£100k – Vetch Or Oz

Wednesday, 17 October 2001, 0:01
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Tuesday night’s crowd at the Vetch provided a thrilling and emotional atmosphere to the cup match , yet many eyes were on matters off of the pitch.

With the transfer of Stuart Roberts imminent, the question must be asked – where is the money going? I was a season ticket holder ten years ago, when Aldershot Town (my local team at the time) went bankrupt and it was not a pretty sight. Yes, the fans got behind them – yet there was little that they could do. With respect, their story included different circumstances, yet to their credit – ten years on they have climbed for leagues and are on the brink of the Conference.

Yet the story differs here. Never before have I seen such passion from a group of supporters than at Swansea. We all know what Petty has done and most of the stories that have been circulated around the Vetch in the last week. Petty – obviously not a football man and clearly not capable of understanding what makes this club tick has sold our prize possesion for a quick cut-price fee. However, you can bet your life that the fee of £100k will not go straight to the Vetch, yet will return back to Australia with Petty as he is the owner of the club.

Will this money be invested soon, at all and to what lengths? All that thousands of Swans fans will realise on Friday morning when Roberts finally departs the club is that in losing the brightest talent in South Wales, they have been dealt another huge blow. Stuart Roberts – we wish you all the best.

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