The most important Swans song is the Swansea City song by Roger Evans. The song was released in 1979 as his first single and features some of the players on backing vocals. It quickly became a cult song, adopted and sung by the fans at every game. The verses tell the story of the Swans playing Spurs in the League Cup in 1978, while the chorus celebrates the Vetch Field ‘way down by the sea’. Even in the new Swans’ new home, the song remains a key part of what supporting the Swans is all about. The B Side was the Ballad of Swansea Jack.
At the Vetch not every part of the ground sang. In later years, the North Bank, which held over 5,000 of the ground’s 12,000 capacity, was the focus of the most noise. In terms of what songs are sung, the North Bank could be loosely divided into three sections:
Subject of songs/chants on the North Bank
|East end||Middle section||West end|
Of course, these sections were not neatly defined and blurred into one another, particularly at the better-attended matches where space was limited. Nonetheless, any regular of the North Bank (or indeed anywhere within the Vetch) would have recognised these divisions and consciously chosen where they stood on the terrace in accordance with how comfortable they felt with the songs and chants that would surround them. The west end of the North Bank was significant in that it was the part of the ground nearest the away stand and thus the best location to taunt visiting fans.
You can listen to some songs from the last few years here. If you are a Cardiff City fan or uncomfortable with bad language you may be offended. This video is from an external link and copyright remains with the original owner.
Listen to the Swansea City song being sung at Wembley 2011
A series of fans’ songs assembled from Youtube
The very first Swansea fans’ song: the “Swans” War Song from 1913
Discovered in an obscure sporting magazine in Swansea Library. Not sure if it ever caught on! The crowd of gay fans off to the match conjures up a different picture today.
Swansea fans have also been prompted to make their own pop songs. Here you can listen to Swansea City by Teen anthems