Swansea City Club Profile
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Swansea City : Club Background

Are Swansea a "sleeping giant", or a club whom the long term demographic restructuring and wider economic changes in Britain has pretty much doomed to looking back on its glory days from further down the ladder? As nothing is preordained in football all we'll suggest is it has got harder and harder to see Swansea, despite being a City when they used to be a Town, regaining the heights they once achieved.

The Swansea club we see today was formed in 1912 at the Vetch Field and played in the Southern League. We missed them by a whisker, as shortly before Yeovil & Petters United joined that league Swansea Town had become founder members of Division Three. In the 1924-25 season they took the Division Three (South) title and moved into Division Two, where they remained until after World War II. A couple of seasons back in Division Three (South) again saw them clinch a Championship in the 1948-49 season, and they were back in Division Two until the mid Sixties.

Swansea's new 'White Rock' (now 'Liberty') ground under construction during May 2004
Swansea's new 'White Rock' (now 'Liberty') ground under construction during May 2004
© Tim Lancaster
At the end of the 1964-65 season the club slipped into Division Three and subsequently into Division Four. There was a brief revival in 1969-70, when promotion to the Third was achieved but three seasons later the Swans were relegated again. From this unpromising situation Swansea City, as they had become in 1970, achieved one of the great promotion sequences in British football. From finishing 22nd in 1974-75, and having to apply for re-election, they first consolidated their league status, and then with John Toshack coming in as player-manager gained promotion to Division Three (1977-78), promotion to Division Two (1978-79) and for the first time, promotion to Division One (1980-81). In that first season of 1981-82 in the top flight they headed the table three times and were never out of the top six.

Sadly for the Swans their collapse was almost as dramatic as their rise. Relegated from Division One in 1982-83, further relegation followed the next season, and the season after that they only avoided Division Four on the last game of the season. Disaster on the pitch was being mirrored off it, as Swansea limped through the 1985-86 season with winding up orders and court visits an almost weekly occurrence. Amidst the chaos they almost inevitably slipped into Division Four, but at least they emerged extant from their financial turmoil.

Terry Yorath got them back to Division Three through the play-offs in 1987-88 but then entered, apart from a spell under manager Frank Burrows, a long period of instability, with managers coming and going at a frightening rate. It was during this spell of relative calm under Burrows that Swansea secured some silverware with a victory over Huddersfield Town in a penalty shoot out in the Autoglass Final at Wembley on April 24 1994.

Swansea's fate was one of take-overs, abortive take overs, managers frequently lasting days rather than years, false dawns including a Championship under John Hollins, financial crises, the occasional figure in the boardroom that only the advice of our lawyers prevents us terming "crooks", until in 2002-03 Football League status was only retained on the final day of the campaign.

New figures at the top and a new manager in Brian Flynn seemed to be offering Swansea new hope. Another of those false dawns for the Swansea faithful resulted as Flynn was sacked rather out of the blue a few weeks before the end of the 2003-04 season. An excellent run to the Fifth Round of the F.A. Cup was accommpanied as so often by a decline in league form, with the Swans only winning two of their last fourteen games. However the reason given for the dismissal appeared to be infuenced by the old South/North Wales divide as much as results on the pitch. Kenny Jackett was then appointed as Swansea's sixth manager in the new Millennium.

In an incredibly tight League Two 2004-05 season Swansea took the last automatic promotion place, and so entered their new home of er Morfa, er White Rock, er New, er Liberty Stadium as a League One side. At this higher level they in first or second place pretty consistently all the way through to January. Of course they took it in their usual restrained quiet way, not shouting their mouths off, rubbing everyone else's noses in it, or getting "We're Gonna Piss That Championship League" tattooed across their foreheads in advance. So everyone was really genuinely disappointed for them when they ballsed it up, only scraped into the play-offs, and then ballsed it up again in the Final. And didn't laugh like drains at them - well not for more than a week or two. They did win the Anonymous (LDV Vans having gone bust and the sponsorship having collapsed mid-way through the competition) Trophy though and, in their gracious style, tried to insult their Cardiff hosts at the Millennium Stadium to celebrate the success.

The 2006-07 season was meant to be the great leap forward. Having managed success in the not-the-LDV, and having missed out in the play-offs, the subsequent season was meant to be a strollathon and when that didn't happen. Kenny Jackett kept the Swans largely on the edge of the play-offs and that wasn't good enough. In February 2007 he resigned claiming that he was not receiving universal backing from the club's hierachy or its supporters. An effort to get him to change his mind failed, and for a couple of matches Reserve Team manager and former player Kevin Nugent took over before Roberto Martinez - another former player - was given the reins.

Martinez has delved heavily in the transfer market such that the autumn 2007 match at Huish Park saw a Swansea bench full of the Swansea old guard, such as Andy Robinson, whilst Alan Tate turned up the following Wednesday playing for the Reserves. The new Swansea boss has replaced Lee Trundle, now at Bristol City, with Jason Scotland and certainly deserves a lot of credit for the way he has taken the Welsh side to a new level. They will depart League One up into the Championship at the end of this season, and it would be a great surprise if they did not do so as Champions.

Looking across the Liberty towards the South Stand
Looking across the Liberty towards the South Stand
Photo © 2005-06 Ciderspace

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Swansea City : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Swansea City

31/07/1993HomeFrndL1-21038
06/09/2003HomeDIV3W2-06655Stansfield 39, Jackson 55
28/12/2003AwayDIV3L2-39800G Williams 73, Gall 89
04/09/2004HomeCCL2W1-05826G Williams 85
01/01/2005AwayCCL2W2-011225Stolcers 78, Jevons 90
08/10/2005HomeCCL1W1-07578Skiverton 39
18/11/2005AwayCCL1L0-219288
01/09/2006AwayCCL1D1-114513Stewart 53
24/02/2007HomeCCL1W1-05984Stewart 56
27/10/2007HomeCCL1L1-26207Betsy 48
13/11/2007AwayLDVL0-16644
19/04/2008AwayCCL1W2-118321Skiverton 23, Downes 60
17/07/2010HomeFrndL0-1957
19/07/2013HomeFrndL0-52236
04/08/2015HomeFrndW3-2624Lacey 19, Bird 71, Beresford 88
20/07/2016AwayFrndW5-0


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Swansea City

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Swansea City : Photo Galleries
Photo Galleries for Yeovil vs Swansea City

Date Event Match Report Photo Gallery Total

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Swansea City : Club Statistics

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Lowest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Average League Attendance: Not Applicable

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 0 Games Without Defeat: 0
Games Without A Home Defeat: 0 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 0 Games Without A Score Draw: 0
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 0 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence:
Away Results Sequence: Overall Results Sequence:


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Swansea City : Club Information
Liberty Stadium,
Morfa,
Swansea,
SA1 2FA.

Click for map.

Capacity : 20,500
Seated : 20,500
Covered Terrace : N/A

Telephone Number : 01792 616600
Fax : 01792 616606
Email: dawn@swanseacityfc.co.uk

Chairman : Huw Jenkins
Fixtures Secretary : Jackie Rockey
Press Officer : Jonathan Wilsher
Manager : Roberto Martinez
Record Attendance : 32,796 v Arsenal, FAC R4, 17/02/1968 (at The Vetch); 19,288 v Yeovil Town, League One, 18/11/2005 (at The Liberty Stadium).

Nickname : The Swans or The Jacks
Colours : shirt - white with black trim, shorts - white with black trim, socks - white with black trim

Ticket Prices : All games are ALL-TICKET for away fans at the Liberty Stadium. Tickets for visiting supporters are only available through Huish Park. Away fans are accommodated in the North Stand. This holds 3,500, though how much of it is opened is determined by sales. Swansea are adopting the earlier 7.00pm kick-off time for this competition to use it as an opportunity to market their JPT fixtures towards younger supporters and with this they are offering free admission to all Under 16s that are accompanied by a paying adult, up to a limit of four Under 16s per adult. Prices for the match are Adults: 16.00 (up one pound); Seniors and Disabled: 10.00; Under 16s: 7.00. Disabled supporters can take an assistant in free of charge.

Disabled Facilities : 12 spaces for wheelchair away supporters are available in the North Stand at the front of the upper tier. There is a lift on the concourse of this stand to help disabled fans gain access. Five car parking spaces are reserved for visiting disabled fans at the stadium, but these must be booked in advance through Yeovil Town FC. Additionally there is a disabled drop-off bay at the stadium and the 'Park & Ride' scheme is wheel chair accessible.

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Swansea City : Directions To The Ground
General

The sign of things to come? One hopes not - but suspects it is. Football designed by snotty middle-class eco-friendly holier-than-though committee, aided and abetted by Fans Are Scum Inc. er, I mean your friendly local constabulary. The price of this glossy new stadium is the ever helpful:

1) All matches are all-ticket. Yep, that includes village team Yeovil.
2) They don't want scum like you drinking around the area. Or as the Swansea OS succinctly puts it : "There are no public houses near to the stadium for their [away supporters] use." Welcome to Wales boyo.
3) Cars? You're having a larf. Cars? Away supporters come in cars? Not to this stadium they won't. (See parking details below).
4) But the stadium is on route 43 of the National Cycle network you'll be pleased to hear. Fans cycling to the stadium can safely store their bikes in new racks which have been provided by the developer. How useful. Get peddling.
5) "It is advised that visiting supporters enter the North Stand on their arrival at the stadium." Want that translated? Visiting supporters will be corralled straight into the stadium whether they like it or not. Anyone daring to suggest they might like to do something else with their time pre-match and would prefer not to be held as a captive market with only over priced garbage in the food and drink department available........ well tough titty.
6) No drums are allowed inside the Liberty Stadium. Cowlin Stand regulars should be pleasantly at home then.

Swansea's North Stand, the away area
Swansea's North Stand, the away area
Photo © 2005-06 Ciderspace



By Road

Take Junction 45 off the M4. Take the first exit off the roundabout onto the A4067 towards the City Centre. Stay on the A4067 for 2.5 miles. You will see the stadium on your left hand side.
Except of course you won't. You won't get anywhere near the stadium.
"There is no matchday car parking available at the stadium or surrounding area for visiting supporters in cars", says our ever friendly Swansea OS. Nor will you be able to park in the Morfa Retail Park, or any of the streets anywhere near the stadium - unless you collect bright yellow wheel-clamps or hefty parking fines.

Parking is in the signposted Park and Ride car parks off Junction 45 of the M4. There are two choices:
1) Swansea Vale has approximately 2,000 car parking spaces and is serviced by a fleet of around 40 buses providing free rides to the stadium. There is a 5.00 charge per vehicle for parking.
2) The Recreation Ground has approximately 700 spaces and is serviced by around 20 buses. Parking at this site is free, but there is a charge of 2.00 (adults) and 50p (children U16) for buses to the stadium.

There are separate buses for home and away supporters. It doesn't say what will happen if you use the wrong one, but doubtless you'll be breaking some crucial bye-law and suffer accordingly.

Visiting supporters in coaches and mini buses are able to park at the stadium, under police instruction and discretion.

By Rail

The station is Swansea High Street on the Paddington / Bristol Temple Meads mainline. It is about 2 miles from the stadium. You could take your bike.

By Bus

The 4 and 4a run closest to the stadium.

By Taxi

A selection of Swansea taxi companies can be found here.

Swansea City : Web Resources
Web Sites

JackArmy.net
And yet another very good unofficial Swansea website, this time from the rivals.net stable. Comprehensive coverage, a busy message board and recommended. A rivals.net site recommended? It's true!


SCFC.co.uk
Excellent independent site with more things to do and read than is possible to list. If you're going to visit just one Swansea site then make it this one.


Swansea City AFC
Another good independent site which is regularly updated. Well worth a browse.


Swansea City Official
PTV site, registration required to view articles.


Swansea City Supporters Trust
Online presence of the SCFC Supporters Trust.


Swansea Till I Die
Big, sprawling site packed with material and links to other Swans sites.


Web Message Boards

JackArmy.net
Rivals.net message board. Register to post.


Swansea City FC Guestbook



E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters



Local Press

South Wales Evening Post


The Western Mail



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Swansea City : Food & Drink
Club Bar :

The away area has catering facilities, though Swansea can't be bothered to give any details. Anyway if last season is anything to go by it'll be the usual fairly dismal and limited choice thought suitable for football fans. The beer on offer is Carling and Worthington, which is not very nice. Still those plastic cups really improve it.

Local Pubs :

As with any new stadium location one has to play it by ear for the first few visits as to how the local hostelries will be affected by a massive change to their clientele on matchdays. The authorities, a miserable charmless bunch of killjoys from the 1870's Temperance Movement by the looks of things, appeared to be trying to ensure licenced outlets anywhere near the new stadium were barred to away fans when the stadium opened in 2005. Thankfully when we ventured away from the stadium in 2007, things didn't appear to be as draconian as the authorities were making out. It's not all good though.

The first thing to point out is that there are few pubs in the area anyway, so all are going to be very busy with home supporters. As everywhere the vast majority of football fans are pleasant people, but Swansea does appear to have a greater share of tossers spoiling for aggravation than most. Long-in-the-tooth exponents of the art of away travel will have a well developed sense of which pubs are likely to be OK and which are to avoided just from the outside, without even having to venture in. That said we wouldn't walk into anywhere around here flaunting colours straight off. Those available within five to ten minutes of the ground are :

The Railway, Siloh Road - very much hardcore home territory and should definitely be avoided.

The Dillwyn Arms, Llangyfelach Road - likely welcome not known.

The Coopers Arms, Neath Road - very large, and very full of Jacks. Should be OK, but maybe best to keep a low profile initially.

The Globe, Mysydd Road - popular with regulars on the Jackarmy forum, should be OK.

The Station Inn, Hamilton Street - closest pub to stadium, and the away end. Small and absolutely jam packed on matchdays.

The Mex, Neath Road - has opened since the arrival of the stadium. Likely welcome not known.

Without going over the top this is one of the few trips in the League we'd recommend you treat with some caution and discretion. We've not personally experienced any problems in our trips to Swansea, but there have been reports from Yeovil fans of some hostility. Thankfully on the scale of things there is some reasonable respect between the two clubs and so we figure that we probably are fairly low on their 'hate list' - relatively speaking - we are English of course, which doesn't help!


Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

It doesn't matter. You probably won't meet any. Well not any fans. Plenty of plod and stewards, and the odd bus driver. Don't worry, you'll feel at home as they will be just as officious, and possibly more so, as any of their counterparts this side of the Severn.

Top-Tip :

Don't forget to take your Severn Bridge toll money. You pay to get into Wales; it's free to get out. The Welsh aren't daft. As of April 2008, it is 5.30 for a car, increasing to 15.90 for a heavy goods vehicle. Motorcycles and disabled badge holders are exempt from the tolls, although both must stop at the toll booths to have their eligibility confirmed. See the Severn Bridge website for full details.

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Swansea City : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.


Other Points Of Interest

Catherine Zeta Jones, Dylan Thomas, Anthony Hopkins, Richard Burton and Ray Milland all came from or near Swansea. You'll notice they also all moved away. The Gower peninsular is wonderful. That's outside Swansea too.

[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice. A Welsh language version of this guide is not available.]

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