Swansea City - From The Beginning
Below is a brief history of Swansea City Football Club from 1912 through to the present day. As I am only a wee young man I am only able to comment about the last few seasons so I am indebted to the club for some of the information below and they are indebted to me for bothering to do this after some of the Pic Up Spares Swansea Divsion 6 esq performances I have witnessed over the years.
2000/2001--Relegated to Division Three. Lost to Wrexham in FAW Premier Cup Final at the Vetch Field
1998/99--Former Chelsea and England International midfielder John Hollins takes over as manager prior to start of the season. More Play Off misery for the Swans when they lose over 2 legs to Scunthorpe United. In the FA Cup, Swans beat Premiership club West Ham United in 3rd Round, before losing to another Premiership side, Derby County at the Vetch Field 1-0.
1997/98--The Silver Shield consortium take over from Doug Sharpe at the Vetch Filed. Swans finish a disappointing twentieth position in the league. Swans compete in new FAW Invitation Cup competition.
1996/97--Swans second visit to Wembley resulting in heartache when beaten by last minute goal in Division Three Play Off Final against Northampton Town.
1995/96--Swans relegated to Division Three. Lost 0-7 at Fulham in FA Cup First Round.
1994/95--Swans beat First Division Middlesbrough in FA Cup 3rd Round, before losing at Newcastle United in 4th Round.
1993/94--AutoGlass Trophy Winners at Wembley, beating Huddersfield Town on penalties. Swans lose to Nuneaton Borough in FA Cup First Round replay.
1992/93--Swans reach Play Offs Semi-final in Division Two, losing to WBA over 2 legs. Most league points in one season-73. Nottm. Forest pay a record £375,000 for defender Des Lyttle.
1991/92--Played Monaco in ECWC, losing 0-8 in second leg in Monaco. French side managed by current Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
1990/91--Welsh Cup winners against Wrexham 2-0 at the National Stadium. Tommy Hutchison becomes the Swans oldest player when he plays his last game for the Swans against Southend United at 43 years old.
1989/90--Record cup defeat at the hands of Liverpool 0-8 in FA Cup 3rd round replay at Anfield, after drawing 0-0 at the Vetch Field. Played Greek side Panathinaikos in ECWC.
1988/89--Welsh Cup winners beating Kidderminster Harriers 5-0 at the Vetch Field.
1987/88--Promoted to Division Three via the Play Offs, beating Torquay United over 2 Legs.
1986/87--Terry Yorath takes over the managerial hot seat. Several visits to High Court by Chairman Doug Sharpe during the season.
1985/86--Swansea City Football Club wound up by the High Court. Stay of execution. Swans relegated to Division Four.
1984/85--Swans avoid 3 consecutive relegation seasons by drawing with Bristol City in last league game at the Vetch Field. Swans knocked out of FA Cup by non-league Bognor Regis Town in replay. Dean Saunders top scorer with 9 league goals.
1983/84Relegated at end of season for the second consecutive season. Ian Walsh top goalscorer in the league with 6 goals. Swans take part in International Tournament in Malaysia, losing in the final 1-0 to Hallelejuh of Seoul.
1982/83Relegated at end of season to Division 2 despite Bob Latchford scoring 20 league goals. Record Cup victory against Maltese club Sliema Wanderers in ECWC. Beat Wrexham over 2 legs to win the Welsh Cup.
1981/82-- Swans pay a record £340,000 for Liverpool defender Colin Irwin. Never out of the top 6 in First Division all season. Lost to Lokomotiv Leipzig in ECWC. Beat Cardiff City over 2 legs to win the Welsh Cup.
1980/81--Promoted to Division 1. Welsh Cup winners beating Hereford United. Welsh Rugby International Gareth Edwards signs non-contract forms for the Swans.
1979/80--Crystal Palace, nicknamed the team of the eighties, beaten at the third attempt in FA Cup 3rd Round, second replay at Ninian Park.
1978/79--Promoted to Division Two in 3rd place. Liverpool stalwarts Tommy Smith and Ian Callaghan join the Swans.
1977/78John Toshack appointed player/manager March 1978. Record league win beating Hartlepool United 8-0. Promoted from Division 4, Curtis scoring 32 league goals.
1976/77--Most league goals scored in a season 92. Lost to Minehead in FA Cup 1st Round(home)
1975/76--Lowest ever attendance for league match at the Vetch Field for the game against Brentford. 1,311
1974/75--Nigel Dalling becomes the youngest player to play for the Swans in the league. Lowest average attendance for the season of 2,052.
1973/74--Lost to Stourbridge in Welsh Cup 4th Round at the Vetch Field.
1972/73--Relegated from Division Three. Lost to Margate in FA Cup 1st Round.
1970/71--Lost at Liverpool 3-0 in FA Cup. John Toshack scoring their first goal.
1968/69--Lost to Cardiff City in Welsh Cup Final
1999/2000--Champions of the Third Division.
1967/68--Record Vetch Field attendance created against Arsenal in the FA Cup 3rd Round, 32,796. Ivor Allchurch retired from professional football at end of season.
1966/67--Competed in European Cup Winners Cup against Slavia Sofia. Relegated to Division Four for first time in clubs history. Lost to Nuneaton Borough in FA Cup 2 Round.
1965/66--Welsh Cup winners beating Chester 2-1. Ivor Allchurch returns to play for the Swans.
1964/65--Relegated to Division Three for first time. Lost 0-1 to Cardiff City in semi-final of Welsh Cup at Somerton Park, Newport. Cardiff born youngster Giorgio Chinaglia makes his debut for the Swans. Released by the Swans in 1966, he would later play for Italian side Lazio and New York Cosmos.
1963/64--FA Cup semi-finalists losing to Preston North End 2-1 at Villa Park.
1961/62--Swans became the first Welsh Club to compete in a European Competition when they played Motor Jena. The Swans played their home leg in Linz, Austria, because of visa problems for the East German side. The club announce their first apprentice professional, Dennis Lambourne.
1960/61--Welsh Cup winners beating Bangor City 3-1. Official opening of floodlights by Hibernian FC. Competed in the League Cup for the first time.
1959/60--Colin Webster scores 22 goals during season.
1958/59--Ivor Allchurch transferred to Newcastle United. For the match with Fulham, the Swans fielded a side of 11 Internationals, 8 Full caps, and 3 Youth caps. Swans Supporters Club hand over a cheque for £16,000 as payment for covering over the North Bank.
1957/58Swans concede their highest amount of goals in league matches of 99 goals during the season.
1956/57--90 league goals were scored by the Swans during the season, but 90 goals were also conceded. Legendary goalkeeper Johnny King plays in league game at Centre Forward.
1955/56--Lost to Cardiff City in Welsh Cup Final 2-3.
1953/54Three sets of brothers played for the Swans during the season. Ivor and Len Allchurch, Cyril and Gilbert Beech, Cliff and Bryn Jones.
1952/53--During the 1953 Home Internationals, all 5 Welsh forwards were born in Swansea. Medwin, Charles J, Ford, Allchurch and Griffiths.
1951/52--Ronnie Turnbull scores 21 league goals during the season.
1950/51--Roy Paul flies off to South America and signs for Bogota.
1949/50--Welsh Cup winners beating Wrexham 4-1. Ivor Allchurch makes his league debut.
1948/49--Division Three Champions. Stan Richards scores 26 league goals. Swans had 7 players capped by Wales. Swans beaten 2-0 by Merthyr in Final of the Welsh Cup at Chester. Swans record their highest average attendance of 22,535 during the season for post war league games.
1946/47--Relegated from Division Two. Trevor Ford scores 9 goals from 16 league games.
1938/39Swans beat Shrewsbury Town in the Welsh Cup carried over from the previous season.
1937/38--Record league defeat by Fulham 1-8, in Division Two.
1935/36--Swans set up league record for longest distance travelled between consecutive matches. Good Friday Swans played at Plymouth(2-1), and Easter Saturday Swans played at Newcastle United(1-2)
1933/34--Wilf Milne scores his first goal for the Swans after 501 league appearances at Lincoln City.
1931/32--Welsh Cup winners beating Wrexham 2-0 away after a replay. Cyril Pearce scored 35 league goals from 40 league appearances during the season.
1930/31Swans finish four points off the relegation places. Lost to Wrexham in semi-finals of Welsh Cup.
1927/28--Lost to Wrexham in FA Cup 3rd Round 2-1 away.
1926/27--Beat Real Madrid in March 1927 on Tour 3-0. Swans reach the FA Cup quarter Finals before losing to Reading at the Vetch Field 1-3.
1925/26--FA Cup semi-finalists, losing to Bolton Wanderers 3-0. Jack Fowler scores 28 goals in the league for a second consecutive season. Swans record their highest average attendance during the season of 16,118 for pre-war league games.
1924/25--Division Three(South) Champions. Jack Fowler top goalscorer with 28 league goals.
1920/21--Elected to the Football League Division Three (South)
1913/14--Swans became the first Welsh Club to play in the FA Cup First Round proper.
Professional. First season in Southern League, Welsh Cup Winners,