Away Days with HTSA
Swansea City - Saturday, 14th October 2017
By Car: Exit the M4 at Junction 45 and take the A4067 towards the city centre, following the sings for A4067 South. Continue along the A4067 for two and a half miles and you will see the stadium on your left.
Parking: Unfortunately, most of the parking around the stadium (including in the immediate residential areas) is for permit holders only. There is, however, a matchday ‘Park and Ride’ service to the stadium which is signposted from Junction 46 of the M4. It costs £6.
By Train: Swansea Station is located two miles (about a twenty-five-minute walk) away from the stadium. Regular bus services (4, 4a, 120, 122, 125, 132) are available from the station to the stadium.
Inside the ground
Swansea’s first appearance at the old Wembley came in 1994 when they beat Town on penalties in the 1994 Football League Trophy.
1. What are your thoughts about last season?
A disappointing season both on and off the field. Thankfully the managerial change in January prompted a change in fortunes on the pitch and we look forward to giving Huddersfield Town fans a Premier League welcome to the Liberty Stadium.
2. And your expectations for this season?
On the strength of our performance in the latter part of last season most Swans fans are optimistic that we will at least get back to the relatively comfortable mid-table positions that we have previously managed during our time in the Premier League. Having won the League Cup in 2013 and enjoyed a memorable following season in the Europa League, a cup run would be very welcome.
3. Who’s your key player?
We are expecting Alfie Mawson to continue the progress he has shown since joining the Swans. Leon Britton, a catalyst for the late surge which saw the Swans retain our Premier League status is coming to the end of his long career which has seen him play in all four divisions for the Club. Swans fans would love to see him continue to play a part next year. Ultimately, however, it will be as much about how the team work as a unit as much as the performance of individual players.
4. What do you think about Huddersfield Town?
Probably the 'surprise package' in the Championship last season. It's been almost ten years since we last met and many amongst our new generation of fans will be looking forward to the matches against a 'new' team! To those who have been around a bit longer, however, Huddersfield will always be the team we beat in a penalty shootout at Wembley in 1994 to win the AutoGlass trophy!
5. What are your thoughts on Swansea's new American owners?
The exclusion of the (21% shareholding) Supporters' Trust from the share sale meant that the relationship with the new owners was always going to be difficult. Ignoring the Trust when taking key managerial decisions early on in the season did not help. Following the disastrous spell under Bob Bradley consultation with the Trust improved and key personnel were involved in discussions prior to the appointment of Paul Clement. There is now a regular dialogue between the Trust and Club personnel but there are still major issues to be agreed in respect of the future relationship between the Trust and the new owners. The summer transfer window will be a key test although there will almost certainly be no significant personal financial investment from them.