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Cyril the Swan

Mascot of Swansea City
Football Club

Birthplace:
A nest far, far away. Now living at Vetch Field, East Stand.

Career:
Local sporting celebrity and media personality.

Inspiration:
My fans. I arrived at Swansea City lost and trying to find my way back home. I saw the name Swansea and thought it must be where I was from. I landed on the North Bank roof and I was smitten. It may not be where I was from, but I was going to stay.

Big break:
I think the fans fell in love with me from the start, and have always been supportive. Mind you, I ruffled a few feathers at Norwich, especially those of Ryan Hamilton, the assistant manager of Norwich City. Life was never the same again. I’m not a bad bird - just enthusiastic!
I get lots of fan mail... and some not so nice mail from the FAW.

Highlight:
Apart from leading the cheering for the Swans, I’ve also appeared on the BBC National Lottery Draw from the Vetch Field. Also, I was on 'Night Fever', the karaoke show on Channel 5.

Low:
I ran on the pitch to celebrate scoring against Millwall in the FA Cup, and I was fined £1000. I know I’ve been in trouble with the authorities from time to time, but it was only a bit of fun. The boys and I had to work a lot of overtime to pay off the fine. They were dark days, but the club got behind me to pull me through.

Tips from the top:
Be original. Don’t copy - I’m not a naughty swan, my heart’s in the right place. Don’t mess with stuffed lions!

 
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