“Declan’s a fantastic player. It comes down to that recruitment in January. We’ve lacked that player on the left-hand side all season. But Dec’s come in and made it his own.“Hopefully we can keep him fit, keep him in one piece and hopefully we can keep him at this club for the long term. That’s what we’re looking to do, that’s what we want.”
English Football Championship Swansea City v Bristol City Saturday 27th February 2021 Kick off 3pm Liberty Stadium
TV : SWANS TV RADIO : BBC RADIO WALES & TALK SPORT 2
Match officials KEITH STROUD Jonathan Hunt and Sam Lewis Fourth Official : Scott Tallis
It’s good to see Keith from Stroud in charge of this game, he hasn’t got that far to drive and can get a lift back on the Bristol City team coach if he parks up on the M4/M5 junction. Lovely kebab van near there too, think about it Keith, it’s definitely an option pal.
Keith from Stroud will probably park up near the kebab van next to the M4/M5 and jump on the Wurzel bus to the Liberty
Stroud last officiated a swans game on December 2nd 2020 when Middlesbrough beat the swans 2-1. He booked Grimes and Dhanda that day because he was scared of Neil Warnock. Steve Cooper didn’t bother him that much, but that was before Andy Woolmer went looking for it. We do have information that Stroud is now a bit concerned about this game because he doesn’t like Cooper either. We think, it might not be true, but if it is then it’s almost certainly correct. Stroud was also the ref for the first leg play off against Brentford last year, that night he went a bit nuts, but recovered well enough to drive home.
Stroud always kisses the ball and has avoided Covid all season by drinking a litre of turpentine before and after each match
Obviously all of us here at Swansea Independent urge you not to drink turpentine, unless you are in Newcastle with Hoddle and Waddle singing their number one classic tune about cleaning paint brushes in the fog.
Matches against Bristol City generally close affairs except the 2005 game which the swans won 7-1. The robins manager, Brian Tinnion, sat on the away bench after the game for three days, he was eventually removed by court order.
Brian Tin Tin Tinnion no relation to Stephen Tin Tin Duffy, but equally as shit
Cardiff City’s main rivals, Bristol City visit the Liberty and will have to drive past Cardiff on the M4 which will of course terrify them, what with this big rivalry between the two clubs that isn’t. This game would have been ear marked for an easy three points a few weeks ago, but much has changed. Nigel Pearson, that throat grabbing box of fun is the newly appointed manager and the Robins as they are known have new orange chests and feathers.
New robins manager Nigel ‘the strangler get a grip on yourself ‘ Pearson
Bristol City are commonly known as the fans who don’t turn up alongside Cardiff who are the fans who make things up, and East Stirlingshire who are in Scotland. Incredibly the dialect in Bristol is known as Wurzel, we had a look at typical sayings in Wurzel Bristol, and they basically were the same as everywhere else, which almost places them in the ‘making things up’ bracket with Cardiff.
They played for both sides
There are others but I can’t be bothered.
Early team news
Swansea City Kyle Naughton suffered an injury during the second half against Coventry City. Wayne Routledge is still out as is Liam Cullen. It’s looking like Ryan Bennett won’t make this game either which is a huge blow again for the swans.
The swans ( as we know them ) have won eight of their last eleven league games, drawing two and losing only one. The club by all accounts is in crisis.
Burzle City The tractor will be somewhat empty as Angela Lansbury is out, as is Alfie Mawson. Weimann is also out and a bloke called O’Dowda. And another bloke called Martin and Dasilva too. Oh, and that Watkins fella.
Bristol City won last time out 3-1 at Middlesbrough. They lost the previous seven matches on the bounce. The last time they won was 2-1 against Huddersfield Town in January, yes them.
Wants to be PFA boss, he met Simon Jordan today in talk sport, although Walters came across ok, he just couldn't deal with Jordan and his questions, failed to answer some appropriately. The PFA is the only union which is entirely funded from outside its membership bar token payments by players, and I mean token.
Wednesday 24the February 2021 Kick Off 7pm Liberty Stadium Swansea
TV - SKY SPORTS RED BUTTON SWANS TV
Match Officials 🔴ANDY WOOLMER🔴 Lee Venamore and Nick Greenhalgh Fourth Official : John Busby
Yes it’s the first game officiating the swans that Andy Woolmer who Steve Cooper called out publicly for his integrity and decision making - after the home game against Sheffield Wednesday in November. Cooper was fined £3,500. Cooper publicly stated “ One thing was for sure, that whatever the decision was, it was not going to us," Cooper said after the game.
"It's personal unfortunately."
Now I don’t know about you but this buff nut shouldn’t be reffing any Swans game until the outcome of an investigation in to his conduct is made public, along with Cooper’s allegations also being made public. According to Cooper he is a dodgy referee who holds grudges and cheats. That’s the implication and it’s not been put to bed.
Andy Woolmer has a history of ‘questionable’ decisions against Swansea City
Well Andy boy, we will all be watching you, very closely indeed. No pressure, well, just a little bit. Or a lot, depends.
Steve Cooper Me and Marshy are going tooled up up for this one, no team talks, we are straight in to the back room of a local bar, then Rossi’s and we are sorted. Beaker wants to come as well but to be honest he’s all mouth and no trousers, had his chance to join the crew last year but bottled it on the touch line. Marsh is from Liverpool, so his mate Stanley is coming a long, he’s a sharp geezer is Stan, he can be cutting at times but always leaves his mark. If needs be we will double him up with his brother. Me and Marshy have been about, India with the boys 2017 is a memorable one. Listen, I’m not going to play games here, but it’s personal.
Cooper giving it the big one on the streets of Mumbai
Now this conversation concerns us, if it happened, when things happen then they should be concerning, however, being concerned about this conversation is all about it happening, if it did. You decide, we just make the tea, you pour it.
Swans v Coventry head to head Games won: 9 Games drawn: 9 Games lost: 13
The last time the swans lost to Coventry was Oct 1981 at Highfield Road, old people will remember this game. The last time the swans lost at home to Coventry was January 1951. Even older people and some dead ones will also recall this game.
Morris and Bennet out on weds
Cooper on Cov - “They’re a team that’s stuck with and trusted the way they got promoted from League One with last season, and I have a lot of respect for that. They have a very experienced manager, an experienced assistant manager and we know it’s a game we’ve absolutely got to be ready for. But we will be. We’re at home, we’re starting this spell of playing every three or four days, and it’s about survival of the fittest and the toughest as well, both physically and mentally. We are looking forward to these games. We were really disappointed with the result at the weekend, but that happens. You have to deal with it and move on."
Richard Duffy the former Swansea man rose through the ranks in South Wales breaking onto the scene as a fresh-faced schoolboy and making his debut for the Swans in December 2001 aged 16 against Macclesfield. However, Duffy would be kept out for over a year through injury, returning back to the side at the start of the 2003-04 season and quickly becoming a regular in the Swans side making 22 appearances.
The Welsh youngster quickly attracted interest from higher leagues, and it was Premier League outfit Portsmouth who won the race for his signature, with the defender swapping South Wales for the South coast in January 2004. A short loan move with Burnley preceded multiple successive loan spells with the Sky Blues. Duffy arrived at Coventry on loan in January 2005 as Micky Adams’ first signing, going on to play 15 games as City narrowly avoided relegation. He returned to the Midlands for the entirety of the next season, playing a key role in the upturn of fortunes and then returned the next season on a short loan until January 2007. He spent the second half of the 2006-07 season back with Swansea making 12 appearances, however this would be the final time Duffy would wear the Swans colours making 35 appearances across his two spells. The Welshman returned to Coventry for his last and fourth successive season but would only make a couple of appearances as injury would end his season soon after arrival. Duffy departed the Sky Blues at the end of the season playing 64 times across the four loan spells.
There are very few links between the sides bar David Smith who played for the swans in 2002/03 season and Barry Powell back in the early seventies.
However - The flying postman and Cian Harris would disagree. But they can’t, because they are not here.
Last six results, all comps.
Lost – Huddersfield 4-1 Swansea (Sky Bet Championship)
Won – Swansea 1-0 Nottingham Forest (Sky Bet Championship)
Lost – Swansea 1-3 Man City (Emirates FA Cup)
Won – Swansea 2-0 Norwich (Sky Bet Championship)
Won – Rotherham 1-3 Swansea (Sky Bet Championship)
Drew – Swansea 1-1 Brentford (Sky Bet Championship)
Swansea City: Freddie Woodman; Kyle Naughton, Ben Cabango, Marc Guehi; Connor Roberts, Yan Dhanda, Matt Grimes (captain), Conor Hourihane, Jake Bidwell; Andre Ayew, Jamal Lowe.
Substitutes: Ben Hamer, Ryan Manning, Jay Fulton, Korey Smith, Morgan Whittaker, Paul Arriola, Joel Latibeaudiere, Ollie Cooper, Kieron Freeman.
Coventry City: Ben Wilson, Leo Ostigard, Kyle McFadzean, Liam Kelly (captain), Maxime Biamou, Callum O'Hare, Dominic Hyam, Tyler Walker, Sam McCallum, Julien Dacosta, Gustavo Hamer.
Substitutes: Marko Marosi, Michael Rose, Jamie Allen, Viktor Gyokeres, Ben Sheaf, Amadou Bakayoko, Fankaty Dabo, Matty James, Jordan Shipley.
Swansea City continue their championship journey on Saturday
Huddersfield Town vs Swansea City England – Championship Date: Saturday, 20 February 2021 Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET Venue: Kirklees Stadium (Huddersfield)
Match Officials JOHN BROOKS Matthew Jones and Akil Howson Fourth Official : Leigh Doughty
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Good old Brooksy is back, the man who threw a few cards about in the 1-1 home draw with Brentford in January, remember he sent Kyle Naughton off ? Deservedly so too. He was also the ref when Cardiff City realised they were second best in Welsh football in December when the swans won 2-0 at Leckwith. He also sent off Joe Ralls that day, and deservedly so.
Huddersfield is inching closer to the relegation zone in the league table. The hosts have been winless for the last five matches in the campaign, following a 2-1 loss on the road against Middlesbrough. They have picked up 33 points from 9 wins and 6 draws in their 30 league appearances this season until now.
Swansea City hold fourth spot and will have an eye for the second spot in the league. The away team has picked up 56 points from 16 wins and 8 draws in their 28 attempts in the championship so far this season. They are on a five-game unbeaten streak, including a 1-0 win at home against Nottingham Forest.
Huddersfield Town vs Swansea City Head-to-head
Two of their recent five matches have ended in a draw. Their previous encounter gave a 1-2 away win for the Terriers. Both teams have scored in their recent three fixtures. The Swans have recorded three of the last five overall wins. The host has lost only one of their last five clashes at home.
Huddersfield Town Facts
Huddersfield Town AFC (Association Football Club) was founded in 1908. They become a member of the Football League 1910 and has since when claimed three league titles: 1924, 1925, 1926. In the 1923-24 season Huddersfield was given the title by the rule of goal ratio that when was in practise. They had a 1,818 goal ratio against that 1.794 of Cardiff. Ha Bloody Ha.
In addition to the three league titles, Huddersfield has played in four FA Cup finals and have won one time. Huddersfield was for a long period well-established in the top leagues, but after a relegation after 1971-72 season, the fans had to wait until the 2017-18 season for the club's return to the highest league level. Now they are back in the championship with all the dross. Swans CEO Julian Winter used to be at Huddersfield, but he isn’t anymore due to the fact he left. Had he not left it could be he would still be there.
Julian Winter leaving Huddersfield when he was offered the job at Swansea
Steve Cooper wants Swansea City to build on their hard-earned win over Nottingham Forest and produce an improved performance against a “dangerous” Huddersfield side.
The Swans head to West Yorkshire on the back of their 1-0 win at the Liberty in midweek, sealed by a late Connor Roberts header.
Head coach Cooper admitted his side had not been at their best, but was full of praise for the heart and desire they showed to climb back up to third in the Championship table.
But the Swansea boss hopes to see a more fluent display at the John Smith’s Stadium, and believes it will certainly be needed against a Terriers side who have suffered a dip in form, but were very unfortunate to suffer defeat at Middlesbrough in midweek.
“It’s about playing well in the next game, that’s really important because I don’t think you can rely too heavily on games like the last one,” he said.
“You take them when they come, and we might look back at it and realise how important a moment that was.
“But, as I’ve said before, this season is different, it is hard to predict and hard to prepare. We’ve got 10 games in 31 days coming up, and when has that ever happened?
“All I am focused on is Huddersfield, it is a dangerous game, they played really well against Middlesbrough in midweek and we have got to be ready.
“There’s still a big chunk of the season to go, so you look forward rather than back.
“We know we will have to be very good, tactically and technically, on Saturday.”
We have all done a few, those I will admit to Case file number one. I drove naked from Bargoed to Prestatyn in a tractor for a ten pound bet, two miles outside Prestatyn I was stopped by the coppers, whilst laughing I was arrested for theft of the tractor. Found not guilty because I had permission to drive the tractor, but it cost me hundreds of pounds and three court appearances.
EFL Championship Wednesday February 17th 2021 Liberty Stadium Kick Off 7pm
Match Officials GEOFF ELTRINGHAM Richard Wild and Mark Pottage Fourth Official : Kevin Johnson
Geoff Eltringham pleading for leniency with an imaginary referee
Geoff Eltringham last officiated a swans game on Saturday September 26th 2020 when Wycombe hosted the game.The swans won 2-0. He booked two Wycombe players.
History Swansea City v Nottingham Forest Games won: 25 Games drawn: 16 Games lost: 26
On the 16th May 2011 the swans beat Forest in the championship play off semi finals at the Liberty 3-1.
Stephen Dobbie celebrates his goal against Forest
The last meeting in the FA Cup saw the swans win 5-1 a few weeks ago at the Liberty.
Updated League Table
Swans man to watch
Andre is back in the goals
Andre Ayew on Forest “The next game will be a hard one,” said the 31-year-old. “We know there's 19 games left and so many points. “It's a marathon and we need to keep going to the end. The team who is going to be strong mentally and physically will be able to do something great. “But with so many games to play, I think it’s important that we only look at the next game. And we will do that for the rest of the season. “We are doing good but we won’t get carried away. We must keep working and work harder because we've got 19 games left and there are a lot of points to play for and get before we can think about anything.”
Forest man to watch
Defender Worrall is catching the eye of numerous premier league sides including gravelly voiced Burnley. He has only enjoyed being one of the first on the team sheet last and this season. Before that he was on loan at Glasgow Rangers and Dagenham & Redbridge where he scored his last competitive goal. Worrall is from a place called Hucknall.
Joe Worrall, from Mick Hucknall
More to follow including -
General observations on the purchase of minty chocolates in Nottingham
Saturday February 13th 2020 Hillsborough Stadium Sheffield Kick off 3pm
MATCH OFFICIALS to follow.
Highlights - Saturday evening : Quest is available on Freesat 167, Sky 144, Freeview 12 or 114 and Virgin 169.
Both Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City have won 4 games out of the last 6. On current form the owls are sixth, the swans second. Swansea haven’t beaten Sheff Weds In the league for nine games at Hillsborough, the last time in a 2-0 win in December 2009. Matches recently in Sheffield have been close affairs, the last game was drawn 2-2.
Remember the game ?
Wednesday is one of the oldest football clubs in the world of any code, and the third-oldest professional association football club in England. In 1868 its team won the Cromwell Cup, only the second tournament of its kind. They were founding members and inaugural champions of the Football Alliance in 1889, before joining The Football League three years later. In 1992, they became founder members of the Premier League. The team has spent most of its league history in English football's top flight, but they have not played at that level since being relegated in 2000. Current manager is in a caretaker role, Neil Thompson. He replaced Tony Pulis who was manager for just 45 days. Before that Garry Monk was manager but left in unusual circumstances. The police are still looking in to whether he had been burgled or not.
The origins of the name Wednesday is interesting. The founding members of the club called the team Wednesday as that was when they all had a day off work. If the club were to be formed nowadays they would be called Sheffield Weekly. Abergavenny Thursdays is another example of lazyness, again local workers were given a half day on Thursdays so the layabouts could get trollied and be Welsh. Interestingly, before days of the week were invented ‘Cardiff Mudpile FC’ just a few moans to the east of us wanted to be called ‘Yeah I know Hooooof, Hooooof, Aye McCarthy, big head, Hooooof ! FC ‘ Nothing to do with Sheffield Wednesday but a football fact is a football fact. Can’t deny it.
Yeah I know Hooooof, Hooooof, Aye McCarthy, big head, Hooooof ! FC Cardiff City’s proposed name back when Claaaaaaaaaaarkes Poies was considered a poisonous snake venom.
Barry Monks used to be Sheffield Wednesday manager, when he left he hadn’t been burgled and not one member of his family decided to mug off and slag the city of Sheffield on Twitter, or anything like that because that would be self obsessed, clown like pathetic, knobhead behaviour. Of course not that they would ever do that. Ever. At all.
Barry Monks in his swimming pool yesterday. His wife, surprisingly was unavailable for comment. Which is odd.
Well, I’ll be damned.
Due to the fact Sheffield Wednesday have not paid their monthly direct debit to South Yorkshire rubbing sticks together board, this game has been postponed.
Wednesday 10th February 2021 FA CUP Fifth Round Liberty Stadium Kick Off 5.30pm
The game will be shown on BT Sport LIVE from 5pm UK time and is also available in certain countries on BT Sport ultimate. Fans with access to DAZN 1 Movistar and DAZN Gratis along with ESPN+ in the USA WatchESPN in Australia and Kayo Sports can also watch the game LIVE
Match Officials Referee: Peter Bankes Assistant Referee: Adam Nunn Assistant Referee: Neil Davies Fourth Official: Andre Marriner
Peter Bankes spotted out marching to Wednesdays game
This is a repeat of the FA Cup Quarter Final game in 2019 where Manchester City scored the winning goal from an offside position, the referee that day ? Yes, you guessed it Andre Marriner. He made a variety of what can only be described as very questionable decisions in Manchester City’s favour that led to the winning goal and second goal. Incompetence is the best thing he can claim, even Guardiola said after the game ‘ yes, the goal was offside and it wasn’t a penalty but you need luck sometimes’ Very comforting.
Andre Marriner, won the last FA Cup game between the sides in 2019
Married Aston Villa supporting lunatic Andre Marriner has seen his fair share of controversy over the years, the fifty year old referee from Birmingham has never been that far away from either questionable decision making or complete and utter incompetence. Hopefully on Wednesday the nugget will stick to his role and prevent himself for trying the same stunt again. When I say stunt ...
In 2019 Marriner whose integrity is never in question, made numerous questionable decisions when he was pictured with a young Asian girl on his knee in Indonesia at a charity event. On the Thursday night of the week long trip Kevin Friend, Martin Atkinson, David Coote and Marriner posed for photos with six women at Brewski & Co bar in Batam’s Nagoya Entertainment District, infamous for its red light district. Marriner of course remains with his integrity intact. If you like.
Caught offside, Marriner the married man in a lingering hug for charity in the red light district, Indonesia
We will leave the sleazy side of refereeing for now, and hope 150k a year plus 2k a game match fees ( England only, international fees extra ) referee Andre Marriner keeps it in his trousers on Wednesday.
Man City hold the aces when it comes to previous performances between the sides. Leave aside the game we all know should have gone the way of Swansea and still Man City are clear favourites. We have to go back thirteen games for a swans win, that was 1-0 back in 2012, sub Luke Moore scoring the winner.
The teams that day were -
Swans: Vorm, Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor, Routledge (Monk, 87), Britton, Allen, Sinclair, Sigurdsson, Graham (Moore, 79).
Man City: Hart, Richards, K. Toure, Savic, Clichy, De Jong (Johnson, 84), Barry (Aguero, 37), Nasri, Y. Toure, Silva (Dzeko, 87), Balotelli.
Gun toting, human firework and self obsessed idiot Balotelli blasted the ball away in frustration on several occasions during the game, Rodgers then swans manager called it a ‘Wonderful day’ for supporters of the club. The swans have earned several draws since then but no victories. We have to go back to 1984 for another swan win 4-1 at the vetch and then to April 1982 when 2-0 was the score line, a certain Garry Stanley scoring a much celebrated tap in from 41 yards.
Relive that game from 1982 here
Manchester City ‘The facts’ Man City, now have a womens team, they are called Woman City, this keeps them in tune morally and genderly with todays millennial chipmunks. Founded in 1880 as St. Mark's (West Gorton) which is a stupid name they changed it to Manchester City after that. When you think the club formed four years after the death of General, Colonel, Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer after being surrounded by Sue and her mates it makes you realise how old the club is. In 1956 they had a fisherman goalkeeper called Bert Trautmann, a Jerry, who has to put up with some tremendous abuse in professional football in the fifties.Whilst the people of Manchester were still putting their windows back in after years of trying to buy windows after the war ended, there was much hostility. However Bert won their hearts in the 1956 final which Man City won. During the game he broke his neck but continued playing. It was later revealed he also played with two broken legs, a broken wrist, multiple bum lacerations from the then spiked stud and a slight graze to his elbow. The latter was treated with beer, Trautmann refused all treatment and the next day ran home to his house in Berlin, which also had no windows. So, a lovely story there from history.
Bert holding his head on after the 1956 FA Cup final
As Manchester’s second team for most of their history stories like Bert’s are often repeated. There was nothing else to talk about for years. Up until 2008 Manchester City were rubbish, then a bloke from an urbanised hot place came along and bought several titles, cups and managers. That’s how football works. The fans of ‘Citeh’ have a song called Blue Moon, which isn’t their song. Brit band Blur are keen followers of ‘Citeh’ and their lead singer says ‘ Citeh’ very well. It has to be said many good things have come out of Manchester and stayed out of Manchester to their credit. Nothing else is known about Man City other than their manager Peppermint Pig can get very minty at times, that was pork I know.
Steve Cooper pre match, complete with stupid questions
It’s no embarrassment, just a learning curve for Cooper and our young players.11th Feb 2021 11:25 Some would say too much respect was paid early on to Manchester City tonight in the FA Cup fifth round tie at the Liberty - as the citizens came and played their usual impressive game. It seems, just like last Friday when Cooper out thought Norwich City that Pep Guardiola did exactly the same in a master class performance. However, the swans were not to be denied a bit of glory.0
Mine has to be Prestatyn, Pontins with the family years ago, what a nightmare, cold accommodation, mould on the walls, people walking in your chalet whilst you were in, or breaking in when you are out. People shagging on the green spaces in lit areas, drunks everywhere, shouting, fighting, the latest fight I saw started at 5am, police turned up , two of them who were then physically attacked by about twenty people, more coppers. The usual shouting and screaming when they get a bit back, drugs ! Jeez the drugs were brilliant, indiscriminate smashing of windows showering kids inside with glass. Very unclean bars and rest areas. I could go on, most of the guests were from Wrexham area and Merseyside, although West Midlands was represented too, what a hell hole, this was about 1999 ish, is it still there, has it improved ?