, the trick is to try and remember all of them in the order above and then sing them.

Our final England fact is that they entered the European running championships in Marseille, France in 2016. Some, if not most of the English competitors got drunk so they had to be encouraged to run very fast by friendly Russian athletes who helped them along. It all went swimmingly after that. In fact some English people at this event actually did go swimming, oddly though none of them were from Cardiff.


Here we see England competitors at the running away Championships in France in 2016.After a while they got quite used to running with their Russian friends and did it a lot

Well, that’s it for now, the Matchday thread will be updated later with Welsh history and facts. We will start with the leisure industry initially.


A Welsh leisure centre pictured on the weekend

Ramsey and Bale out of the game giving England an outside chance of securing a victory.

Last five results
England
8 Sep 20 NL Denmark 0 England 0 D
5 Sep 20 NL Iceland 0 England 1 W
17 Nov 19 EC Kosovo 0 England 4 W
14 Nov 19 EC England 7 Montenegro 0 W
14 Oct 19 EC Bulgaria 0 England 6 W
Wales
6 Sep 20 NL Wales 1 Bulgaria 0 W
3 Sep 20 NL Finland 0 Wales 1 W
19 Nov 19 EC Wales 2 Hungary 0 W
16 Nov 19 EC Azerbaijan 0 Wales 2 W
13 Oct 19 EC Wales 1 Croatia 1 D
NL Nations League EQ Euro qualifiers

Latest updates here.

England v Wales :International Friendly : Massive PRE MATCH Supplement 7th Oct 2020 12:32
Latest Giggs press conference quotes, Roger Freestone speaks direct to us as Wales take on England at Wembley on Thursday October 8th , 2020, ko 8PM, in an International friendly. The game has crept up on supporters of both countries in lieu of more important qualifiers next week. 0






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To lose a child so early.
at 18:56 1 Oct 2020

I cannot comprehend the place Nicholas Lyndhurst and his family are in tonight after the death of his son Archie. Just 19.
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Under 23 official report Swans v Bristol City
at 03:04 1 Oct 2020

Frightening how young this side is.

Swansea City Under-23s suffered their first defeat of the Professional Development League season against Bristol City at the Optima Stadium.

Louis Britton’s hat-trick did the damage against a youthful Swansea, whose matchday squad consisted of 15 teenagers with skipper Matthew Blake the only player aged 20 or above.

Coach Jon Grey made seven changes to the team that began the 5-1 rout of Cardiff City, handing debuts to first-year scholars Harry Jones and Harry Pinchard, as well as new signing Jamie Searle in goal.

There was also a first start at this level for 16-year-old Cameron Congreve, while first-year pros Jacob Jones, Ali Al-Hamadi and Bradley Gibbings were all recalled.

Both sides had chances during a fairly even first half, but it was the hosts who took the lead just before the break when Britton beat Searle.

The Bristol striker doubled his tally 10 minutes into the second half, reacting quickest to slide home after a long throw-in had ricocheted kindly into his path.

Britton completed his hat-trick 18 minutes from time, controlling a long ball on his chest before combining with Sam Bell and applying the finishing touch.

“We’re disappointed with how we played with the ball, we fell into their trap a little bit,” said Grey.

“But we’re more disappointed with how we defended. Wherever these young players end up in their careers, they will have to deal with direct play at some point. That’s something we have to address going forward.

“On a positive note, we were in the game for a long period with a very young team predominantly made up of 17 and 18-year-olds. Our teams are getting younger all the time, which is what we’re trying to do.

“It was a tough day, but it will be a great learning experience for the boys.”

Bristol City U23s: Harvey Wiles-Richards, Barney Soady, Vince Harper, Ryley Towler, Tom Harrison, Josh Owers, Opi Edwards (capt), Ayman Benarous (Harry Leeson, 85), Louis Britton (Prince Henry, 75), Sam Bell, Zac Smith (Alex Scott, 75).

Sub not used: James Walker.

Swans U23s: Jamie Searle, Harry Jones, Jacob Jones (Josh Thomas, 58), Jake Thomas, Scott Butler, Matthew Blake (capt), Harry Pinchard, Ryan Bevan, Ali Al-Hamadi, Cameron Congreve (Morgan Clarke, 58), Bradley Gibbings.

Subs not used: Tyler Evans, Kai Ludvigsen, Erick Kenko.
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Wales call ups, early international news
at 02:31 1 Oct 2020

From SwanseaCity.com
Swansea City trio Connor Roberts, Joe Rodon and Ben Cabango have been included in the Wales squad for games against England, the Republic of Ireland and Bulgaria.

Roberts and Cabango were involved in last month’s Nations League wins over Finland and Bulgaria, with the latter winning his first cap in Helsinki.

For Rodon, this will be his first inclusion in Ryan Giggs’ squad since October 2019 following injury and the suspension of football caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Wales face England for the first time since 2016 in a friendly at Wembley on Thursday, October 8, before continuing their Nations League Group B campaign with a trip to Dublin on Sunday, October 11 and a visit to Sofia on Wednesday, October 14.

Oli Cooper, Joe Lewis, Liam Cullen, Dan Williams and Brandon Cooper have been named in the Wales Under-21 squad for their game against Belgium.
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Naughty Tatey fined and suspended
at 11:48 30 Sep 2020




I'm assuming rule E3 is don't grab brummy people unless it's in a nice way.
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The way this season is going
at 19:25 29 Sep 2020

If the season is curtailed and last season is a clue, we are premier league. But what is the cut off before the decision on matches and points gained means a team gets promoted ?

If it was today we are up.
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Independent Matchday thread : Swansea City v Millwall
at 16:18 29 Sep 2020



Swansea City v Millwall
Liberty Stadium
Kick Off 3pm
Saturday October 3rd 2020


Ifollow, Swans Player

Referee Steve Martin

Steve is known throughout the world for his Hollywood blockbusters and a career in films. He took up the whistle to further his CV and now claims to be from Shropshire or nearby.
Background: Staffordshire official Stephen Martin is the son of former Premier League referee Andy, who officiated during the 1990s. He took charge of his first Championship game during the 2012/13 season. It wasn’t until he was appointed for this game that the investigative staff at the Swansea Independent rumbled him. If he clears customs and has the right paperwork Martin will be assisted by Mark Pottage and Lee Venamore.
Bhupinder Gill is the fourth official.

This pre match review will come with translations for Millwall fans.

Millwall have started the season impressively, I mean, even during lockdown with no fans in the ground they have managed to top the arrests table in their South London home, The New Den. Alan Tate though is trying his best to equal that record. Geezers is what that Millwall are, pwopa blokes. they took ends back in the day and when away fans bowled up at their manor much liberty would be taken. Their main rivals are West Ham and when they play each other they punch people not associated with their clubs, its acceptable. The oldest person to be arrested at a bundle at Millwall was 93, and disabled supporters have been used as a cover to smuggle in hooligans, rockets were once fired from a wheelchair at rival supporters, but apparently they ducked. Yes, Millwall have been mob handed many times striking fear in to the teams who played at their level, like Rotherham, Bury and Kettering.

However they also have a remarkable history in association football.

Millwall Football Team have had five different football ground locations during their history, four of which were on the Isle of Dogs, prior to the 1910 move to Cold Blow Lane, South of the River (River Thames). Millwall Football Club’s birthplace was at the J.T. Morton’s Canning and Preserve Factory on Westferry Road (Nos. 2-4 on the river side of the road and Nos. 17-23 on the opposite side of the road to the river). A group of Tin Smiths (the ‘Tinnies’) decided to form a football club, calling themselves the Millwall Rovers. Their first base was The Islander public house, typical of Millwall to get steamed up before they steam in, this was at 3-5 Tooke Street. The pub became the HQ for the football club and a social centre for the Millwall Rovers players. The pub was built around 1858 but was destroyed in an air-raid on 7 September 1940 and was never rebuilt. The location of The Islander public house where club held their meetings and the players would socialise is just 5 minutes walk from the local doctors and could be reached in 3 minutes by a knowledgeable ambulance driver.

Swansea and Millwall have met a lot over the years in numerous competitions. Currently the swans have won 20, Millwall 19 with 11 being drawn. Surprisingly Millwall supporters have seen some rivalry with Swansea, initially in August 1984 at a division three fixture when Swansea fans mistakenly paid in to the home end and Millwall ran away, then ten minutes later when Millwall got very angry and Swansea ran away. Or shall we say majestically decided to leave that end of the ground.


Swansea and Millwall dancing in 1984 after a bit of confusion.

Let’s leave the unpleasant stories that always surface when Millwall are mentioned, they too have ventured to West Wales over the years and been sent home with their lions tales between their legs. Oops ..

Millwall star players.


Definitely one to watch out for is Jed Wallace, he scored a cracker of a free kick at the last Liberty meeting



Wallace initially signed for the Lions on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers in January 2016, and he made 12 appearances as Neil Harris‘ side reached the League One play-off final. The winger then returned on another temporary basis halfway through the following season. This time, Millwall went one better – seeing off Bradford City to seal promotion at Wembley. Wallace scored three goals along the way, and after earning promotion he left Wolves and became a Lion permanently.

Since then, he’s never looked back. The 26-year-old has been Millwall’s main creative hub for the past few years. The Lions upset the odds and finished eighth on their return to the Championship, but the following season they finished only four points above the relegation zone.


Another is Ryan Woods currently on loan from Stoke City.
I think, Swansea once fancied him but we didn’t fancy him enough and he went to Stoke, he clearly isn’t as good as we all thought because he has been farmed out on loan, but he loves playing for Millwall. His nickname is the ginger Pirlo.

The last time the clubs met
Millwall v Swansea City, 30 June 2020. This game due to be played on 21 March 2020 but was postponed due to the EFL’s decision to suspend all games following the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus). The score was 1-1 at The New Den.

Steve Cooper, pre Matchday press call.


Coopers impressive stat
Steve Cooper is unbeaten in nine Championship games prior to the first international break of a league campaign. (W7, D2).

Matchday updates
Right up to kick off on Swansea Independent.

Latest whisper is that Viktor Gyokeres is in the squad for todays game.

Swansea City: Steven Benda; Ben Cabango, Joe Rodon, Marc Guehi; Connor Roberts, Korey Smith, Matt Grimes (captain), Jake Bidwell; Morgan Gibbs-White; Andre Ayew, Jamal Lowe.

Substitutes: Lewis Webb, Jay Fulton, Viktor Gyokeres, Wayne Routledge, Liam Cullen, Kyle Naughton, Jordon Garrick.

Millwall: Bartosz Bialkowski, Shaun Hutchinson, Jake Cooper, Jed Wallace, Tom Bradshaw, Mahlon Romeo, Scott Malone, Alex Pearce (captain), Ryan Leonard, Ryan Woods, Mason Bennett.

Substitutes: Frank Fielding, Murray Wallace, Shaun Williams, Ben Thompson, Matt Smith, Connor Mahoney, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson.

Referee: Stephen Martin



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Merthyr mothballed for the season
at 06:41 29 Sep 2020

Merthyr Town Football club is to be "mothballed" for 2020-21

Merthyr Town Football club is to be "mothballed" for 2020-21 because of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Southern League Premier club has taken the decision to suspend playing until the start of next season.

Chairman Howard King told BBC Sport Wales the move had been made to avoid possible bankruptcy.

"We had to make a decision to carry on playing or stop for the long-term future of the club. It was not a decision we took lightly," he said.

"But it was for the benefit of the club."

Merthyr follow in the footsteps of Guernsey, who have pulled out of the Isthmian League for the 2020-21 campaign due to travel restrictions.

The Merthyr players have been told they are free to find other clubs, though manager Gavin Williams is being retained.

As Merthyr County Borough goes into lockdown from 18:00 BST on Tuesday, 22 September, King said: "We were left with little choice at our board meeting.

"We had to tell the Southern League before Saturday what we were going to do.

"If we stopped playing they would allow us back into the league next season.

"If we carried on playing, which the Welsh Assembly Government had said would be behind closed doors, we would have had to pay the players and coaches.

"By the middle of November we would have eaten into our reserves and the club would have been bankrupt."

The move by the Martyrs board will not affect their off-the field business activities at their Penydarren Park base.

The first game affected will be Tuesday's scheduled FA Cup home clash with Poole Town, though that game was in doubt anyway.

Merthyr are fan-owned, having battled back to regain their Southern League status following liquidation.

As Merthyr Tydfil FC they won the Welsh Cup for the third time in 1987 before achieving one of the most famous Welsh club triumphs in European competition- their 2-1 victory over Italian club Atalanta in the European Cup Winners Cup first leg at Penydarren Park in September that year.
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