Swansea win the £90m game
The money in the English Premier League can easily be described as madness which describes why so many teams fight so hard to get promotion from the Championship to the top flight in the English game. This usually makes for an excellent game in the Play-off final with Reading and Swansea duking it out for the glory and of course, the money that will transform the club.
A large part of the money comes in the shape of parachute payments which means that even if a club is relegated from the top flight after the first season, they will still receive bigger payments for the following few years. Getting into the top flight for just one campaign can transform a team and their ability to sign players.
A massive first 45 half for Swansea
This is what awaits Swansea, after their thrilling 4-2 win over Reading. The Welsh side raced into a 3-0 lead at half-time, with Scott Sinclair grabbing two games in the space of a minute. With Stephen Dobbie making it three before half-time, it looked to be all over but you just never know in football.
Reading obviously had nothing to lose in the second half but when they grabbed a goal back through Noel Hunt, you got the feeling the next goal was going to be crucial. Reading scored again to make it 3-2 to Swansea and then they laid siege to the Welsh sides net, hitting the post and then having a shot blocked.
Late penalty sealed it
It really could have went either way at this point but just when fans were settling themselves in for a nail-biting final ten minutes, more madness in the Reading penalty area saw Swansea awarded another penalty, which Sinclair duly converted for his hat-trick and the biggest financial prize in football was heading to Wales.
Yes, next season, the English Premier League will feature a team from Wales with Swansea being the first Welsh side to break into the Premier League. The club, affectionately known as the Jacks, were last in the top flight of English football in the 1980s but this was long before the days of the Premier League and Sky, an era that some in football seem to have forgotten.
People will already be looking at the odds of Swansea avoiding relegation in their return to the big league but with they are by no means a certainty to go down. The gap between top of the Championship and bottom of the Premier League isn’t as big as some would think and the novelty value alone could keep the Swans up.
Its party time in certain parts of Wales at the moment but the hard work starts again soon.