. . . Gavin and Stacey star gives Laudrup and Co his backing for cup final glory
TV star Steffan Rhodri is backing Swansea City to go and make history by lifting the Capital One Cup this weekend.
Cup fever is sweeping through the city ahead of Sunday’s clash at Wembley as Michael Laudrup’s men take on Bradford City.
It is the first time in the club’s 100-year history that they have reached a major cup final, having twice reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
But after overcoming European champions Chelsea over two legs last month, the Swans booked a date at Wembley and are now potentially just 90 minutes away from rewriting the history books.
“I always thought that if we did get to a cup final, that we would be the underdogs,” said Steffan. “Growing up with the Swans it was a case of always the bridesmaid and never the bride.
“But I hope that on the day we have too much class and too much experience for them.
“However, it is a one-off cup final and Bradford have already proven that they can beat Premier League teams.
“Looking back at two years ago, the play-off final was an incredible day because of the sheer prize on offer. On Sunday we really do have to seize the opportunity.”
Steffan, who hails from Morriston, is famous for his role as Dave Coaches in the award-winning BBC sitcom Gavin and Stacey.
Despite his affiliation towards rugby, the Welsh actor grew up watching the Swans and was a regular visitor to the Vetch Field during the golden era under John Toshack.
However, he can now be seen down at the Liberty Stadium and after booking his seats for the trip to Wembley, Steffan had nothing but praise for Michael Laudrup and the players for what they have achieved this season.
“This season was always going to be a bigger challenge,” he said. “Last year was fantastic, but this season has been incredible so far.
“We are over two-thirds of the way through the campaign, we’re sitting in the top half of the table and we are about to play in a major cup final. But everything we have achieved has been thoroughly deserved.
“I’ve spoken to a lot of other fans around the country during filming for various roles, and they all have this great respect for Swansea.
“It wasn’t so long ago that we nearly went out of business, but I think we have earned the respect because we have done it the right way.
“We have built up a philosophy over the years and the chairman has made some excellent decisions along the way.”
Despite Sunday’s heavy defeat against Liverpool, the Swans currently sit eighth in the Premier League on 37 points.
And with a first major cup final just around the corner, Steffan believes that the current crop of players have the chance to make themselves remembered for many years to come.
“It could well be the most successful season ever,” he said. “There is the feeling that what we have achieved can be built on and there is a real vibrancy and excitement around the club and the city.
“But we have to remember that staying in the Premier League is the priority every season. The foundations have been laid, and I hope that we can just continue to build as we have been because it is working so far.”