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Viva Video XVII

Earlier this week Sean O’Driscoll was quoted as saying that Swansea City were the only other side he would pay to watch. Football-wise, right at this moment, in terms of compliments you could receive it’s probably up there with being called the only writer that Joseph Heller cared to read, or the next gig Paul McCartney is choosing to attend.

As a result we hoped to bring you some footage to back up Sean O’Driscoll’s enthusiasm. Sadly, whilst goal footage abounds there is little video evidence at my disposal to justly illustrate the Swan’s sweeping passing style; nor for that matter is there of Rovers own fluid game. Never mind, I thought, I’ll keep it contemporary with Richie Wellens incredible two goals from Rovers last trip to the Liberty Stadium. Sadly, only blurred and distorted footage is available to me, and so I had to go further back.

Whilst, fluid football at this level of the game may be a novelty to all but a narrow generation of Rovers fans, for Swansea the experiences of the upper divisions of English (and Welsh) football are much more contemporary. Not only have they been here failry recently but in 1981, under the guidance of John Toshack they pushed onwards into the top-flight and even challenged the leaders for much of the debut season.

Under Toshack too Swansea tried to move the ball about and at the Vetch Field in particular they were often devastating. To appease both Rovers and Swans fans alike we’ve plucked for highlights of Swansea’s first game of the 1981-82 season. What is that old saying; ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’? So with that in mind, any team that can convincingly turn-over Leeds United is welcome to have that memory relived on this site. Not only do the goals keep coming, but they keep getting better as well. Over to you, John Motson


About glen wilson

Former schoolboy, Glen Wilson writes on football and travel and has been editor of the award-winning popular STAND fanzine since before the award.


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