ON Saturday, May 26, a team of Swansea City legends will take on a team from Carmarthenshire in a special match to raise funds for the Swans4Cancer foundation.
The match may be taking place in May but those taking part are already excited for the game, which this year, will be played at Richmond Park, the home of Carmarthen Town.
Gareth Winston, one of the Co-Organisers, explains how the game came to be saying: “The previous game we had in Johnstown went superbly, to the point where the Swansea lads were asking for another game to be done, that’s how much they enjoyed it.
“Myself and Andrew Thomas, who is a co-organiser, decided that we should do another in Carmarthen because of the success we had raising money for the Swans4Cancer organisation.
“We Spoke with Mark from Swans4cancer who was happy for us to do it and that was it really.
“There was a lot of work and organising that went into the game in Johnstown and when we had an opportunity to utilize Carmarthen Town’s Richmond Park ground we decided it was the right thing to do because of their facilities and the location.
“The squad of players that we have generated for the local team are from across Carmarthenshire and all have been involved in local football.
“I speak with some of the Swansea players on the whatsapp and they are all interested in playing again. I think they have a squad of around 18 so far.
“Without giving too much away on who is playing let’s just say that they will have a very strong squad and our local side will have their work cut out”.
Players such as Lee Trundle, Mark Clode, Kristian O’Leary, John Williams, and John Cornforth are just some of the players playing in the game.
One of those players, Kristian O’Leary, who made 281 appearances for Swansea City, told the Herald: “It was a fantastic occasion last year and I’m hoping this year will be the same, it’s well organised and it is for a great cause. It’s great to see so many of the players who turned up last year are playing again this year as well.
“It’s good fun and good just to get a few of the boys back together and play against the boys who perhaps haven’t played against us before. It’s going to be a great occasion and I hope a lot of people come out to watch and appreciate the effort that goes in to organising a game like this.”
Former Swan and current Llanelli Town striker Lee Trundle added: “It’s great to help out with Charity matches, we play a lot in Swansea so it will be a nice change to come and support other areas in a good cause.
“I was asked last year by Gareth but was away on holiday so said I’d definitely play this year so I’m looking forward to it.
“It’s a bit more fun and relaxed. League games are more intense as there are points at stake but a game like this is about getting together and making it a day everyone can enjoy.”
Gareth adds: “I’ve had a text from John Cornforth telling me he cannot wait to play the next game, as he missed out because of injury before the last one.
“He tells me that he will be like a racing snake on the pitch. That just shows how much this means to the players to play in the next game.”
The game will kick off 2.30pm at Richmond Park, home of Carmarthen Town AFC, and admission will be £3.
The match day sponsor will be The Hangout Cafe in Llandeilo and all proceeds will again go to the Swans4cancer organisation.