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Friday 23 March 2018

Britton hails Hull's role in 'biggest day in Swans history'

Leon Britton
Leon Britton

Leon Britton believes Swansea and Hull will always be united by a special bond as they prepare to meet for the first time in the Premier League tonight.

A fixture against the Tigers back in May 2003 played a huge part in shaping the last decade of Swansea's history.

The Welsh club were on the brink of being relegated from the Football League, with financial oblivion a real possibility.

But a James Thomas hat-trick gave Swansea a 4-2 win; a decade later they are a Premier League club and last season secured their first major silverware in the form of the League Cup.

The sides have met since that day at Swansea's old Vetch Field home, but Britton, who played in the critical fixture, admits tonight's game will be a bit more special.


He said: "We've played Hull a few times over the years, but every time it evokes the memories of that day because it's arguably the biggest and most important game in Swansea's history. We'll always have a special rapport with Hull because of that game. It will make Monday that much more special.

"It will be a great day for both clubs. Considering that game in 2003 and the fact 10 years ago we were both fighting in the bottom division, it's brilliant that both of us are playing in the Premier League. It will be a special night."

Britton acknowledged that there was huge pressure when he stepped out onto the field in 2003.

"I just remember the build-up to the game and how anxious everyone was," he said.

"But we had a dream start, went 1-0 up and the crowd was bouncing. Yet within 15-20 minutes we were 2-1 down and the atmosphere changed completely. You could hear a pin drop. The over-riding emotion was of relief when we got to 4-2 and the referee blew the final whistle.

"Back then, you were talking about people paying for mortgages, players with families and no one knew what was going to happen.

"If we'd lost that game no one knew what would happen."

Irish Independent

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