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Who are ya? Swansea City
Nickname: The Swans
Ground: Liberty Stadium
How to get there: By Car: From Gillingham, take the A229 to the M20, then take the M26 to the M25 clockwise. Exit M25 at junction 15 and follow the M4 westbound. Leave the M4 at Junction 45. Take the first exit off the roundabout onto the A4067 towards the City Centre. Stay on the A4067 for 2.5 miles. You will see the stadium on your left hand side. Distance from Priestfield: 240 miles. Approximate time: 4hrs 9mins
Nearest station: Swansea High Street.
Last five games v Gillingham:
25/03/06: League One – Gillingham (Byfield (pen)) 1-0 Swansea
31/01/06: League One – Swansea (Robinson (pen) 1-2 Gillingham (Byfield, Harris)
05/01/99: Football League Trophy – Swansea 0-1 Gillingham (Hessenthaler)
03/09/96: League Cup Round 1 – Gillingham (Fortune-West, Butler) 2-0 Swansea
20/08/96: League Cup Round 1 – Swansea 0-1 Gillingham (Torpey og)
All-time record v the Gills:
Gills wins: 12
Swansea wins: 13
Remember me? Tommy Williams moved to Swansea after a disappointing spell with the Gills last December. He had only joined in the summer, but after the departure of manager Neale Cooper, he fell out of favour and was far from a fan’s favourite in his time at Priestfield, having proved to be a controversial figure by getting involved in a number of altercations with opponents, including current Gills midfielder Mark Bentley, who was playing for Southend at the time. Guaranteed a hot reception when the Swans visit Priestfield. As is team-mate Leon Knight, who has a horrid knack of scoring against the Gills.
Man to watch: Lee Trundle. A regular on Soccer AM’s Showboat feature, when Trundle’s goals dried up, so did Swansea’s dreams of automatic promotion. Impossible to predict, he can do some incredible things with the ball and will no doubt have more new tricks to try out this season.
2006/07 prospects: Has the bubble burst at Swansea after their play-off loss? The play-off final is often a real curse in this division but the Swans should have more than enough quality – even though they have lost a key player in Sam Ricketts. Challengers again, but they may fall short of the top six this time around.