24 Facts About Swansea City


Swansea City Association Football Club is a professional football club based in Swansea, Wales that plays in the Championship, the second tier of English football.

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Swansea City had swept from the basement division to the top of the entire Football League in three years.

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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 players and young professionals.

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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.

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Swansea City won promotion from the Fourth Division in 1988 – beating Rotherham United and Torquay United over two legs in the inaugural playoffs.

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Swansea City 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.

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Jim Moore and Mel Griffin, previously rescuers of Hull Swansea City, stepped into the breach and persuaded Petty to sell to them.

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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.

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That same season, Swansea City won the Football League Trophy for the first time since 1994, and the FAW Premier Cup for a second successive year.

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Five Swansea City players were in the PFA Team of the Year, including the division's 29-goal top scorer Jason Scotland.

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That same season Swansea City lost on penalties to Milton Keynes Dons in the area final of the Football League Trophy.

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Sousa subsequently left Swansea to take charge at Leicester City on 5 July 2010, lasting just one year and 13 days in South Wales.

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Swansea City guided the club to a third-placed finish and qualification for the Championship play-offs.

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Swansea City signed Danny Graham from Watford for a then-record fee of £3.

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Swansea City finished their debut Premier League season in 11th, but at the end of the season Brendan Rodgers left to manage Liverpool.

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Swansea City finished the season in ninth place in the Premier League, improving upon the league standing achieved in the previous season.

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Swansea City was replaced by long-term Swansea player Leon Britton.

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Swansea City was succeeded by former England U17 manager Steve Cooper, with Mike Marsh joining him as his assistant.

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In September 2019, Cooper was named EFL Championship Manager of The Month, with Swansea City sitting top of the table after an unbeaten first month; this was Swansea's best start to a season in 41 years.

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On 1 July 2012, it was widely reported in national media that Swansea City were beginning the planning phase for expanding the Liberty Stadium by approximately 12,000 seats.

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Swansea City won the tie with a solitary goal from a deflected free-kick taken by Jordi Gomez.

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Since then Swansea City have gone on to win the League Cup once, the Football League Trophy twice and the Welsh Cup a further nine times.

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Wilfred Milne holds the record for Swansea City appearances, having played 586 matches between 1920 and 1937, closely followed by Roger Freestone with 563 between 1991 and 2004.

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In 2011, Swansea City achieved promotion to the Premier League under Brendan Rodgers, becoming the first Welsh team to play in the division since its formation in 1992.

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