Last time out you got a programme from 67-68, the year Manchester City began their 50 year dominance of the League Manchester.
Swansea’s programme was a sign of the times.
Four years later, the Swans were top of the entire League under Toshack, but four more years they were bottom and nearly closed down. Sadly the collieries didn’t survive.
The Vetch, of course, was famed for having the worst toilets in the League, just behind York’s Bootham Crescent. Legend has it that after a Hull Tigers away match in 2004 Simon waited till Newark Station for a wee.
Another 25 years and I was making regular trips to the flashy new Liberty Stadium, where it always rained and my chips got soggy.
But in 2015 I did get to see THIS.
Only one advert for a pub in 76-77, but at least you get dreadful puns AND Whitbread beers from the Uplands Hotel, which could well be the GBG regular the Uplands Tavern.
In 2016 Google Photos decided to doctor my perfectly good photo of Uplands using the little known “Misty Spring Filter”.
Swansea and the Mumbles needs no filters, it’s a gorgeous coastline (See also : The Gower).
Swansea may aim to be the Hull of Wales, but it’s more of a Sunderland, which is fine. Bombs and redevelopment took out the historic centre, but the bay along to Mumbles is one of the best in the UK.
And there’s still enough character in Wind Street for aa night out, particularly in the classic double-header of the Spoons and No Sign Bar.
A decent market, record shops and skate parks, and a plentiful supply of Spoons, which can make up for other failings.
I followed the Cask Marque inspector into the Potter’s Wheel (he had thermometers in his top pocket) but resisted the temptation to ask him for an advance sponsor’s copy of the next Good Beer Guide.
I’d have been interested to see what he made of the beer. Incidentally, I noticed he was drinking his samples from pint glasses, proving what I’ve been saying for years.
Last time here, and it was a few years ago now, we walked to Mumbles. What a marvel.
We started with the best ice cream outside Naples in Joe’s, followed by fish and chips from Yallops that was just as good, all washed down with Bass in the Pilot.
A top 10 Bass experience, probably the best in Wales.
And the micro round the corner was a quirky genteel boozer as well.
No change in four years, but change is overrated, as you’re finding out now.
Despite Swansea’s reputation for curry, we’ve had tea in Awa Grill House on College Street the last two visits; the best mixed kebabs I’ve had in years, and much cheaper than Cardiff.