Swansea City: The All-Time XI

The Swans are on the verge of making history by winning their first ever major trophy. Here are the legends whose legacy will be added to with victory over Bradford...
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The Swans are on the verge of making history by winning their first ever major trophy. Here are the legends whose legacy will be added to with victory over Bradford...

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Goalkeeper

Roger Freestone

Loud and domineering. Things you want in a goalkeeper and things you got with Big Rog. Held the clean sheet record for a season with 22 until recently, plus a 100% conversion rate from the penalty spot. There'll be no other like him.

Defence

Harry Griffiths

In his time at Swansea he filled multiple roles, as player, physio, coach, trainer, assistant manager and manager. Many a few pints were consumed in the Harry Griffiths bar at The Vetch.

Jimmy Hadziabdic

One half of the Yugoslav connection in the  early to mid 80's. A creative left back, who bombed forward at every opportunity with a wand of a left foot.

Ashley Williams

One of the top centre-backs in the country at present: strong, agile and most of all consistent. Current Swansea City team captain and captain of Wales.

Ante Rajković

Spoke little English added to his mystique, a classic hard man that never let any of the first division’s attackers get the better of him. Quick over a short distance and sharp in the tackle.

Midfield

Alan Curtis

Mr Swansea. Player, coach, manager, top tea maker. An eye for goal, and a body swerve that rivalled no other, he'd ghost past players. Mr Snake-hips can still be seen strutting his stuff on the Swansea City training ground. The tight perm might be gone but the boyish grin remains.

Robbie James

Played for both the Swans and Bradford. Went through the divisions from bottom tier to top flight while at the Vetch. Dictating games from midfield with his barrel chest puffed out, he had a superb engine and range of passing. Would be worth upwards of £15m in today's game.

Leon Britton

A club legend; a giant standing at a mere 5ft 5inches. Another who has played for the club in all four divisions. The Vetch faithful once passed a bucket around the ground for donations to pay his wages when on loan at the club. Fitting that he plays at Wembley in a cup final ten years after starring in the team that kept the Swans in the Football League with a last day of the season victory. My personal all-time favourite player.

Leighton James

A terrific speedy winger. Superb with both feet always making him a goal threat.

Forwards

Lee Trundle

Mr Entertainer. When the club was in one of its dark periods he did as much as any other player to lift it out of the gloom. Albeit at a lower level, the sheer joy and skills that he brought to the fans was something special. The scorer of a sensational goal that won the LDV Vans Trophy in Cardiff.

Ivor Allchurch

Known as 'The Golden Boy' of Welsh football. Scorer of 164 goals for 'Swansea Town'. A life-size statue of him welcomes you to the Liberty Stadium.

I'm breaking the mould by not rating them. I'd give them all 10's anyway for what they've contributed to my club.