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Broken leg couldn't stop final journey

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 27, 2013

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A BROKEN leg wasn't going to stop one fan from a chance to watch the Swans make history — even if he was more than 11,000 miles and 26 hours away from Wembley.

Graphic designer Jamie Robinson, originally from Winch Wen, lives and works in Sydney, Australia, but despite the distance, the Swans remain his sporting love.

The former Bishop Vaughan pupil also plays for an Australian football side made-up of members of a Facebook page — Swansea City FC Down Under.

The team is largely ex-pats who hail from Swansea, as well as others attracted to Laudrup's team because of its playing style, but it was while playing for the Australian side last November he broke his leg.

But even that would not prevent him making the long journey home when he learned the Swans had made the Capital One Cup final.

The 34-year-old said: "There are more than a hundred people on the Facebook page, and a lot of them are neutrals because they are interested in the way the Swans play — and the Australians tend to like the Welsh, particularly over the English.

"It was a nightmare getting over on my crutches, and I reckon I could give Hulk actor Lou Ferrigno an arm wrestle now."

In London, Jamie, who had not been home for five years, met other friends for the game at Wembley, including another Swansea ex-pat, Shane Whaley, who had made the journey from New York to see the game.

"There was no way I was going to miss it — it was a chance to witness a bit of history," added Mr Robinson.

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