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‘Swansea City – The Fall And Rise’: Full-Length Documentary [VIDEO]

In the past two years, I’ve heard and read so many cliche stories about the rise of Swansea City. Not that none of them were true, but they’re the same tired, old accounts of how the Swans were down on their luck and then they bounced back.

So, as a Swansea City supporter and a fan of the sport in general, it was refreshing to watch Swansea City: The Fall And Rise, a new TV documentary from BBC One. It was a breath of fresh air because there’s plenty of match footage as well as interviews with the supporters and the people behind the scenes who were responsible for the club’s meteoric rise.

Whether you like Swansea City or not, it’s worth watching. After watching the 30-minute documentary, post your observations about the film and club in the comments section below.

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  1. Marc L

    June 1, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    If you are a football fan of any club you should check out this documentary. Extremely well done.

    Thanks for the link Gaffer.

  2. Pete Q

    June 1, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    American sports have been losing audiences for years. TV executives point to the massive amount of viewing options on cable/satellite which have split the audiences.

    The ratings “king” in the US is probably the NFL. If baseball or the NBA decided to go with a relegation/promotion format, it would bring more drama to the league….and probably viewers.

    Instead, all these leagues do is add more teams to their playoffs.

    I for one might actually start watching the NBA or MLB again if I knew that there were a chance that the Houston Astros could be relegated and the Kannapolis Intimidators could be promoted in baseball. Or if the Washington Wizards could be relegated while the Bakersfield Jam were promoted.

    It would also make the owners of these organizations spend their money more wisely and make their home support that much more involved.

    But there isn’t a league or team of executives with enough balls to do this.

    It’s sad. The NFL’s popularity grew because of a merger with the AFL which was a monumental decision. The NBA incorporated the 3pt shot and merged a few teams from the ABA.

    There isn’t anyone involved in any American sport who would take these kinds of gambles.

    So the “fans” of MLB will watch meaningless games at the end of the year between team with .400 winning percentages. All those teams will know that they will have another year in the big leagues no matter how poorly they end their season. Same goes for the NBA.

    And both leagues actually decide to reward their failing teams by giving them high positions in the draft.

    The system needs a shakeup. But in all likelihood, it will never happen.

    • Marc L

      June 1, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      Well said, Pete.

      The likelihood of US sports in general having relegation is pretty much zero. No one would ever vote to implement the possibility of having said their “franchise” sent down to the NBA D-league or some such after having paid $300 million for it.

      But the MLS? One entity ownership. They should do it now that they have 20 teams. Make up a two-tier pyramid of 10 each with 3 up/3 down each year. Get rid of the stupid playoffs, where the 7th place team ends up as “League champion.”

      Why would you get into the mls if you knew what it was like to follow a club anywhere else in the world? Wherever you are on the table, every regular-season match is brutally important everywhere else.

      That’s not being a Eurosnob. That’s just having experience as a football fan where there is no stupid playoff system and where there IS the possibility of disaster lurking out there every year.

    • Pakapala

      June 4, 2013 at 10:06 am

      “So the “fans” of MLB will watch meaningless games at the end of the year between team with .400 winning percentages. All those teams will know that they will have another year in the big leagues no matter how poorly they end their season. Same goes for the NBA.”

      Funny enough that’s sound eerily like the describtion of the .400 winning percentage teams in the middle of the majority of the european leagues.

      If one thinks pro/rel is all that is needed to make fans follow MLS, we are sadly mistaken. Funny enough a lot of the North, Central and South American leagues with a tradtion of pro/rel have decided to go the playoff (liguilla) route to do what exactly? Bring excitement to their end of seasons and try to lure more fans into watchign their leagues. Go figure.

  3. rth

    June 1, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    If eurosnobs ever start supporting soccer in the US, maybe our teams will become strong enough to support promotion and relegation. But as long as the vast majority of Americans don’t support it “because it’s not as good as Europe”, we won’t get there.

    • The Gaffer

      June 1, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      If people stopped calling soccer fans eurosnobs, perhaps they’d be more open to changing.

      The Gaffer

    • jtm371

      June 1, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      go back to mlstalk.

  4. Pete Q

    June 1, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Really outstanding documentary. Nothing like European football. I’m not saying this to take a shot at the US, but there’s nothing like this kind of drama in American sports.

    It gave me the chills all over again. I remember the Reading-Swansea Championship Play-off final.

    Really well done piece.

    • Matt

      June 1, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      Couldn’t agree more. The tiered system certainly injects far more drama into everyday life as a football fan.

      That was an excellent half hour. Thanks for the link, Gaffer.

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