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My favorite Swansea shirt – Best football kits series – Part 9

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Part 9 of our ‘best football kits’ series is for Swansea City. For this Swans kit interview you will read the story of Swansea official kit manager Michael Eames, supporter and director John van Zweden and one of the other kit men Shaun Baggridge.

They have been asked the following questions:

  • Since when do you follow Swansea City?
  • Why did you become a Swansea City fan?
  • What clubs, other than Swansea City, do you support?
  • What is your best Swansea City moment ever?
  • Do you have any dream or wish in relation to Swansea City?
  • What is your favorite Swansea home shirt?
  • What is your favorite Swansea away shirt?
  • How many Swansea shirts do you have?
  • What is your favorite 2013/14 shirt, other than Swansea City?
  • What is your favorite ‘all time’ shirt, other than Swansea City?

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Michael Eames is the first to answer. You can follow Michael – the official Swansea kit manager – on Twitter.

Why did you become a Swansea City fan?
I have been a swansea city fan for as long I can remember, my mother who also works at the club as kit lady used to take me down the vetch to watch the games! She ran the bars at the ground so she used to leave me with the turnstile operators to watch the game while she worked!

What clubs, other than Swansea City, do you support?
I have only ever been a swansea fan. However I have made so many friends around the country and even Europe I have a soft spot for many teams!

What is your best Swansea City moment ever?
My best moment has to be promotion to the premier league, although I didn’t work for the club at that point to be a fan was a moment to remember! This is closely followed by the capital one cup success of last year! To be involved in a Wembley final is something I will never forget!

Do you have any dream or wish in relation to Swansea City?
The rise over the last 10 years has been incredible so as a club we can’t wish for too much! But to see us being wales’s number one club for the foreseeable future is a good platform to work off.

What is your favorite Swansea City home shirt?
My favourite home shirt is the centenary shirt from the 2012/13 season! The white and gold was simple and effective looks classy!

Top Swansea shirt - Michael Eamen

What is your favorite Swansea City away shirt?
The best away kit in my opinion was also the centenary one from 2012/13 season! Some great results in this kit as well!

How many Swansea City shirts do you have?
I haven’t had a count recently I keep all my shirts over my grandfathers house in his spare room! I must have about 10 swansea ones! I also collect oppositions teams shirts!

What is your favorite 2013/14 shirt, other than Swansea City?
I’m a big fan of the man city home shirt from this year!

What is your favorite ‘all time’ shirt, other than Swansea City?
All time has to be the Dutch national teams orange shirts! You can pick any one they have used over the last 20 years!

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Favorite ADO Den Haag shirt - John van ZwedenNext is supporter and director of Swansea City John van Zweden. John also supports his first & true love ADO The Hague.

Since when do you follow Swansea?
Since 1978

Why did you become a Swansea City fan?
Because of a pen pal. I did send a letter to Swansea and they have published it in the matchday programme.

What clubs, other than Swansea City, do you support?
ADO The Hague in the Netherlands.

What is your best Swansea City moment ever?
Promotion to the Premier League and That Final Day in 2003 when we beat Hull City 4-2. On the last day we stayed up in the Football League.

Do you have any dream or wish in relation to Swansea City?
Winning the Europa League or the FA Cup.

What is your favorite Swansea City home shirt?
The Swansea centenary shirt from 2012, the club celebrate their 100 years birthday. We won the League Cup in this shirt. I have the original match worn shirt from captain Gary Monk.

Best Swansea shirts according to John van Zweden

What is your favorite Swansea City away shirt?
The green and yellow away shirt from 6 or 7 years ago. I did manage to get that printed :-)

How many Swansea City shirts do you have?
More than 500 Swansea shirts and about 700 ADO The Hague shirts.

What is your favorite 2013/14 shirt, other than Swansea City?
The ADO The Hague shirt.

What is your favorite ‘all time’ shirt, other than Swansea City?
The last ADO shirt without advertising on front. A nice one. I have the shirt of ADO legend Aad Mansveld!

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And last in this Swansea kit interview is Shaun Baggridge. You can follow Shaun (also involved with the kits @Swansea) on Twitter as well.

Since when do you follow Swansea City?
As far as I can remember, roughly 1996/97 season!

Why did you become an Swansea City fan?
My step dad Mike, was a massive fan. A season ticket holder for 20+ years.
As a young boy who obviously loves football, you just couldn’t get enough of the fantastic atmosphere The Vetch Field use to give! Evan in front of 1500 fans, it was something you just fall in love with straight away! The atmosphere was a massive pull down the vetch.

What clubs, other than Swansea City, do you support?
I couldn’t support any other team, being the best club in wales is something to be proud of! Love the club through and through. Once a jack, always a jack!

What is your best Swansea City moment ever?
Two, two massive ones in Swansea City history!

Our promotion to the premier league.
James Thomas hat trick which kept us in the football league!

Do you have any dream or wish in relation to Swansea City?
I wish we can keep our Premier League status as long as possible, to play in the best league in the world is incredible for Swansea City. Winning the champions league would be a bonus..!

What is your favourite Swansea City home shirt?
For me, it has to be our centenary one!
It looked very similar to Real Madrid’s recent kits with Adidas.

Shaun's favorite Swansea shirts

What is your favorite Swansea City away shirt?
There’s one that’s always stuck with me! Burgundy and dark blue, Doesn’t sound very nice, but it’s my favourite! Here I am on the right hand side with the kit on.

How many Swansea City shirts do you have?
Lost count, all my life I have collected them.

What is your favorite 2013/14 shirt, other than Swansea City?
I do like Manchester United’s this year.

What is your favourite ‘all time’ shirt, other than Swansea City?
My favourite colour is orange, and the kit that stands out is any of the Holland national kits!
A close second is Real Madrid’s white & gold!

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I like to thank Michael, John and Shaun for sharing their Swansea shirt stories.

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Thanks,

Dennis Woudt

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