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The Cwmbwrla Connections Advent Calendar - Day Twelve


This afternoon Swansea City visit the Leckwith stadium in the wastelands of south west Cardiff for the 109th meeting between our team and their bitterest rivals. These derby games were infrequent during the Swans’ recent seven year stay in the Premier League, and while few of us missed the old enemy when we were apart, there’s no harm in reminding them that the number one team in Wales wears white.

The difference this time is that the stadium will be empty and devoid of atmosphere. That’s something Cardiff players have grown accustomed to at their home games over the years, of course, but Swansea City teams are used to performing for loyal, knowledgeable crowds, and the absence of that support will be keenly felt today, as it has been since they returned to action in June.

If you’re one of the fans who’d normally be making the trip today, Sky Sports coverage is a poor substitute for the real thing, so we’d like to cheer you up with a quick reminder of the contribution our community has made to the beautiful game down the years.

Eight decades ago, in a street in Cwmbwrla, a group of boys were raised without privilege but blessed with talent and commitment. Born in Fforestfach, Mel Nurse grew up in Alice Street along with John and Mel Charles, to whom he would become a lifelong friend. Between them they would win 81 caps for Wales and become loved and admired by fans not only of Swansea but also of Arsenal, Middlesbrough, Leeds United and Juventus. Mel Nurse discusses his friendship with the Charles brothers in “Cwmbwrla, Coronavirus and Community” and the book also recalls the days when Mel’s own loyalty and generosity were all that stood between Swansea City FC and liquidation. Without the boys of SA5, our team’s history would have been far less colourful, and it would have ended altogether long before our Premier League adventure or the famous 2013 League Cup win that took us into Europe.

We don’t know what the 2020s have in store for the Swans, but the 2010s gave us memories to treasure, and that League Cup win is behind an interesting football fact.

Did you know that Swansea City have won more major trophies in the 21st century than Everton, Newcastle, West Ham, Leeds United, Wolves and Aston Villa combined?

You do now. Be proud of our team.

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