Don't worry, I'm not ditching our regular Sunday morning catch-up articles, but while the Swans have the weekend off I thought I would do something a little different this morning.
I'm a big fan of Swansea nostalgia and - after writing Swansea City's Greatest Games - I find I know a lot more about the club's colourful history than I did before.
And I've decided to share a little of that history with you this week.
Today we're looking at an excellent video of Swansea Town vs Sunderland in the FA Cup fifth round at a very snowy Vetch field on 19 February 1955.
What's instantly eye-catching is the crowd - it looks insane! 28,487 people crammed themselves into the Vetch that day (this was before all the stands had been built... and well before health and safety regulations) to watch the Swansea Babes in action.
First Division high-flyers Sunderland took the lead after 24 minutes through Chisholm. However in the second half the Swans - then managed by the shrewd Billy McCandless - equalised through Mel Charles (although there are contradicting reports suggesting it was Len Allchurch who scored... I can't seem to see from this video, so it remains disputed!).
The home side then took the lead through the head of Terry Medwin, after an excellent cross from one of Swansea's greatest ever players, Ivor Allchurch. But Sunderland forced the replay later in the game with a goal from Charlie Fleming.
Unfortunately the replay four days later saw Sunderland win 1-0, knocking Swansea out of that season's FA Cup.
I'll try to do a few more of these entertaining trips through Swansea's history if everyone enjoys them. For now you can check out the best-selling Swansea City's Greatest Games for a good dose of nostalgia.
Back in January you may recall I broke the text-base blog mould (what a pioneer I truly am!) and brought you five of my favourite Swansea City themed videos from YouTube.
So due to popular demand (and because I am lacking blogging creativity over the post-season), here are another five videos worth checking out if you are a Jack. You'll see goals, passion, song and... queues. Enjoy!
(NB: I did not film, edit or upload any of these videos, neither do I own any of the music - no copyright infringement intended)
1) Swansea City at Wembley - Swansea Sound Commentary
Most of you will have been at Wembley or at least will have watched the final on Sky Sports, therefore missing Anthony O'Connell's dramatic commentary for Swansea Sound. He may not be the best out there, but it's worth hearing a passionate, Swansea-biased commentator's take on the match, instead of some stuffy suit who doesn't really care. All set to pictures from the final.
(Uploaded by Swaansea)
2) The Vetch Field 2011
This was created by a good friend of mine and probably the most passionate Swans fan around. So passionate that he snuck into the derelict Vetch early one morning, just before the demolition work began, and took some very unique photos which will surely stir some memories. Very poignant.
(Make sure to cancel the annoying advert at 0:10)
(Uploaded by RichardCopp)
3) Top 5 Goals - 2010/11 Season
It's a shame this video doesn't include more goals as there were some real stunners throughout last season, though five of the best are definitely included here, from the likes of Rangel, Beattie and Sinclair.
(Uploaded by SwansHighlights23)
4) The queue for the new Swansea City shirt
No high production values here, but a perfect reminder of all the queuing that took place at the Liberty Stadium this spring! Wembley tickets, season tickets and the new shirt. The people of Swansea do love a good ol' fashioned stand in the rain!
(Uploaded by MrLow3sy)
5) Swansea Song at Wembley
I rarely show emotion, though seem to recall a little tear in my eye as I sung this song, along with 40,000 other Swansea folk, after the match. Great song, great occasion to sing it. Now, dry your eyes mate...
(Skip to about 0:16 into the video!)
(Uploaded by PCSCymru)
If you have a video recommendation that you think may be worthy of inclusion for the next video-based blog, leave a comment below!
I'm taking a little break from the ordinary text-based blog to bring you some of the best Swansea City related videos on the net. Most of my weekend was spent drinking wine and sifting through YouTube.com, where I eventually narrowed down my favourites to the five you are about to watch. These are in no particular order (though, in my opinion, I have saved the best for last), so take a break from your day and enjoy!
(NB: I didn't film, edit or upload any of these videos and am not the owner, neither do I own any of the music - no copyright infringement intended!)
1) The South Wales derby - "A Tale of Two Cities"
I remembered this as soon as I decided to do a video based blog: the montage that started the BBC's coverage of the South Wales derby last November (you all remember that game surely). Sometimes these promo films can be a little cringe-worthy, but this really captures the rivalry between these two cities. Gives you goosebumps if you are in the right mood!
2) Last game at the Vetch
A tribute to the Vetch field couldn't be left out! There were, to my surprise, hundreds of Vetch videos, all with different themes, but I've decided to include this one: the final league game against Shrewsbury town in April 2005. Clear blue sky, everyone singing, football about to kick off - perfect! Not much happens in the video, but should evoke some feelings of nostalgia!
3) Lee Trundle: Magic Man
If I didn't include a Lee Trundle video in this blog, I'd be missing out on some entertaining stuff. Swansea's answer to Ronaldo (the Portuguese one, not the fat Brazilian), Trundle's trickery and show-boating made him a fan favourite. Fair enough, Trundle didn't have the greatest final season with the Swans - almost a shadow of his former self - but he will always be remembered for the kind of skill this video collates.
4) Swansea's first season back in the Championship
This is a selection of moments from Swansea's first season back in the Championship after being promoted from League One in 2008 and contains goals from Ferrie Bodde and Jason Scotland, as well as the Darren Pratley "Swim Away" celebration vs. Cardiff, all set to epic battle music. It's recent history and foundations to where we are now - on the brink of Premier League football once again: the only way is up!
5) Swans fan scores at Anfield
I've used this video in a previous blog, but still can't watch it without laughing. Taken during the 8-0 loss to Liverpool in 1990, a Swans fan, "Ciro", jumps over the barrier and proceeds to score a goal (I absolutely love the fans reaction as hammers the ball in). "Ciro" then runs around the pitch, avoiding pouncing stewards, much to the joy of travelling Jacks and Liverpool fans alike! A perfect video to show that, even when the Swans are 8-0 down, Jacks can still have a good time!
Naturally there are other videos out there that didn't make the top five, but if you have any suggestions for those that I may have missed, leave links below in the comments box (you no longer have to sign in - anonymous comments welcome) and I'll check them out. If I get enough I'll make another video based blog later in the year!