Sunday, 28 May 2017

Liberty Stadium - Swansea City

Swansea City - Liberty Stadium

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VISIT 1: Swansea City 0-0 Sunderland 27/8/11
VISIT 2: Swansea City 1-0 Everton 6/5/17


Swansea City 1-0 Everton
Saturday 6th May 2017
Barclays Premier League

I had previously been to The Liberty Stadium the once, back in 2011. It was with my ex girlfriend at the time who was an Aldershot fan and a soft spot for Sunderland (bizarrely) so of course at the time it was a great opportunity to tick The Liberty off. Only good thing about that day was of course seeing a full 90 minutes (I'll explain in a bit) and ticking off a new ground. In my 1st visit I didn't take any pictures so of course a re-visit to Swansea was always going to be on the cards at some point. My 2nd visit came about when I put a poll up on Twitter, it was a choice of 2 games. Either Hull v Sunderland or Swansea v Everton. Hull would have ideally been a new ground for me, but I fancied a re-visit to Swansea anyway. Both of them clubs I would have liked to have visited their old ground. Hull with being Boothferry Park and Swansea with The Vetch Field. So after a Twitter poll came in, the most votes being with Swansea v Everton. I felt this could have been a better game to go to anyway.

Anyway, onto my 2nd visit. I left home just before half 9, and arrived into London Paddington at around 10.45. I left Paddington at 11.45 and arrived shortly into Swansea just before 3. I took a short walk to Swansea's old ground The Vetch as you can see above. I do love visiting old grounds, and it's always nice to see old grounds still being remembered. I've said before, I believe that if a club plans on moving to a new ground from their ground they've been at for about 100 years, I still think they should leave something there to be quite memorable. As shown in the last picture above, the gates are still there which is nice to see. The Vetch Field now is just mainly allotments and a kid's play area. In the 2nd picture above, that is also the official centre spot of The Vetch Field which was quite nice to see I thought.

Swansea City's just can't get enough song being sung, mostly sung at home games. Was sung quite a lot when I went!

So, anyway after visiting The Vetch Field for about half an hour, I made my way to The Liberty. I was looking forward to this one, but I wasn't in some ways. I ordered my train ticket and match ticket, but a while afterwards, BT Sport announced the game was on TV and was moved to a half 5 kick off. It wasn't too much of a problem, but the last train back to London was 19.29 which of course meant I would have to leave the game early in order to get my last train back which was annoying. But luckily I got some pictures so wasn't too bad. Anyway, I got to the ground about half 4 with having plenty of time to kill. Took some pictures outside and then made my way into the ground. Sadly as I just previously mentioned, I left the game on 62 minutes due to catching the last train home, but from what I saw, the 1st half there wasn't a lot in it. Was a fairly even 1st half, Everton didn't really offer much and neither did Swansea, although Swansea had a lot of the possession. Luckily I saw the goal and the only goal of the game which came from Jordan Ayew's cross which saw Fernando Llorente head in and put Swansea 1-0 up. The place literally erupted. Swansea fans were terrific when I was there, atmosphere was fantastic I thought. Gotta say, Swansea fans atmosphere wise is arguably in my top 3, I remember they were decent when I first went to Swansea so it's good to see they're still as good then! Even when I left the ground on 62, as I was walking to the ground and as I was pretty much at the station, I could still hear Swansea fans singing then and that was a half an hour walk away. Anyway, I caught my last train home and I got back home shortly after midnight. A pretty decent day, got everything I wanted to do done, just a shame I had to leave the game early. I do plan on visiting Swansea again in the future, think it's a lovely place to visit as well as the ground.

Swansea City take me to The Vetch song.

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