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Former Saint reveals Swansea inspiration
12:06pm Monday 25th February 2013 in Sport
Swansea first-team coach and former Saints player Alan Curtis has revealed how a video montage of great moments from the Welsh club's 101-year history helped inspire them to Capital One Cup glory at Wembley.
The Swans secured the first major honour in their existence as they thumped 10-man Bradford 5-0 thanks to goals from man of the match and another ex-Saint Nathan Dyer (two), Jonathan de Guzman (two) and Michu, sparking delirious celebrations among the 33,000 travelling fans who had made the trip to London.
Curtis, 58, is better placed than most to judge the significance of the club's first major honour, having scored 96 goals in 364 league appearances for the Swans during three spells at the club as a player.
The former striker is now part of Michael Laudrup's backroom staff, and helped put together a short video of key figures from Swansea's past, which the squad watched on the morning of the final.
"I felt it was important we showed the players it was not just about the cup final, but about a club with a century of history behind it," said Curtis, who played for Saints in the 1980s.
"We wanted them to be aware of the great players and the great teams who have pulled on the white shirt before them.
"There was footage of players like (record scorer) Ivor Allchurch, Robbie James and James Thomas and other people like that.
"We also included footage of key moments in our cup run this season, we just wanted to give them a feel for the history of the club and what they could achieve."
Curtis played for the Swans during their previous spell in the top flight back in the early 1980s under the guidance of John Toshack, but then had to watch the club slide perilously close to the precipice on and off the field.
But, under the guidance of chairman Huw Jenkins, the club have been on a constant upward trajectory over the last decade, and Curtis believes success at Wembley even tops the achievement of becoming a Premier League club.
"This is the club's greatest achievement without a doubt," he said.
"To get to the Premier League has given us a platform. But when you consider we had never won a major trophy, it is by some distance the best thing the club has done.
"It is fantastic. All credit to Bradford for what they have done but this was vitally important for us and to do it in the club's centenary season as well is just incredible."
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