A special message from former Swan Andrea Orlandi

Former Swansea City player Andrea Orlandi has sent the Swansea City Disabled Supporters Association the following message of support.

Barcelona born Andrea was signed by the Swans in September 2007 by his compatriot Roberto Martínez.

During his 5 years at the club, Andrea made 72 appearances for the club, scoring 3 goals.

We look forward to welcoming Andrea back to the Liberty Stadium to meet the DSA and its members when it is safe to do so.

Alan Curtis to receive MBE

We are delighted to announce that Swans DSA President Alan Curtis, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

The 66-year-old Swansea City legend, receives the award in recognition of his services to Welsh football in a playing and coaching career that has spanned over four decades.

Curtis, who now holds the role of honorary club president following his retirement from coaching in May 2019, represented the Swans during three separate spells during his playing career.

He scored 110 goals in over 400 appearances, and also won 35 caps for Wales, netting six times.

After hanging up his boots, Curtis also held roles as caretaker manager, assistant manager, first-team coach, loan player manager, head of youth development, youth coach, community officer and matchday host for Swansea City.

And Curtis was proud to receive an accolade that all connected with Swansea City will surely agree is richly deserved.

“It’s a great honour, I am totally surprised and taken aback by it, to be honest with you,” he said.

“I am really proud to accept the honour. I knew about it a month ago and the difficulty has been to keep it a secret.

“But there is an overwhelming sense of pride. It’s a terrific honour.

“I am just so grateful to have had the career I had, and to go that length of time means you can only thank all the players, staff and supporters, as well as your family.

“My only wish is that my parents were still alive, as I am sure they would have been bursting with pride.

“But it has been a great journey and a real privilege.”

Christmas Raffle 2020 Winners Announced

The draw for the Swansea City AFC Disabled Supporters’ Association Christmas raffle for 2020 was made earlier today and here are the lucky winners.

  1. £100 club shop voucher – DSA – 745 Rosie Amesbury

  2. £50 club shop voucher. – DSA – 581 Mandy Wathan

  3. Case of Gower Gold. – Leigh Dineen. – 309 Sian Davies

  4. Welsh Slate – donated by Welsh slate and gift boutique, Cross Hands – Mike Cram

  5. 3 bottles of wine – donated by Morrisons Swansea. – 479 Rebecca Edwards Symmons

  6. 2017/18 XXL White Training Swans Jacket – donated by M Evans. – 36 David Bentley

  7. Glamorgan Cricket – 2 tickets to a T20 match in 2021 – 821 Nicola Dyer

  8. Book – Swansea Moments – donated by Swans Trust – 618 Noreen Atkinson

  9. Footgolf – A free game for 6 people. – 875 Susan Thomas

  10. Table Lamp – donated by Arthur Llewellyn Jenkins – 271 Ben Newbery

  11. Knitted monkey family set. – 373 Catherine Hinder

  12. Champagne and Chocolates – donated by J and L Peak – 464 Lesley Williams

  13. 2017/18 Large Red Swans top – donated by M and L Evans. – 52 Amanda Bentley

  14. £20 gift voucher – donated by Tesco Fforestfach – 1028 Martyn Hughes

  15. Season 19/20 Swans signed shirt – donated by SCAFC – 131 Mair and Alan Hicks

  16. Book – Swansea ‘til I die – donated by Swans Trust – 192 Clare Lewis

  17. Tour of the Liberty (a household or bubble) – donated by SCAFC – 163
    Eleanor Jones

  18. Large Goalkeeper socks (Atlantic Deep ) – donated by M Evans – 528 Richard Vaughan

  19. 2 boxes of sweets – donated by Bookers – 962 Mike Evans

  20. 2 boxes of sweets – donated by Bookers – 501 Eve Dewson

  21. 2 boxes of sweets – donated by Bookers – 423 Paul Ellery

  22. 2 boxes of sweets – donated by Bookers – 1097 Paul Thomas

  23. 2 boxes of sweets – donated by Bookers. – 926 Sandra Davies

  24. Swans Rug – donated by Budget Carpets – 115 Chris Glover

  25. 2017/18 Large white Swans top – donated by M and L Evans. –95 Laurent Popham

  26. Weekend at Channel View, Rhossili – donated by J and L Peak – 822 Nicola Dyer

  27. Afternoon Tea for 2 at the Oxwich Bay – 541 Rhys and Roseanne

  28. 2 bottles of wine – donated by Dawsons – 1020 Sian Davies

  29. Gift Hamper – donated by Dawsons. – 81 Laurent Popham

  30. Afternoon tea for 2 at the Mercure Hotel, Swansea. – 213 Cath Morris

  31. Box of Welsh Cakes – donated by Te-eto Cakes and Bakes.- 215 Cath Morris

  32. Marks and Spencer Gift Bag – donated by M and S Fforestfach –9 Paul Griffiths

  33. £10 club shop voucher – donated by Dave Dalton, Trust vice-chair – 935 Helen Howe.

  34. Gower Gold Club Sunday lunch takeaway – 850 Andrew Minchin

As well as congratulating all of our winners, we’d like to say a big thank you to every who bought a raffle ticket.

We’d also like to give our heartfelt thanks to everyone who donated a prize, as without your help, we wouldn’t have been able to have a raffle.

Going that extra mile for our Members during the Pandemic

Today marks International Day of Disabled Persons, and Swansea City is proud to recognise and celebrate the incredible work of our Disabled Supporters Association during this most difficult of periods.

For many supporters attending a matchday at the Liberty Stadium is about so much more than the 90 minutes, and our disabled supporters are no exception. The uncertainty and isolation as a result of the pandemic has negatively impacted the mental health of those who rely heavily on the social aspects of a live game.

During each season the DSA work with the club to introduce new facilities and incentives to benefit disabled supporters. Since its launch the DSA has also hosted many successful social events, attended by Swans players and staff.

September Social 2019

While many of these events have been postponed due to the pandemic, the DSA committee have continued to work tirelessly to spread some positivity and stay connected to the association’s members.

Throughout the pandemic the DSA has:

  • Delivered food hampers to members during lockdown.
  • Undertaken social media competitions.
  • Continued to fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Support through socially distanced coffee mornings.
  • Supported BBC Children in Need.
  • Supported the Mr X Appeal – providing Christmas gifts to under-privileged children.

DSA chair Andrew Brayley points out that it’s the ethos of “one happy family” that continually motivates the committee, who dedicate many hours helping fellow Jacks and their families.

“The DSA found it important to keep in contact with our members during these difficult times where loneliness and isolation have come to the forefront,” he said.

“As a committee, we have worked tirelessly to keep every member engaged with the DSA and the club.

“To this end we have organised a number of competitions, a coffee morning, supported the Mr X appeal, player of the decade, supported BBC Children in Need, shared member profiles, and are currently organising a Christmas raffle.

“We always try and ensure that our members feel valued and involved, keeping the ethos of ‘one happy family’. The DSA continually receives positive feedback on the work we do.

“On a final note I would like to thank our sponsors and the club for their contributions during this time.”

Swansea City disability access officer, Mark Phillips, explained how important the DSA has been to the club and supporters during the pandemic.

“We know how important attending matches at the Liberty Stadium is for our disabled supporters,” he said.

“As a club we are grateful the DSA has continued its fantastic work.

“Over the next few months, we will continue to work with the committee to make sure that when disabled supporters are able to return, they can do so safely and with confidence.”

The above article was originally published on the Official Swansea City Football Club website.

Halloween Competition Winners

Thanks to everyone who took part in our Halloween mask competition.

There were some fantastic entries and we’re delighted to announce the winners – Lolah in the Junior section and Rhys in the Adult section.

Lolah - DSA Halloween Winner 2020
Lolah – Halloween Competition Junior Winner
Rhys - DSA Halloween Winner 2020
Rhys – Halloween Competition Adult Winner

Many congratulations to Lolah and Rhys, and a big thank you to everyone who took part.