Swansea were madly in love with Wilfried Bony. He was the best Premier League striker they ever had, perhaps the best they ever will have.
His feelings for the club were strong too, but few love stories ever last. Eventually the lure of Manchester City’s charms became difficult to resist and Swansea and Bony went their separate ways.
For a while, the south Wales club’s heartache and suffering was plain for all to see. Their minds were wandering back to the good old days when the stocky Ivorian used to score them goals that won them games.
The distraction of the breakup saw Chelsea whack five past them in the first match after Bony’s City move was completed. A trip to Blackburn in the FA Cup couldn’t shake them out of their melancholy either, they lost 3-1.
Slowly, though, the Swans started to get their footballing lives back on track and other members of the side stepped into the hole left by the idolised 26-year-old.
Jonjo Shelvey scored the only goal of the game as they disposed of Ronald Koeman’s Champions League-chasing Southampton.
Ki Sung-yueng found a second-half equaliser to deny a scrapping Sunderland side all three points. Then, a 2-0 loss to West Brom aside, things really took a turn for the better.
The South Korean found the back of the net again when Manchester United came to town.
When Bafetimbi Gomis, Bony’s replacement up front, scored the winner, Swansea not only had their first ever double over the Red Devils but the realisation that they are well-and-truly over Bony.
Garry Monk has taken Swansea to 40 points in the Premier League quicker than either Michael Laudrup or Brendan Rodgers managed before him. 12 of them points have come since selling Bony. A record haul and finishing position is within his grasp.
Swansea have reinvested part of the £28m they received for the former Vitesse goal-getter wisely, landing Kyle Naughton from Tottenham at full-back and Jack Cork from the Saints to provide much-needed muscle to the midfield.
Meanwhile, Bony has sat and watched for the majority of his time at the soon-to-be-deposed Premier League champions.
He has made three substitute appearances for the club, all on or after the hour mark and with the game either over as a contest or heading for defeat.
Approaching the first month’s anniversary of their separation, it’s Swansea who are ready to throw away the shoebox of memories from the relationship, while Bony pines for his first Premier League love.