Swansea: (Clwb Pêl-droed Dinas Abertawe)

Nicknames: The Jacks, The Swans

City: Liberty Stadium / White Rock Stadium, Landore, Swansea

The club was founded in 1912 as Swansea Town and joined the Football League in 1921. The club changed their name in 1969, when it adopted the name Swansea City to reflect Swansea’s new status as a city.

In 1981, the club were promoted to the original Football League First Division. It was during the following season they came close to winning the league title, but a decline then set near the season’s end before finishing sixth, although a club record. It was from here the club suffered a relegation the season after, returning to the Football League Fourth Division a few seasons later, then narrowly avoided relegation to the Football Conference in 2003.

Prior to playing home matches at the Liberty Stadium, the team had previously hosted at the Vetch Field. The Swansea City Supporters Society Ltd owns 20% of the club,with their involvement hailed by Supporters Direct as “the most high profile example of the involvement of a supporters’ trust in the direct running of a club”.

In 2011, Swansea were promoted to the English Premier League, becoming the first Welsh team to play in it since its formation in 1992

Kit:

The crest adopted in 1984 featured a castle, from the city coat of arms, as well as the familiar swan, now with outstretched wings. Two variations appeared in the Nineties before being replaced, in 1998, with an elegant, abstract design that proved far more enduring than any of its predecessors.

The following season the title “City” replaced “Town” and a black swan was embroidered onto the traditional white shirts. The shape of the swan changed somewhat in 1972 and then, in 1973, perhaps in a bid to gain wider support across Wales, the swan was replaced by a Welsh dragon.

To mark their centenary, a commemorative crest was introduced for the 2012-13 season as well as a home strip trimmed in metallic gold.

Arch-enemy:

Swansea have a well-known and fierce rivalry with Cardiff City, which has been regarded as one of the most hostile rivalries in British football.

Honors: Swansea have quite a disguised collection of honours.

The Football League

•English second tier (currently Football League Championship)

•Promoted (1): 1980–81

•Play-off winners (1): 2010–11

•English third tier (currently Football League One)

•Winners (3): 1924–25, 1948–49, 2007–08

•Promoted (1): 1978–79

•English fourth tier (currently Football League Two)

•Winners (1): 1999–2000

•Promoted (3): 1969–70, 1977–78, 2004–05

•Play-off winners (1): 1987–88

Domestic Cup Competition

•Football League Cup

•Winners (1): 2012–13

•FA Cup

•Semi-finalists (2): 1925–26, 1963–64

•Football League Trophy

•Winners (2): 1993–94, 2005–06

•Welsh Cup

•Winners (10): 1912–13, 1931–32, 1949–50, 1960–61, 1965–66, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1988–89, 1990–91

•Runners-up (8): 1914–15, 1925–26, 1937–38, 1939–40, 1948–49, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1968–69

•FAW Premier Cup

•Winners (2): 2004-05, 2005–06

•Runners-up (2): 2000-01, 2001–02

European Competition

•UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup

•Qualification: 1961-62, 1966–67, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1989–90, 1991–92

•UEFA Europa League

•Qualification: 2013-14

Domestic Youth Cup Competition

•FAW Welsh Youth Cup

•Winners (7): 1999, 2003, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

•Runners-up (6): 1990, 1991, 1994, 1996, 2004, 2009

 

Did You Know? 

Swansea beat Bradford City 5-0 in the 2012-13 Football League Cup Final, which was the competition’s highest ever winning margin in the final.

The team used to be called Swansea Town until the 1970s, when they became Swansea City after Swansea (the place) gained City status.

Famous Players: Swansea have provided the game throughout the years with so many famous players its hard to include them all they include internationals such as Wilfred Milne – most league appearances, Roger Freestone, Herbie Williams, Robbie James, Bob Latchford, Wyndham Evans, Ivor Allchurch, Alan Curtis, Len Thompson, Lee Trundle, John Toshack and Trevor Ford.

 

Biggest away defeat overall:
Record defeat – Fulham 8-1 Swansea Town, Second Division, 22 January 1938

Biggest home win overall:
Record Victory: 12–0 against Sliema, European Cup Winners Cup First Round

 

 

Unofficial Web Sites:

www.swansea.vitalfootball.co.uk/

forum.planetswans.co.uk/

www.fansnetwork.co.uk/football/swanseacity/

www.swanseacity.net/fans

www.scfc2.co.uk/

www.swanstrust.co.uk/