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Swansea City A.F.C
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Full name Swansea City Association Football Club
Nickname(s) The Swans, The Jacks
Founded 1912 (as Swansea Town)
Ground Liberty Stadium
(Landore, Swansea)
(Capacity: 20,532)
Chairman Huw Jenkins
Manager Paulo Sousa
League The Championship
2008–09 The Championship, 8th
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

Swansea City Association Football Club (Welsh: Clwb Pêl-droed Dinas Abertawe) is a professional football club based in Swansea, Wales, currently playing in the Football League Championship. Formed in 1912, they joined the Football League in 1920, and have been members ever since. They played in old Football League First Division period of 1981–83.

Since 2005 Swansea City have played their home games at the Liberty Stadium, a ground they share with the Ospreys Rugby Union Club. Before 2005 the club's home ground was Vetch Field.

Swansea City and its supporters are unofficially known as the 'Jacks'. One explanation for this name is that during the 17th century, sailors from Swansea were respected and any 'Swansea Jack' was allowed to join the crew based simply on the town's reputation for good sailors. Many, however, believe that the name originates from the renowned life-saving dog Swansea Jack.

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History

Nicknamed "The Swans", the club played from its formation in 1912 (as Swansea Town - the club was renamed Swansea City in 1970) until 2005 at the Vetch Field (1912-2005) in Swansea city centre. In the summer of 2005 Swansea City moved to the Liberty Stadium, a 20,532 all seater ground.

Swansea city's main rivals are Cardiff City FC, Swansea and Cardiff have a great rivalry.

The early 1980s were Swansea's most successful years, under the guidance of then player-manager, Cardiff born John Toshack, the Swans gained promotion to the old First Division in 1981, won 3 consecutive Welsh Cups and subsequently appeared in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. In their first season in the top flight they beat Manchester United at home and only a Garry Birtles 25 yarder saw them pipped at Old Trafford. They beat Arsenal, both at home and at Highbury, and also drew 2-2 with Liverpool at Anfield, finally finishing in a highest ever position of sixth, despite topping the table for large parts of the season.

In recent years the club has brought itself up from the decline of the 1980s and 1990s and has re-established itself as a strong force in the Football League. They were promoted to League One in 2004-2005 (as Third) and the League Championship (as Champions) in 2007-2008. 2008-09 was Swansea's first season at this level since 1983-84 and finished two places off the play-offs.

Early years

Swansea traditionally had been a rugby union area, and despite previous attempts by a club named Swansea Villa, there were no notable football clubs until the establishment of Swansea Town AFC in the summer of 1912. They, following the lead of many other South Wales sides, joined the second division of the Southern League for the following season. J. W. Thorpe was the club's first chairman, Walter Whittaker its first manager. A site near the town centre owned by Swansea Gaslight Co., called Vetch Field was rented to the be the club's ground. The club's first professional match was at the Vetch Field against arch-rivals Cardiff City on 7 September, 1912; the result was a 1-1 draw. During that first season the Welsh Cup was won for the first time, and the following season the Swans became the first side to reach the First Round of the FA Cup. Blackburn Rovers were the first First Division side to the visit Vetch Field for a competitive game in the 1914-1915 FA Cup - Blackburn Rovers were then the Champions of England, but Swansea Town from the Second Division of the Southern League beat them 1-0 at Vetch Field, Swansea's goal coming from Ben Beynon,[1] while Blackburn Rovers' penalty taker Bradshaw missed a penalty. There is little remarkable about that, but before the game Bradshaw had scored with thirty-six consecutive spot kicks. Even more remarkable was that the Swans played most of the second half with ten men and the final fifteen minutes with just nine men as two players were forced to retire through injury [2][3] The Swans drew at another First Division side, Newcastle United, in the next round, before losing narrowly in the replay.

Following the First World War the Southern League dropped its second division, and with many clubs dropping out due to financial difficulties, the Swans were placed in the first division. After just four seasons in the Southern League, Swansea Town became founder members of the new Third Division of The Football League in 1920 and then Division Three (South) the following season.

After five seasons in Division Three (South) and a few failed bids for promotion, the Swans reached the Second Division for the first time in 1925, beating Exeter City 2-1 at home on the final day of the season to beat perennial runners-up Plymouth Argyle to the Championship. The side had remained unbeaten at home in the league all season - something the next promotion team would emulate over twenty years later. The following season the Swans reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup for the first time - beating Exeter City, Watford, Blackpool, Stoke City, Millwall and Arsenal on the way to playing Bolton Wanderers at White Hart Lane. Sadly for the Swans, an experienced Bolton side won the game 3-0 and went on to win the cup. The remainder of the interwar period consisted mostly of finished in the bottom half of the Second Division.

Post-war

After just one season back from wartime football, the Swans finished 21st in the Second Division, and thus returned to Division Three (South) for the first time since 1925. The following season was one of consolidation, however in 1948-1949 the Swans stormed their way to winning the division for the second time. Only one point was dropped at home all season as the feat of the 1925 promotion side was emulated, with the side finishing a whole seven points ahead of second placed Reading. Billy McCandless was the manager who led the side to promotion, and in doing so he completed a rare hat-trick of winning the Third Division (South) title with all three South Wales clubs - and without losing a home game with Swansea or Cardiff.

Following promotion, the Swans had another 15-years of Second Division football to look forward to, however despite what successive managers and chairmen were to say, Swansea Town only once during that time looked like they could genuinely challenge for promotion. That came in the 1955-1956 season, when a side containing the likes of Ivor Allchurch, Terry Medwin, Harry Griffiths and Tom Kiley led the table early in the season, before an injury to Kiley, referred to as the linchpin of the side, in mid-November led to a decline in form. He was never adequately replaced, but despite this and the sale of some of the club's best players, the side remained in contention for promotion until the beginning of April. Following a 6-1 win over second placed Leicester City at the Vetch Field at the end of March the side was just two points behind second placed Liverpool with a game in hand - however subsequent results were not as encouraging, and they eventually slipped away to finish tenth.

In 1964 the Swans reached a second FA Cup semi-final, beating Barrow, Sheffield United and Stoke City on the way to a famous sixth round victory at Anfield. Few gave the Swans, struggling for their lives at the bottom of Division Two, any chance of causing an upset against the league leaders. But the Swans were 2-0 up at half time thanks to Jimmy McLaughlin and Eddie Thomas. Liverpool turned up the pressure in the second half, pulling a goal back before being awarded a penalty nine minutes from time. Ronnie Moran had established an excellent record as a penalty taker, but he failed to beat the excellent Noel Dwyer on this occasion. Fellow second division side Preston North End awaited in the semi-final at Villa Park, but despite taking the lead through McLaughlin again the Swans were to be denied by a second half penalty and a wonder goal from nearly 40 yards.

After flirting with relegation on a few occasions during the previous seasons, the Swans' luck finally ran out a season later in 1965, and they were back in the Third Division.

1965-1977: A downward spiral

Following relegation Trevor Morris, who had been manager since 1958, was sacked and Glyn Davies , a former Swansea player, was appointed in his place. Davies re-signed the 36-year old Ivor Allchurch from Cardiff City, but despite winning the Welsh Cup the season saw some of the club's heaviest defeats, and the manager only lasted the season. Relegation to Division Four followed in 1967 and Ivor Allchurch retired. Strangely, the 1967/8 season saw the record attendance of 32,796 at the Vetch Field for an FA Cup Fourth Round match against Arsenal. In 1969 the club name was changed to Swansea City, and Roy Bentley's side celebrated by securing promotion back to the Third Division. A record run of 19 matches unbeaten founded the base of a promotion challenge in 1971-72, but an awful run towards the end of the season result in a mid-table finish. A poor start the following season, combined with falling attendances saw Bentley resign, and he was replaced by Harry Gregg. Gregg failed to stop the rot and the club was back in the Fourth Division for 1973-74 season.

A record low crowd of just 1,358 watch the Swans against Northampton Town, and the following season the Swans were forced to apply for re-election to the football league after a last day defeat at Rochdale condemned them to a 21st place finish. The application was a success, although by now former player Harry Griffiths had replaced Gregg as managed. Malcolm Struel also took over as chairman, having previously been on the board, and promised a return to former glories, stating the he would not sell the clubs best young talent as previous boards had done.

1977-1986: Meteoric rise and equally rapid fall

Despite promising performances during the first half of the 1977/78 season, Harry Griffiths resigned as Swansea City's manager in February 1978, doubting his own ability to take the club any further. The new manager was former Liverpool, Cardiff City and Wales striker John Toshack. On 1 March, 1978, at the age of 28, Toshack became the youngest manager in the Football League, with Griffiths as his assistant. Thus began a remarkable climb from the Fourth Division to the top of the entire league. Despite relinquishing his role as manager before the end of the season, this was Griffiths' team, and the promotion from the Fourth Division was largely his doing. During this season the Swans' record league win was achieved - 8-0 against Hartlepool United. Before promotion was secured, however, tragedy struck when Harry Griffiths died of a heart attack on 25 April, 1978 before the home game against Scunthorpe United.

A further promotion followed the following season and the club returned to the Second Division after an absence of 14 years, with Toshack himself coming off the bench to score the winning goal against Chesterfield and thus secure promotion.

After a season of consolidation, Swansea City again challenged for promotion and travelled to Preston North End on 2 May, 1981 in the knowledge that victory would assure them a place in the First Division for the first time in the club's history. A 3-1 win guaranteed a third promotion in four seasons and Swansea City joined the footballing élite. The goalscorers on that historic day at Deepdale were Tommy Craig, Leighton James and Jeremy Charles. The 4 year rise from basement to top division is a record in English football, held jointly with Wimbledon F.C.[4]. Ironically the Swansea Decline started the same year as the Wimbledon rise.

The 1981/82 season began as implausibly as recent history had suggested it might. The fixture computer handed Swansea's upstarts a first-day home game against Leeds United, which Swansea promptly won 5-1 with a hat-trick by debutant Bob Latchford. Swansea had swept from the basement division to the top of the entire Football League in barely three years. Victory at Stoke City in October put Swansea in first place in the First Division for the first time, and victories over footballing royalty such as Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur followed as the club topped the league on several further occasions. Injuries to key players took their toll, and the lack of depth in the squad meant that the season ended in sixth place finish.

However, a fateful combination of poor form, misfortune in the transfer market and financial problems led to a slump which was as quick and spectacular as the rise had been. Two consecutive relegations followed and Toshack was sacked. By 1985, the club was battling for its very survival on two fronts. Whilst its creditors lined up a High Court hearing with the aim of liquidating the club, Swansea City had come to rely on a combination of old stagers and young professionals.

Wound up by court order in December 1985, Swansea City was saved by local businessman Doug Sharpe who took over the running of the club, although the change of ownership was not enough to prevent relegation to the Fourth Division in 1986. Eight years on from the first promotion under Toshack, the club was back where it had started.

1986-1995: In place of strife

Swansea won promotion from the Fourth Division in 1988 - beating Rotherham United and Torquay United over two legs in the inaugural playoffs. They remained in the league's third tier for the next eight seasons - the longest period of stability the club had seen since the war.

Doug Sharpe may have kept the purse strings tight, but under Terry Yorath and then Frank Burrows, the club managed to stay in the Second Division, reach the playoff semi-finals in 1993 and make their first Wembley appearance a year later.

Burrows guided the Swans to within 180 minutes of Wembley in 1993 - a run of five wins in the last six league matches (all at home) secured a playoff place, and with five minutes remaining of the first leg of the semi-final against West Bromwich Albion, the Swans were 2-0 up. Andy McFarlane scored an own goal when the ball rebounded off the crossbar then into the net off his knee to give West Brom a lifeline, and two early goals in the second leg gave "the Baggies" the advantage, until midfielder Micky Mellon was sent off. Burrows threw on Colin West, however within minutes of coming on the former West Brom striker was sent off, and ended any hopes of a Wembley final.

Although the league campaign the following season did not live up the previous one, mainly due to the sale of key players, Burrows guided the Swans to Wembley for the first time in their history for the final of the Autoglass Trophy. Wins over Plymouth Argyle & Exeter City in the group stage followed by triumphs over Exeter again, Port Vale, Leyton Orient and Wycombe Wanderers over two legs saw the Swans play Huddersfield Town in a final that finished 1-1. Chairman Doug Sharpe brought back the famous hat, and the Swans went on to win 3-1 on penalties.

The following season failed to live up to expectations, although the club again reached the semi-finals of the Auto Windscreens Shield, eventually going out to Birmingham City, and an eventful FA Cup run saw them win at Middlesbrough in a third round replay, before going out to Newcastle United at St James' Park.

1995/96 ended with relegation back to the third division after 8 years. The Swans were doing fine around Christmas time, but a complete collapse in the second half of the season, including a 7-0 FA Cup defeat at third division Fulham, 4-0 and 5-1 defeats at Blackpool and Oxford United respectively, relegation was inevitable, despite the arrival of Jan Mølby.

1995-2001: The difficult years return

Relegation in 1996 was accompanied by an unfortunate statistic: never before had the club been managed by four men in the same season. Most embarrassing was the appointment of Kevin Cullis as manager by a consortium wishing to buy the club. Cullis, whose previous experience was with non-league Midlands club Cradley Town youth team, was certainly not the "big name" manager promised by the new owners. Alarmed at developments at the club, outgoing chairman Doug Sharpe invoked a contractual clause to cancel the deal and resumed control himself: Cullis was promptly sacked after just six days. During his short-lived reign, his evident lack of ability led to senior players Christian Edwards and Dave Penney ejecting Cullis from the dressing room during half time and giving the team talk themselves in a 4-0 defeat to Blackpool, which proved to be his second and last game in charge.

Cullis's successor was the Dane, Jan Mølby, a former Liverpool player taking his first steps in management. His appointment inevitably prompted comparison with the Toshack era which began nearly 20 years earlier. Despite relegation in 1996, the club reached the final of the 1997 Third Division promotion play-offs but lost to Northampton Town, whose goal came from a re-taken free kick by John Frain in the final minute. Mølby was sacked just weeks into the following season, with Swansea struggling near the foot of the league. After the initial optimism, the Liverpool connection had not caused history to repeat itself.

Alan Cork was appointed as manager, but was dismissed after leading the club to its lowest league finish for 23 years. John Hollins was appointed, and things soon started to improve. In 1999, the club reached the promotion play-offs, only to lose in extra time at Scunthorpe United. The season was also notable for a third round FA Cup victory over Premiership opponents West Ham United, whose team included Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, Rio Ferdinand and John Hartson. Swansea thus became the first bottom division team to defeat a Premiership club in the FA Cup since the re-organisation of the league structure in 1992.

The club was promoted in 2000 as Division Three champions, following a nail-biting championship decider on the final day of the season against second-placed Rotherham United. Hollins' side certainly proved to be effective and functional, rather than pretty, seemingly winning 1-0 ever week on their way to the title. The side conceded just 32 goals all season, largely due to the form of excellent centre-back pairing Jason Smith  and Matthew Bound, as well as 'keeper Roger Freestone. During the season the side set a record of nine consecutive league victories, and, during the same period, seven consecutive clean sheets. Jamaican striker Walter Boyd also set an unwanted record of being the fastest substitute ever sent off, when he was red-carded for striking a Darlington player seconds after being brought on and before play had resumed, therefore being officially recorded as zero seconds.

Promotion was secured courtesy of a 3-0 win over Exeter City at a packed Vetch Field. The 1-1 draw at Rotherham United, however, was overshadowed by the death of supporter Terry Coles, trampled to death by a police horse in narrow Millmoor Lane before the game.

Despite significant optimism on the terraces, it was clear that the team was not strong enough to survive in the higher division and relegation occurred in May 2001, just 12 months after promotion. Hollins had failed to strengthen the side at all during the summer, and despite a decent start, a 5-1 defeat at big-spending Reading in September led to a disastrous slide down the table, and the side won just eight games all season, and were saved from bottom spot only by Oxford United being even worse. Hollins' certainly wasn't helped by lack of investment from the board and injury to key players, but the fans patience wore thin as his continual insistence that the squad was good enough to survive grew more comical by the week. Relegation seemed certain following a 5-3 defeat at fellow strugglers Luton Town, where Giovanni Savarese scored a hat-trick, however Hollins' maintained that the side could stay up, even when 18 points were needed from the final six matches, and for two other teams to pick up no more points.

Last years at Vetch Field

In July 2001, following relegation back to Third Division, the club was sold to managing director Mike Lewis  for £1. Lewis subsequently sold on his stake to a consortium of Australian businessmen behind the Brisbane Lions (Australian rules football) football team, fronted by Tony Petty. Seven players were sacked and eight others saw their contracts terminated. Supporters were angered, sanctions were threatened by the Football League, and a rival consortium headed by ex-player Mel Nurse sought to buy out the new owners. During this period Hollins was sacked after a poor start to the season, and Colin Addison took over as manager. The turmoil led to the creation of the Swansea City Supporters' Trust, which sought to save the club and ultimately guarantee supporter representation on the club's board.

The Petty group sold its stake in January 2002 after a bitter stand-off with the Nurse consortium, which was supported by the majority of the club's fans. Despite the turmoil off the pitch, Addison's side had managed a mid-table position, but lack of funds led to his dismissal in early March, and under Nick Cusack the club slumped to a 20th placed-finish. Cusack lasted just eight games into the following season, and was sacked after a 1–0 defeat at league debutants Boston United put the Swans on the bottom of the Football League for the first time ever. He was replaced by Brian Flynn. Swansea City avoided relegation to the Football Conference on the last day of the season, at the expense of Exeter City, a club then vice-chaired by Mike Lewis.

Brian Flynn's side finished 2003–04 10th and reached the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time in 24 years, eventually losing 2–1 at Tranmere Rovers. Flynn was dismissed and replaced by Kenny Jackett. Jackett lost his first six matches in charge, ending any hope of a play-off place. The following season Jackett recruited a number of new defensive players and set a record of seven consecutive home clean sheets, all victories. The Swans' last season at the Vetch Field saw the club win promotion on the last day of the season. Their last game at their old ground was a 1-0 win over Shrewsbury Town, the last game of any sort a 2-1 win against Wrexham in the final of the 2005 FAW Premier Cup.

Liberty Stadium era

The club moved to the new Liberty Stadium during the summer of 2005. The first competitive game was a 1–0 victory against Tranmere Rovers in August 2005. In their first season back in League One Swansea finished in sixth place in the league, qualifying the play-offs. After beating Brentford in the semi-finals, they lost on penalties to Barnsley in the final at the Millennium Stadium in May 2006. The Swans won the Football League Trophy for the first time since 1994 and the FAW Premier Cup for a second successive year. The following season saw manager Jackett resign mid-season to be replaced by Roberto Martinez. Martinez's arrival saw an improvement in form, but Swansea missed out on the play-offs.

After an indifferent start to 2007–08 the Swans spent much of the middle of the season near the top of League One with an 18 game unbeaten run from November to March. Swansea were promoted on April 12 following a 2–1 success at Gillingham, and crowned Champions the following week despite a home defeat by Yeovil Town. The club amassed a total of 92 points over the course of the season, the highest ever by a Welsh club in the Football League. Five Swansea players were in the PFA Team of the Year and the division's top scorer was Jason Scotland, with 29 goals. The same seaon Swansea lost on penalties in the final of the Football League Trophy.

On Swansea's return to the second tier they finished eighth, two places outside the play-off places. In that season's FA Cup they knocked out holders Portsmouth at Fratton Park, beating them 2-0 in the fourth round. In the fifth round they drew at 1–1 at home against Premier League team Fulham, but lost 2-1 in the replay.

In the summer of 2009 manager Roberto Martinez was signed by Premier League club Wigan Athletic, taking half the backroom staff and players Jason Scotland and Jordi Gómez with him. Paulo Sousa was appointed as Martinez's successor.

Stadia

The Vetch Field was home of Swansea City for 93 years.

Before Swansea Town was established, children would play football on waste ground in which a cabbage-like plant, called "vetch" was grown. The site was owned by Swansea Gaslight Company in 1912, but was deemed surplus to requirements at the Gas Company. So Swansea Town moved in when they were established in 1912.[5] The ground originally held 12,000, but hit its peak attendance of 32,786 in an 1967 FA cup Fifth Round against Arsenal. The last league goal ever scored at the Vetch was scored by Adrian Forbes, on 30 April 2005, as Swansea beat Shrewsbury Town 1-0.

Swansea City's new home since 2005.

With a rapidly deteriorating Vetch Field, Swansea looked to relocate. As Swansea and the Ospreys did not have the capital to invest in a new stadium, the Swansea County Council and a developer-led consortia submitted a proposal for a sustainable 'bowl' venue for 20,520 seats on a site to the west of the river on the site of the Morfa Stadium, which the Council owned. It was funded by a 355,000 ft retail park on land to the east of the river. The final value of the development being in excess of £50m. On 23 July 2005, The Liberty Stadium was officially opened as Swansea faced Fulham in an friendly game.[6]

The Liberty Stadium holds a capacity of 20,532, and the highest attendance recorded was 19,288 at league game against Yeovil Town on 11 November 2005. The stadium has since hosted a Wales international against Georgia which ended in a 2-1 defeat for Wales.

Rivalries

Swansea City's main rivals are Cardiff City. Matches between these two clubs are known as the South Wales derbies and are usually one of the highlights of the season for both sets of supporters. To a lesser extent, Swansea City's other rivals are Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, and Newport County. However, Swansea very rarely meet Newport as they're currently separated by four divisions.

The rivalry between Swansea and Cardiff, often regarded as one of the most hostile football rivalries in British football,[7] has been marred by football hooliganism and matches between clubs have resulted in violence between both sets of supporters. A contingent of Cardiff City's support call themselves the Soul Crew, which became notorious through their actions.[8] Also, in September 1988 a group of around ten Cardiff fans were chased into Swansea Bay by a larger group of Swansea fans. Since then, Swansea fans frequently suggest to their neighbours that they "swim away", in reference to the event.[9]

Swansea have won 19 of the sides league meetings, compared to Cardiff's 16, with a further 16 drawn. Following Swansea City's promotion to the Championship, the clubs were drawn in the Carling Cup which would be the first meeting between both sides for nine years.[10]. Swansea City won the tie with a solitary goal from a deflected free-kick taken by Jordi Gómez. The match saw sets of supporters from both clubs clash with police after the match.[11] The two most recent league games both finished in 2-2 draws.[12][13] However, the derby game at Ninian Park was marred with controversy as referee Mike Dean was struck by a coin from a Cardiff City supporter.[14]

Honours

Swansea City's Historical League Positions 1921-2009

A list of all major honours that Swansea City have won over the years.

Competition Achievement Year(s)
League One (3rd tier) Champions 2007/08
Third Division South (3rd tier) Champions 1924/25, 1948/49
Third Division (4th tier) Champions 1999/00
FA Cup Semi-finalist 1926, 1964
Football League Trophy Champions 1994, 2006
Welsh Cup Champions
Runners-up
1913, 1932, 1950, 1961, 1966, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1989, 1991
1915, 1926, 1938, 1940, 1949, 1956, 1957, 1969
FAW Premier Cup Champions
Runners-up
2005, 2006
2001, 2002

Other honours won by the youth, reserve and senior teams:

  • FAW Welsh Youth Cup
    • Winners 1999, 2003, 2008
    • Runners-Up 1990, 1991, 1994, 1996, 2004, 2009
  • West Wales Senior Cup
    • Winners 1923, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1930, 1934, 1949, 1950, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1975, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2003
  • Welsh Football League
    • Division One champions 1913, 1925, 1926, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1951, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1976
    • League Cup winners 1931, 1933
  • Football Combination
    • Reserve Division Two champions 1955, 1961
    • (Reserve) Cup winners 1947, 1950
  • Macbar (Reserve) Cup
    • Winners 1987
  • Southern Football League
    • (Reserves) Western Section champions 1925

Club records

Swansea City's average, and record attendances since moving into the Liberty Stadium.

Kit Manufactures and Sponsors

Kit Manufanctures
Bukta-1975-1979
Adidas-1979-1981
Patrick-1981-1984
Hummel-1984-1985
Admiral Sportswear-1986-1989
Spall Sports-1989-1992
Matchwinner-1992-1995
Le Coq Sportif-1995-1997
New Balance-1997-2000
Bergoni-2000-2005
Macron-2005-2008
Umbro-2008-present

Sponsors
DP Paints-1984-1991
No Sponsor between 1991-1992
ACTION-1992-1993
Gulf Oil-1993-1996
South Wales Evening Post-1996-1997
Silver Shield-1997-1999
M&B Bikes-1999-2000
Stretchout-2000-2001
The Travel House-2001-2004/2005-2007
Re/Maxx-2004-2005
swansea.com-2007-2009
32RED.com-2009-present

Players

Current squad

As of 9 March 2010.[15]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Netherlands GK Dorus de Vries
2 Wales DF Ashley Williams
5 England DF Alan Tate (vice-captain)
6 Netherlands MF Ferrie Bodde
7 England MF Leon Britton
8 Jamaica MF Darren Pratley
9 Scotland FW Craig Beattie
10 Spain MF Andrea Orlandi
11 Netherlands FW Cedric van der Gun
12 England MF Nathan Dyer
15 Spain MF Jordi López
16 England DF Garry Monk Captain sports.svg
17 Wales GK David Cornell
18 Spain FW Gorka Pintado
19 England FW Lee Trundle (on loan from Bristol City)
21 Argentina DF Federico Bessone
22 Spain DF Àngel Rangel
No. Position Player
23 Spain FW Guillem Bauzà
24 Wales MF Joe Allen
25 Wales MF Matthew Collins
26 Spain DF Albert Serrán
27 England MF Mark Gower
28 Republic of Ireland MF Thomas Butler
29 Wales MF Ashley Richards
30 Wales FW Chad Bond
32 Wales Ross Mitchell
34 Wales DF Joe Walsh
35 Wales DF Daniel Sheehan
36 Wales FW Casey Thomas
37 Wales MF Lee Lucas
39 England DF James Burgin
40 Austria FW Besian Idrizaj
42 Finland FW Shefki Kuqi
49 Wales MF David Cotterill

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
3 Republic of Ireland DF Marcos Painter (at Brighton & Hove Albion)
14 Scotland FW Stephen Dobbie (at Blackpool)
20 Wales MF Shaun MacDonald (at Yeovil Town)
No. Position Player
31 Wales MF Kieran Howard (at Neath Athletic)
33 Wales FW Kerry Morgan (at Newport County)
38 England DF Jamie Grimes (at Haverfordwest County)

PFA Team of the Year

The following have been included in the PFA Team of the Year whilst playing for Swansea City :

Football League 100 Legends

The Football League 100 Legends is a list of "100 legendary football players" produced by The Football League in 1998, to celebrate the 100th season of League football. Four former Swansea players made the list.

Welsh Sports Hall of Fame

The following have played for Swansea and have been inducted into the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame :

Notable former players

See also Category:Swansea City A.F.C. players

Current players in bold.

Players with over 200 Football League appearances for Swansea

     

Other Notable former players

Inclusion criteria: Attained international caps or is notable for a specific reason.

     

List of club managers

See also Category:Swansea City A.F.C. managers
Name Tenure Began Tenure Ended Total Won Lost Drawn Win %
England Walter Whittaker 1 August 1912 31 May 1914 2 1 1 0 50.00%
No Manager 1 June 1915 31 July 1919
England Joe Bradshaw 1 August 1919 1 May 1926 271 128 71 72 47.23%
No manager 2 May 1926 31 January 1927
England James Thomson 1 February 1927 31 May 1931 193 63 84 46 32.64%
No manager 1 June 1931 30 June 1934
Scotland Neil Harris 1 July 1934 1 May 1939 218 71 98 49 32.57%
England Haydn Green 1 May 1939 1 September 1947 50 13 28 9 26.00%
Northern Ireland Billy McCandless 1 November 1947 1 July 1955 294 113 120 21 38.44%
Wales Ron Burgess 1 July 1955 1 August 1958 129 50 57 22 38.76%
Wales Trevor Morris 1 August 1958 31 May 1965 327 112 138 77 34.25%
Wales Glyn Davies 1 June 1965 1 October 1966 57 16 26 15 28.07%
Wales Billy Lucas 1 February 1967 1 March 1969 96 33 39 24 34.38%
England Roy Bentley 1 August 1969 16 October 1972 153 56 52 45 36.60%
Northern Ireland Harry Gregg 1 November 1972 1 January 1975 101 34 44 23 33.66%
Wales Harry Griffiths 1 January 1975 29 October 1978 126 53 45 28 42.06%
Wales Harry Griffiths 22 November 1975 1 February 1978 9 4 3 2 44.44%
Wales John Toshack 1 February 1978 29 October 1983 250 104 87 59 41.60%
England Doug Livermore 29 October 1983 21 December 1983 8 1 6 1 12.50%
Wales John Toshack 21 December 1983 4 March 1984 11 2 6 3 18.18%
England Colin Appleton 16 May 1984 6 December 1984 22 4 15 3 18.18%
England John Bond 16 December 1984 20 December 1985 54 15 28 11 27.77%
Scotland Tommy Hutchison 21 December 1985 1 May 1986 23 6 10 7 26.09%
Wales Terry Yorath 12 July 1986 2 February 1989 139 58 46 35 41.73%
Wales Ian Evans 27 February 1989 13 March 1990 58 15 24 19 25.86%
Wales Terry Yorath 15 March 1990 21 March 1991 51 15 26 10 29.41%
Scotland Frank Burrows 23 March 1991 31 July 1995 230 85 81 64 36.96%
England Bobby Smith 1 August 1995 8 February 1996 49 12 23 14 24.49%
England Kevin Cullis 8 February 1996 14 February 1996 2 0 2 0 00.00%
England Jimmy Rimmer 14 February 1996 22 February 1996 2 0 1 1 00.00%
Denmark Jan Mølby 22 February 1996 8 October 1997 80 31 33 16 38.75%
England Micky Adams 9 October 1997 22 October 1997 3 0 3 0 00.00%
England Alan Cork 22 October 1997 30 June 1998 35 10 15 10 28.57%
England John Hollins 1 July 1998 12 September 2001 170 63 60 47 37.06%
England Colin Addison 13 September 2001 7 March 2002 35 11 16 8 31.43%
England Nick Cusack 8 March 2002 19 September 2002 18 2 11 5 11.11%
Wales Brian Flynn 19 September 2002 18 March 2004 82 28 32 22 34.15%
Wales Alan Curtis 18 March 2004 5 April 2004 4 1 2 1 25.00%
Wales Kenny Jackett 5 April 2004 15 February 2007 156 69 47 40 44.23%
Spain Roberto Martínez 24 February 2007 15 June 2009 125 63 25 37 50.40%
Portugal Paulo Sousa 23 June 2009 Present 38 16 8 14 42.10%

Club officials

Boardroom

Position Name
Chairman Wales Huw Jenkins
Vice Chairman Wales Leigh Dineen
Directors Wales David Morgan
South Africa Brian Katzen
Wales Gwilym Joseph
Wales Martin Morgan
Wales Huw Cooze
Wales Steve Penny
Associate Directors Netherlands John van Zweden
Wales Will Morris

Management

Position Name
Manager Portugal Paulo Sousa
Assistant Manager Portugal Bruno Oliveira
Goalkeeping Coach Wales Adrian Tucker
First Team Coach Wales Colin Pascoe
Reserve Team Manager Wales Colin Pascoe
Chief Scout England Lil Fuccillo
Coach & Scout Wales Alan Curtis
Director of Youth Football Wales Tony Pennock
Physio Wales Richard Buchanan
Football Utilities Co-ordinator Wales Suzan Eames
Motivational Speaker Serbia Sash Novakovic

Notes

  1. ^ Jenkins, John M.; et al. (1991). Who's Who of Welsh International Rugby Players. Wrexham: Bridge Books. p. 20. ISBN 1872424104. 
  2. ^ F A Cup Giantkillers
  3. ^ Ireland's Saturday Night pinkun, Saturday January 9th, 1915
  4. ^ http://www.fifa.com/worldfootball/statisticsandrecords/news/newsid=780472.html?cid=rssfeed&att=
  5. ^ "Club History". Swansea Official Site. 12 July 2009. http://www.swanseacity.net/page/History/0,,10354,00.html. Retrieved 2009-05-12. 
  6. ^ "Liberty Stadium". Swansea Official Site. 12 July 2009. http://www.swanseacity.net/page/LibertyStadium/0,,10354,00.html. Retrieved 2009-05-02. 
  7. ^ "Welsh rivals are upwardly mobile". BBC Sport. 2 April 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/7979114.stm. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  8. ^ "Cardiff and the hooligan element". BBC Sport. 17 May 2002. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/hooligans/1993938.stm. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  9. ^ "News paper report on 'The Night In Swansea Bay". Geocities. 14 May 2008. http://www.geocities.com/cymrukasuals/swimaway.html. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  10. ^ "Liberty bounces to Welsh derby". BBC Sport. 23 September 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/league_of_wales/7632420.stm. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  11. ^ "Fans clash with police at derby". BBC Sport. 24 September 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/7632872.stm. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  12. ^ "Swansea 2-2 Cardiff". BBC Sport. 30 November 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/7747659.stm. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  13. ^ "Cardiff 2-2 Swansea". BBC Sport. 5 April 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/7972863.stm. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  14. ^ "Sour note for Ninian farewell". BBC Sport. 5 April 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/cardiff_city/7984531.stm. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  15. ^ "New squad numbers are out". Swansea City AFC. 2008-07-23. http://www.swanseacity.premiumtv.co.uk/page/Latest/0,,10354~1348873,00.html. Retrieved 2008-07-23. 

External links


Simple English

Swansea City A.F.C.
Full nameSwansea City Association Football Club
Founded1912
GroundLiberty Stadium
Landore, Swansea
(Capacity 20,532)
ChairmanHuw Jenkins
ManagerPaulo Sousa
LeagueLeague Championship
2008/09League Championship, 8th

Swansea City AFC are a Welsh soccer team who have played in the English Football League since 1920. They were founded in 1912 as Swansea Town and played at the Vetch Field ground until 2005 when they moved to the Liberty Stadium. Their most successful period as a team was in the early 1980s under their manager John Toshack when they played in the old First Division from 1981-1983 (the old First Division would today be the Premier league). In their most recent season they finished 8th in the Football League Championship (which is the second level of the English Football League) which has been the highest they have managed to finish for many years. Swansea play their home games in an all white strip. Their main rivals are Cardiff City. As well as competing in the English League they have also won the Welsh Cup ten times and the Football Association of Wales Premier Cup twice.

Contents

Name

  • 1912-1970 Swansea Town F.C.
  • 1970-present Swansea City A.F.C.

League position

SeasonLeaguePosition
2000/01Second Division23rd
2001/02Third Division20th
2002/03Third Division21st
2003/04Third Division10th
2004/05League Two3rd
2005/06League One6th
2006/07League One7th
2007/08League OneChampions
2008/09League Championship8th

Former position

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