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Catches Win Matches ...
at 14:39 23 Jun 2024

Not in this case - BUT ...

Swans New Kit 2024/25 ?? ...
at 11:32 21 Jun 2024

Rishi Sunak's protection officer being investigated for bet on election date
at 17:58 19 Jun 2024

"A police officer in the prime minister's close protection team has been suspended and arrested over bets about the timing of the general election."
BADFINGER - They Sold A Million ...
at 11:07 19 Jun 2024

RIP ...

Glan Letheren RIP
at 13:52 6 Jun 2024

5 v 5 Fight Night ...
at 19:45 1 Jun 2024

Matchroom vs Queensberry 5v5 card in full -

plus Bivol vs Zinad

Deontay Wilder vs Zhilei Zhang

Daniel Dubois vs Filip Hrgovic

Hamzah Sheeraz vs Austin ‘Ammo’ Williams

Willy Hutchinson vs Craig Richards

Nick Ball vs Raymond Ford

Dmitry Bivol vs Malik Zinad

There are two points awarded for a knockout win and one for a victory on the cards, with double points on offer to respective team captains Wilder and Sheeraz.

Dmitry Bivol also defends his WBA light-heavyweight title tonight against Malik Zinad after the postponement of his undisputed meeting with Artur Beterbiev.
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P.L.was asked to investigate ‘tapping up’ claim over Russell Martin
at 10:03 31 May 2024

""Southampton obtained confidential contract details about Russell Martin to secure a cut-price £1.25 million deal to recruit him last summer, court documents allege.

A High Court claim lodged by Swansea City, Martin’s former club, reveals the Premier League were asked to launch a “tapping up” investigation into the circumstances of the move last summer. “To the best of Swansea City’s knowledge”, the league’s “regulatory team is presently investigating the matter”, the papers filed last month say. Telegraph Sport understands, however, that England’s top tier is not pursuing the case.

Nevertheless, Swansea are pressing ahead with suing Martin, alleging he or representatives helped Southampton avoid paying a full £2 million release clause. In addition to speaking to Southampton without Swansea’s “written consent”, the Welsh club claim he passed on confidential terms which helped keep costs down.

The south coast club paid £1.25 million, the compensation fee applicable for a Championship club, rather than the £2 million fee they would have owed as a Premier League team.

Swansea allege that Southampton would have approached and effectively secured a deal with Martin prior to their relegation to the Championship last year. Detailing breach of contract allegations, the claim says “Mr Martin, and/or his agent acting on his behalf communicated with another football club that made an approach for his services whether directly or indirectly, without receiving permission in writing by the CEO” and “revealed to a third party confidential information namely the Release Sums and/or details of the Resigning Employees.”

The Premier League had first been alerted to complaints in June last year, according to the claim filed just weeks before Southampton secured their return to the top tier via the Championship play-offs.

Martin “did not act, whether through his own actions and/or those of an agent acting on his behalf, in the best interests of Swansea City”, the claim adds.

Southampton announced Martin as head coach a week after the Premier League’s AGM was held and the team’s top tier shares were transferred to Burnley, one of the newly promoted sides

“By reason of the factual foregoing, it is to be reasonably inferred that.... Without Swansea City’s knowledge or permission, Southampton FC approached Mr. Martin or persons acting on his behalf, such as his intermediary or agent, in order to induce him to leave his employment with Swansea City,” the claim says.

It first emerged last month that Swansea were set to file a High Court case suing Martin for “breach of contract” following his defection to then Championship rivals Southampton last summer.

Swansea warned last summer that they would pursue “full compensation” for Russell, who they said had more than a year remaining on his contract.

“Martin had a little over 12 months remaining on the three-year deal he signed upon arriving at the Stadium in August 2021,” the club said last summer.

“The club also stands firm in our belief that we are owed full compensation for Russell, and we will continue working diligently and strategically to protect the best interests of the club.”

Former Scotland defender Martin, 38, replaced Rubén Sellés as Southampton manager on a three-year contract.

Henrik Kraft, the Southampton chairman, said Martin had been the “stand-out candidate”, while the new manager added: “It’s a privilege to accept this opportunity at Southampton, a club with such a long and rich history”.

Swansea appointed Barnsley’s Michael Duff to replace Martin but he was sacked in December.

Both clubs and Martin’s representatives have been contacted for comment."
[Post edited 31 May 10:05]
Brighton want Steve Cooper to replace Roberto De Zerbi??
at 09:44 31 May 2024

"Brighton & Hove Albion are accelerating their search for a new manager following the departure of Roberto De Zerbi, and Steve Cooper has emerged as the leading candidate."
[Post edited 31 May 9:44]
13 Years Ago Today ...
at 11:16 30 May 2024

Swansea City - Finances ...
at 09:55 30 May 2024

Royal Mail owner IDS agrees Kretinsky's £3.6bn takeover bid ...
at 08:44 29 May 2024

"Royal Mail owner International Distribution Services has agreed terms for a £3.57billion takeover by Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky’s EP Group."

Kretinsky said he had the 'utmost respect' for the history and tradition of the service, which employs around 150,000 people, as he made a series of commitments to secure Royal Mail's future. "

The offer includes commitments to retain Royal Mail's name, brand, UK headquarters and UK tax residency, as well as protections for employee benefits and pensions.
Vetch Field Former Players Entrance - Official Re-opening ...
at 13:44 27 May 2024

"Over the past 12 months or so we’ve been working on renovating the former players entrance at the old Vetch Field and have been providing regular updates on our website HERE"

"On Sunday 26th May an informal re-opening ceremony took place where former players and representatives of the FPA committee, the Swans Trust and Swansea City were invited along."

"So too all of those who kindly gave up their time and/or donated materials to help ensure we completed the project."

"Simon Davies from BBC Wales also kindly attended and compiled a piece for us on their BBC Wales Sport website HERE"

"The Swans Trust would like to express our thanks and gratitude to all the local companies and volunteers associated with putting this project together as below:"

"Our gratitude also goes out to Dawn Mitchell and her Vetch Veg Community Garden volunteers for their patience and co-operation over the past few months and for laying on tea and cakes for everyone that attended the re-opening ceremony."

Diolch yn fawr iawn.

Thanks everyone.

Swansea City Supporters’ Trust
David Wilkie RIP ...
at 16:09 22 May 2024

"British Olympic swimming champion David Wilkie has died at the age of 70."

"His family announced that Scottish great Wilkie, who won 200m breaststroke gold for Great Britain in Montreal in 1976, died peacefully on Wednesday morning following his battle with cancer."
Joe Allen Signs For Another Year ...
at 16:23 17 May 2024

"Swansea City midfielder Joe Allen has agreed a new contract to extend his time with the club through to the end of June 2025."
Wales v Scotland 1979 ...
at 13:06 11 May 2024

Today, BBC1 Wales 14.35 ...

Tosh's hat trick.

There can't be many player managers that have scored a hat trick in International football.
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Jeremy Vine sues Joey Barton ...
at 18:21 9 May 2024

Jeremy Vine is suing Joey Barton after the loudmouth ex-footballer called him a 'big bike nonce' in a social media outburst."

"Mr Vine, 58, says after he was called the term on X, millions of people have read the post which accused him of having a 'sexual interest in children'."

"Lawyers for the journalist told the High Court their client is bringing defamation and harassment claims against the former Bristol Rovers manager."
[Post edited 9 May 18:22]
Harry Darling Undergoes Foot Surgery ...
at 15:09 3 May 2024

"Swansea City defender Harry Darling will miss the season finale against Millwall after undergoing surgery on a foot injury."

"The centre-back has been in fine form as the Swans have enjoyed a strong conclusion to the 2023-24 campaign."

"But he underwent an operation earlier this week, and will aim to be back in time for the start of pre-season ahead of the 2024-25 season."
Roger Freestone ...
at 19:46 2 May 2024

... Scores a goal and it's not a header. 😂

at 22:34 1 May 2024

Full list of winners ...

Under 21s' Player of the Season (sponsored by Swansea Decorating Service) – Filip Lissah

Academy Player of the Season (sponsored by the Plough & Harrow, Murton) – Aimar Govea

Community Champion award (sponsored by Pure Swansea) - Maggie’s Swansea

Best Newcomer of the Season (sponsored by Ammcom) – Josh Tymon

Swansea City Women Top Goalscorer (sponsored by Peter Lynn & Partners) – Katy Hosford

Swansea City Men’s Top Goalscorer (sponsored by Peter Lynn & Partners) – Jamal Lowe and Jerry Yates

Goal of the season (sponsored by the lcv group) - Josh Ginnelly v Northampton Town

Swansea City Women Players’ Player of the Season (sponsored by Owens) – Ellie Lake

Swansea City Men’s Players’ Player of the Season (Sponsored by Owens) – Carl Rushworth

Swansea City Women Supporters' Player of the Season (sponsored by SA1 Solutions) – Katy Hosford

Swansea City Men’s Supporters’ Player of the season (sponsored by SA1 Solutions) – Carl Rushworth

Lifetime Achievement award (sponsored by Swansea City Supporters’ Trust) – Stuart McDonald

Alan Curtis Award (sponsored by Swansea Building Society) – Mel Nurse
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