Latest chapter of Tates Tales takes us to the first season in the Premier League.
You played our first ever game in the Premier League. What was that like?
Proudest moment. The proudest moment in my entire football life; definitely. Out of all the single awards, the team trophies, to be the
We need a busy transfer window. A few first team players in (striker & right back desperately) and then a few squad players
The obvious; splash the cash!!!
Top of pretty much everyone’s wish list, we know he scores, we know he fits the team. A full season of him and
I’d finished playing football, we’d won promotion and I found that my commitment to property and football was too much and I was only getting £20 a week before reductions, by the time I’m coming home then its £14.
Was there any back hander’s in those days?
You were never offered anything
Were there any tears in the dressing room when Sousa went?
I don’t think there has ever been tears when any manager has ever left, I enjoyed working with Paolo he was intense when he had to be but he allowed you to be your own person and live your life
A swans eleven focusing on our Hull heroics. We get the best eleven from Mr James Thomas.
Obviously Cuter came in for the last few games, for the last month something like that. You can’t discount the part Rodge played as well, Rodge was a good friend of mine a roommate.
As a Swansea boy born and bred, what do you think of Alan Curtis and the way that he behaved this season??
Curty has done well fair play to him. He’s a nice person and my advice to him is to be careful what you are doing now. I think he
After that promotion, did you feel that we could stay up? Again it seemed insane to me.
The aim was never to stay up. The aim externally might have been but internally it was the play-offs.
And we nearly did
Yeah we nearly did. Think we finished 8th didn’t we? Because I didn’t
This issue we have a Swans eleven from Michael Howard. I said this before but he was the answer to Englands left back issues all those years back, ever dependable. They would have won a major tournament if they had only visited the Vetch from time to time!
Its only Rodge
I don’t like to push myself. What I did was for me personally, I know that it was helping the club but I felt comfortable in doing it. As far as I’m concerned, as long as the club survives then I’m happy. What is football about today? it is all
The next season wasn’t as successful and Kenny lost his job, did you feel it was the right decision at the time?
Again it is hard because at that time then. Me and Kenny had grew to like each other and trust each other. Results weren’t great, looking back it probably