The Swansea Academy

The old RTB Landore Steelworks Sports Ground, adjacent to the new Indoor Bowling Centre had a reputation in the 1970’s and 1980’s as having the finest playing surface in the city boundaries, for football, or for cricket. 2 football pitches(the nearest to the social club sometimes used as a rugby pitch), a cricket square( used …

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Part of a Young Professional’s Education

In recent years when finances have dictated that football clubs have been forced to reduce their playing staff, quite a number of clubs have resorted to the loan system as a means of strengthening their squad at the start of the season, usually signing young professionals who have yet to make their mark at clubs, …

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Brian Evans with sons Richard and Christian

Chairman’s concerns in October 1972

I came across an old Swans’ Football Programme last week and inside was an interesting question and answer article by the club’s chairman Malcolm Struel. After promotion under Roy Bentley at the end of the 1969/70 season, the club’s third season in the Third Division had seen the club start the new season poorly, with …

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Can the Swans afford Academy status?

The six figure investment last summer in the new training facilities alongside the Glamorgan Health Club in Llandarcy was the first step by Swansea City FC to bring modern day training facilities to the Swans professional playing staff. In previous years, training had been undertaken at the old AWCO sports ground at Jersey Marine and …

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They used to play on a Saturday

Since SKY entered the football arena in the transmission of LIVE football games, fans supporting their Premiership heroes have become accustomed to having their traditional Saturday football game being changed to either a Sunday or Monday event. Not much fuss has been made by the fans who follow their Premiership heroes in having their weekend …

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The Swans - Town and City

The Swans Town & City Seasons 2000-2007

Swansea City Football Club President, Professor David Farmer published in 2000 the Official Biography of the Swans, The Swans Town & City. Next week a supplement to his book, covering the last seven seasons will be published by Colin Jones. Apart from editorial/line-ups covering the last seven seasons and an updated club records section, new …

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Swansea City Youth Players Graduating to the First Team

Youth players who have graduated to the Swans’ First Team since the Chris Coleman era, 1990. Can lack of finance be the sole reason when you look at the lack of top class recruits the Swans Youth Department have forwarded to the first team conveyor belt since 1990. Certainly, the Swans have endured some tough …

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