FOOTBALL: Capital-ising on a Wembley day out
HE MAY have made his living causing chaos in opposition penalty areas but when Nathan Dyer arrives in the Swansea City dressing room at Wembley on Sunday, he’ll be aiming to be the most calming influence in the room.
Dyer’s Premier League Swans take on League Two giant-killers Bradford City in the final of the Capital One Cup this weekend, with the 25-year-old, who grew up in Trowbridge, in line for his second appearance at the country’s most famous stadium in three years.
The Swansea star told the Wiltshire Times that every player deals with big occasions differently and that he knows exactly what his role will be during the build-up to his side’s day of destiny.
“As soon as we get into the ground, I’ll pop my music on straight away and stay as quiet as I can,” said Dyer.
“Then I like to try and crack a few jokes to keep everyone as calm as possible but everyone is different on a matchday and especially before a big match.
“Some people are really nervous and I’m sure there’ll be some barking out orders, making sure that we’re fired up and everyone knows what they’ve got to do.
“I’m looking forward to it a lot and fingers crossed we can win.”
Dyer, who went to school at St Laurence in Bradford on Avon and began his career with Southampton, has his parents Jenny and Jonah, who still live in Trowbridge, as well as sister Yasmin, come to watch him at every Swansea home game.
There’ll be an even bigger clan of family and friends than usual descending on the capital on Sunday.
“Obviously, you get quite a few people asking if they can get tickets for Wembley, so you’ve got to decide who you can give them to,” said Dyer.
“All of my family will be coming and all of my fiancée’s family will be too so there are about 20 people coming.
“How much time you get to spend with them before the game depends what club you’re at and what the manager wants to do.
“I’m not sure what will be happening yet, but I’m sure I’ll meet up with everyone at some point.”