Sunday, 11 December 2011

Swansea City - The Liberty Stadium

Swansea City FC
Liberty Stadium

01792 616600

Matchday Number: 120
Tuesday 22nd October 2006
Swansea City 2-3 Wycombe Wanderers
Carling Cup 1st Round

My first visit to Swansea City's new ground, the Liberty Stadium was in August 2006. This game was the start of our run to the Carling Cup Semi Final, where we eventually bowed out to Chelsea, despite managing a 1-1 draw at Adams Park in the first leg. But the game I am going to concentrate on came the following season, where a reserve side lost 2-0 to a second string Swansea team in the Johnstones Paint Trophy.

Before I got the time off to go to Swansea, I had to do my usual pennance at ASDA from 5am up until 1pm. Having missed out on a better job earlier this week I am there for the foreseeable future. And to make matters worse they didn't have any of my favourite Yorkie Cookies - what is the world coming to?!?

Once I had finished I met Big Macca down the chippy and we made our way to the coach which left at one. Much animated conversation amongst the regulars about the usual subjects ensued – I can’t see Johnny P joining the Stefan Oakes fan club anytime soon!

At about 4 we stopped for our obligitory stop at one of the UK’s delightful service stations. This one, the “First” service station in Magor looked a bit like a time warp from the 1970’s We enjoyed a fairly trouble free trip down and got to the Liberty Stadium just before 6

Swansea were looking for revenge following us putting them out of the Carling Cup on our way to the semi final last season. Before the game Big Macca and I went to another chippy before making our way to the ground.. Wycombe made a number of changes including in goal where Przemyslaw Kazimierczak made his debut following his loan move from Bolton a couple of weeks ago. Swansea also fielded a patched up side as the Johnstones Paint Trophy was obviously low on each respective managers priority list. The fans were not that interested either, just 43 made their way from Wycombe, the lowest ever support in the Football League for a competitive game if I’m not mistaken.

In an uneventful game it was Swansea who took a 2 goal lead and could have had more in a first half where Wycombe looked in trouble on quite a few occasions. The second half was a bit better and we probably just shaded it but couldn’t find the net. Reuben Reid was probably the best Wycombe player causing a few problems for the Swansea defence. But the dream of winning the JPT is over at the first hurdle for Wycombe and they can now concentrate on the league, bar the FA Cup which starts next month.

THE LIBERTY STADIUM is Swansea's new stadium, after years spent at their former ground, Vetch Field. It is a smart, modern stadium, holding around 20,000 and is one of the better new builds. It also has quite a lot to do around it, with a retail park nearby, and a chippy right across the road. There sadly arn't many options for a drink though.

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