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Swansea City legends on wall of fame at Liberty Stadium

Wall of fame at Swansea
Image caption The wall of fame, originally conceived as a hall of fame, was unveiled before Swansea's home match with Everton

A wall of fame in honour of Swansea City's past heroes has been unveiled at the Liberty Stadium.

An existing memorial to club legend Robbie James has been expanded to include Swansea stars such as Ivor Allchurch and John Toshack.

Some 20 players have been included so far, but there will eventually be 100.

In what is the Swans' centenary year, the supporters' trust said the wall was celebrating players who had made an impact at the club.

The Robbie James wall of fame, originally conceived as a hall of fame, was unveiled before Saturday's game against Everton, which Swansea lost 3-0.

Swansea-born James, who also won 47 Welsh caps, collapsed and died while playing for Llanelli in 1998, aged 40.

A bronze bust of the midfielder, who played almost 400 games for the club, was unveiled at the Liberty Stadium in 2008.

Phil Sumbler, of the trust, said: "We've basically got 20 names going on today which we've inducted over the course of the last two annual awards dinners at the club.

"You are going to see names from right back in the 20s like Wilf Milne, Len Thompson and people like that, right up to the modern day where we've got people like Roger Freestone and Lee Trundle going in as well."

'Big part'

He said the supporters' trust had got together and come up with a simple criterion for being included.

"It doesn't matter how many games they've played, how many goals they've scored, it's just really people who we believe have played a big part in shaping the hundred years of Swansea City," he said.

"What we're going to do is enter 10 at every awards' dinner until we get to 100."

He added the project had been three years in the planning.

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