Swansea Bay REC is delighted in congratulating Swansea City Football Club in reaching the English Premier League after their 4-2 win against Reading in the Play-off Finals at Wembley Stadium.
Monday 30 May 2011 saw an spectacular event at the Wembley Football Stadium in London. This was the play-off finals between Reading and Swansea City to decide which of the teams were to be promoted to Football’s most prestigious English Premier League.
Swansea City Football Club, loved by so many, have completed a remarkable ‘rags to riches’ recovery in steadily climbing from the bottom league to undoubtedly the most revered football league in the world. It’s been a testament to dedication, tenacity and belief in themselves to have completed the journey. Swansea met and defeated Nottingham Forest in the play-off semi final, while Cardiff City. the only other Welsh Club in contention, were beaten by Reading earlier in the month.
Swansea Bay REC’s Chief Executive, Taha Idris OBE JP, was present at Wembley to see the spectacular 4-2 win by the Swans. He described scenes of jubilation and the fantastic behaviour of the crowds. He went on to express his compliments at the camaraderie that existed amongst the 40,000 Swansea supporters who had travelled to see the match. “Although people have spoken about racist behaviour in many of Swansea matches in the past, I did not witness any signs of such behaviour anywhere in the grounds. Indeed there were many black and Asian supporters who had travelled from Swansea and who felt comfortable watching and taking part in the jubilations as everyone else did,” he went on to say. Mr Idris felt that the promotion to such heights in itself held hopes that the minority bigot element who purported to support the Swans will be silenced even further as the game begins to take on the role of uniting Swansea’s black, Asian and white population.