Swansea City secured their first major trophy with a 5-0 win over League 2 underdogs, Bradford City at Wembley.
Both fans packed out England’s national stadium as the first major tournament in English football this year was decided.
Bradford had shocked the football world before hand after beating three Premier League sides, Wigan Athletic, Arsenal and Aston Villa to reach the final. It was a giant fairy-tale up until today, which Welsh club Swansea spoiled.
They took the lead in the first half, ending Bradford’s game-plan to hold on for as long as possible, and in all honesty, there was no chance for Bradford when it became evident of Swansea’s impressive quality.
Michael Laudrup‘s side passed the ball about with a free-flowing style that tore apart Bradford who eventually also lost their goal-keeper, Matt Duke, to a red card.
Credit must go to Bradford’s fans who made a stunning noise throughout, realising that this is a true high in their history.
But for Swansea and their 101-year history, today marks yet another landmark in their incredible rise over the past decade. Several years on from a game where they were on the verge of relegation from the football league, they have now won a trophy in their second year in the Premier League.
But perhaps more importantly, Swansea are now looking at the possibility of further growth. With big Spanish name manager, Michael Laudrup and now a place in the Europa League qualifiers next year, Swansea may be able to attract bigger stars and bigger names to the club.
Swansea fans had the majority of today’s game to realise and celebrate their cup win, as their side picked up the pressure on Bradford, but Swansea fans can also keep in mind that this may well just be the latest step in their remarkable growth.
By Stowe Gregory