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Welsh Guards are handed Swans invite

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: October 15, 2012

Karl John (middle) with fellow soldiers

Karl John (middle) with fellow soldiers

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THEY have spent the past six months in one of the most dangerous war zones in the world.

And now thanks to the family and friends of those serving in the Welsh Guards — and with a little bit of help from the Evening Post — some of the bravest members of the Jack Army will get to watch their beloved Swans.

The Post was approached last week by the family of Lance Sergeant Karl John to see if it could help arrange for the 26-year-old and a couple of his comrades to come and watch a Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium when they return home from Afghanistan.

And with a couple of telephone calls, the Swans were delighted to invite the boys along for a day out at the big match.

Mum of Karl, Carol John, of Winch Wen, said: "We are waiting to hear from Karl to see what games they will be able to get too.

"He has been a fan all his life. He used to be one of them on the North Bank down the Vetch.

"I used to go there with my father and then we started going there with the children as well."

The Swans have offered the lads the chance to watch the West Brom game on Wednesday, November 28 or Norwich on Saturday, December 8.

And proud mum Carol, who has been involved with the Poppy Appeal in Swansea for the past five years, is looking forward to her boy coming back home.

"It has been a long six months. It is Karl's second tour of Afghanistan and he served in Bosnia and Iraq," she said. "He had always wanted to be in the Army. He was in the cadets first of all, then he did his Army training and he went from there.

"His sister Amy is chuffed he is coming back too.

"They are pencilled in for their next tour in 2014.

"We would like to thank the club for their offer and to people who have also helped including Reeco Rees who has been involved with the Poppy Appeal too."

A club spokesman said they would be delighted to offer the boys a day out at the football.

"From a club's point of view it is always an honour to open our doors to members of the Armed Forces," the spokesman said.

"They do a wonderful but dangerous job for our country. If we can bring a bit of light relief and hopefully pleasure when they are off duty then it is the least we can do."

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  • ReecoRees  |  October 15 2012, 1:50PM

    Well done Carol, you have done the lads proud. The Swans should also take a bow. Enjoy the game lads. ATB. Reeco

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  • brochadav  |  October 15 2012, 12:31PM

    I'm a big Swans fan myself and I'm so glad the club did this. I would happily have let one of these brave men use my season ticket if the club hadn't. SCFC are a proper community club happy to support their own supporters. I'm proud of my club, proud of our soldiers and proud to be a Jack!!

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