Manager: – Garry Monk
Captain: – Ashley Williams
Chairman: – Huw Jenkins
Rivals: – Cardiff City
Nicknamed “The Swans/The Jacks” Swansea play their home matches at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, Wales.
In 2011, Swansea City AFC became the first club from Wales to play in the Premier League since its formation in 1992. Interestingly 20% of the club is owned by “The Swansea City Supporters Society Ltd”
History – Swansea City
Founded in the year 1912 Swansea City were initially known as “Swansea Town”. Immediately after the formation of the club they joined the Southern league second division for the 1912-13 season. Swansea’s first home ground was the Vetch Field in Swansea, Wales.
Swansea Town played their first official match against Cardiff City on September 1912 and the game ended as a 1-1 draw. In their first season as a professional club the team managed to capture its first trophy, The Welsh Cup.
Swansea continued to play in the second division of Southern League till the division was scrapped post the First World War. The Southern First Division became the new Third Division of Football League in 1920 and the Swans were added to the Third Division.
After five years in the Third Division they got promoted to the Second Division in 1925. They had a few impressive cup runs during this time, reaching the FA Cup semi-finals in the 1925-26 season and then a quarter-final berth in the 1926-27 season.
The Swans won the Welsh Cup for the second time in the 1931-32 season but immediately following the Second World War Swansea got relegated and went back to the 3rd division.
Swansea returned back to the 2nd Division for the 1948-49 season, under the management of Billy McCandless and went on an incredible run were they dropped only one home point all season. They won the Division, and McCandless completed the rare feat of winning the third division title with all three Wales teams.
Swansea went on to play 15 years in the Second Division and had an uneventful time while they were there, challenging only once for promotion in the 1955 season. Swansea went back to the 3rd Division in 1965 and tough times followed, and in 1967 Swansea got relegated to the fourth Division of English football.
We are Swansea City!!!
In 1969 Swansea Town became Swansea City, and the name change proved to be lucky as they won promotion back to the 3rd Division in the same year. Unfortunately after a few years of 3rd Division football the Swans again went back to the 4th Division. In 1978 Swansea City appointed former Liverpool player John Toshack as manager at the age of 28.
The Swans managed to win back to back promotions and by the end of the 1980 season they managed to win back promotion to the first division. They finished 6th in the Division, but after that season the team was on the end of two back to back relegations. This resulted in the sacking of John Toshack and the team eventually fell to the 4th Division in 1986.
They came back in the 1988 season to the 3rd Division and remained there for eight years.
Premier League Era
After the League re-organisation took place in 1992 Swansea City got placed into the Second Division of English Football but they got relegated back to the 3rd division in the 1995 season.
In 1996 season Swansea was managed by four different managers in the same season. In 2000, Swansea managed to get promoted back to the second division but returned to 3rd division in the same season itself.
In 2002-03 as well as the 2003-04 season, Swansea finished 10th in the Division. They played their last match at Vetch field in the 2005 season and got promoted to the 2nd Division in the same year.
After the 2005 season, Swansea made their new home at the Liberty Stadium. In their first season in League One Swansea almost won promotion to the Championship but lost out in the play-offs.
In the 2007-08 swans returned back to the Championship and finished 8th Overall. At the start of the 2010-11 season Brendan Rodgers was appointed the manager of Swansea, and he led the Swans to a third place finish in the Championship and ultimately got promoted to the Premier League courtesy of two play-off wins against Nottingham Forest in the Semi’s, and then against Reading in the Finals.
In the 2011-2012 Swansea became the first team from Wales to play in the Premier League since its inception in 1992, and in their first season finished 11th overall. At the end of the season Rodgers left for Liverpool, and as result Swansea hired Michael Laudraup, a manager who took them to a 9th place finish and also won the 2013 league cup beating Bradford in the final 5-0. Garry Monk was appointed as Manager while still a player of the Swans in February,2014.
Former Swansea player and current Swansea manager Garry Monk
The Premier League Season So Far 2014-2015
Swansea had an impressive start to the 2014-15 campaign they led the table a few times in the first few weeks of the season. They won the first three matches of the season before being defeated by Chelsea. There form has seen a minor blip of late and are currently lying 9th in the table with 30 points from 21 games (As of January 11th, 2015).
Swansea do have the quality in their side to fight for the Europa league spots so you should see an entertaining second half of the season from the Swans.
Here is a look at the memorable win come from behind Swansea registered against Arsenal this season, you have the added bonus of watching this game with a funny commentary:
Most Appearances: – Wilfred Milne (586)
Most Goals: – Ivor Allchurch (166)
More Updates including Updated Squad and other fun facts in February
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