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Williams: 'Swansea are the blueprint'

Welshman Owain Fon Williams claims Swansea have provided the blueprint for all lower-league clubs as his Tranmere side prepare to host the Premier League side in the FA Cup.

Garry Monk's Swans travel to Prenton Park today to face a Rovers team who are 81 places below their next opponents and only out of the Sky Bet League Two relegation zone on goal difference.

Eleven years ago, when the clubs last met in this competition, it was Swansea who were in the fourth tier as they suffered a 2-1 loss against a Tranmere side playing in the division above.


But much has changed in the intervening period, with Swansea having risen up to the top table and into Europe under the management of Kenny Jackett, Roberto Martinez, Brendan Rodgers and Michael Laudrup.

Fon Williams has admired the Swans' decade of success and believes they fact they have retained a similar identity throughout is something other clubs should consider.

"It's great what they've done there," said the goalkeeper.

"Only a few years back they were actually where we are. They've gone up the ladder keeping the same formation throughout the structure of the club and they've maintained that throughout every single league, and they are still doing exactly the same thing now.

"We all could have a look at Swansea and what they've done in the past and what they are doing now because they have done it in an amazing way.

"Look at them now - they're going from strength to strength. It's quite special what they've done there."