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12th february 2002 


  • Swansea City (away ko 7:45pm)

    Time for another re-arranged game and this time it's down to Swansea later today for the first time since Jan's dismissal from the club in October 1997.

    The weather is very Spring like today so this game should be Ok.

    Swansea City have been a club in turmoil ever since Jan left and it's only now, 4 years later, that stability may be reached with the take over of the club by former player Mel Nurse.

    The previous owner Tony Petty, who only lasted a few months, had a major clearout of players and backroom staff in a bid to cut costs but with his dubious background he never won over the support of the Swansea fans.

    Manager Colin Addison's first game in charge for the club was our 2-0 home defeat by the Swans back in September. That was the day of the famous Tyson Brock Featherweight Champion fight, there's no chance of a rematch because Tyson's left the club now.

    Two others who have left the club since that game are our own Richie Appleby, who is with us till the end of the season, and Michael Keegan who came here on trial but did not sign up with us, where did he go?

    For tonight Swansea will be without Terry Evans who suffered a double fracture of his cheekbone, in the draw with Orient, caused by a reckless David Partridge challenge, for which he was sent off.

    Evans will be out for the rest of the season.

    He was discharged from hospital yesterday following a three hour operation to repair the damage when surgeons inserted two metal plates into his jaw, which is badly fractured on either side.
    The plates will stay in permanently.

    He has also had his teeth wired up, to prevent him from chewing.

    Sounds bad!!

    Also in the wars was Neil Sharp who received eight stitches in his chin after the match at Brisbane Road.
    He may be fit to play.

    The future of their star striker, Mamade Sibide, is another worry for the Swans.
    He was the subject of a 145,000 bid from Barnsley recently but this was turned down. Now Leicester City are thought to have offered 450,000 for him and with the sale of Ade Akinbyi to Palace and Trevor Benjamin to Norwich City they have money available.

    Money is something Swansea need so it's hard to see how they can say no.

    Expect developments either before tonights game or soon after.

    Swansea (from):
    Freestone, Howard, Todd, Mumford, Sharp, Coates, Brodie, Cusack, Sidibe, Watkin, Jenkins, Casey, Lacey, O'Leary, Phillips, Williams, J Jones.

    Since the beginning of the year Swansea have shown some very poor form having only picked up two points from a possible twenty one. They came against Lincoln City in a 0-0 at the Vetch and at Orient on Saturday.

    If we can continue our recent good form then there's no reason why we can't bring home all the points by the end of the night.

    The only fly in the ointment is the loss of Mark Blake for, possibly, the rest of the season.

    He fell badly towards the end of the Carlisle game after being on the pitch for fifteen minutes and will now be undergoing an operation tomorrow on his Achilles tendon.

    Jan Molby told the official site:
    "We know it is a bad injury and hell be missing for a long while.

    How long?

    Were not too sure at the moment but its going to be a while. He landed awkwardly as he went for a header and as a result his Achilles tendon is very swollen.

    Its a massive blow. We have gone just over four and half weeks without him and weve got away with it to a certain extent."

    We have no other injuries to report so should start the game with the same line-up as Saturday.

    Harriers (from):
    Brock, Danby, Joy, Stamps, Smith, Clarkson, Sall, Ayres, Hinton, Williams, Davies, Bennett, Shilton, Doyle, Appleby, Larkin, Broughton, Henriksen, Foster, Bird.


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