SWANSEA CITY F.C.
Founded: 1912


Also Known As:
SWANSEA TOWN (1912-69)
SWANSEA CITY (1969-)




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SWANSEA CITY A.F.C. (Association Football Club)
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BRIEF HISTORY of SWANSEA CITY FOOTBALL CLUB (reproduced from 'Wikipedia' pages)

The area around Swansea traditionally had been a rugby area, and despite previous attempts by a football club named Swansea Villa, there were no notable football clubs until the establishment of Swansea Town AFC in the summer of 1912. Following the lead of many other South Wales sides, joined the second division of the Southern League for the following season. The club's first professional match was a 1–1 draw at the Vetch Field against Cardiff City on 7 September 1912. 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. During the 1926–27 season they beat Real Madrid 3–0 on tour and reached the FA Cup quarter finals before losing 3–1 to Reading at the Vetch Field.

During the 1931–32 season they finished 20th and went out in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. However they won the Welsh Cup after beating Wrexham 2–0. 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. 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. n 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. 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.

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.Swansea had swept from the basement division to the top of the entire Football League in barely three years. Victories over footballing royalty such as Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur followed as the club topped the league on several further occasions. However, injuries to key players took their toll, and the lack of depth in the squad meant that the season ended in sixth-place finish. 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. 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. The club moved to the new Liberty Stadium during the summer of 2005. That same season, Swansea won the Football League Trophy for the first time since 1994, and the FAW Premier Cup for a second successive year. Upon returning to the second tier of English football after 24 years Swansea City finished the 2008–09 season in eighth place, and missed out on the play-offs the following season by a single point.

Northern Irishman Brendan Rodgers took charge for the 2010–11 season. He guided the club to a third placed finish and qualification for the Championship play-offs, with the new manager again keeping the continental style of play introduced by Martνnez. After beating Nottingham Forest 3–1 on aggregate in the semi-final they defeated Reading 4–2 in the final at Wembley Stadium, with Scott Sinclair scoring a hat-trick. By being promoted to the Premier League for the 2011–12 season, Swansea became the first Welsh team to play in the division since its formation in 1992. Swansea signed Danny Graham from Watford for a then record fee of £3.5 million. They defeated Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester City, the eventual champions, at home during the season. Swansea finished their debut Premier League season in 11th, but at the end of the season Brendan Rodgers left to manage Liverpool.


CLUB FACTS & INFORMATION

Official Name
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Swansea City A.F.C.
Club Nickname
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The Swans
Year Founded
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1912 (104 years ago)
Welsh County
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City and County of Swansea
Current Ground
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Liberty Stadium
Ground Location
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Swansea, Wales
Club's Owner
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Jason Levien & Steve Kaplan
Club Chairman
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Huw Jenkins
Current Manager
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Francesco Guidolin
Current League
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Premier League
Last Season
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Premier League, 12th place


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LIBERTY STADIUM
Landore, Swansea, SA1-2FA, Wales

OPENED: ......... July 10, 2005
SURFACE: ........ Desso GrassMaster
COST: .............. $27 Million
CAPACITY: ...... 21,8088
RECORD: ......... 20,812 (2014 vs Arsenal)
OWNER: ........... Swansea Council
OPERATOR: ..... StadCo
FIELD SIZE: ...... 115 x 75 yards (105 x 68 meters)



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