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Last Updated: Friday, 22 July 2005, 09:38 GMT 10:38 UK
Curtis hails testimonial 'honour'
Alan Curtis
Curtis will play the last 10 minutes of the match against Fulham
Swansea legend Alan Curtis says it will be an "honour" when the club plays Fulham in its first match at the new stadium in Morfa for his testimonial.

The Premiership side, managed by former Swan Chris Coleman, arrive on Saturday to christen a new era for Swansea.

"It's a tremendous honour and I'm looking forward to it," said Curtis, 51, who was capped 35 times for Wales.

"I'm obviously very flattered that the club have decided to give me the first game there."

Curtis has been associated with the club for 34 years since joining aged 17 and admits that his attachment to the Swans' former home at the Vetch Field is still strong.

"The memories at the Vetch will never fade away and probably emotionally I would have preferred the testimonial at the Vetch," Curtis admitted.

"However, I've been up at Morfa the last couple of days and the stadium looks absolutely magnificent.

I think Chris Coleman is more excited than anyone else
Alan Curtis

"I'm going to play the last 10 minutes of the match and the butterflies have already started."

Coleman - who has carved out a succesful managerial career since injury brought a premature end to his playing days - is also expected to take the field.

"I spoke to Chris in the week and he was only too willing to come down and play the first game," Curtis said.

"Chrissy being a Swansea boy and ex-player as well I think he's more excited than anyone else and he's really looking forward to it."

Safety rules mean that the ground will be reduced to just over half of its 20,000 capacity - 12,500 - for the match, which will be steadily increased.

Blackburn Rovers, another Premiership side managed by a former Wales international - Mark Hughes - will play Swansea at the new stadium the following Saturday, 30 July.

That should give Swansea the best preparation for the start of the season, where Kenny Jackett's newly-promoted side look to start League One life with a bang.

Next season Curtis will fill a hospitality role at the new stadium having lost his job as head of youth development at the Swans in May.

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