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Pub backs Ivory Coast in World Cup to support Swans star Wilfred Bony

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 17, 2014

Landlords Mark Dowdle and Christine Hann with regulars of the Masons Arms showing their support for the Ivory Coast in honour of  Wilfried Bony (far right).

Landlords Mark Dowdle and Christine Hann with regulars of the Masons Arms showing their support for the Ivory Coast in honour of Wilfried Bony (far right).

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PUB landlord Mark Dowdle had a bit of a dilemma when his operating company started bombarding him with England merchandise ahead of the World Cup.

Running a pub on the outskirts of Swansea, he felt that it had slightly missed the point. He was not alone. All the regulars at The Masons Arms in Waunarlwydd agreed that in Wales's continued absence from football's greatest stage, blatant support for the team over the Severn Crossing was not an option.

It may have been different if the likes of Jonjo Shelvey, Leon Britton, Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge had caught the eye of England manager Roy Hodgson.

But the Swans contingent did not register, leaving customers with a gap to fill.

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Up stepped teammate Wilfried Bony — as he did so often last season.

His inclusion in the Ivory Coast World Cup squad solved the problem very neatly.

Now the pub has been decked out in Ivory Coast colours and Mark has even had eye-catching orange T-shirts made with a silhouette of the Swans' player of the year on.

"Enterprise Inns were sending me England stuff like St George's flags and Come on England banners," he said.

"We decided we weren't going to support England. We just sat down with the regulars and put it to the vote. And there was a unanimous vote to support the Ivory Coast.

"We are a big Swans pub and love Wilfried Bony

"He is all over the place. He is unbelievable."

The Bony fan club at the Masons will be tuning in to all the Ivory Coast matches, starting with the opener against Japan on June 14.

And as well as supporting the striker at the World Cup, there is an invitation to pop in on his return.

"We just hope he comes back to Swansea," said Mark in reference to unwanted transfer speculation.

A Swansea City spokesman said: "It's great for the club that the Masons are supporting Wilfried after the fantastic season he has had. Although he is now away preparing for the World Cup, we will make sure he knows that he has their support."

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18 comments

  • moggs  |  May 20 2014, 10:35AM

    So,Barclays plough millions of pounds into sponsoring a League,only for *******s like you to call it by the wrong name?

  • neathguard  |  May 19 2014, 6:26PM

    What do you expect, even Cardiff and Swansea supporters have to be separated during a match because they cannot behave . Why can't they be like rugby supporters, mix together and even have a pint with one another.r

  • Derek_Acorah  |  May 19 2014, 1:34PM

    It's an ENGLISH LEAGUE you deluded fool! I am done arguing with the Village Idiot though, just going around in circles now!

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  • moggs  |  May 19 2014, 1:31PM

    I wasn't aware we were in a contest. Let me repeat myself. The League is called THE BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE. Now, it happens to feature mostly English clubs,and the title has become corrupted to what you are calling it. To follow your logic,it should now be called THE ENGLISH AND WELSH PREMIER LEAGUE,since Swansea City are about to partake for a fourth year, But it won't be called that,since many people have used the corrupted version for so long,it won't catch on. The Barclays Premier League stands independent of the Football Leagues which form the pyramid below it.,even though Clubs can gain access via promotion. If you are EVER looking for the real facts on any subject,Wiki,whilst useful up to a point,is not the place to go.

  • Derek_Acorah  |  May 19 2014, 12:57PM

    Moggs, darling. The Premier League is governed by the ENGLISH FA, is it not? Just like the Welsh league is governed by the WELSH FA, the Scottish Premiership is governed by the SCOTTISH FA etc. I have taken this from Wikipedia, just for you darling: "The Premier League is an English professional league for men's association football clubs. At the top of the English football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Football League. Besides English clubs, some of the Welsh clubs can also qualify to play, and participation by some Scottish or Irish clubs has also been mooted." I win this debate!

  • moggs  |  May 19 2014, 11:06AM

    Oh dear,what have the Dane's done to deserve such an insulting dope in their ranks? The OFFICIAL TITLE IS "THE BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE",now a fool like you can call it whatever you want,but that won't change the reality. The only racist around here is you,as your trite posts clearly indicate. I am fortunate to know many Scandinavians,but you bring nothing but shame to that part of the world.

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  • Derek_Acorah  |  May 19 2014, 9:44AM

    For the record, I am Danish. I just find the majority of Welsh people extremely narrow minded, xenophobic and quite frankly, RACIST!

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  • Derek_Acorah  |  May 19 2014, 9:42AM

    It is THE ENGLISH LEAGUE! Is it Spanish? NO! Is it Welsh? NO! It's ENGLISH. Get that through your little village head. Swansea should ****** off and play in the Welsh league and you should all speak Welsh, that way you'd all be a far happier nation. Whilst you're at it you should ban all English people from Wales and change the currency to good ol' Welsh Gold. And just drink Welsh beer. And use Welsh internet. And only sleep with Welsh women. And NEVER LEAVE GOOD OL WALES, THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITY! etc

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  • moggs  |  May 19 2014, 7:18AM

    Sorty,but there is no such thing as The English Premier League,it is The Barclay's Premier League. Lazy people like you,however,incorrectly refer to it as the former. The Europa League has nothing to do with The Barclays Premier League. Swansea City did however represent England in the EL. Oh,and your "good girl" comment was SO funny. Any more where that came from?

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  • Derek_Acorah  |  May 18 2014, 11:26PM

    Oh and it's definitely the ENGLISH Premier League, dears. Look it up - this is why Swansea City represented ENGLAND in last season's Europa League. I say we should kick Swans into their own league, keep the local peasants happy and all.

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