Kenny Brown

Swansea: 15 years and what a difference!!

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So on the back of 2 goalless draws and without a win since the Chelsea game back in October, Sunday’s fixture at Swansea City gives us a good opportunity to get a much needed 3 points.

Even with them losing their Manager, harshly I thought, this will be a difficult game against one of the best footballing sides in the League.  To think that 15 years ago they were 1 kick away from falling out of the League and going bust.  I was Manager at Barry Town (near Cardiff) at the time and Swansea City Football Club were nothing like what you see today.  The old Vetch Field was rotting away, crowds were low and the quality of player and football there was at an al -time low.  Friends Colin Addison and Peter Nicolas took over what was already a club in decline, but didn’t last long.

They stayed up with a last minute goal on the final day of the season and then the steady rise started.


Move forward 15 years and Swansea City are a different animal.  Fantastic training facilities, new ground, full stadium every week and an established Premier League Club.  Again I have good fiends back in charge, albeit for an interim period, Alan Curtis and Dave Adams.  Even so, I still want the Hammers to win !

Back to West Ham, scoring goals has been a problem of late and we really need not just Andy Carroll to start scoring, but the rest of the team to start chipping in.  From what I’ve seen and heard, the football is fine in between the boxes but the problem has been no end product and some bad luck in front of goal.  The clean sheets will be pleasing Slaven and Julian, but the Premier League is ruthless and while your playing well, you need to get as many points on the board as possible.

With the busy Christmas period just round the corner, the next 3-4 fixtures give us a great opportunity to start turning those draws into wins.  Then with the injured players coming back in the New Year, the 2nd half of the season could be even more exciting than the first.

Regarding the injuries and the much publicised move to Rush Green, I bet Julian is doing his nut!  I remember the mud we used to train in at Chadwell Heath, from around this time of year until Feb and no one mentioned anything.  To be fair, we could play badly on any surface…………


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