Dylan Thomas provides some comfort for St Gallen fan
Swansea wasn’t just about the football for one visiting St Gallen fan.
Etrit Haslwer was amongst the hundreds of supporters travelling over from Switzerland for their Europa League cup clash with the Swans.
And while he may have left disappointed at the team’s 1 - 0 defeat, it wasn’t an entirely wasted journey.
Because Erit regularly teaches about Dylan Thomas in colleges in Switzerland, and hoped to use the opportunity of being in the city to visit the poet’s home in Cwmdonkin Drive.
But with little time to locate the home before kick-off, it the help of an off-duty police officer that enabled Mr Hasler to realise his dream.
He said: “One of the reasons to come to Swansea was to visit the place where Dylan grew up which is so important to me and other admirers of the poet.
“I asked around and this off duty policeman offered to take me to the birthplace and I was able to have a tour before rejoining the rest of the Swiss fans for the build up to the match.
“It was a fantastic experience and made up for losing the match a few hours later.”
Geoff Haden, who runs Dylan’s childhood home, said Mr Hasler only intended to stay a few minutes, so he could get away to the match, but he ended up staying for almost an hour.
And his experience led Mr Hasler to getting fully behind Swansea’s City of Culture bid.
He said: “Etrit teaches Dylan’s work in colleges in Switzerland and he revelled in discovering the background to his hero so much so that he readily offered his support for Cwtch the Bid campaign for the 2017 Year of Culture.”