Swansea: The First Welsh Club To Play In EPL

"Eight years ago the club couldn’t pay the electric bill and now we’ve won a £90m game." - Brendan Rodgers, The Swansea Manager
Swansea, who 'couldn’t pay the electricity bill' eight years ago, reached the promised land of the English Premier League by beating Reading 4-2 in the £90million Championship play-off final at Wembley.

Brendan Rodgers, the Swansea manager, said, "The footballing Gods were with us today. The Premier League will be a better place with Swansea in it. It’s a beautiful place." Rodgers’ men went 3-0 up before half-time but Reading pulled two goals back before Scott Sinclair completed his hat-trick by scoring his second penalty 10 minutes from time.

Swansea will celebrate becoming the first Welsh club to make the Premier League with a parade through the city tonight and then by attending a Rod Stewart concert at the Liberty Stadium tomorrow. The Scottish singer has invited the whole squad on stage to celebrate.

Swansea were last in the top flight in 1983 in the old First Division and just eight years ago they staved off relegation from the Football League with a 4-2 win against Hull at their old Vetch Field ground. That victory included a James Thomas hat-trick and two penalties, exactly like the feat of Sinclair.

Rodgers said, "We had great motivation going into the game. We have Rod Stewart on at the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday and he said to us if we win the game he wants us all on stage. So all the staff and players will be there on Wednesday night up with Rod. Maggie May the whole lot. I love Rod Stewart. But I’m a hopeless singer."

Rodgers, who was sacked by Reading just 17 months ago, added, "Eight years ago the club couldn’t pay the electric bill and now we’ve won a £90m game. It will be very tough next year but we have targets to help us keep our identity. I want to give the players here a chance but we’ll need to strengthen. I won’t break the team up but I want to add to it. It’s part of a great journey the club is on."

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