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Thursday, September 9, 1999 Published at 21:58 GMT 22:58 UK

UK: Wales

Celebrity swan Cyril goes into print

Cyril the Swan enters the world of children's fiction with ease

Cyril the Swan has cleaned up his act off the pitch to feature in a new children's book. The Swansea City mascot got into the headlines for all the wrong reasons last season, but notoriety has turned the ugly duckling saga into a tale with a gentler ending.

BBC Wales's Mathew Richards reports on Cyril's literary turn
The new book, 'Cyril the Swan', portrays him as a naughty but nice creature, who travels to Swansea expecting to find flocks of his feathered friends only to be disappointed.

Like all good tales, though, it ends with Cyril being accepted by the faithful supports of Swansea City as one of their own.

[ image: Cyril's story is naughty but does not go over the top]
Cyril's story is naughty but does not go over the top
Cyril's minder Mike Lewis said the book had not mentioned the swan's darkest hour in trouble with the FA over a pitch invasion.

"It does refer to him being a little bit more naughty than the average swan. That is what gives him his attraction," said Mr Lewis.

"We have not gone over the line," he added.

Antics on the pitch at an FA Cup match at The Vetch last season earned Cyril a touchline ban and £1,000 fine - unheard of among mascots in the Nationwide League.


The FAW went so far as to announce it was drawing up a code of conduct for Cyril and his contemporaries at other clubs.

His antics, though, won him many admirers and have led to star turns such as a part in the Aladdin pantomime.

The club has even been involved in a row with Weetabix over the alleged use of his image in a TV advertising campaign without payment.

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