Swansea City Profile
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Swansea City enjoyed an inspirational rise from lower league strugglers to the Premier League under the stewardship of Roberto Martinez and then Brendan Rodgers. They now play in the Championship.
Swansea are, perhaps, most famous for their years in the Premier League throughout much of the course of the last decade. In particular, they played an attractive brand of soccer under highly regarded manager Brendan Rodgers, the man who steered the Swans to promotion.
In 2020/21, Swansea nearly won promotion to the Premier League once again, but they lost the play-off final to Brentford.
Swansea City early history
Swansea City were founded as Swansea Town and entered into the Southern League. The team won the Welsh Cup in their debut season. In 1920, they were entered into the English Football League system.
Swansea won the Third Division South title in 1924/25, but were relegated shortly after World War II. However, shortly after their relegation, they once again emerged as title winners in the 1948/49 season.
Relegations in 1965 and 1967 saw Swansea drop into the Fourth Division. Swansea changed the club's name to Swansea City in 1969 to reflect the fact that Swansea had become a city.
Three promotions in four seasons saw Swansea reach the First Division in 1981.
Swansea City in the First Division
In 1981/82, Swansea City had the best season in the club's history.
Under the guidance of player-manager John Toshack, Swansea finished sixth in the First Division and were winners of the Welsh Cup. Robbie James scored 20 goals for the Swans in all competitions.
In their first ever match in the top flight, Swansea City thrashed Leeds United 5-1 with Bob Latchford scoring a hat-trick on his debut. Swansea picked up victories over Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur and topped the league on occasions, but were eventually pegged back by injuries and a lack of squad depth.
Swansea nevertheless qualified for the first round of the 1982/83 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup by virtue of their league finish.
The Swans subsequently smashed Sliema Wanderers in the first round by a whopping 17-0 aggregate scoreline, but were eliminated 3-0 on aggregate by Paris Saint-Germain in the second round.
Swansea dropped to 21st in the First Division in 1982/83 and were relegated again the following season, completing an astonishing fall from grace.
After dropping to Division Four in 1986, Swansea bounced between divisions for decades to come.
Swansea City revival and Premier League run
In 2004/05, with Kenny Jackett as manager, Swansea City won promotion from League Two into League One.
In 2007/08, under the guidance of the tactically astute Roberto Martinez, Swansea won League One to earn promotion to the Championship. Martinez would later go on to manage Wigan Athletic and Everton in the Premier League and the Belgian national team.
In 2010/11, Brendan Rodgers guided Swansea City to the Premier League via the promotion play-offs, beating his former club, Reading, 4-2 in the final. Scott Sinclair scored a hat-trick for Swansea on the day and was their top scorer over the course of the season.
In 2011/12, Swansea City finished a steady 11th place in the Premier League, with Danny Graham proving to be a key player for them upfront. At the end of the season, Rodgers left to take up the managerial job at Liverpool vacated by the dismissal of Kenny Dalglish.
"The chance to manage one of the world's great footballing institutions doesn't come around very often in a manager's life and, after two approaches, I have decided to take up the professional challenge," Rodgers said in a letter to staff and fans at Swansea City.
"My story at Swansea City began nearly two years ago and my mission above anything else was very clear: to inspire the city.
"My aim for a legacy was simply to have made Swansea City Football Club an attacking and creative team who were enjoyable to watch, and to make the people of Swansea proud of their great club, city and nation.
"In the years ahead, you, the most important people at the club, will decide if I achieved those dreams, but the journey for me has been one I will never forget.
"We created history together to become the first Welsh club in the Premier League, and defied all the odds at the same time, and there is no doubt the club will continue to flourish in the coming years."
He added: "To the Jack Army. I'm proud to have been your manager and feel truly blessed for the support you have given me on and off the field.
"I leave knowing I couldn't have given any more to help your great club succeed.
"Swansea will live in my heart for the rest of my life and one day I would love to return to this great club and city.
"Until that day comes, I wish everyone at Swansea lots of success in the next chapter of your amazing story."
Swansea were a mid-table Premier League club for the next four seasons, finishing as high as eighth place in the 2014/15 season.
First Michu, then Wilfried Bony and then Andre Ayew led the line with distinction for the Swans.
However, in 2017/18, Swansea finished a lowly 18th in the Premier League and were relegated to the Championship.
Swansea have since consolidated in the second tier, finishing 10th, sixth and fourth in the ensuing three seasons.
Despite back to back playoff appearances, manager Steve Cooper left the Swans in July 2021 with mutual consent. Cooper was unhappy with the direction the club was going in. This decision left Swansea in a state of limbo with the season just three weeks away when he left the club.
With less than a week before the 2021/22 season starts, the Jacks found their man and appointed Russell Martin as their new manager. The former MK Dons boss signed a three-year deal on August 1 after a compensation deal was agreed between Swansea and MK Dons. Martin amassed over 500 appearances as a player and Swansea are hoping he can continue to grow and develop their very promising youth system.
Swansea City's fanbase is known as the 'Jack Army'. Their home stadium, the Liberty Stadium, has a capacity of 21,088. Their fans are known for the cry: "Who are we? Jack Army!"
Swansea City rivalries
Swansea City's fiercest rivalry is with Welsh rivals Cardiff City, who have also had spells in the Premier League in recent years.
Swansea City finances
Swansea City are owned by an investor group led by Jason Levien & Steven Kaplan (68%). The Swansea City Supporters Society Ltd holds a 21.1% stake in the club. They are the only other shareholder above 10%.