I'll put on the brakes and he'll fly right by
First, RIP Swells.
To continue: come on, Sarah, to paraphrase Goose from Top Gun, do some of that journalism shit. The user Mikerichi's first act on Wikipedia was to rock up to the Sons of Ben (MLS supporters association) article (they're a supporters club for Philadelphia's MLS football team) and submit it for deletion. Now the same guy tries the same thing with Philly resident Swells' article, which at that time happened to claim Swells was a "staunch proponent" of the Sons of Ben. Two edits after that, Richardrj removes that claim as being "unsourced and irrelevant".
This all feels like an idiot with a grudge against the Sons of Ben, rather than against Swells himself. Nor does it feel like Wikipedia as an entity is responsible.
As for the deletion notice, it's back: SOP on Wikipedia is to let the discussion run its course, but as you say, the resounding response of "Keep" should ensure the article will be around for a long time to come.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/Mikerichi (Mikerichi's contribs)
http://tinyurl.com/mrbgbf (Richardrj's edit removing mention of Sons of Ben)
http://tinyurl.com/lf9azt (Wikipedia article on Sons of Ben, citing Swells Grauniad article)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2007/jun/06/sport.comment (Swells article on Sons of Ben)
Fail, because ... well, you know, do that journalism stuff!