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Sell-out to see Swansea promoted

Swansea fans celebrate
It's all over - Swansea fans celebrate back at the Liberty Stadium

Thousands of Swansea City fans watched their team clinch promotion - home and away on Saturday afternoon.

The League One leaders need a win at relegation-threatened Gillingham to guarantee their first promotion to football's second tier for 24 years.

The club sold out its 1,400 allocation for the trip to Kent but another sell-out included 2,000 tickets sold for a TV relay at the Liberty Stadium.

The match ended 2-1 to the Swans after two quick goals just before half time.

Hospitality suites around the stadium showed the match on TV.

The club managed to get permission from the Football League and Gillingham to show the match, but these tickets too have been snapped up quickly.

Swansea fans watch match
Earlier, tense faces as the match wore on

Swans legend Alan Curtis, who watched the match at the Liberty Stadium, said afterwards: "It's been 24 long years, we're back to where we belong, let's hope we can push on."

Fan and radio presenter Mal Pope added: "Today we had to scrap for a win, but what a fantastic event!"

Peter Richards, a season ticket holder, was one of those attending the screening.

Before the game he said: "There will be a lot of Swansea shirts, a lot of screaming and shouting and a lot of nail-biting, that's for certain."

Two late goals at home to Bournemouth had cost the chance of promotion last weekend.

"I was telling the supporter next to me at the Liberty that in all my life, of 54 years supporting the Swans, I'd never been present at a game when they'd won promotion

"It looked as if Saturday was going to be the day but in the final two, apocalyptic minutes the smile was wiped off my face."




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