Derby day bet means Swansea City fan may fly a Bluebirds flag above city centre
ALL Swans fans want to see Michael Laudrup's boys beat Cardiff City on Sunday but for one fan the stakes are higher than ever.
If Cardiff emerge victorious in the first ever Premier League derby between the two Welsh rivals then Anthony Powell will have to fly a Bluebirds flag at work for one day — all day.
And while the prospect of hoisting your arch rival's colours would bad enough if you worked on a fishing trawler in the middle of the Irish Sea, Swans fanatic Mr Powell is a crane operator.
The 48-year-old father of two from St Thomas spends his working day say 80 feet above Castle Square helping to build Coastal Housing Group's new £8 million Castle Quarter development.
Therefore the city faces the prospect of having a Cardiff City flag flying over it if the worst happens.
At present he flies a Swans flag — alongside the red dragon — from his lofty perch high above the city.
He said: "I drink in the Ship in St Thomas and we are all Swans supporters so I have a Swans flag up there, if I could have a bigger one I would.
"I'm also a very proud Welshman so I have the Welsh flag flying as well. It's something I have always done."
Explaining his bet, he added: "There are a lot of Cardiff supporters working here at the moment and they are not happy about it. However, we have a bet on that if Cardiff beat the Swans in the derby then I will have to fly a Bluebirds flag from the crane for the day. I don't want to think about losing."
Celebrity Swans fan, Ken Johns, refuses to entertain the prospect of seeing a Cardiff flag fly over his beloved city.
He said: "It's not going to happen. We will win the game 2-1.
"We are not going to lose. I believe in the club and the way we play.
"And the players know how much it means to us all."
Mr Johns went on to say that he hoped that the game remained trouble-free.
"It's good that there's this banter going on, but it's not worth fighting over," he said.
"When we first got to the Premier League I remember the Welsh National Opera coming to the Grand and a lot of its crew were Cardiff supporters.
"The boys in the Grand put a big banner up in the rigging saying, 'Welcome to Wales's only Premier League city'."