Proud to be a Swan (paperback)
Geraint H Jenkins Other books by Geraint H Jenkins
This wonderfully rich, stimulating and witty centennial history tells the tale of the extraordinary rise of Swansea City AFC from the lower reaches of the Southern League to the dizzy heights of Premiership football.
In portraying a club which, according to goalkeeper Roger Freestone, never experienced any dull days, it brings to life the painful lows as well as the memorable highs in its chequered history. Some unforgettable players, including Joe Sykes, Jack Fowler, Ivor Allchurch, Lee Trundle and Leon Britton, and successful managers like Joe Bradshaw, Billy McCandless, John Toshack, Roberto Martínez and Brendan Rodgers, figure prominently in the analysis.
Fresh perspectives are offered on the most memorable games and moments experienced at the much-loved Vetch Field and the Liberty Stadium as well as at some of the cathedrals of English football.
Just as striking is the thoughtful analysis of the attractive free-flowing style known as 'the Swansea way' and the way in which genuine supporters, headed by the Supporters Trust, have made the Jack Army the lifeblood of the club. This lavishly illustrated work will fascinate everyone who enjoys reading about dramatic roller-coaster rides played out over a hundred years.
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"As one would expect from the author this is an extremely readable, lucid and erudite account which is rich and fluid not only in terms of sporting detail and anecdote but also in respect of historical context whether local, regional or national." - Editors of Morgannwg: The Journal of Glamorgan History