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Memorial planned for soccer star

Robbie James
I do believe that Swans fans of all ages will back the memorial fund and give Luke the memorial that his dad deserves
Phil Sumbler, Swansea Supporters' Trust

An appeal has been launched to create a memorial at Swansea's Liberty Stadium to footballer Robbie James, who played for the club almost 400 times.

It is hoped a bronze bust of the player can be unveiled in February, on the 10th anniversary of his untimely death.

James, who played for the Swans during the club's glory years in the old First Division, collapsed and died while playing for Llanelli in 1998, aged 40.

The appeal is the idea of his son Luke and is backed by the supporters' trust.

"As I've got older, I've started to think about my dad more," said Luke.

"I'm coming to terms with it all now and something I would love to see would be some kind of memorial to my dad.

"People tell me what a legend he was and how Swansea's fans used to chant his name.

"It would mean so much to me if there was a tribute to him at the Liberty Stadium."

Plaque for Robbie James at Llanelli AFC
A plaque was mounted at Llanelli after the player's death

A Welsh international who played in midfield and as a striker, James made 593 appearances for Swansea as well as having spells with Stoke, QPR, Leicester, Bradford and Cardiff.

He was player-manger at Llanelli when he died.

The Swansea Supporters' Trust has agreed to help organise fundraising activities.

Chairman Phil Sumbler said: "Robbie was one of my early Swansea heroes and I don't think anyone who saw him play would forget what he did for Swansea City.

"I do believe that Swans fans of all ages will back the memorial fund and give Luke the memorial that his dad deserves."

Since the stadium opened in 2005, a bronze statue of club legend Ivor Allchurch has been erected outside, and a bust of Swansea-born former Wales great John Charles has also been unveiled.

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