South West Wales

Supporter to be 'the face' of Swansea City at Wembley

A mock-up of what the banner will look like on the front of Wembley Stadium
Image caption A mock-up of what the banner will look like on the front of Wembley Stadium

A Swansea City supporter will have his face plastered on the front of Wembley Stadium when his team plays there in Monday's Championship play-off final.

Steve Meredith won a competition to find "the face" of each team involved in the end-of-season play-offs.

The Football League's sponsor npower launched the "Every Shirt has a Story" competition looking for fans' favourite football shirt story.

Mr Meredith's story was of cradling his newborn son Will in a Swans shirt.

"I couldn't believe it when they told me," said the 44-year-old.

"I knew I was winning some tickets, a season ticket and a signed shirt but when they told me there was going to be a 25x16m poster at Wembley Way the feeling was just awesome.

"I hope they do some air brushing, that's all I can say."

Mr Meredith, who has been a season ticket holder since 1978, now lives in St Helens, Merseyside, where twins Will and Meg were born.

They manage to get to most of the Swans' home matches as well as most of the away games in the north-west.

And it was through buying a ticket online for the Nottingham Forest play-off semi-final second leg that he clicked on a link to the competition in which he told his story which dates back to September 1997.

"Will was delivered normally and I was handed him, and wrapped him in my Swans shirt," added Mr Meredith, who is a commercial manager.

"Meg was being delivered by C-Section. They are 13-years-old now and massive Swans fans so it's very exciting for all of us."

Now they are hoping to cap off what will already be a memorable day with a promotion party for Swansea City.

"We're on cloud nine at the moment," he said. "The boys are playing so well, we are so proud of them.

"It's going to be a great day for Swansea City and I'm hoping we can go that one step further now and get into the Premier League because it would just be amazing.

"We nearly went out of existence in 2002 and then the game against Hull City in 2003 was such a mammoth game as we stayed in the league."

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