Swansea players dig into their pockets in relegation fight

Swansea City have revealed they will pay for food and drink for 3,000 supporters after players bought out the away ticket allocation for fans travelling to watch their side's crucial Premier League clash with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

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Ahead of their game against Sunderland on Sunday (AEST), the club revealed that the players would cover the cost of match tickets for fans heading to the north east at the weekend.

The allocation of tickets were snapped up within hours of being made available, with the Swans set to be backed by a sellout away crowd against Ronald Koeman's side.

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Swansea revealed that they will cover the cost of food and drink for 3,000 fans making the long journey to Sunderland, with every supporter set to receive a voucher worth £5.50 ($10 AUD) to pay for refreshments at the Stadium of Light.

"After such a long trip to the North East, I’m sure the Jack Army will be ready to be refreshed," a club spokesperson told WalesOnline.

"While it’s been a difficult season at times, the Jack Army has continued to support the team in vast numbers at the Liberty Stadium and on the road. That backing is appreciated by the Board, staff and players.

"With 3,000 Swans fans in the North East supporting Paul Clement and his squad, hopefully the free refreshments will help pay for a glass or two to be raised towards a successful weekend."



The announcement from the club came off the back of the first team squad digging into their own pockets to purchase 3,000 tickets and give them away for free to Swansea season ticket holders. 

Club captain Leon Britton, who has been with the club since their days in League Two, was the man behind the idea, further confirming his status as the fan favourite of Swansea's 'Jack Army'.

"It was the players who suggested the idea," Britton told WalesOnline.

"Not only that, it is also a way for the players to show how much the support of the Jack Army has meant to us all during a difficult campaign."

"The support we’ve had at home and away has been amazing considering how tough it’s been at times. That support has been there not just over the course of this season, but for a number of years."

"If there was ever a time that we need one another more than ever, it’s now, over these last few games of the campaign."

Swansea are already have one of the cheapest away game schemes in the Premier League with the club's cost-mitigating scheme for away matches limiting ticket costs to £20 ($35) for members travelling to away games.

The Swans will need all the support they can muster as they attempt to stay in the Premier League, although they do have the easiest run of the three sides in jeopardy.



Victory over Everton at the Liberty Stadium will move Swansea City a point clear of Hull after Marco Silva's side suffered a shock 2-0 defeat at home to the Black Cats.

Swansea could secure their Premier League status as early as this weekend if they can beat Sunderland and Hull lose to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

SBS will broadcast the game between Sunderland and Swansea on Saturday night, with coverage starting at 11:30 pm (AEST), and streamed via The World Game app.


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Published 12 May 2017 at 10:18am
Source: SBS The World Game