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BBC Wales History BBC Wales History | 14:01 UK time, Wednesday, 24 August 2011

An exhibition devoted to Swansea City Football Club has just opened in the centre of the city.

Proud To Be A Swan takes place at Swansea Museum on Victoria Road until the end of September. It charts the history of the club from the very earliest days, through the successes and the failures, and rounds off with the return of the club to the Premier Division.

The exhibition also features memories of the Vetch, the highs and lows over the years and some of the club's best known characters since its inception over 100 years ago. Other displays tell the story of famous players, diehard supporters, footballing rivalries and the move to the Liberty Stadium.

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The exhibition is open until the end of September

Roger Gale, exhibitions and events officer at Swansea Museum, said: "What the Swans have achieved in a short space of time is truly magnificent and this is an opportunity for people to celebrate the club and their wonderful heritage.

"It is a relatively small exhibition in our Long Gallery, but Swansea Museum wanted to mark the new success of the home club, and - with the help of fans and former players - show how the Swans have developed over the years."

The exhibition includes many items of memorabilia from fans, including an array of old pottery and bottles exhumed from beneath the famed Vetch pitch when the demolition men removed the ground from the Swansea landscape.

The Vetch was originally rented from the Swansea Gas Company, and the ground was so rough that players had to wear protective knee padding!

Football shirts - including a famous white Number 5 worn by Alan Curtis - photographs, scarves and autographed ball, as well as many more items lent by supporters for the exhibition.

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