Tim helps Ronnie & Co to enjoy their beloved Swans
THESE days Ronnie Rees is happy to watch the Swans from the sidelines.
But more than 40 years ago he was out there on the pitch, representing the club in 89 games after arriving at Vetch Field in 1972.
The flying winger, now aged 68, also turned out for Wales, winning 39 caps and netting three goals.
But in 1995 he suffered a severe stroke, and were it not for the help of staff from Hengoed Court care home in Winch Wen, his support for his beloved club would be limited to watching them on the television.
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Ronnie and three other residents, together with their carers, are regular visitors to the Liberty Stadium after the home bought eight Swansea City season tickets in order to "promote the normality of life".
And it is their efforts that have been recognised as Tim Williams, who accompanies Ronnie to the games, has been shortlisted for an award by Care Forum Wales, having been nominated in the Promoting Fulfilled Lives category.
Tim, 40, said: "Before his stroke, Ronnie would be there supporting the Swans and so we take him.
"He loves the football and he can catch up with some old acquaintances.
"A lot of the stewards there are from the same era and remember him as a brilliant winger and he always gets a great welcome there.
"He was a fantastic footballer and lived and breathed the game.
"It's great for us to take him and other residents to the games. The facilities and accessibility at the Liberty Stadium and the friendliness of the people there helps in the whole process."
The winners of the Care Forum Wales awards will be revealed at Cardiff City Hall on October 26.