From dribbling to scribbling!!!

The Swans100 Centenary project is inviting talented Swans fans to record their own little bit of Swans history by writing stories about the joys, trials and tribulations of being a Swans fan.

The Swansea University project is running a competition which is split into two categories:

  • The under 11’s “Why I love Swansea City” competition - the winner of which will receive a prize
  •  The mini-essays “Why the Swans matter to you” contributions – which will be published on the website

In addition some of the short pieces from the school children, the mini-essays from fans and material from the fan’s survey will be included in a ‘people’s history’ book devoted to the thoughts and memories of fans of all ages.  

So don’t delay – start scribbling today !

The Kids Competition!

Are you a Swansea City fan aged 11 or younger? Do you want to win a football signed by the Swansea City players? Do you want to help Swansea City celebrate their 100th birthday?

If the answers to these questions are yes then here’s a competition for you! Swansea City Football Club is 100 years old this year and to celebrate we want to know why kids support the greatest team in Wales. So all you have to do is to write a short project on “Why I love Swansea City”!

Whether you’ve got one reason or loads of reasons to love the Swans write them down! If you want to add some pictures then great! You can write it or type it – we don’t care. We just want to hear all about why you love the Swans.

The best project will win a ball signed by the Swansea players. One of the players will even present it to the winner! The best projects will also appear in a special book that is coming out this year to celebrate the Swans’ 100th birthday.

Please send your projects to: “Why I love Swansea City”, c/o Philip Bethell, History Department, Swansea University, SA2 8PP

Or you can email it to us at

Please make sure you include your name, age and the name of the school you go to.

Closing date is Friday 11 May. We are happy to accept batches of entries from schools.

Entries can be in English or Welsh.

This competition is only open to children at primary schoolchildren aged 11 or younger. Entries may be included in publications related to the Swans100 Swansea City centenary project.  For all queries please contact

Want to write a mini essay on why the Swans matter to you?

With the project gathering pace and loads of material and memorabilia coming in, we plan, together with the Supporters Trust, to publish four books to mark the club’s centenary year. The books will be on the theme of ‘My Swans’ and one of them will be a ‘people’s history’ devoted to the thoughts and memories of fans of all ages. We will include material from the project’s fan survey and also short pieces written by school children from across the region.

We would also like to include mini-essays from fans on why the Swans matter to them. We don’t want more on great goals and games, but we want pieces on the joys, trials, and tribulations of being Swans fan. We want contributions that are quirky, funny, and poignant but above all colourful and interesting.

We can’t guarantee to publish everything we receive in the book, but we will put all contributions on the project website so that they will be there for posterity.

There are four practical matters:

1. We have to reserve the right to edit material, although it is our intention for as much as possible to be published as it was written.
2. Pieces can be as short or as long as you like, up to a maximum of 1500 words.
3. The final deadline for submissions is 30 April.
4. Send all contributions to