'I didn't think day could get any better - then it did'
SUNDAY was a double celebration for one devoted Swans fan.
Stuart John was on his way back from the big match in Wembley when he took a very important call — his wife had gone into labour.
"I was on the way back with my brother — we weren't far from Bristol when I had a phone call to say she was having pains," Mr John, 29, of Cwmavon, said.
"We were at Bridgend when we had another call to say she had had the baby."
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It was not the first baby for Mr John and his wife Laura, who have two daughters, but it was the first boy.
But he hasn't been named after a member of the squad, as they decided on the name Evan.
Mr John added: "My brother and I were joking on the way back that we could call him after one of the goal scorers, but my wife didn't like the names Michu, Nathan or Jonathan."
Swans fan Mr John will now spend a few weeks at home on paternity leave before heading back to his army base in Brecon.
The Lance Corporal, of the 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh Regiment, has been on two tours of Iraq and one of Kosovo. He won the ticket on the Tickets for Troops website.
He said the whole family was thrilled by the new arrival.
He added: "I have two daughters already — Morgan, who is six, and Keeyah, who is four. They love him, they can't get enough of him.
"Sunday was a great day. The atmosphere was amazing and we had a really good time.
"I didn't think it could get any better, but it did, and it was a double celebration. Evan was due on February 21, but the midwife said he was going to be a few days late.
"I wasn't going to go, but my wife convinced me. His birth made the day so special."
His dad may be a big Swans fan, but little Evan might not be getting his own shirt just yet. "I want to get him a shirt now, but Laura said if I do that she'll get him a Cardiff shirt," Mr John said. "She wants him to decide for himself who he will support when he's older."
And yesterday afternoon Mr John was off to welcome home the boys in their victory parade in Swansea.
"I'm taking my daughters to see the open-top parade," he added. "It will be great."