May 11, 2012
The Liverpool players might be used to hearing the Kop belt out 'You'll Never Walk Alone', but Sunday afternoon's final game of the season will feature an entirely different sensation - several hundred Elvises (or should that be Elivi) singing "I Can't Help Falling In Love With You". Possibly several thousand.
May 3, 2012
Straight on the back of securing mathematical Premier League safety, the Swans have unveiled their new away kit for next season, and it's a beauty.
April 14, 2012
I'd previously wondered whether a couple of losses meant the wheels were starting to come off Brendan's bus. After a fourth loss in a row, it's hard to argue that they're not. What's going wrong, and how can the Swans fix it?
April 4, 2012
A week after conceding only their third home defeat all season, the Swans were beaten away by Spurs. The defeat marked just the second time the Swans have lost two consecutive games this season, but such streaks were something Brendan's men managed to avoid until the end of February. Does this mean the wheels are starting to come off?
March 24, 2012
It's amazing what one result can do. Beating Man City was certainly impressive but the three points taken at Craven Cottage have vaulted Swansea into conversations about European football and eighth spot in the table. With the form Swansea are in at the moment, and a slumping Everton side next on the slate, perhaps talk of Europe isn't all that far fetched.
November 3, 2011
The Swans recovery following a humbling loss to Norwich City three weeks ago has demonstrated the underlying steel Brendan Rodgers has been manufacturing in his charges since taking over the reigns of the club. The Swans put on a clinical display at Wolves a week after the loss, only to be forced to settle for a draw after the sort of meltdown that might put other teams into a tailspin until Christmas. Not the Swans. Instead, Brendan's boys returned home to comfortably demolish a pretty decent Bolton Wanderers team, 3-1.
October 29, 2011
The obvious storyline for the Swans home fixture against Bolton this afternoon is the return of Darren Pratley. Pratley was one of my favourite players when he was with the Swans, and ironically is just the kind of all-action physical midfielder the team could do with at the moment. The talk might be all about his return to the Liberty, but something far more significant has taken place behind the scenes at Swansea.
October 15, 2011
The international break has seen Joe Allen win his first starts for Wales - and play well - and Michel Vorm take over from an injured Maarten Stekelenburg in the Dutch goal. Allen's Wales debut allowed the Swans to feature three players among the national side's starters for the first time since the early Eighties, and demonstrates the Swans contribution to what Brendan Rodgers has described as the start of a Golden Era for Welsh sport.
September 28, 2011
I like Stoke. Not nearly enough that I don't want to see Swans take them apart at the Liberty on Sunday of course, but I have grown fond of them. I know that's not a fashionable opinion, mostly because Stoke don't play fashionable football. But it is easy to respect someone when they do something well, and Stoke's one-team mission to resurrect old fashioned football in this most modern of eras is a work of beauty. It's an ugly beauty, but it's there none the less. Plus, they're a well run club.
September 22, 2011
Needing to scour the free agent market for defensive help, the Swans have recently turned their attention to Hungarian centre back Zoltan Liptak.
Liptak was recently released by ex-Swans boss Paulo Sousa's Videton side, probably for scoring too many goals (especially for a defender). Liptak has scored a Stoke-worthy 13 goals in 149 games so far in his career, and being a set-piece threat is always a boon among defensive players. Plus, at 6'4", he's the Ryan Shawcross of the Carpathian Basin. Rodgers has spoken positively about his effort during training so we'll have to wait and see what happens.
August 26, 2011
Talk about a game of contrasts; the Swans versus Sunderland fixture presents a classic case of "something's gotta give". In the white corner we have Swansea City, unbeaten in ten games at the Liberty stadium. In the red-striped corner we have a Sunderland team who are unbeaten in three away games. Swansea are still chasing their first Premier League goal whilst Sunderland have yet to keep a clean sheet. No matter the scoreline, by Saturday evening at least one of those sequences will have been broken.
August 20, 2011
Swansea's first home fixture as a Premier League club is against none other than Wigan Athletic; storybook stuff from the fixtures computer which will see former Swans stalwart Roberto Martinez return to the Liberty Stadium for the first time since he followed the gold-paved road north with half the backroom staff and the team's top scorer in tow. Some Swans fans have threatened, playfully or otherwise, to throw pig's heads and the like at the former boss. But does Martinez deserve a warmer welcome?