The play-off for the right to be promoted to BPL along with QPR and Norwich hold a special interest for me. It was a case of torn between two lovers. Swansea spent a couple of seasons in the old first division in the days of John Toshack as its manager. I still remember the blustery days of standing on the terraces of the old Vetch Field watching Alan Curtis weaving his magic on the wings. We shouted ourselves hoarse when Swansea made it to the 1st Division. The local radio, Swansea Sound played the Swansea song almost non stop.
I also remember the days on City Ground watching Brian Clough in his faded green sweater shouting instructions to the likes of Trevor Francis, Peter Shilton, Viv Anderson, Archie Gemmil, and Ian McGovern (the puppet, the captain). In its heydays Forest won the European Cup Twice and the 1st Division championship in its maiden season.
So when the play-off paired Swansea against Nottingham Forest, I was torn between supporting the White Swans or the Reds. Either way, it is equally hurting or joyful. When Swansea won the right for the playoff final (hopefully it is against Cardiff), a tinge of sadness was felt for Forest. Ideally both team should have won the automatic right to the Premiere League. Then again, both of them were inconsistent. Forest made a good start to the season but later faded and only just made it to the play off. It was another broken-hearted season for them. They were beaten in the playoff last season as well. I hope Billy Davies’ team would fare better next time. Meanwhile, it would be a mouth watering tie if Swansea can square off against local rival, the Vincent Tan owned Cardiff City. Maybe this time we can have a Malaysian owned team in the BPL. Cardiff was ousted by Blackpool last season at this stage.