Davebrayley

David Brayley is a freelance sports writer from Swansea who specialises in comment based columns across the whole spectrum of professional sport. He is also a published author having written "There's Only Two Tony Cotteys" with former Swansea City footballer and Glamorgan and Sussex cricketer Tony Cottey. David also visits schools to inspire and engage young children into literacy, and his book published in 2010, "Believing is Achieving", was hailed in educational circles for the impact it had in raising literacy standards with Year 6 children.

Swansea City Outshine Liverpool For Final Day Win

Swansea City Outshine Liverpool For Final Day Win

Liverpool. Once a name that sent absolute terror through the hearts of teams in the top division. Well, based on what I witnessed over 90 minutes yesterday as Swansea City deservedly beat the current incarnate of the red Mersey giants one – nil, absolute pleasure will probably be the phrase that Brendan Rodgers will use to describe his encounter with Kenny Dalglish’s underachieving class of 2012. [caption id="attachment_14530" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Ashley Williams stands up to Andy Carroll"][/caption] I have watched …
Swansea City Stand Firm At Old Trafford

Swansea City Stand Firm At Old Trafford

Prior to yesterday’s game against Swansea, Manchester United had scored an average of three goals per game in Premier League matches played at Old Trafford this season. Following Manchester City’s earlier two goal win up at Newcastle to place them firmly in the driving seat for the title race, the only chance for United to remain in contention was to cut the eight goal advantage that their noisy neighbours held over them. Therefore, we can safely assume that the message …
Swansea and Wolves in Eight Goal Liberty Thriller!

Swansea and Wolves in Eight Goal Liberty Thriller!

At 3.15 yesterday, I’d already written this column. Swansea City 3-0 up, and surely cruising to at least a six or seven – nil victory, to provide their fans with a home version of the demolition of Fulham, against an extremely toothless Wolves. How wrong was I? [caption id="attachment_14206" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Nathan Dyer scores Swansea's third from Andrea Orlandi's cross"][/caption] Such is the analysis of football available to us these days by experts on TV and radio, replay after replay, …
Swansea City Come Of Age At The Reebok

Swansea City Come Of Age At The Reebok

It may seem an odd statement to make about a side currently sitting in a mid table position in the Barclays Premier League, who were playing against a team in the bottom two, but yesterday, at The Reebok Stadium, Swansea City put in a second half performance that really saw them arrive as a Premier League team. Yes, there was the humiliation of Fulham, yes there were the home defeats of Manchester City and Arsenal, and yes there was the …
Swansea City's Passing Finally Gets Its Reward.

Swansea City's Passing Finally Gets Its Reward.

Revenge is a dessert best served cold. I never fully understood that quote until I looked it up a while back. In case you don’t know, what it basically means is that it’s better to get your revenge over somebody after a significant amount of time has passed, as you’ll enjoy it better having had more time to reflect on things and therefore revel in your retribution when it finally arrives. I’m guessing that at the final whistle yesterday, for …
Swansea City v Newcastle United | Two different approaches to football

Swansea City v Newcastle United | Two different approaches to football

The underlying fact about football is that there are many ways of playing to achieve success, and nobody can really prove which is right or wrong. Look at Stoke City. They are the embodiment of footballing Marmite, you either love them or hate them and there never appears to be any middle ground when it comes to appraising their particular capabilities. If you are a bit of a football purist, you might be alarmed by the fact that this season, …
Routledge Continuing To Make The Most Of His Opportunities

Routledge Continuing To Make The Most Of His Opportunities

Since Jordi Gomez took a monumental tumble at the DW Stadium when Nathan Dyer faintly caught him with a high challenge that saw referee Andre Marriner waving the red card at him, Dyer’s misfortune has turned into Wayne Routledge’s good luck. In the four games that have followed Dyer’s sending off, Routledge has been given the run in the side he has long yearned for since Brendan Rodgers signed the much travelled winger from Newcastle, whilst Dyer has had no …
Swansea's Optimism Frustrated By Moyes' Cunning Plan

Swansea's Optimism Frustrated By Moyes' Cunning Plan

Optimism and hope. The great words of torture for any football fan. After the clinical demolition of Fulham at Craven Cottage in what was, by common consent, Swansea City’s best performance in a generation, Swans supporters turned up in their thousands at the Liberty Stadium yesterday, confidently expecting to put the mighty Everton to the sword. Sadly, as they exited the stadium 90 minutes later, the optimism and hope they had arrived with had turned into gloomy disappointment and frustration. …
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