Jack Plug Issue 8

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Nick Cusack

Peter Nicholas

Keith Haynes
Looking Back

An extract of the Steve Hamer Interview

JackPlug: Going back to the time that you decided to leave the Chairman¹s position ­ was it a spur of the moment decision or something you¹d been contemplating for some time? SH: Well I think it wasn¹t that I left the position ­ I think I was jettisoned from the position. I did make a stand, I wasn¹t very comfortable with things that were happening at the Club. In truth as I said, it wasn¹t a surprise but I really was against the floatation from the outset and I think that I¹ve been proven to be right. Football Club shares have proven to be investors graveyards. JackPlug: After the event did you subsequently regret it? SH: Well I have nothing really to regret. I really didn¹t want to leave and when I went there in the first instance, I always intended I would see the club relocated into a new stadium, and hopefully someone would come in behind. A local person would be groomed to take over the role as chairman and I could return to visit friends and relations and enjoy sitting there watching the club play in a new stadium with some money in the bank and a decent squad of players. JackPlug: During the time you¹ve been away from the club ­ were you tempted to visit the Vetch in an ordinary supporters capacity? SH: Never. I find it very difficult. I find it a great wrench, in fact I can tell you I have not set foot in Swansea for over 16 months, much to the concern of my parents who are in their 80¹s. I do regret it and it really does hurt very badly, I¹ve not been anywhere near it. I think the nearest I¹ve been to the city was when I played golf last Summer at Porthcawl. JackPlug: What did you miss about not being Swansea¹s chairman? SH: Miss being involved with the players, the backroom boys ­ big part of it. I thought we had something going for us, I¹ve no doubt about it. We could have remained in that division if things had been left as they were. Also I have deep regrets that I couldn¹t say goodbye to anybody. I did in fact write a letter to Nick Cusack, as club captain, wishing him and the team every success and in turn I received a very pleasant letter back from Nick Cusack wishing me well for my future. JackPlug: How have you spent those weekends away from Football? SH: Busying myself playing golf, I have to tell you for the first 3 or 4 months it was extremely painful. I kept looking at my watch at 2.50pm and thinking obviously about the team and the game that they were about to play. Then hurriedly listening to the results on the radio to see how the boys got on. Of course it was very distressing because we just weren¹t winning games and we were hurtling towards relegation. We also asked…. Do you keep in touch with the goings on at the Vetch? Many fans have contacted you over the months ­ Did this come as a surprise? The Subsequent seasons came and went and Swansea played on without you at the helm ­ do you feel as a club we have regressed? If so what would you have done differently given the chance? Mr Petty¹s arrival at Swansea seemed to really disorientate the whole club. How did you see his actions during his brief ownership? Given the current change of ownership at the club ­ what do you feel must be done to steady the ship? Is a move to the Morfa still important to you as our attendances at home and those of Swansea Rugby Club seem to be in decline!? Do you see a way to enthuse the local sporting public? Do the good times at Swansea outweigh the bad ones?

To read the interview in full and much more catch Issue 8 of JackPlug – the official unofficial SCFC magazine on Saturday outside the ground.

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